MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

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    The third week of the Major League Soccer season was deemed as Rivalry Week by the league before the season started.

    With plenty of passion and hatred out on the pitches of the United States and Canada this weekend, MLS fans were treated to a very competitive slate of nine games.

    Six of the nine games resulted in draws with Philadelphia, Montreal and FC Dallas being the only victorious teams this weekend. 

    The deadlock of results made it difficult for our voters to determine who should be ranked where this week.

    Here are the final results from out experts' voting after the third week of MLS play. 

Criteria

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    Every week, our MLS experts will rank each team from 1 to 19.

    Each team will be given a point total for the specific ranking they are given.

    For example, the team that is ranked No. 1 is given 19 points while the last-place team receives just one point. 

    The votes will be compiled each week, and the team with the highest point total will be placed on top of the power rankings.

     

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19. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 5

    Last week's ranking: 19

    Week 3 result: Draw with Sporting Kansas City, 0-0.

    The Chicago Fire have played 270 minutes this season, and they have failed to score a goal. 

    The latest dubious performance by Frank Klopas' team came on Saturday when they played to a scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City. 

    The Fire will look to finally snap their scoring drought at home against Chivas USA on Sunday. 

18. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 7

    Last week's ranking: 18

    Week 3 result: Draw with Real Salt Lake, 1-1. 

    The Rapids had a chance to come out of Rio Tinto Stadium with a win in the first edition of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup on Saturday.

    For 80 minutes, that was a possibility. 

    For the final 10 minutes after RSL equalized, the Rapids were happy with settling for a point. 

    Oscar Pareja's team will continue their search for their first win on Saturday as they visit the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. 

17. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 14

    Last week's ranking: 16

    Week 3 result: Draw with Seattle, 1-1. 

    Rodney Wallace rescued a point for the Timbers at the death on Saturday against Seattle. 

    Wallace was left wide open in the penalty area, and he headed home the equalizer for the Timbers in their Cascadia Cup showdown. 

    The Timbers are still in search of the first win of the Caleb Porter era, but they will have to wait until March 30 against Colorado to do so, as they are off next week. 

16. Toronto FC

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    Points: 19

    Last week's ranking: 11

    Week 3 result: Loss to Montreal, 2-1.

    Toronto FC tried their hardest to fight back and earn a point in the 401 Derby on Saturday, but a comeback was not in the cards for Ryan Nelsen's team. 

    Robert Earnshaw's third goal in two games came in the 68th minute, as the Reds began to mount a comeback. 

    Despite losing on Saturday, the progress of the Reds has been impressive under new manager Nelsen, and they should be in contention for a spot in the playoffs this season with a proven goalscorer like Earnshaw in the lineup. 

15. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 21 

    Last week's ranking: 15 

    Week 3 result: Draw with D.C., 0-0. 

    The Red Bulls opened their 2013 home campaign on Saturday against longtime rival D.C. United. 

    Mike Petke's team had 24 attempts on goal and seven shots on target, but they could not get the ball past D.C. keeper Bill Hamid and had to settle for a scoreless draw. 

    The good news for the Red Bulls on Saturday was that defender Roy Miller, who cost the team three points last week, was left out of the matchday squad and should be for the foreseeable future. 

14. New England Revolution

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    Points: 22

    Last week's ranking: 9

    Week 3 result: Loss to Philadelphia, 1-0. 

    After getting off to a hot start with a win in Chicago last week, New England's road success was halted on Saturday by Philadelphia. 

    The Revolution could only manage one corner kick and two shots on goal in the wintry weather at PPL Park. 

    Jay Heaps and company will become the last team to play their home opener on Saturday, when Kansas City comes to town. 

13. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 29

    Last week's ranking: T-12

    Week 3 result: Draw with Portland, 1-1. 

    It was a pulsating week of soccer at CenturyLink Field as the Sounders played in two thrilling games. 

    On Tuesday, the Sounders completed an astounding comeback against Tigres UANL to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. 

    On Saturday, Sigi Schmid's team played to a 1-1 draw with their Cascadia Cup rival, Portland. 

    The Sounders should have taken away the full three points from the game, but the Timbers scored in stoppage time to level the score. 

12. D.C. United

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    Points: 32

    Last week's ranking: T-7

    Week 3 result: Draw with New York, 0-0.

    D.C. United were lucky to come out of Red Bull Arena with a point after they were outplayed by their I-95 rival, New York. 

    Bill Hamid made seven saves, including a clearance off the line in the final minute of stoppage time to preserve the result. 

    United will head back home next weekend to take on the Columbus Crew. 

11. Chivas USA

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    Points: 36

    Last week's ranking: 14

    Week 3 result: Draw with Los Angeles, 1-1. 

    The SuperClasico between Chivas USA and their rival, Los Angeles Galaxy, had plenty of drama throughout the game.

