MLS Power Rankings

Tuesday, April 05, 2011 | View Comments
- Keith Hickey

Week three is over. Here's our power rankings.

1. Real Salt Lake (1)
Atop our rankings for the fourth consecutive time, Real Salt Lake are representing MLS tonight in the CONCACAF Champions League, and Match Fit USA wishes them the best of luck.

2. Colorado Rapids (4)
Sitting first overall and with the best goal difference in the league, things are looking good for the defending champs. They've had a relatively light schedule so far, but RSL next week will be a real test.

3. Los Angeles Galaxy (7)
After the disappointment of their loss to Salt Lake, the Galaxy rebounded by grinding out a 1-0 win against Philadelphia. It wasn't pretty, but it was three points.

4. New York Red Bulls (4)
Maintained their unbeaten record with a draw against Houston, but they'll need to improve on their current third place position in the East if they are to live up to their pre-season hype.

5. Philadelphia Union (3)
A loss against Los Angeles is disappointing, but most teams will lose to LA this year. A home game against New York for Eastern Conference supremacy will be considered much more important.

6. San Jose Earthquakes (7)
San Jose showed a lot of character to twice come back against Seattle. They already look like possible dark horse for a late run at an MLS Cup.

7. Chicago Fire (6)
Despite having the fewest games played of any team in the East, the Fire sit in fourth place. Wins against Seattle and Portland would put Chicago in first place.

8. Vancouver Whitecaps (11)
Vancouver earned their fourth point in three games with a thrilling comeback to even out a three goal KC advantage. More performances like that, and the Whitecaps could threaten to make the playoffs.
9. New England Revolution (8)
Still undefeated, the Revolution's erm, revolution hit a snag with a home draw against expansion Portland. A matchup with Real Salt Lake this Saturday will truly test New England's mettle.

10. D.C. United (10)
A 4-1 defeat to champions Colorado finds D.C. in painfully familiar territory, hovering just above the bottom of the East. The impending visit of Los Angeles will not be the pick-me-up manager Ben Olsen was hoping for.

11. Sporting Kansas City (9)
Kansas City have the handicap of an extended roadtrip to start the season, and it's imperative that Sporting get the most they can out of winnable games. Giving up three late goals against an expansion team is not the way to go about that task.

12. Columbus Crew (15)
The crew wanted to get their season jump-started after a winless first two games, and they accomplished that with a 2-0 win against Dallas.

13. Toronto FC (13)
Holy to the crap, Maicon Santos. By crapping the bed on an open goal with an available teammate, he pissed away two vital points for Toronto, who gave Chivas their first point of the season.

14. Houston Dynamo (16)
Came from a goal down to get a point away to New York, a point they will be very happy with. They're still at the foot of the east, though, and remain the only team in that conference without a win.

15. Seattle Sounders (12)
Can anyone tell me what is wrong with the Sounders? On paper, they're one of the best teams in the league. In four games this season, they've lost twice, drawn at home against a team they should be beating, and twice gave up the lead to draw away.

16. Chivas USA (17)
Got their first point of the season, but there's still plenty of work to do.

17. Portland Timbers (18)
See above entry. (I will add that as an expansion team, they're under considerably less pressure than Chivas.)

18. FC Dallas (14)
Last season, Dallas were almost impossible to beat, and made it to the MLS Cup Final. This season, they've scored just one goal in three games, the worst offense in MLS. Schellas Hyndman must fix his team if he wants to keep his job much longer.
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