MLS Power Rankings

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | View Comments
- Keith Hickey

Two weeks of MLS play are in the books. 53 points have been earned, and 48 goals have been scored. Six teams remain unbeaten, three have won all of their matches, and only one has failed to concede. It's a lot to take in, so here's our weekly Power Rankings to help you out.

1. Real Salt Lake (1)
Was there ever any question? The Royals looked pretty regal as they welcomed Supporters Shield holders LA Galaxy to Rio Tinto and sent them home with their tails between their legs. On top for the third time running.

2. Colorado Rapids (4)
The defending MLS Cup Champions have gotten their 2011 campaign off to a fine start, but are they a paper tiger? Sterner tests than Portland and Chivas await.

3. Philadelphia Union (7)
A similar case to the Rapids. They Union kept clean sheets against Houston and Vancouver, but a game against LA at the Home Depot Center will tell if they are true contenders.

4. New York Red Bulls (2)
New York's Eastern Conference coronation tour hit a speed bump as they failed to beat a rebuilding Columbus Crew. A home game against the 0-1-1 Dynamo should help them get back on the right path.

5. Los Angeles Galaxy (3)
Even missing Landon Donovan, to get beat 4-1 by a title rival is embarrassing. The Galaxy are now tied for most goals allowed in the league.

6. Chicago Fire (11)
Another week, another positive result for Chicago, this time a home win against fellow Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls Kansas City. Marco Pappa is an early-season MVP candidate.

7. San Jose Earthquakes (9)
Chris Wondolowski was back in form against FC Dallas, scoring two goals. And as Wondo goes, so go the Quakes.

8. New England Revolution (14)
New England look better than they were last year. How much better remains to be seen.

9. Sporting Kansas City (6)
Sporting have taken one win from two so far on their extended road trip, and an excursion north of the border to the Whitecaps will be seen as an opportunity for a second victory.

10. D.C. United (10)
Some controversial refereeing calls may have contributed to DC's loss to New England, but at least United were in contention. They're certainly not the whipping boys they were last season.

11. Vancouver Whitecaps (12)
Impressive despite losing away in Philadelphia. A suspension to Eric Hassli should be alleviated by the return of Jay Demerit from International duty.

12. Seattle Sounders (5)
Three games, just one point. Losing to LA and NY shouldn't raise alarm bells. Failing to beat Houston at home should.

13. Toronto FC (17)
Toronto beat Portland at home, but everyone will beat Portland at home. Hosting Chivas should be seen as winnable.

14. FC Dallas (8)
MLS cup contenders to not drop points winnable home games twice in a row. Toothless.

15. Columbus Crew (15)
Rebuilding year, perhaps, but holding New York to a draw and spoiling the party is always welcome.

16. Houston Dynamo (13)
Two games in, just one point and just a single goal scored. This is not your slightly older brother's Dynamo.

17. Chivas USA (17)
The Goats are still looking for their first victory of the 2011 season, and only goal difference keeps them from propping up the table.

18. Portland Timbers (18)
The first win will come eventually, Timbers Army. And then... well, you'll probably have to wait a while for another. That's how being an expansion team works.
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