MLS Power Rankings, Week 3: Texas shuffle has FC Dallas on top

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

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Last: 12

Mauro Díaz is a wizard. And Fabián Castillo is starting to look like a DP-caliber attacker. Oscar Pareja's homecoming is, thus far, living up to the hype.


Last: 1

You're probably angry, if you're a Houstonian, that your team dropped during a bye week. We feel ya, but it was a soft No. 1 ranking considering the two wins came over two of the weaker early-season teams thus far.

  • Last Week: Bye
  • This Week: Saturday at Vancouver (7 pm, TSN 2, MLS Live)


Last: 3

That midweek trip to Cruz Azul, with a makeshift backline, was a 90-minute nightmare. Bounced back with a blood-and-guts win over San Jose, which featured the first goal by a Sporting forward in nearly 10 hours of game action.


Last: 2


Still one of the elite teams in the league, even if Saturday's home draw with LA left us wanting. It's very clear that they drop a notch when Joao Plata is sidelined.


Last: 8

For about 65 minutes they were glorious, attacking from all angles and switching play through midfield at will. Held on for dear life over the last 25, though – both a good sign (that they can do it) and bad (that they had to).


Last: 6

The Power Rankings Politburo is unimpressed by Seattle's overall form, but six points out of nine to start the year – including three on the road – is just fine. This team's still finding itself, but they're picking up results along the way.


Last: 11

Jury's still out on Gilberto, but both Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley have been worth every penny thus far. The defense continues their "bend-don't-break" policy, which has been good (enough) for now.


Last: 4

Beat by a set piece – starting to be a worry – and a golazo, which can happen on the road. Turned up the pressure for the final 25 minutes, and could (should?) have had the equalizer. They look the part of a playoff team, but need to start burying their looks.


Last: 9

Switched to a 4-2-3-1 for this one to shore up the midfield a bit. It worked, as the Fire didn't get many clear runs at New York's backline, but that solidity came at the expense of an attack that was a bit off.


Last: 7

On paper, this really should be the best team in the league. But something about them so far is leaving us cold – there doesn't seem to be any spark out there. LA fans shouldn't be worried yet, but they should be wary.


Last: 14

Tour de force from Dillon Powers in central midfield. The Rapids don't have a million ways to beat you, but what they do – release runners into space – they do at a very high level.


Last: 10

The 'Caps are still figuring out who they are with the ball. They seem to want to be a possession-based team that uses the ball to control the game – think RSL. But the results right now are better when they open it up and play for the counter with speed.


Last: 12

Got to give credit to the defense and depth for holding it together on a murderous road trip. But when do the forwards start putting away some of the quality looks they've gotten? Wondo has been especially guilty thus far.


Last: 5

Do we think the Timbers are the 14th-best team in MLS? Not for the long haul. But for right now, they're going out there searching for answers, and finding very few.


Last: 16

Still under construction, but in Benji Joya and Harry Shipp the Fire have young, talented building blocks. We think this team is going to chop and change the roster a bunch, but those two will be constants.


Last: 15

Were mostly outclassed in Dallas, but unlike past versions of Chivas, it feels like these early-season growing pains are actually a rung on a ladder. In the past, they've just been foreshadowing.


Last: 17

Officially opened the season by getting shut out in three straight. And now they're on the road at San Jose – a very solid defensive team. Things could get ugly fast for the Revs.


Last: 18

Knew it was going to be an uphill climb without Marco Di Vaio. They've dug themselves a pretty good hole, and it doesn't get any easier with this weekend's trip to Philly. 

Last: 19

Nothing's working for D.C. just yet. Too early to panic, and Saturday doesn't qualify as a "must win." But it's definitely a "must score."