2009 MLS Power Rankings: Week Two

David WilsonSenior Writer IApril 2, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 28:  A fan of the New York Red Bulls cheers during the game against the New England Revolution at Giants Stadium on March 28, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Last Week’s Ranking in Parenthesis…

  1. Chicago (3): How do you seize No. 1 with a tie? Do it on the road without your two best defenders, that’s how.
  2. Seattle (7): From last to second in two weeks. Wow. If they convincingly beat Toronto this week, they will be No. 1.
  3. Chivas USA (5): Back-to-back wins has Preki feeling good about his ”no name” squad, and I like them too.
  4. Columbus (1): After back-to-back ties, Columbus has slipped from its perch. Their schedule now becomes brutal.
  5. Toronto (6): Toronto FC should maybe be even higher up. A well-fought draw and a win have them off to a hot start.
  6. New England (8): Two gutsy performances in a row (without many starters) has the New England Revolution rising up the ranks.
  7. Houston (2): A very tough loss for Houston drops them a ton and their schedule isn’t going to get any easier.
  8. Salt Lake (4)Real Salt Lake falls far due to their loss to Seattle Sounders. But they will be at home this week, so I think they’ll rise.
  9. San Jose (15): Want to climb up quick? Beat last year’s West Champ by scoring three goals, and you do it.
  10. Colorado (14): Colorado has some spunk. A nice win in their home opener has pushed them into the Top 10.
  11. D.C. (12): Two weeks, two draws for DC United. They haven’t looked poor, but they have been mediocre thus far.
  12. New York (11): They outplayed NER for 89 minutes. But an unfortunate tie at home moves them down again.
  13. L.A. (13): They didn’t play, so they don’t move this week in the rankings. I still don’t think too much of them.
  14. Kansas City (9): Kansas City hasn’t looked poor, but the results (two losses) have landed them all the way down here.
  15. Dallas (10): Dallas has looked terribly bad. If not for Cooper’s 60 yarder last week, they would still have zero goals.