MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 11, 2013

MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

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    The second weekend of play in Major League Soccer kicked off in Toronto and closed in San Jose, and in between we saw plenty of surprising results. 

    The most surprising result came in Portland when the Montreal Impact continued their hot start to the season by beating their second opponent from Cascadia in two weeks. 

    With three of the top teams in the league given the weekend off to prepare for the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, the highest profile result came in San Jose on Sunday night when the Red Bulls handed the Earthquakes a victory. 

    Here is how the power rankings look after the second week of the MLS season. 


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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. 

    Meet Our Voters

    Joe Tansey----World Football Featured Columnist

    Peter Brownell-----World Football Featured Columnist

    John D. Halloran---MLS and United States National Team Featured Columnist

    Alan Hainkel-----MLS Featured Columnist

19. Chicago Fire

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    Points: 5

    Last Week's Ranking: T-14

    Week 2 Result: Loss to New England, 1-0.

    Chicago's disappointing start to the season continued on Saturday as they fell to the Revolution at home. 

    While the Fire were able to get off four shots on goal, they failed to earn a corner kick in the loss. 

    The road to the first victory of the season does not get any easier next week as the Fire have to visit Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. 

18. Colorado Rapids

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    Points: 7

    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Week 2 Result: Loss to Philadelphia, 2-1.

    The Rapids' home opener did not go as planned as the Union stormed into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and took down Oscar Pareja's team. 

    The loss marked the first time in 10 years that the Rapids lost a home opener. 

    Adding to the disappointment in Colorado is the injury that Pablo Mastroeni suffered in the first half. 

    The Rapids captain, who missed 32 games last season with post-concussion symptoms, left the game in the eighth minute with a hamstring injury. 

17. FC Dallas

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    Points: 14

    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Week 2 Result: Loss to Chivas USA, 3-1. 

    After opening the season with an ugly win over Colorado last weekend, FC Dallas played another ugly game, but they did not come out on top on Sunday. 

    After a piece of individual brilliance from David Ferreira in the 57th minute to open the scoring, FC Dallas gave up three second half goals to their hosts. 

    Luckily for Schellas Hyndman and company, no one witnessed their poor performance at the Home Depot Center. 

16. Portland Timbers

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    Points: 21

    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Week 2 Result: Loss to Montreal, 2-1. 

    After a high-energy draw to start the Caleb Porter era in Portland, the Timbers fell short against Montreal in front of the Timbers Army at Jeld-Wen Field. 

    Ryan Johnson scored his first Timbers goal in the 80th minute, but that was all the Timbers could muster in the loss. 

    The Timbers will go on the road for the first time this season next week as they play Cascadia rival Seattle as a part of Rivalry Week.

15. New York Red Bulls

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    Points: 22

    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Week 2 Result: Loss to San Jose, 2-1. 

    Roy Miller's boneheaded mistakes threw a win away for the Red Bulls in San Jose on Sunday night.

    Miller was called for a handball in the penalty area and then was whistled for encroachment on a saved Chris Wondolowski penalty. 

    On the second chance penalty, Wondolowski converted and sent the Red Bulls home with a loss. 

    The Red Bulls' schedule does not get any easier next week as they host D.C. United as a part of rivalry week on Saturday. 

14. Chivas USA

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    Points: 23

    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Week 2 Result: Win over FC Dallas, 3-1.

    After earning the dubious honor of last place in the first two editions of the MLS Power Rankings, Chivas USA are now out of the cellar after beating FC Dallas. 

    A three goal barrage in the final 22 minutes gave Chivas USA their first win of the season on Sunday. 

    Juan Agudelo, Oswaldo Minda and Giovani Casillas all found the back of the net at the Home Depot Center to push the Goats past FC Dallas.

T-12. Philadelphia Union

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    Points: 33

    Last Week's Ranking: T-14

    Week 2 Result: Win over Colorado, 2-1.

    Despite being delayed 24 hours because of close to a foot of snow in Colorado, the Union were able to go on the road and take down the Rapids for their first win of the season.

    Amobi Okugo opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a header, and Jack McInerney scored the winning goal in the 79th minute for the Union. 

    John Hackworth's team will now look to win their first home game of the season on Saturday against New England. 

T-12. Seattle Sounders

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    Points: 33

    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Week 2 Result: No Game Played

    After losing to Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Seattle Sounders were given a week off to rest up for the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup with the Mexican club. 

    The Sounders will try to overturn their one-goal deficit on Tuesday night when they host the Liga MX side at CenturyLink Field. 

11. Toronto FC

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    Points: 34

    Last Week's Ranking: 18

    Week 2 Result: Win over Sporting Kansas City, 2-1.

    Toronto FC also boosted themselves out of the power rankings cellar with a win this weekend. 

