MLS Power Rankings, Week 1: A new team atop the poll after opening weekend

The Power Rankings Politboro is greatly pleased with the Matchday 1 showing. Some great goals (vote HERE for Goal of the Week) and great saves (vote HERE for save of the week) kept it entertaining, and some tactical wrinkles (click HERE for Matthew Doyle's analysis) kept it interesting.

Onward, to glory.

Note: Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. The Power Rankings are voted on by the editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com, and all comments are written by Matthew Doyle. All times Eastern.

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1

Last: 4

Go on the road to a rival. Pitch a shutout and snag a well-worked game-winner. RSL really didn't skip a beat, did they?

2

Last: 1

Lacked some cutting edge in the final third, but played this one on even terms for 93 minutes before a bad late lapse. We saw nothing to indicate this won't be one of the league's best teams all year.

3

Last: 6

It wasn't often pretty from the Sounders, but they actually gutted out a late win, which has to be a pleasant change from last year's nightmare finish. More importantly, they looked better with Clint Dempsey out there.

4

Last: 2

It was surprising to see Philly come out and give as good as they got in Portland. The Timbers showed a few chinks in the armor in this one, and none bigger than the ongoing problems defending set pieces.

5

Last: 8

Will Bruin got three good chances and buried two of them. That doesn't mean he's going to completely put 2013's performance in the rearview, but it certainly seems like a hopeful sign.

6

Last: 10

Did the Power Rankings Politburo sleep on the 'Caps? They were able to generate attacks from all over the pitch against New York and were deadly in transition. And Pedro Morales is worth the price of admission all by himself.

7

Last: 3

They got Rimando'd.

8

Last: 12

Dropping Federico Higuaín deeper into the midfield got him more touches on the ball, and that in turn meant more flow for the Crew in possession and attack. And as good as he was, he may only have been the second-best Crew player on the day behind Michael Parkhurst.

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Last: 4

The Red Bulls stink on turf, so seeing them lose shouldn't have been a surprise. But the lack of defensive organization throughout midfield and inability to put pressure on Vancouver is a real concern.

10

Last: 11

Their midfield covered so much ground defensively that they were able to give Portland's build-up serious fits. Then they made the game vertical and produced some of the night's best chances. Deserved, perhaps, more than just a point.

11

Last: 9

Yannick Djaló's kind of a reclamation project after a few down years, but so was Simon Dawkins, right? Time will tell if the Quakes got better on Monday.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake (10:30 pm ET, MLS Live)
12

Last: 15

After one week, Mauro Díaz looks like he's legit. And we love the fact that they'll have Blas Pérez for the entire season. But that defense...

13

Last: 7

Lots of worries after Week 1: sloppy passing out of the back, overcommitting defensively, and poor ball retention through midfield. Biggest concern, though, is that Scott Caldwell looked overwhelmed as a lone d-mid.

14

Last: 18

Is our long national nightmare over?

15

Last: 14

If the season ended today, Toronto would make the playoffs.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Saturday at Seattle (4:30 pm ET, NBCSN/TSN)
16

Last: 13

Most discouraging game of the week would probably go to Juan Luis Anangonó, who should have been ready to do work and live up to that DP contract. Instead he was totally lost and ineffective against a less-than-imposing Chivas backline.

17

Last: 16

Here's to hoping that the delay in removing the interim tag from Pablo Mastroeni was ... administrative, we guess? Still seems weird that the front office waited so long to make the final call.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Saturday at New York (4 pm ET, MLS Live)
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Last: 18

Three big issues we identified in the offseason: scoring production from the wings (check); Felipe looking more like the 2012 version of himself (check); Andrew Wenger proving to be a solid backup for Marco Di Vaio (check). Brutal to tick all those boxes on the road but still come away with a loss.

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Last: 17

Looked outclassed and disorganized from the first moment and never came into the game until the Crew downshifted into third gear. It's a good thing they have two weeks to sort themselves out.