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 By Jason Davis

Portland stays on top, Dallas makes early move, D.C. tumbles

One of the longest running rivalries in all of Major League Soccer is renewed to open the 2016 season when the LA Galaxy play host to D.C. United at StubHub Center on Sunday evening.

While there was no change at the top, several teams moved places in the rankings after a wild opening day of the season.

1. Portland Timbers (no change)

The champs began 2016 the way they closed out 2015 -- with a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC. Fanendo Adi's excellent form has carried over to the new campaign, which is a very good sign for the Timbers.

2. FC Dallas (+2)

The 2-0 win over Philadelphia was soured by Fabian Castillo being stretchered off in the closing moments, but the Texan side showed every bit of the quality that has made them MLS Cup favorites this year.

3. Columbus Crew SC (-1)

Columbus put up a fight on the road in Portland and got an incredible overhead effort from Federico Higuain for the goal in a losing cause. They'll feel down about the loss, but Crew SC will again be a power to be reckoned with this year.

4. New York Red Bulls (-1)

A 2-0 loss to Toronto at home was not the way Jesse Marsch wanted to start the defense of the Supporters Shield, but it's not like the Red Bulls didn't create chances. This was a hiccup and nothing more.

5. LA Galaxy (+1)

Season opener for a Dynamo team looking to rebound from a disappointing 2015 while New England looks to start life without US national team star Jermaine Jones.

The star of the Galaxy's emphatic 4-1 win over D.C. United was Mike Magee. Back in LA after signing as a free agent, he made a massive difference with two goals and a penalty drawn in a second half that finally showed what this Galaxy team can do -- minus Giovani Dos Santos.

6. Montreal Impact (+2)

No, Didier Drogba didn't play and, no, it didn't wreck everything for the Impact on the road in Vancouver. Ignacio Piatti capably picked up the slack, scoring twice as Montreal began with a win. In 2015, they didn't win until their sixth game.

7. Vancouver Whitecaps (-2)

No team in MLS has more confounding home form than the Whitecaps. Their 2015 struggles have carried over, at least to start. Carl Robinson needs to find a fix if Vancouver is going to meet its goals this season.

8. Toronto FC (+4)

A Sebastian Giovinco penalty and a well-finished counter-attacking goal was all TFC needed to get an important Week 1 win away at Red Bull Arena. The Reds defense also held up well, despite having much less of the ball than New York.

9. Sporting Kansas City (no change)

All the breaks went Sporting's way in Seattle. That was a good thing, since Peter Vermes' side was without its most important player, Benny Feilhaber. No matter the soft goal, that's a confidence-building win to start the year.

10. New England Revolution (no change)

A pair of clubs looking to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs after missing out a year ago in their respective conferences kick off the 2016 MLS season when Orlando City SC play host to Real Salt Lake at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

Don't forget that Diego Fagundez only just turned 21 in February. His goal -- and what a goal it was -- and two assists in Houston led the way for the Revs in an end-to-end 3-3 draw.

11. Orlando City (+2)

As comebacks go, scoring twice in two injury-time minutes was pretty stunning in front of 60,000+ at the Citrus Bowl. Enthusiasm remains high in Central Florida and it should -- players like Cyle Larin are worth the price of admission.

12. Seattle Sounders (-5)

It couldn't really have gone worse for the Sounders on opening day. A red card put them down a man for a full half, Stefan Frei was beaten for a soft goal and Brad Evans might be out with a shoulder injury for the foreseeable future.

13. New York City FC (+3)

It might take Patrick Vieira a little time to figure out this MLS thing, but as long as NYCFC's new boss is playing the kids and letting them attack, his team will be fun to watch.

14. San Jose Earthquakes (no change)

For what seems like the 73rd year in a row, the Quakes will be led by Chris Wondolowski's goal-scoring exploits. Wondo has 109 career goals and, with a good 2016, would enter next year with a chance at Landon Donovan's league record.

15. Houston Dynamo (no change)

Houston's new attacking talent, including former Philadelphia men Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger, are already making a difference for the Dynamo. Now to fix the defending, which was exposed by New England.

16. Real Salt Lake (+1)

RSL had a victory snatched away from them on the road in Orlando. On one hand, they were in position, in added time, to win. On the other, the failure of concentration from 2-0 up doesn't augur well for the season.

17. D.C. United (-6)

Lamar Neagle needed only five minutes to get settled into the United attack with a goal, but Ben Olsen's team was taken apart by the Galaxy in the second half. Looking down the bench, there might not be much to help if things go south.

18. Philadelphia Union (no change)

It's a good thing the Union have finally settled on a goalkeeper of the present and future in Andre Blake, because it appears they'll need his services quite a bit over the course of 2016.

19. Chicago Fire (no change)

Without the discipline and understanding to make it work, a pressing game is nothing more than an invitation for opponents to pick you apart. The Fire provided the latter on Sunday, giving Veljko Paunovic plenty to think about.

20. Colorado Rapids (no change)

The Rapids picked up right where they left off in 2016, on the losing end of match. But there were signs of life from Colorado's new group, so perhaps a change in direction is in the offing.

Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.


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