    Robert Earnshaw's debut for the Reds could not have gone any better, as he netted two goals. 

    The Welsh forward scored his first MLS goal in the third minute and followed that up with a second goal 18 minutes later. 

10. Columbus Crew

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    Points: 43

    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Week 2 Result: Loss to Vancouver, 2-1. 

    After cruising past Chivas USA in their opening game, the Crew went on the road again on Saturday, but they were not as fortunate in Vancouver.

    The Crew equalized right after the second half whistle blew through a Jairo Arrieta goal, but they failed to hold the Whitecaps to a draw. 

    A mistake at the back by Glauber resulted in the winning goal by Kenny Miller, and the Crew went home without a point. 

9. New England Revolution

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    Points: 46

    Last Week's Ranking: T-14

    Week 2 Result: Win over Chicago, 1-0.

    In their first game of the season, the Revolution went into Toyota Park and took down the Fire. 

    Jerry Bengtson scored in the 63rd minute after receiving a nifty cross from Juan Toja. 

    Fans of the international game will remember Bengtson for the winning goal he scored against the United States back in February when Honduras upset the U.S.

T-7. Sporting Kansas City

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    Points: 47

    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Week 2 Result: Loss to Toronto, 2-1. 

    A second consecutive comeback victory was not in the cards for Sporting Kansas City this weekend, as they fell on the road to Toronto FC. 

    The loss was the first suffered by Sporting in the regular season since July 28, 2012, when they lost to Columbus. 

    In the losing effort, Claudio Bieler scored his second goal of the season in the 77th minute. 

T-7. D.C. United

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    Points: 47

    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Week 2 Result: Win over Real Salt Lake, 1-0.

    Lionard Pajoy's 60th minute diving header propelled D.C. United to victory on Saturday in front of the home crowd at RFK Stadium. 

    By earning their first three points of the season, Ben Olsen and company were able to jump out of the Eastern Conference cellar.

    Things will continue to get better for United next week as captain Dwayne De Rosario returns after serving a two-game suspension to start the season. 

6. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Points: 49

    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Week 2 Result: Win over New York, 2-1. 

    The Earthquakes' propensity for scoring late in the second half reared its head again on Sunday as Adam Jahn and Chris Wondolowski scored in the final 10 minutes of the team's win over the Red Bulls.

    After struggling in the first half, Frank Yallop brought on Jahn and Sam Garza to infuse some life in the Earthquakes' lineup.

    Both of those players did exactly that, and the Earthquakes were able to come out on top and erase the haunting memories of last week's loss to Real Salt Lake. 

5. Real Salt Lake

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    Points: 59

    Last Week's Ranking: T-3

    Week 2 Result: Loss to D.C. United, 1-0.

    Real Salt Lake's first trip to the East Coast this season resulted in a loss to D.C. United. 

    In a game where few shots went on target, RSL's best chance came in the 73rd minute when Khari Stephenson's shot was saved by Bill Hamid. 

    RSL will finally get to play in front of their home crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday when they welcome the Colorado Rapids to Utah. 

4. Vancouver Whitecaps

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    Points: 63

    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Week 2 Result: Win over Columbus, 2-1. 

    The Whitecaps won their second consecutive game to open the season on Saturday night by taking down the Crew at BC Place.

    Daigo Kobayashi scored an early goal of the year candidate in the sixth minute to put the Caps ahead early on. .  

    In the 57th minute, it was Kenny Miller, who was wearing the captain's armband in place of the injured Jay DeMerit, that won the game for the Caps.

    The Whitecaps will now get to bask in their early success next weekend as they sit on the sidelines during Rivalry Week. 

3. Montreal Impact

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    Points: 70

    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Week 2 Result: Win over Portland, 2-1. 

    The Montreal Impact have become the surprise team of the season so far after winning twice in Cascadia in the first two weeks. 

    One week after coming out of Seattle with a victory, the Impact went into Portland and did the same. 

    In the process of defeating the Timbers, Hassoun Camara delivered a stunning bicycle kick goal in the 30th minute for Marco Schallibaum's team. 

2. Houston Dynamo

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    Points: 71

    Last Week's Ranking: T-3

    Week 2 Result: No Game Played

    The Dynamo were given the weekend off in order to prepare for their second leg game with Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday.

    In the first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium last Tuesday, the Dynamo won 1-0 after Brad Davis scored a late winner in the 89th minute. 

1. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Points: 76

    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Week 2 Result: No Game Played

    Just like the other two MLS teams involved in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, the Galaxy were given the weekend off by the league. 

    In the first leg against Herediano, the Galaxy came out of Costa Rica with 0-0 draw. 

    The second leg between the two teams will be played on Wednesday at the Home Depot Center before the Galaxy play in the SuperClasico on Sunday. 


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