MLS Power Rankings: NYRB continue to impress, Sounders on the up
The New York Red Bulls continued to set the early pace in MLS with a 2-0 win over San Jose, allowing them to maintain their grip on the top spot in this week's MLS Power Rankings.
1. New York Red Bulls (no change)
The Red Bulls cruised past San Jose and are now the league's last unbeaten team. New York's midfield continues to provide fantastic play on both sides of the ball.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps (+2)
The Whitecaps continue to grind out some impressive results on the road, this time a 1-0 win over nine-man Real Salt Lake that came without suspended playmaker Pedro Morales. With his second goal in three games, Darren Mattocks is heating up as well.
3. D.C. United (-1)
A second consecutive home draw has DCU feeling less than stellar, though Chris Rofle's free kick goal was a bright spot. Unlike the draw against the Red Bulls, United could consider itself fortunate to get a tie against Houston.
4. FC Dallas (+2)
FCD bounced back from its debacle against Colorado with a 3-2 win against road-weary Toronto, despite a three-hour weather delay. Fabian Castillo's speed is no secret, but he still used it to great effect with two goals.
5. Los Angeles Galaxy (+2)
For Omar Gonzalez, a stellar week that included a 90-minute stint in the U.S. team's 2-0 win over Mexico ended with a stoppage-time winner against Sporting KC. That's a result the shorthanded Galaxy will gladly take.
6. Seattle Sounders (+5)
Lamar Neagle turned last week's frustration against LA into a two-goal performance at Colorado to lead Seattle to a 3-1 win. Oh, and Obafemi Martins' touch on his tally that sealed the match was just nasty.
7. Real Salt Lake (-4)
RSL may end up paying twice for its 1-0 home loss to Vancouver. Real not only lost three points, but two players -- including mainstay defender Jamison Olave -- to red cards. Alvaro Saborio's struggles in front of net are also a big concern.
8. Columbus Crew (no change)
You can put an asterisk beside the Crew's 3-0 win over Orlando if you like, given that it was a man up for nearly an hour. But the quality finishing from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara was something to behold.
9. New England Revolution (no change)
Jay Heaps showed a golden touch with his substitutions as Teal Bunbury delivered a goal and an assist off the bench, while Diego Fagundez was impactful as well in New England's 2-1 win over Philadelphia.
10. Sporting Kansas City (-5)
SKC was made to pay for not generating much of an attack in the second half, and suffered a brutal stoppage-time defeat to the Galaxy. Dom Dwyer had just five touches in the final third after halftime.
11. San Jose Earthquakes (-1)
Teams that press high up the field continue to take advantage of San Jose's inability to pass the ball out of the back. On the bright side, a 34-minute stint as a substitute saw Chris Wondolowski show more comfort in a central midfield role than he has previously.
12. Chicago Fire (no change)
With the Fire's game against Montreal rescheduled due to the Impact's CONCACAF Champions League commitments, it had yet another weekend off. Chicago ends its 20-day hiatus next weekend with a home match against New York City FC.
13. Houston Dynamo (+1)
The Dynamo deserved more than a solitary point against D.C. United, and looked nothing like the road team in the match. The halftime introduction of Will Bruin was instrumental in Houston coming back from a goal down.
14. Orlando City (-1)
Rafael Ramos tried to dispense some street justice against the Crew and it predictably resulted in a red card. Some basic defensive errors compounded the error, making for a long night in Columbus.
15. Portland Timbers (+2)
Sunday's 1-0 win over NYCFC was no oil painting, but the three points will still look beautiful to Caleb Porter, especially after last week's stinker against Orlando. Defense, long the weak link in the Rose City, has kept the Timbers afloat so far.
16. Toronto FC (no change)
Credit TFC -- and Sebastian Giovinco in particular -- for making a game of it in Dallas, but it wasn't enough to overcome a wretched start. As bad as Nick Hagglund was at right-back, it was a mix-up between veterans Damien Perquis and Collen Warner that resulted in the third, crushing goal.
17. Colorado Rapids (-1)
Timing was everything in the Rapids' 3-1 loss to Seattle. Not only did Colorado fail to make its first-half pressure count, it coughed up goals at backbreaking times. Still, Dillon Powers continues to impress.
18. Philadelphia Union (no change)
An encouraging midweek draw against NYCFC gave way to a disheartening defeat against New England. Philly is a counterattacking team, but at present, isn't good enough defensively to batten down the hatches and try to hold a lead with 30 minutes to go.
19. New York City FC (no change)
The loss to Portland revealed a truism of expansion sides in that a lack of depth can have a significant effect on results. While the energy was good against the Timbers, the finishing ability of David Villa and Mix Diskerud was missed.
20. Montreal Impact (no change)
Idle Montreal gained a smidgen of comfort in watching CCL opponents Club America get smoked at home 4-0 by Queretaro . The first leg takes place Wednesday in the vaunted Estadio Azteca.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.