It’s still too early to give a real estimate at where these teams stand, but that isn’t going to stop us! Here are our week 2 rankings:
1. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 4. Won 1-0 v MTL)
– Patrick: By default, these guys have to be top of the list. They’ve had two home game wins but they are the only team that is 2-0.
-Jake: Credit given where due. As they get into the season it will be interesting to see where they end up against teams like TFC, NYRB, and SKC.
2. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 2, Tie 3-3 v SJ)
– Patrick: Just 5 seconds more of holding on to dear life and RSL would be top of the pack. Blowing a 2 goal lead left the door open for the Dynamo.
-Jake: This game was stupid. So close, then goonied. RSL will need to get better at closing out matches, and fast. Scoring 3 goals wasn’t bad though.
3. Columbus Crew (Last Week: 6, BYE)
– Patrick: By virtue of so many teams having a rough go of it, these guys slid up the table. Still, all we’ve seen from them is a dominating win at DC. Hard to say they shouldn’t be high on the list.
– Jake: Another really interesting team to watch in the east. A game against PHI this weekend should show us a bit more.
4. Chivas USA (Last Week: 12, Tie 1-1 v VAN)
– Patrick: I thought the red card in the game was harsh but Chivas was strong to hold on. They nearly were able to win the match but settling for a point after playing down a man that long to a good Vancouver side is something to be proud of.
– Jake: Could it really be? Chivas seem revitalized and a result over a Vancouver team that was pegged at the top last week is a huge accomplishment. Mauro Rosales seems to be one of the best off season moves this year, oh and getting rid of a crap owner.
5. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 5, BYE)
– Patrick: I can’t find reason to move these guys around at all. They’re good, the match against Tijuana will be one of their biggest of the season. Follow that with a road game at RSL and we’ll have a good idea what to expect from the Gals early on.
-Jake: This weekend against RSL after traveling to Tijuana will test the Galaxy. They are a strong team with a ton of potential. If they get a result in Tijuana they will be riding a high coming into Rio Tinto stadium. This weekend could be huge for both RSL and LAG.
6. Sporting KC (Last Week: 3, Tie 1-1 v DAL)
– Patrick: It was strange to watch a team go from completely dominating to just holding on for dear life on their own pitch. Is there reason for concern without Jimmy Nielsen between the pipes?
-Jake: The East is a different conference this year. With the schedule as busy as it will be for SKC they will be challenged. A tie against DAL isn’t a terrible result, but should it be better for the defending champs? Probably.
7. Phildelphia Union (Last Week: 9, Won 1-0 v NE)
– Patrick: This team is still quite young. Some more experienced pieces have been plugged in to try and avoid the giant swings a young team has, but they’re still young. They’ll be all over these rankings this year.
– Jake: Great result for PHI this weekend. As this season goes on things could come together or they could fall apart. LeToux cannot carry this team. Someone has to step up.
8. Toronto FC (Last Week: 13, Won 2-1 v SEA)
– Patrick: Defoe showed how lethal he can be when served on a silver platter. Michael Bradley showed how good he really is. This team could be really special if the role players can step up. That’s a big if, though, especially in Toronto.
– Jake: Well, who saw this coming? DeFoe ran rampantly through SEA to an brace in his opener. These guys will be dangerous.
9. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 1, Tie 1-1 v CUSA)
– Patrick: This is harsh, but I just couldn’t find justification to put them above other teams. They struggled mightily against a 10 man Chivas squad. That’s not the sign of a top team. They’ll move back up.
– Jake: IF the Caps can bounce back this week we can call this a fluke, but I think this result speaks more about Chivas than it does Vancouver. They will be back towards the top soon.
10. FC Dallas (Last Week 11, Tie 1-1 v SKC)
– Patrick: They were outplayed this week quite a bit but channeled some San Jose spirit and ruined the home opener for the defending champs. Credit needs to be given to their defense for sacrificing their bodies to keep this thing level.
-Jake: This was a battle. Dallas have a lot of room for improvement this season but they found a way to give SKC a run. Great result for FCD.
11. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 8, Tie 1-1 v CHI)
– Patrick: Some of the shine is starting to come off the darling of MLS in 2013. Two home draws that required late heroics aren’t the way this team wanted to start. They were a good road side last year, though, so maybe they can step it up this week in Colorado.
– Jake: Not sure what side this result speaks more to, but clearly it is still early in the season. Either PTFC have a lot or work to do, or Chivas has figured something out.
12. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 10, Tie 1-1 v COL)
– Patrick: The pk that Colorado got in this game was bogus. New York was the better side but just didn’t punish Colorado enough. I don’t see them repeating as SS winners unless they make a turn.
– Jake: Flat out, I expect more out of NYRB. Losing as they did in the opener and then this result against a team that was in upheaval over the off season. Do better, or don’t.
13. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 15, Tie 1-1 v NYRB)
– Patrick: It wasn’t pretty and probably not deserved but they fought their way to a draw in New York. Not a bad way to start of a new campaign after much turmoil in the off-season.
– Jake: There is a lot of young talent on this team, Deshorn Brown terrifies me. They have a lot of work to do but this wasn’t a bad way to get things started.
14: San Jose (Last Week: 17, Tie 3-3 v RSL)
– Patrick: Goonies Never Say DIE!!! It was quite the comeback – but it was to salvage a point at home on their opener. To me, that isn’t worth moving them up a ton.
– Jake: I really hope someone shuts San Jose up ts year. I would say RSL gave them two goals, rather than admitting that they took them, but I’m biased.
15: Seattle Sounds (Last Week: 7, Loss 1-2 v TFC)
– Patrick: Like their Cascadia neighbors to the south, Seattle isn’t starting with the flash many had hoped. They’re honestly lucky to have the point they have after 2 home matches. That’s not what Seattle is known for.
– Jake: CLINT DEMPSEY SCORES A GOAL! That’s about all you can really take from the loss to TFC. This is a team that has a lot of figuring out to do on the defensive side of the ball. Relying on a kid like Yedlin, and really only being able to rely on him, will make this year difficult of the Sounders.
16: Chicago Fire (Last Week: 18, Tie 1-1 v POR)
– Patrick: They looked decent again like they did at Chivas, but again didn’t know how to finish the game. They have a lot of good pieces, it’s just a matter of Yallop getting them to gel.
– Jake: I agree with Patrick, but I feel like this team is missing something. I think they may have it on their roster, but it’s going to be about someone stepping up and really making some things happen offensively.
17: Montreal Impact (Last Week: 14, Loss 1-0 v HOU)
– Patrick: Without Marco Di Vaio this team is lost up top. It’s kind of funny given some of the talent they have, but they just don’t know what to do without their target man.
– Jake: This is what happens when you play inside a system that doesn’t breed creativity. The inability to play outside of the system they are used to will be their demise. (a bit dramatic, no?)
18: New England (Last Week 16, Loss 1-0 v PHI)
– Patrick: Like with Portland, the shine is coming off this team early. The defensive MVP from last year not playing is killing them – the contract needs to be sorted out. But more than that, they just don’t look as loose as they did last year.
– Jake: They were riding a high going into the off season, but they need to find something to get that spark back.
19: DC United (Last Week: 19, BYE)
– Patrick: Nothing changed how bad this team is.
– Jake: I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THEY WON THE US OPEN CUP.
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