    After seeing Joaquin Velazquez get sent off in the 40th minute, the Goats had an uphill battle ahead of them.

    After going down by a goal in the 83rd minute, the chances of taking a point out of the SuperClasico diminished further.

    The Goats found a lifeline in the 89th minute through rookie Carlos Alvarez, who scored his first career goal to earn a draw. 

T-9. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 45

    Last week's ranking: 10

    Week 3 result: Draw with San Jose, 1-1. 

    Columbus did not play a regional rival during Rivalry Week. Instead, they hosted the Earthquakes at Crew Stadium.

    Glauber made up for his defensive lapse against Vancouver last week by scoring the opening goal for the home side in the 68th minute. 

    The Crew's lead did not last long, as San Jose equalized through Justin Morrow just five minutes later. 

T-9. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 45

    Last week's ranking: 6

    Week 3 result: Draw with Columbus, 1-1. 

    For the second time in six days, the Earthquakes earned a draw through a second-half goal. 

    After coming back to draw the Red Bulls at home on Sunday, the Earthquakes scored through a Justin Morrow 73rd-minute goal to earn a point in Columbus. 

    Morrow became the third different San Jose player to score this season; Chris Wondolowski and Adam Jahn also have a goal each so far this season. 

T-7. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 51

    Last week's ranking: 5

    Week 3 result: Draw with Colorado, 1-1. 

    Alvaro Saborio sent Rio Tinto Stadium into an uproar on Saturday when he scored in the 80th minute to equalize RSL's match with Colorado. 

    Saborio's third goal of the season was enough to earn a point at home for Jason Kreis' team. 

    RSL's schedule does not get any easier next week, as they face a showdown with FC Dallas on Sunday. 

T-7. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 51

    Last week's ranking: 2

    Week 3 result: Loss to FC Dallas, 3-2. 

    Just seven minutes after Brad Davis put the Dynamo on level terms with FC Dallas in the Texas derby, their hosts scored late to break the hearts of Houston. 

    Houston's spirited comeback began in the 79th minute when Andrew Driver scored his first Dynamo goal and then Davis found the back of the net four minutes later. 

    The loss in the Texas derby capped off a disappointing week for the Dynamo that also saw them get knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League by Santos Laguna.

6. FC Dallas

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    Points: 55

    Last week's ranking: 17

    Week 3 result: Win over Houston, 3-2.

    FC Dallas produced plenty of fireworks in the Texas derby against Houston on Sunday afternoon.

    After George John and Andrew Jacobson scored goals in the first half for Dallas, they gave up two late second-half goals. 

    With a draw on the cards, Kenny Cooper came to the rescue and gave FC Dallas their second win of the season with a 90th-minute winner. 

    Cooper's winning strike also boosted Schellas Hyndman's team to the top of the Western Conference standings. 

T-4. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 57

    Last week's ranking: T-12

    Week 3 result: Win over New England, 1-0.

    Jack McInerney's 76th-minute rebound goal was enough to put the Union past New England on Saturday at PPL Park. 

    The win was the second consecutive one for the Union, who sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings behind Montreal. 

    The Union will have the luxury of having an early bye week next week, as they rest up for their clash with the Red Bulls on March 30. 

T-4. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 55

    Last week's ranking: T-7

    Week 3 result: Draw with Chicago, 0-0.

    For the first time this season, the powerful attack of Sporting Kansas City was held scoreless.

    In their home opener at Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City had a huge advantage in possession (72 percent) and had 20 attempts on goal, three of those being shots on target. 

    Despite the barrage by the Sporting attack, they were unable to put the ball past Chicago keeper Sean Johnson. 

T-2. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 70

    Last week's ranking: 4

    Week 3 Result: No Game Played

    The Whitecaps watched Rivalry Week from the sidelines as their two Cascadia rivals played each other in Seattle. 

    They will get back into action on the road at Houston on Saturday. 

T-2. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 70

    Last week's ranking: 1

    Week 3 result: Draw with Chivas USA, 1-1. 

    Just a few days after advancing to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a win over Herediano at home, the Galaxy were held to a draw in the SuperClasico by Chivas USA.

    The Galaxy played the second half with a man advantage, and they finally found a breakthrough in the 83rd minute through a Jack McBean goal.

    That one goal was not enough for Bruce Arena's team, as Chivas equalized just six minutes later. 

1. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 76

    Last week's ranking: 3

    Week 3 result: Win over Toronto, 2-1. 

    Montreal's terrific start to the season continued in front of their own fans at Olympic Stadium on Saturday as they took down fellow Canadian team Toronto FC. 

    Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio both netted goals for the Impact as they soared to the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. 

    The Impact did suffer a loss in the 12th minute, though, with Alessandro Nesta forced to leave the game because of an injury.