The champs are the champs. At least, that's what our panel of editors came to realize after Week 1 of the MLS season. Real Salt Lake won every first-place vote after a 3-0 romp over San Jose, and for their work, sit atop the first edition of the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings.
It’s unanimous. The defending champs are definitely back, and they earned a rare road win right out of the gate to boot.
Last: Won at SJ, 3-0 [WATCH] Next: Thurs. at HOU
Ho hum. It's back to
business for the Crew, who coolly dropped Toronto and seemingly didn't
break a sweat.
Last: Beat TFC, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: April 10 at FCD
Sigi Schmid wanted Fredy Montero to play closer to goal, and Fredy responded by laying out for a falling header -- that's a new trick.
Last: Beat PHI, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: Sat. vs. NY
Was there a more surprisingly sound win in week one than Kansas City's romp over D.C. United? We've officially been put on notice.
Last: Beat DC, 4-0 [WATCH] Next: April 10 vs. COL
Bruce Arena's men looked great for stretches against New England, but they lost the plot in the second half.
Last: Beat NE, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Thurs. vs CHV
Omar Cummings got off to a hot start in a Friday night match that may have snuck under the radar on opening weekend.
Last: Won at CHV, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Sat. vs. CHI.
Joel Lindpere's goal against Chicago had Red Bulls fans leaping from their seats -- and perhaps forgetting all about 2009.
Last: Beat CHI, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Sat. at SEA
Somehow the news that the club will host an exhibition in Spring Break hotbed Corpus Christi in June was more exciting than a draw against Dallas.
Last: Tied at FCD, 1-1 [WATCH] Next: Thurs. vs. RSL
Dallas heads into a bye week in serious need of some healthy bodies. Ugo Ihemelu is hoping to return before a showdown with the Crew.
Last: Tied with HOU, 1-1 [WATCH] Next: April 10 vs. CLB
De los Cobos caught some flack for (gasp) pulling a healthy Brian McBride when the result was still in doubt. Are Fire fans panicked?
Last: Lost at NY, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Sat. at COL
Hideously disappointing debut for Osael Romero, especially for all the Salvadoran-Americans cheering him on at the HDC.
Last: Lost to COL, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Thurs. at LA
It was easy to chalk the loss at LA up to the absence of the Revs' main man, but things will get interesting if Steve Nicol can't get Joseph back soon.
Last: Lost at LA, 1-0 [WATCH] Next: Sat. at DC
Tough opening draw, even for Preki. The Reds didn't impress at Columbus, but they're off for a week before hitting the road to Foxborough.
Last: Lost at CLB, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: April 10 at NE
Ugh. D.C. got flattened by Peter Vermes and Kansas City in Curt Onalfo's homecoming, and it wasn't pretty.
Last: Lost at KC, 4-0 [WATCH] Next: April 10 at PHI
The Quakes rolled over against RSL, and then went shopping. Is Joe Cannon on the trading block after a discount pickup of Fire castoff Jon Busch?
Last: Lost to RSL, 3-0 [WATCH] Next: April 10 at CHI
Peter Nowak's fingerprints are all over this team. But they've got to start playing with their heads.
Last: Lost at SEA, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: April 10 vs. DC