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MLS Power Rankings: Rivalry Week weirdness creates strange stability in our Power Poll

Lots of draws and an upset or two actually gave us some clarity on our early-season ranking of all 19 MLS teams. See the list here and be sure to add your own ranking to our Interactive Power Poll.


It wasn't a high-scoring week in MLS, at least not outside the Lone Star State, but it was certainly wild. Get a handle on all the week's action at our roundup and have your say in the B&RU Week 3 Power Poll, the internet's only interactive MLS power ranking (we think).

As far as voting goes, just rearrange the order below and click "VOTE" - even if you don't rank all 19 teams, give us the top of your order, and the cloudbrain will assign a lower constant to the remaining teams. So be heard! Vote! And then give us your take in the comments.

My ballot this week is just below, but first just a few thoughts, foremost among them is the phrase "Oh, Canada." Two Canadian teams (including the idle Whitecaps) top the list for the first - and possibly last - time this year. Or ever. Somewhat interestingly, three of my top four teams have all been off for one week already. I haven't been overly impressed with United's less than dominating play so far, so it's a testament to the league's parity and lack of truly elite-looking teams so far that the Black-and-Red are in the Top 5. Remember, it's still early, and there's still a lot of volatility in the rankings. Anyway, here's my take on Week 3:

  1. Montreal Impact - perfect
  2. Vancouver Whitecaps - less impressively perfect
  3. LA Galaxy - rough finishing cost them points against the Goats
  4. Houston Dynamo - tough breaks in Dallas
  5. D.C. United - best defense in the league so far
  6. Real Salt Lake - could be special when Morales returns
  7. San Jose Earthquakes - who said the Goonies were gone?
  8. Seattle Sounders - exciting moments, too little end product
  9. Columbus Crew - enigmatic
  10. New York Red Bulls - could be really good if they find their finishing boots
  11. FC Dallas - losing to Chivas outweighs two wins, for now
  12. Sporting Kansas City - toothless
  13. Philadelphia Union - six points from bottom-feeders
  14. Chivas USA - hard-done against LA, but scrapped for another point
  15. Toronto FC - could have drawn Montreal, but didn't, of course
  16. Colorado Rapids - one point from three games
  17. Portland Timbers - stole a late draw in Seattle
  18. Chicago Fire - held off a ball-hoarding Sporks team to get a clean sheet
  19. New England Revolution - nearly held the Union scoreless, but almost doesn't count