Portland stays top as Atlanta, Seattle surge forward in MLS Power Rankings
The defending champions and a certain expansion team are the big movers in our Major League Soccer Power Rankings, with the third week of the 2017 MLS season in the books.
1. Portland Timbers (no change)
Portland expects to get goals from Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi, but when David Guzman finds the back of the net it's a bonus -- especially when it proves important in a 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
2. FC Dallas (no change)
Back at close-to-full strength in league play, Dallas looked fatigued against the New England Revolution following their CONCACAF Champions League win over Pachuca at midweek, but still managed to pull off a 2-1 win at home.
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5. New York Red Bulls (-2)
Two shots on goal at Seattle is not going to cut it for a team that is used to creating more clear-cut chances, even on the road.
6. Houston Dynamo (-1)
The first major test of the Dynamo's new-look side proved that it might be the defense that needs some work under head coach Wilmer Cabrera, as they let in four goals at Portland.
7. Atlanta United (+9)
It's getting harder and harder to deny that Atlanta United might be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference after their 4-0 thrashing of the Chicago Fire, in which Josef Martinez added to his tally with a brace.
8. Orlando City SC (+1)
Cyle Larin has scored 31 goals in 59 career games entering 2017 and has already added three more this year after striking two times in Orlando's 2-1 win vs. the Philadelphia Union. What a stud!
14. Montreal Impact (-3)
Montreal's ability to sit back and find chances on the break will always keep it in games, as it did on Saturday in New York.
16. Chicago Fire (-4)
An own goal and a red card in the first 12 minutes is not the way to go on the road, even against an expansion team.
17. D.C. United (-4)
United's promised attacking prowess has not emerged. This more than anything is the biggest reason for the team's terrible start to the season.
18. Philadelphia Union (-3)
If there's a silver lining to the loss against Orlando for the Union, it's that forward C.J. Sapong is scoring goals again.
19. Real Salt Lake (-1)
RSL is good enough to beat L.A., but not when veteran leader Kyle Beckerman commits a silly foul and gets sent off just before halftime.
20. New England Revolution (-1)
The Revs finally got midfielder Xavier Kouassi on the field, but it wasn't enough to help them hold on in the 2-1 defeat at Dallas.
21. Minnesota United (+1)
Getting a result in Colorado is never easy, so there is something to build on for head coach Adrian Heath following the expansion side's first MLS point.
22. Vancouver Whitecaps (-1)
The Whitecaps can blame Shea's red card for their 2-0 loss to Toronto, but there are deeper problems to sort out at BC Place.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.