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March 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

My MLS power rankings: Week 2

Take a look at other MLS power rankings leaguewide from ESPN.com, SI.com, MLSsoccer.com, ProSoccerTalk and Soccer America, and you’ll see I’m in the minority as it relates to the top-ranked team. Such is the nature of these subjective rankings. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments:

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Rank Team Comment
1 (1) Real Salt Lake Came within seconds of starting season with two big road wins, but 1-0-1 start isn’t bad
2 (6) Houston Will Bruin, with MLS-most three goals, leads the league’s only 2-0 team after two weeks
3 (4) Sporting KC Started year with loss and tie in MLS, but earned big win in CCL vs. Cruz Azul (Mexico)
4 (5) L.A. Galaxy Bizarre scheduling has team playing RSL this weekend having just faced them in Week 1
5 (2) Portland Once again needed a late goal from newcomer Gaston Fernandez to salvage a tie at home
6 (11) Toronto FC Held on to win its first opener since 2009, but does this group have staying power?
7 (3) Sounders FC Small sample size, but Montreal is the only team Seattle has never beaten or tied (0-2)
8 (7) Vancouver Wunderkind Kekuta Manneh has five goals in his past five games dating to last season
9 (8) Columbus Federico Higuain can do Manneh one (or three) better, having scored eight goals in eight
10 (12) Philadelphia Ex-Sounder Seba Le Toux scored to up his average to 1.02 points per 90 min. with Union
11 (10) Colorado Shane O’Neill had an impressive rookie year as a center back but is moving to right back
12 (9) NY Red Bulls Thierry Henry scored a goal in his return, but Jamison Olave gave up a crucial PK in his
13 (13) FC Dallas Defender Matt Hedges continues to double as a goal scorer with a late equalizer in K.C.
14 (14) San Jose Kings of the comeback struck against Mexico’s Toluca in CCL, then Salt Lake in MLS
15 (16) Chivas USA Showed impressive resolve vs. Vancouver while playing with 10 men for most of the game
16 (17) Chicago Two ex-Sounders (Hurtado, Ianni) were part of defense that couldn’t hold lead in Portland
17 (15) New England Continues to be the head-scratcher of the season with no goals and no points in early going
18 (18) Montreal Fell to 0-2 after two straight on road but has three of next four and five of seven at home
19 (19) D.C. United Had a bye to get over blowout loss in opener, but faces improved TFC squad away

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