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MLS 2013 Power Rankings – Week 2

Posted on: March 14, 2013 11:43 am
<p>Wanted to see the results of the second legs of the CONCACAF Champions League before I posted this, just so I could add comments for the three MLS participants who were idle last weekend (LA, Seattle, Houston). Those games do not affect the rankings (in fact the CCL teams did not move in the rankings this week) but there were three pretty entertaining games over the last two nights with LA and Seattle moving on and Houston falling victim at Santos Laguna, where all MLS teams seem to die in the CCL. An all MLS final is still possible if Seattle and LA both defeat their Mexican counterparts.<br /><br />Also, if you're looking to get into MLS, you picked a great weekend to start. NBC Sports is airing several games on NBC and NBCSN and have been promoting Rivalry Week on their various other shows. Saturday games include NY - DC (NBC, 1230pm), SKC - CHI (300pm, NBCSN) and SEA - POR (800pm, NBCSN) as well as PHI - NE, MTL - TFC, RSL - COL, LA - CHV and DAL - HOU (Sunday, ESPN2, 100pm).  </p>

<p>Onto the rankings…</p>

<p><strong>1. [LW 1] LA Galaxy – (1W-0L-0D, 3pts, 2nd West / Idle) – </strong>A dominant preformance against Costa Rican club Herediano at the Home Depot Center, including a goal from US U20 Jose Villareal. A semifinal against Mexican giants Monterrey is going to be must watch.</p>

<p><strong>2. [2] HOU Dynamo – (1-0-0, 3 pts, 5E / Idle) – </strong>That was not a good effort against Santos Laguna, with mistakes about killing the Dynamo in the first half. Perhaps they'll take their anger out against Dallas this weekend.</p>

<p><strong>3. [7] MTL Impact – (2-0-0, 6pts, 1E / W @ POR 2-1) – </strong>A few more road trips like that and we're not going to be talking about the Impact being a pesky expansion team, we're going to be talking about a deep playoff run.</p>

<p><strong>4. [6] VAN Whitecaps – (2-0-0, 6pts, 1W / W vs. CREW 2-1) – </strong>They started out quickly last season and sputtered out in the middle of the year. So far that injury to Jay DeMerit isn't affecting them.</p>

<p><strong>5. [3] Real Salt Lake – (1-1-0, 3pts, 4W / L @ DC 0-1) – </strong>Played well in a loss to DC, put you'd expect the offense to be a little more consistent.</p>

<p><strong>6. [4] Columbus CREW – (1-1-0, 3pts, 2E / L @ VAN 1-2) – </strong>I still think the Crew are the sleepers in MLS this year, they're too consistent and no one will complain about a road loss at Vancouver.</p>

<p><strong>7. [5] Sporting KC – (1-1-0, 3pts, 3E / L @ TFC 1-2) – </strong>To be fair to SKC, someone had to lose to Toronto eventually, but no one thought it would be a contending team. It looks like Graham Zusi and the SKC offense will have to carry this team unless Jimmy Neilsen is going to bail them out a lot.</p>

<p><strong>8. [8] SEA Sounders – (0-1-0, 0pts, 9W / Idle) – </strong>Got a nice win against 10-man Tigres in the CCL and play defending champs and MLS nemesis Santos Laguna next round in early April. This week, rivalry game against the Timbers.</p>

<p><strong>9. [10] SJ Earthquakes – (1-1-0, 3pts, 5W / W vs. NY 2-1) – </strong>Probably woud be ranked higher, but considering NY gifted them a win we'll temper our excitement until Adam Jahn plays another game. </p>

<p><strong>10. [11] DC United – (1-1-0, 3pts, 8E / W vs. RSL 1-0) – </strong>Survived their first two games without Dwayne De Rosario and got a nice win against RSL. Expect De Rosario to be linking up more with Lionard Pajoy up top.</p>

<p><strong>11. [9] FC Dallas – (1-1-0, 3pts, 6W / L @ CHV 1-3) – </strong>David Ferreira might be back, but the problem for Dallas right now is replacing Brek Shea and figuring out what's wrong with that defense and maybe a strike partner for Kenny Cooper.</p>

<p><strong>12. [15] Toronto FC – (1-1-0, 3pts, 6E / W vs. KC 2-1) – </strong>Another week, another rookie coach getting his first win, perhaps TFC's front office knew what they were doing when the tabbed QPR's Nelsen while he was still playing.</p>

<p><strong>13. [16] NE Revolution – (1-0-0, 3pts, 7E / W @ FIRE 1-0) – </strong>The midfield of Toja, Nguyen, Cisse and Rowe dominated the second half when Jay Heaps subbed in Rowe. That's the midfield the Revs thought they had with Benny Feilhaber and Shalrie Joseph last season. And Matt Reis is adding his name to a long list of American keepers playing well into their late 30's and 40's.</p>

<p><strong>14. [17] PHI Union – (1-1-0, 3pts, 4E / W @ COL 2-1) – </strong>That's the Union team I'm used to seeing. Organized in the back, scrappy when they need to be and playmakers McInerney, Le Toux and Mike Farfan creating chances.</p>

<p><strong>15. [18] Chivas USA – (1-1-0, 3pts, 3W / W vs. DAL 3-1) – </strong>That was impressive, too bad hardly anyone saw the game. Juan Agudelo could be staging a comeback at Chivas, and with the USMNT not scoring all that much...</p>

<p><strong>16. [12] POR Timbers – (0-1-1, 1pt, 7W / L vs. MTL 1-2) – </strong>They're playing such great attacking soccer, all they need are some goals. When they come, they're coming in bunches and they'll shoot up the standings and the power rankings.</p>

<p><strong>17. [13] NY Red Bulls – (0-1-1, 1pt, 9E / L @ SJ 1-2) – </strong>Roy Miller not only handed San Jose a win (literally, his handball led to the PK), but this can only be described as a Donovan McNabb moment when he said his encroachment on the PK was intentional.</a> By the way, Mike Petke, you should bench that guy.</p>

<p><strong>18. [14] COL Rapids – (0-2-0, 0pts, 8W / L vs. PHI 2-1) – </strong>It's a slow start for Colorado but they have several key injuries including Edson Buddle who should inject some life into the Rapids stagnant attack.</p>

<p><strong>19. [19] Chicago FIRE – (0-2-0, 0pts, 10E / L vs. NE 0-1) – </strong>When your coach (Frank Yallop) subs off your DP striker (Sherjill MacDonald) because he "needed more"</a> from him, that's not good. By the way, two games in and the Fire have yet to score a goal.</p>

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