Joshua Mayers’ power rankings
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1 (5) Real Salt Lake Nick Rimando was the star of Week 1 with nine saves, late PK stop to clinch win at L.A.
2 (2) Portland Newcomer Gaston Fernandez had a thriller late equalizer; too bad broadcast missed it
3 (6) Sounders FC Improved to 7-1-1 against K.C. and faces Toronto next with 6-1-1 head-to-head advantage
4 (1) Sporting K.C. Has no time to dwell on last-minute loss with CONCACAF Champions League coming up
5 (3) L.A. Galaxy Funny to see Rob Friend (6 feet 5) embellish contact with Tony Beltran (5-8) to draw PK
6 (9) Houston Coach said they might’ve played their best 30 min. ever racing to 3-0 lead against Revs
7 (15) Vancouver Newcomers Sebastian Fernandez, Pedro Morales looked the real deal in thrashing of N.Y.
8 (13) Columbus Buildup to first of three goals might’ve been the prettiest passing sequence of the week
9 (4) N.Y. Red Bulls Looked helpless in Vancouver; are Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave that important?
10 (8) Colorado Still amazing the team waited until opening weekend to hire Pablo Mastroeni as coach
11 (10) Toronto FC Is the hype deserved? Perhaps the most improved team in the offseason heads to Seattle
12 (12) Philadelphia Seconds from a stunning road win in Portland but couldn’t hang on (still looked good)
13 (14) FC Dallas Young Mauro Diaz looks like one to watch after his picture-perfect free kick vs. Impact
14 (11) San Jose Perhaps unfair to drop Quakes three spots after a bye, but a lot of teams looked good
15 (7) New England The disappointment of the weekend, particularly on defense, after blowout loss in Houston
16 (19) Chivas USA Early assist leader in MLS: ex-Sounder Mauro Rosales, who had two in win over Fire
17 (16) Chicago Continued production of Benji Joya offers some optimism after losing to lowly Chivas
18 (18) Montreal The week’s best move might have been Justin Mapp’s assist, but ‘D’ was team’s undoing
19 (17) D.C. United Supposed improvements didn’t immediately show — at all — in three-goal home loss