2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMarch 25, 2012

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

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    A major shakeup has occurred in this week's MLS Power Rankings on Bleacher Report.

    Real Salt Lake's demise has forced the LA Galaxy to move up the ladder in spite of a bye week. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders rule the roost, making the top of this week's list.

    Also in this week's rankings, a new face takes over at the cellar. It's all here, in Bleacher Report's Major League Soccer Power Rankings.

19. Toronto FC

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    There were no heroics from Ryan Johnson that could save Aron Winter's Toronto FC this time around, as they were routed emphatically by the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-0 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont.

    You talk about poor momentum heading into the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal with Santos Laguna, this is what you mean. Kickoff in the first leg at BMO Field is scheduled for March 28 at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

    The Reds resume league play on March 31, when they host the Columbus Crew. Kickoff at BMO Field is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN.

18. Montreal Impact

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    Toronto weren't the only Canadian side that didn't hold their own. Jesse Marsch's Montreal Impact were routed by the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio to the tune of 2-0.

    The expansion side can take solace that it wasn't worse...at least not until next week, when they travel to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. to take on the resurging New York Red Bulls.

    Kickoff is scheduled for March 31 at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by RDS and TSN.

17. Philadelphia Union

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    Peter Nowak's Philadelphia Union continued their rather sour slide as they fell 1-0 to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

    The seat is getting hotter and hotter for the Union boss, who can't be too happy with these results.

    It will not get any easier for the Union, who take on the strongest Canadian side in league play, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff at PPL Park is scheduled for March 31 at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by 6abc.

16. New England Revolution

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    Jay Heaps's New England Revolution recorded their first victory of the season when they shut out the Portland Timbers 1-0.

    Saer Sene opened his scoring account in the first minute of play.

    While it's a start, the wins need to start to come in order for the Revs to have a say in the Eastern Conference race.

    Next up for New England is a match with the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at Victoria Street is scheduled for March 31 at 11:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

15. D.C. United

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    Ben Olsen's D.C. United were hoping to get back on the winning track but will have to wait another week after being consigned to a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.

    Up next for United is at March 30 contest with FC Dallas. Kickoff at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

14. Chivas USA

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    Robin Fraser's Chivas USA have done something their big brothers, the LA Galaxy, were unable to do last year: defeat Real Salt Lake on the road.

    A 1-0 victory over RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah told the story. Casey Townsend was the hero for the Goats, scoring in the 72nd minute of play.

    Can this be a stepping stone for bigger and better things from Chivas USA? Only time will tell.

    In the meantime, the Goats will return to action on Sunday, April 1 when they face the beasts from the East, Sporting Kansas City, at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT and will be televised by KDOC-TV and KWHY-TV.

13. Portland Timbers

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    John Spencer's Portland Timbers have to wonder, what in the world just happened at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.?

    News flash, Mr. Spencer: your Timbers just got shut out 1-0 by the New England Revolution. That's what happened.

    With this result, the Timbers slink back to Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore. in need of a desperate return to form. Their opponent: Real Salt Lake.

    Kickoff from the Rose City is scheduled for March 31 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

12. Houston Dynamo

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    Dominic Kinnear's Houston Dynamo were left with Texas-sized blushes after getting ambushed with authority by the Seattle Sounders to the score of 2-0 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

    The good news for the Dynamo: they have plenty of time to figure out just what in the world went wrong before their next match, an April 15 tie with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.

11. Columbus Crew

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    Robert Warzycha's Columbus Crew got back on the winning track, flexing their muscles in a 2-0 shutout win over the Montreal Impact at Crew Stadium.

    Milovan Mirosevic opened the scoring in the 30th minute of play and Olman Vargas doubled the Crew's advantage in the 66th minute.

    Next up for Columbus is the first round of the Trillium Cup with Toronto FC. Kickoff at BMO Field is scheduled for March 31 at 2 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio.

10. Colorado Rapids

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    Oscar Pareja's Colorado Rapids were sliced, diced and turned into bologna by the New York Red Bulls in a 4-1 blowout defeat.

    Omar Cummings scored the only goal for the Rapids, in the 77th minute of play.

    Colorado return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park with their tails between their legs ahead of their April 1 match with the Chicago Fire. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.

9. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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    Martin Rennie's Vancouver Whitecaps looked to continue their winning streak but faced a very tenacious D.C. United side at B.C. Place Stadium. In the end, the Caps were forced to settle for a scoreless draw.

    Vancouver's next league game is against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for March 31 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by Rogers SportsNet Pacific.

8. Chicago Fire

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    Frank Klopas's Chicago Fire brought out the torches at Toyota Park and smoked the Philadelphia Union, 1-0. Dominic Oduro recorded the game-winner in the 28th minute of play.

    Chicago continued their 2012 season against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for April 1 at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.

7. Red Bull New York

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    Making a big stride this week are Hans Backe's New York Red Bulls, who trampled the Colorado Rapids 4-1 at Red Bull Arena.

    Thierry Henry recorded a brace in the third and 53rd minutes. Also earning a brace was Kenny Cooper, with goals in the sixth and 89th minutes of play.

    New York have a great chance to get on a roll when they host the Montreal Impact. Kickoff at Red Bull Arena is scheduled for March 31 at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by MSG.

6. Real Salt Lake

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    Attention, all readers: the Fortress has been sacked. Again!

    Jason Kreis's Real Salt Lake were given their comeuppance by the most unexpected of teams: Chivas USA, in a 1-0 shutout loss at Rio Tinto Stadium.

    However, it should be noted that RSL are a team that can rebound with authority, and they get their chance in the New Fortress, Jeld-Wen Field, against the Portland Timbers.

    Kickoff is scheduled for March 31 at 8 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by ABC4.

5. FC Dallas

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    Schellas Hyndman's FC Dallas were unable to hang on for the draw and were left out to dry late by Sporting Kansas City, 2-1 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

    Ricardo Villar scored the only goal for Dallas, in the 25th minute of play.

    Up next for the Hoops is a match with D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for March 30 at 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised NBC Sports.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy were off this week, but thanks to other match results around the league, they move up to fourth in this week's Power Rankings.

    Up next for LA is a match with the New England Revolution, who they recently dismissed in the Desert Diamond Cup last month. Can they get on a roll against the Revs?

    Kickoff is scheduled for March 31 at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

3. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Surprise, surprise. Look who's third in this week's Power Rankings.

    Frank Yallop's San Jose Earthquakes put Toronto FC to the sword early and often, punching them off BMO Field to the tune of 3-0.

    Chris Wondolowski has been the scoring catalyst for the Quakes for quite a while, and he was back at it again with a brace in the ninth and 68th minutes of play. Also on the scoresheet was Shea Salinas with a goal in the 56th minute.

    San Jose now have a tougher task ahead of them, as they travel up the I-5 to CenturyLink Field in Seattle to take on the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for March 31 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

2. Sporting Kansas City

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    Peter Vermes's Sporting Kansas City maintained their hold on the MLS Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

    Aurelien Collin scored in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time, but it was Kei Kamara who delivered the game-winner in the 88th minute of play.

    Sporting travel to the Home Depot Center on Sunday, April 1 to take on Chivas USA. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by KSMO-TV.

1. Seattle Sounders FC

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    This week, Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders take the top spot by way of their 2-0 shutout win over the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field.

    David Estrada is on a hotstreak. He recorded his fourth goal of the season in the 23rd minute of play. Also scoring for the Sounders was BRad Evans in the 27th minute.

    Seattle continue their 2012 MLS season when they host the San Jose Earthquakes on March 31 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16.