clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

MLS Power Rankings, Week 2: Bank isn't open yet

New, comments

Week 2 had a little bit of everything: draws, beatdowns and tough victories. What have we learned? Very little so far.

There were some dominating performances in Week 2, but none as beautiful as Quincy Amarikwa's sensational goal.
There were some dominating performances in Week 2, but none as beautiful as Quincy Amarikwa's sensational goal.
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Admit it: when you looked at the scores from this past week and saw "Houston Dynamo 5-0 FC Dallas," your eyes perked up in disbelief. Mine definitely did when I first saw that scoreline...no way would the team that many quietly were saying was the best team in the league (and #1 in Week 1's Power Rankings) would get pummeled at the hands of their bitter rival. For Houston, the #beatemdown of Dallas shows me two things: they can score in bunches, and they worked hard to correct the mistakes that cost them three points in Week 1 against New England. It's one of the quirky things you will undoubtedly see in the first few weeks of the Major League Soccer season.

Still, it's nothing to take to the bank yet. These teams are feeling each other out, but most importantly they're still focusing on their team identities and what they think they can do. Teams are still putting pieces together and with the transition from slow preseason to full-90 all out league action, we aren't separating the cream from the crop at this point. Thus, there will likely be a lot of movement within the Power Rankings until the teams settle in and we really get to see who's real and who isn't.

The top spot this week goes to the Montreal Impact, fresh off a 3-0 thumping of the New York Red Bulls (who have signed their lease to the basement). Your Black & Red move up a few spots to #12, but the injury bug has once again hit the team and we will see how resilient they can be over the next few weeks. Now, this is where you can make your case. Is D.C. United going to trend high or low? What have you seen so far that's a cause for concern among the league heavyweights? Is there a team you're impressed with? You know the drill: hit the comments section and let's hear what you have to say!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

Montreal Impact

5

6

2

Shut down Red Bull, look the best through 2 weeks.

2

San Jose Earthquakes

8

6

2

Quincy Amarikwa stole the show, San Jose looking good.

3

Sporting Kansas City

6

6

2

2nd straight hard fought victory.

4

Toronto FC

2

4

2

4 points in two weeks in NY/NJ? They’ll take that.

5

Houston Dynamo

10

4

2

Domination in every sense of the word.

6

New York City FC

7

4

2

Let the game slip away at home to TFC.

7

LA Galaxy

3

3

2

Inexcusable for them to lose to Colorado at the end.

8

Portland Timbers

4

3

2

Hard to peg how Portland’s playing so far this year.

9

New England Revolution

9

2

2

Scoreless draw at home to DC.

10

FC Dallas

1

3

2

They got bamboozled and they fall hard as a result.

11

Real Salt Lake

16

4

2

Getting a great victory against Seattle will help their confidence.

12

D.C. United

15

1

2

Travis Worra’s awesome clean sheet earns United the point. We need more of that.

13

Vancouver Whitecaps

12

0

2

They’re better than what they’ve shown the first two weeks.

14

Orlando City

17

2

2

Didn’t do well to expand on momentum from Week 1’s stoppage time thrills.

15

Colorado Rapids

19

3

2

Colorado with a big victory against an LA team that should have smoked them.

16

Seattle Sounders

11

0

2

They’re missing Obafemi Martins early on.

17

Philadelphia Union

20

3

2

Chris Pontius with the brace! J For Philly. L We miss you, Party Boy.

18

Chicago Fire

18

1

2

They escape with the draw, but they need to figure out how they want to defend.

19

Columbus Crew SC

14

0

2

They lose to a Union team that should not be their equal…they drop to the bottom.

20

New York Red Bulls

13

0

2

5 goals allowed and zero scored in first two weeks…meet the basement.