Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Week 2 MLS Power Rankings

1. Montreal Impact (2-0-0) - No Didier Drogba? No problem. Dominic Oduro and Ignacio Piatti have shot out of the gates in 2016 and have the Impact looking like the league's best side through two weeks. Last Week: 5
2. Sporting Kansas City (2-0-0) - Did Dom Dwyer just re-find his scoring touch? Guessing not a lot of people had Sporting on back-to-back wins after starting the season without Benny Feilhaber. Last Week: 10
3. Toronto FC (1-0-1) - Sebastian Giovinco can't do it all himself, right? Or can he? Joey Altidore's return will be a welcome addition to the Reds' attack. Last Week: 3
4. Portland Timbers (1-1-0) - The Timbers should expect to see teams' best efforts all year long, and losing Liam Ridgewell indefinitely could be a problem for them. Last Week: 1
5. FC Dallas (1-1-0) That loss to the Dynamo was a fluke, right? FC Dallas is supposed to be better than they showed on Saturday. They'll get a pass this once, but that match has to serve as a wakeup call for the Supporter's Shield favorites. Last Week: 2
6. San Jose Earthquakes (2-0-0) - Chris Wondolowski continues to score goals as the Quakes are off to an impressive start. Quincy Amarikwa has seven goals and five assists in 19 starts since joining the Quakes last summer. Last Week: 11
7. LA Galaxy (1-1-0) - Lost deep into stoppage time which is tough to swallow, but what's equally frustrating is that they only managed to get one shot on target against the lowly Rapids. Last Week: 4
8. Houston Dynamo (1-0-1) - Lost Cristian Maidana and Giles Barnes to injuries, but the Dynamo attack has scored 8 goals through two matches, and we haven't even scraped the surface of Cubo Torres yet. Last Week: 15
9. Columbus Crew (0-2-0) - The goals will come for Columbus... I think... But where's the defense? This group was supposed to be an upgrade from last year's bunch. Last Week: 6
10. New York Red Bulls (0-2-0) - The Red Bulls will recover from this slow start, and the losses to the East's two Canadian sides, while frustrating, are excusable. Last Week: 7
11. Vancouver Whitecaps (0-2-0) - Vancouver's losses are to teams that are a combined 4-0-0, but Vancouver was supposed to be among the league's elite this year. Last Week: 8
12. New England Revolution (0-0-2) - Shored up the defense after allowing three goals in Week 1, but couldn't beat DC's third string keeper AND lost Charlie Davies to injury. Last Week: 9
13. New York City FC (1-0-1) - Blew a two-goal lead at home against the Toronto FC Giovincos, but strong performances from David Villa and Mix Diskerud allow for optimism. Last Week: 14
14. Orlando City SC (0-0-2) - With a man advantage and a goal advantage, OCSC failed to capitalize and had to settle for a draw against the lowly Fire. Yes, they aren't at full strength, but they need to be able to put teams away if they want to contend in the East. Last Week: 12
15. Real Salt Lake (1-0-1) - Finally managed to hold a lead late which is a big deal, especially after their stoppage time meltdown against Orlando City last week. Joao Plata has been involved in all four of RSL's goals this season with two scores and two assists. Last Week: 16
16. Seattle Sounders (0-2-0) - Back-to-back losses, lots of injuries, and still no goals or assists for Jordan Morris. This team should be fine long term, but it's been a rough March for the Sounders faithful. Last Week: 13
17. Philadelphia Union (1-1-0) - Two goals from Chris Pontius and some more solid goalkeeping from Andre Blake have things looking up in the City of Brotherly Love. Last Week: 19
18. DC United (0-1-1) - Travis Worra was tremendous in his first MLS start, but despite shutting out the Revs, this is a team in trouble. Last Week: 17
19. Colorado Rapids (1-1-0) -  Marco Pappa's last gasp game winner provided Colorado with a big three points against a team that should've walked all over them on paper. Now, can they build on that? Last Week: 20
20. Chicago Fire (0-1-1) - On a positive note, they didn't lose after going a man down early. Unfortunately, the two teams below them in last week's rankings defeated the Galaxy and the Columbus Crew. Last Week: 18

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