MLS Power Rankings

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | View Comments
- Keith Hickey

A miserably wet and gray weekend, and Seattle wasn't even at home. Good showing from Portland and New York, a not so great time to be from Dallas or Toronto. But then, is there really ever a good time to be from Toronto?

2. New York Red Bulls (5)
FINALLY. Red Bull got over their dip in form by slapping a 3-0 on San Jose. Luke Rodgers may have been man of the match, but it's Thierry Henry scoring which will thrill the hearts of the Harrison faithful.
3. Los Angeles Galaxy (3)
Lacking Landon, the Galaxy bounced back from a disappointing draw against Toronto with a win away to Chicago to stay second in the table, but they've played more games than anyone else in the league.

4. Philadelphia Union (2)
If the Union wants to be counted among the league's elite, they have to finish games off and defend better on set pieces. The attack looks better, though. Carlos Ruiz put in his best performance in a Union shirt.

5. Colorado Rapids (4)
Colorado lost their second straight game last Wednesday, but it was against the all-conquering RSL in a rivalry match, so you have to give the Rapids the benefit of the doubt for now.

6. D.C. United (6)
A convincing win over TFC will do wonders for a side that is looking much stronger than their 2010 edition. Charlie Davies is the early Golden Boot front-runner.

7. Seattle Sounders (13)
A gutsy, stoppage-time point against a good Philly team to follow up their first win of the season. The Sounders finally look like they're back on course after a pretty disastrous start to the season.

8. San Jose Earthquakes (7)
Wrong place, wrong time when New York finally decided to join MLS this season. Still good enough to make the playoffs.

9. Houston Dynamo (10)
A poor start to the season, but Houston have racked up two wins on the trot. Tougher tests than Vancouver and New England await.

10. Columbus Crew (14)
It may not be pretty, but Columbus have become a difficult team to beat. If they keep it together this season, the Crew could sneak into the postseason.

11. Portland Timbers (18)
Home field advantage has made a huge difference for the Timbers, who have taken two straight at JELD-WEN.

12. Chicago Fire (8)
After an encouraging start, Chicago have hit some speed bumps. Their squad should be better than this.

13. Vancouver Whitecaps (12)
A home point against a bottom-dweller like Chivas USA will be accepted by the fans of an expansion club.

14. Toronto FC (9)
With their draw against LA, the Reds were flirting dangerously close to relevance. A 3-0 pulping at the hands of D.C. restores the natural order of things.

15. Sporting Kansas City (11)
Have a game in hand on the rest of the table, but that leaky defense could be cause for concern.

16. FC Dallas (16)
I took flack for placing Dallas's talented squad so low last week, but their loss to expansion Portland vindicates me somewhat. This team is over-reliant on David Ferreira and less than the sum of their parts.

17. New England Revolution (15)
Home games against mid-table conference rivals are the type of matches New England needs to win. After a short flirtation with the top half of the rankings, the Revs are back among the detritus.

18. Chivas USA (17)
The only winless team left in MLS. Unless the Goats improve, this could get NYRB '09 pathetic.
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