How about Real Salt Lake? Advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League final by getting a big result (albeit a 2-1 loss in a semifinal second leg) on the road against Costa Rican club Saprissa — Sounders FC’s old group-stage foe. Big moment for RSL and the league. The two legs for the championship are later this month.
Also gotta love Jason Kreis for dropping this quote: “We’re not here to weather the storm; We’re here to be the storm.” I’m sure he’ll be pleased to know his team remained No. 1 in my rankings…
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1. (1) Real Salt Lake 2-0-0
Got last week off for a big CONCACAF Champions League semifinal Tuesday in Costa Rica.
2. (2) Colorado Rapids 3-0-0
Reigning champs are perfect through three games. Look out for new forward Caleb Folan.
3. (3) New York Red Bulls 1-0-2
Many think the recent acquisition of Dwayne De Rosario makes them the MLS Cup favorite.
4. (4) Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1-1
The returns of all-stars Donovan Ricketts and Omar Gonzalez were a welcome sight.
5. (6) San Jose Earthquakes 1-1-1
Finally someone other than Wondo scored; more options could make them dangerous.
6. (5) Philadelphia Union 2-1-0
In first place in the Eastern Conference despite scoring just two goals in three games.
7. (7) Sporting K.C. 1-1-1
Most exciting team? Tied for MLS lead with eight goals, but eight conceded are most, too.
8. (8) Chicago Fire 1-0-1
Undefeated start to be tested in Seattle against a team it hasn’t beaten in four tries (0-2-2).
9. (9) New England Revolution 1-0-2
Brutal travel week, playing Wednesday in Vancouver, then back home Saturday against RSL.
10. (13) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-1-1
Thrilling comeback from down 3-0, including two goals by Camilo Sanvezzo in stoppage.
11. (10) Seattle Sounders FC 0-2-2
Each game this season has been somewhat disappointing. Fans rightfully getting restless.
12. (16) Columbus Crew 1-1-1
Amid the roster turnover, Eddie Gaven is still one of league’s most underrated players.
13. (14) Toronto FC 1-1-1
Life after De-Ro began with a draw vs. Chivas USA. Will team be better without the drama?
14. (12) D.C. United 1-2-0
Allowed three goals in 20 minutes to Colorado, but could get GK Bill Hamid back this week.
15. (11) FC Dallas 0-2-1
Last year’s Western Conference champion is easily the most disappointing team in 2011.
16. (15) Houston Dynamo 0-1-2
Lucky to have even the two points it has this season. Thank GK Tally Hall for that.
17. (17) Chivas USA 0-2-1
Four of next six are on the road, making Saturday’s home date with Columbus a big one.
18. (18) Portland Timbers 0-2-1
Earned franchise’s first point with a tie last week. Needs a boost from Darlington Nagbe.
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As always, the thoughts, criticisms or rankings of your own are welcome in the comments section. Also feel free to throw some love to RSL if you’re feeling generous…