MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

Two weeks into the MLS season and there's already some movement in the Power Rankings. But unfortunately for teams like New York, Philadelphia and D.C. United, the movement is in the wrong direction. Let us know what you think in the Facebook comments below.

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It was pretty clear even before a ball was kicked in anger that RSL were in New York's head. Once one was kicked in anger, they stayed there, putting in a dominant 90 minutes. And they're only going to improve in the coming weeks with Javier Morales, Álvaro Saborío and Nat Borchers getting fit.

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Sporting did exactly what you should expect of a good team that's up a man for 90 minutes. They're totally willing and able to step on the throat of lesser foes, and with C.J. Sapong in the lineup, they add several more dimensions to the attack.

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They'd probably trade Robbie Keane's incorrectly ruled onside goal against D.C. for Mike Magee's incorrectly ruled offside goal against Toronto. But that's not how the game works, and LA know it. The defense is still a work in progress, but they're good for a few 4-2 wins in the coming months.

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The similarities between the 3-0 loss to RSL in the MLS Cup Playoffs and the 6-1 loss to Santos last week were eerie. Both times the Sounders looked tentative and unable to play the ball with confidence. They bounced back against TFC, but need to keep that confidence up all year.

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Many pundits – including several on the Power Rankings Politburo – felt the Dynamo had the league's best defense heading into the season. They haven't disabused us yet, and there's no reason to think they'll do so any time soon. 1-0 on the road wins silverware, by the way.

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Any MLS fan who's watched CONCACAF play over the past decade has hoped, at some point, that Blas Pérez would land in the league. It took a little longer than most wanted, but he's lived up to every expectation in his first two appearances with Dallas.

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We're pretty high on this Vancouver team because they're able to string some brilliant sequences together, have more than their fair share of goal scorers and – suddenly – a lock-down defense. It looks like it's enough to compete in a loaded West.

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The move to the 4-3-3 has been smoother and more natural than most suspected, and Jaime Castrillón has been simply brilliant. Managing to snatch a road win despite playing with 10 men is pretty impressive no matter who the opponent.

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Is it fair that Portland drop a spot after a very good road draw at Dallas? Not really, but these are the things that happen early in the season when clubs like the Rapids put in touchstone performances. The Timbers have a chance to notch one of their own at New England.

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Chicago looked very much like a team that were playing their first competitive match of the season. The fluidity isn't quite there like it was from August onwards last year, but the good news is that Oduro's finishing still is – and that was a major concern.

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San Jose have looked much, much better than last season, but they've still got a long way to go – as they showed in the 1-0 loss to Houston in San Francisco. And since they're in the West, they don't have all that much time to figure things out.

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Aron Winter put together the right game plan in the 2-1 win at LA midweek, but no tactics can make up for the loss of Torsten Frings. They've got to find a way to cope with his absence for the next four to six weeks, or a lot of the early season's good work is DOA. There's probably no more irreplaceable player in MLS.

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Well, they didn't fall all over themselves as in last year's losses to RSL, so it's a step forward in that regard. But they don't seem any closer to finding a workable starting XI, and their lack of speed in the center of the pitch is very, very worrisome.

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The Crew were probably grateful for the bye week, giving them a chance to work on central midfield cohesion a little more. Figuring out who's going to carry the water and who's going to make the plays needs to be No. 1 on Robert Warzycha's priority list.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Montreal (4 pm, MLS LIVE)

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Ben Olsen is huffing and puffing a bit after the second straight uninspired performance to start D.C.'s season. And he's right to – his team was disorganized in the back and even worse up front. Plenty of talent out there, but no cohesion to speak of.

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Adding the Danny Califf saga – if it is, indeed, to become a saga – to everything else that happened in Philadelphia this offseason just seems like piling on. Especially after dropping a 2-1 result at home while playing up a man for 40 minutes.

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Well, that wasn't too bad, was it? They got their first goal, they got their first point and had a monster crowd show up to sing for them for the full 90 minutes. Still plenty of work to come, but a lot of good work's clearly been done already.

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The Revs never had a shot after going down a man to that Kansas City team. But they fought on and didn't collapse defensively, which are both pretty positive signs for a team that was hopeless in 2011. They need to find some goals from somewhere, though.

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In 2011, Chivas found new and improved ways to drop points just about every week. This year they've gone back to the basics – giving up late set piece goals two weeks in a row to start out 0-2 at home. Help best come quickly for Robin Fraser's men.