MLS Power Rankings Week Two: Seattle Stays Strong
Question: Who is the only team in MLS yet to allow a goal in 2009?
Answer: Seattle Sounders FC, who, after posting their second straight shutout, find themselves atop the league table.
While Seattle hasn't conceded a goal, they're scoring in bunches, at the rate of 2.5 per game. Thanks to their high-powered offense, the power rankings have a drastically different look this week.
Last week's ranking is in parenthesis
1. Seattle Sounders FC (9)
Perhaps I was too cautious in my preseason evaluation of Seattle. One week after handling New York with ease, Seattle shut out another 2008 playoff team with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. It's a big leap up the rankings, yes, but they're the only team to have gone home with the maximum points each week.
2. Chivas USA (5)
Chivas once again showed why they are one of the favorites in the West with an easy 2-0 victory over Dallas. Zack Thornton is proving to be an adequate replacement for Brad Guzan and Chivas finds themselves flying high in the early stages of the season.
3. Chicago Fire (1)
Chicago salvaged a draw with DC on the road. Expect them to gain momentum in the following weeks as they try to make the most of Cuauhtemoc Blanco's final season with the club.
4. Columbus Crew (2)
Without Guillermo Barros Schelotto, things would be a lot worse in Columbus. Twice in a row the Argentinian has supplied the offense for the defending champs, who are still in search of their first win. Perhaps their fortunes will improve once Frankie Hejduk returns from international duty.
5. Toronto FC (4)
Toronto went on the road to Columbus and managed a draw against the defending champs. They're currently undefeated on the season and are in a three-way tie for first place in the East.
6. DC United (6)
DC will be encouraged by Luciano Emilio's early goal against Chicago. The defense did a decent job, but Chicago managed to break through with a goal early in the second half. Will DC be able to sustain their level of physicality throughout the entire season?
7. New England Revolution (8)
New England scored both goals in a 1-1 draw with New York this week, and were actually lucky to escape with a point. It took a stoppage time goal from Kenny Mansally for New England to leave with anything.
8. Houston Dynamo (3)
The loss to San Jose was just crushing. After two quick goals from Houston equalized, they let San Jose score a third just before halftime. While Stuart Holden and his offensive cohorts are playing well, the defense leaves a lot to be desired at the moment.
9. New York Red Bulls (7)
New York is still searching for their first win of 2009. They miss Dave Van Den Bergh and have looked like a team on the outside of the playoffs just one season after reaching the MLS Cup Final. NY fans will want things to turn around quickly.
10. San Jose Earthquakes (13)
San Jose scored three goals in the space of 15 minutes to defeat Houston. They showed glimmers of promise last season and this win could go a long way towards building on that.
11. LA Galaxy (10)
LA had a bye this week, and only moved down in the rankings to accommodate a 3-2 victory for San Jose.
12. Colorado Rapids (15)
Colorado picked up their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Kansas City. They were aggressive offensively and can take a lot of positives away from a very solid effort.
13. Real Salt Lake (11)
So far, RSL only has one game under their belts in 2009. But it's one they hope to forget. The team had a lot of preseason hype, but fell to Seattle 2-0. There's still plenty of time for them to right the ship and climb the table towards the playoffs.
14. FC Dallas (12)
After getting trounced by Chicago in week one, Dallas stumbled once again, falling 2-0 at the hands of Chivas USA. They're sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, and I imagine Kenny Cooper is really hoping for a summer transfer.
15. Kansas City Wizards (14)
This club hasn't looked good at all in the early part of the season. The lone bright spot this week? Kevin Hartman becoming the MLS' all-time leader in saves. Unfortunately, he did it in a 2-1 loss to Colorado.
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