I said last week that there would be volatility in the Power Poll this early in the MLS season, but wow, did I never expect some of the results we saw this weekend. Should be lots of churn in this week's edition, but I suppose that's up to all of you. Here's a little cheat sheet of this week's results before we get to the voting.
Toronto FC 2-1 Sporting Kansas City - For the second week in a row, the Sporks looked overmatched against what should have been lesser competition, going down two in the first half. The defending Eastern Conference regular season champs looked better in the second half, but could only pull one back late, giving former D.C. United captain Ryan Nelsen his first win as a head coach.
D.C. United 1-0 Real Salt Lake - Read all about this one in our recap, and be sure to catch The Last Word on the match.
Chicago Fire 0-1 New England Revolution - Chicago won the possession battle and New England fouled a lot, but neither side ever really found a good rhythm in this one. Neither side hit double digits in shooting attempts, but the Revs managed to sneak one into the net to run out road winners.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Columbus Crew - No Jay DeMerit? No problem. An early Goal of the Year candidate and high pressure by the Whitecaps' front line were enough to see off the Crew and put Vancouver atop the Western Conference at this early point in the season.
Portland Timbers 1-2 Montreal Impact - Spending the week out in Cascadia paid off for the Impact, and the Timbers' defensive shakiness is starting to look like a real thing. An overhead kick by Hassoun Camara put Montreal ahead in the first half and a counter-attack doubled the lead after the break. Portland pulled one back late on, but they couldn't replicate their comeback against the Red Bulls. Montreal has two really big road wins already and now sits in first place in the East, giving MLS an all-Canada top line of the conference standings for the first time ever.
Colorado Rapids 1-2 Philadelphia Union - Stop me if this sounds familiar. A game is scheduled in a cold winter location during the time of year when snow is regularly a possibility. That game is delayed because of snow. The road team wins when the game is played the next day. That's pretty much what happened in Colorado, with the Rapids playing the role of the losing hosts and the Union playing the triumphant visitors. I do think the story was better the first time around, though.
Chivas USA 3-1 FC Dallas - Raise your hand if you saw this one coming? Okay, put your hand down, you liar. Dan Kennedy saved the Goats a few times, but Dallas looks like they have a lot of work to do if they're going to just miss out on the playoffs again this year.
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 New York Red Bulls - First thought: RBNYLOL. Roy Miller concedes a stupid penalty very late after the Quakes already had drawn level by raising his arm in the box and blocking a header. Then he encroaches on the ensuing penalty, which was saved, giving Chris Wondolowski a second shot at the game-winner. Second thought: San Jose needs their bruisers back on the front line. Mike Fucito was fine, but Wondo needs that big guy to play off of so that he can be Wondo. Third thought: New York is making a habit of giving up leads very late. I gotta say, I've enjoyed it so far, and I hope they continue the melt down through the whole year.
With all that out of the way, have a vote in our weekly power poll. Be sure to let us know how you voted down in the comments.
And my still-volatile ballot:
- Houston Dynamo
- LA Galaxy
- Montreal Impact
- Vancouver Whitecaps
- D.C. United
- Real Salt Lake
- San Jose Earthquakes
- Columbus Crew
- Seattle Sounders
- Sporting KC
- New England Revolution
- Philadelphia Union
- Toronto FC
- New York Red Bulls
- Portland Timbers
- Chicago Fire
- Colorado Rapids
- Chivas USA
- FC Dallas