The more things change, the more they stay the same. LA Galaxy and Sporting KC are atop Major League Soccer power rankings, while Toronto FC and Chivas USA are taking up the bottom spots. Following Sunday night's Portland vs. New York 3-3 thriller, I'm left with one thought about the league's opening weekend:
I missed you, MLS.
2013 Week 1 MLS power rankings
19. Chivas USA (0-1-0): Week 1 of the campaign did little to silence critics who have claimed Chivas are now nothing more than a poorly constructed marketing gimmick. Chelís has a way to go in proving that he knows what he is doing.
18. Toronto FC (0-1-0): It's still very early into things, of course, but all signs indicate that TFC are going to need some attacking reinforcements it they are to avoid another bottom of the table finish.
16. Philadelphia Union (0-1-0): Philly fell apart and in a big way once KC started to gain confidence. I'm still not sold on Zac MacMath being a starting 'keeper in 2013.
15. Chicago Fire (0-1-0): So about that whole "Chicago are the most improved team in the Eastern Conference" thing...
14. New England Revolution (0-0-0): The Revs have an extra week to prepare for a Chicago side that were humiliated on Sunday. Good luck.
13. DC United (0-1-0): DC hate playing in Houston as much as does any other team. They'll be fine once the suspended Dwayne De Rosario is able to feature in the starting XI.
12. Seattle Sounders (0-1-0): It's possible Seattle were looking ahead to CONCACAF play. They may feel that they deserved at least a draw over the weekend, but you've got to finish your chances when they arise.
11. Portland Timbers (0-0-1): Diego Valeri proved that he's worth every penny, and Portland showed a ton of heart in rallying back from two goals down against New York. Those worried about Mikael Silvestre should remember this: He can't possibly play worse than he did in the first half of Sunday evening's game.
10. New York Red Bulls (0-0-1): RBNY blew a two-goal lead, sure, but they still earned a point in a very hostile environment. That's better than how they started things off one year ago.
9. San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0): SJ were missing some key pieces, and the knack for finding a late goal which saved them time after time in 2012 was non-existent on Sunday night. It's possible that Chris Wondolowski got his worse performance of the season out of him very early.
8. FC Dallas (1-0-0): I've seen some analysts and fans comment that Dallas weren't anything special in their 1-0 win. While such comments are true, league points matter more than do style points.
7. Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-0): Any good feelings earned by beating Toronto were erased upon learning that Jay DeMerit could miss anywhere between six and eight months due to a ruptured Achilles. Get better soon, Jay.
6. Columbus Crew (1-0-0): The Federico Higuaín show is going to be a lot of fun to watch. I'm very interested in seeing how Columbus perform against a quality side.
5. Real Salt Lake (1-0-0): "RSL are rebuilding," they said. "Believe in Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerwey," some didn't say.
4. Montreal Impact (1-0-0): Raise your hands if you saw Montreal going into Seattle and leaving with all of the points. Those of you with your hands in the air can now put them down, because you're obviously lying.
3. Houston Dynamo (1-0-0): It doesn't matter who Houston are playing. They just don't lose at home. Ricardo Clark had himself a nice start to the season.
2. Sporting KC (1-0-0): Who needs Kei Kamara to find the back of the net? Certainly not SKC, who were very impressive in trouncing Philly after going down a goal 17 minutes into play.
1. LA Galaxy (1-0-0): The defending champs are in a familiar spot in MLS power rankings after a 4-0 win over Chicago. Mike Magee made everybody forget that David Beckham is gone and Landon Donovan isn't yet ready to return.
Zac has been covering New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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