Week 2 of the 2013 Major League Soccer season can be summed up in two words: Oh Canada! Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal all earned victories, and the two top teams in this week's list are sides from up north. Instead of trying to break my beloved New York Red Bulls down, I'll simply ask one question:
2013 Week 2 MLS power rankings
19. Chicago Fire (0-2-0): Chicago have lost two straight, they haven't yet scored a league goal in 2013, and their goal difference is minus-5. They've got plenty of talent, but they also deserve to be at the bottom of these power rankings.
18. Colorado Rapids (0-2-0): It's almost as if the start of the MLS regular season caught Colorado by surprise. They haven't been ready to play a full 90 minutes in either of their matches.
17. FC Dallas (1-1-0): Somebody should really tell the Dallas back line that a professional soccer match lasts longer than an hour. They practically gave three points to Chivas on Sunday.
16. Portland Timbers (0-1-1): The Timbers had plenty of chances to earn at least a point at home against Montreal. You're asking for trouble when you don't cash those opportunities in.
15. New York Red Bulls (0-1-1): Serious concerns about the back line. Questions regarding the effort being put forth by a designated player. Never change, RBNY.
14. Seattle Sounders (0-1-0): Seattle drop in MLS power rankings only because of other results that occurred this past weekend. They'll be fine moving forward.
13. Chivas USA (1-1-0): Any negativity I feel about Chivas has nothing to do with their players. Good on that squad for rallying back and earning a win for the few home fans who could be bothered to show up.
12. Real Salt Lake (1-1-0): RSL lost what was a very ugly game against a pretty good DC side. Fun fact: Salt Lake have never won at RFK.
11. Philadelphia Union (1-1-0): For the second straight week, Philly failed to play a full 90 minutes. It didn't matter this time, however, as they were good enough when it mattered most.
10. Columbus Crew (1-1-0): While there's little shame in losing at BBC Place, the truth is that Vancouver were rather wasteful in that contest. Columbus easily could have lost by three goals.
9. Sporting KC (1-1-0): Proof that it's very early into the season: KC drop to ninth in power rankings. They'll likely be back among the top teams in the league in no time.
8. Toronto FC (1-1-0): KC may have made things easy for Toronto early on, but the Canadian side did well to hold on and earn their first win of the campaign.
7. New England Revolution (1-0-0): Are New England better than advertised, or are Chicago just playing that poorly at the moment? We shall see.
6. San Jose Earthquakes (1-1-0): Late-game magic coupled with a horror show from RBNY defender Roy Miller helped SJ pick up win number one. The 'Quakes will be better when Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart return to full fitness.
5. DC United (1-1-0): I can't give DC too much praise for their victory over RSL. That really was one missable match for a neutral.
4. Houston Dynamo (1-0-0): Houston's first meaningful away game of 2013, a CONCACAF showdown with Santos Laguna, should tell us quite a bit about the Dynamo.
3. LA Galaxy (1-0-0): The defending MLS champs will have had a week and a half to ready themselves for Herediano. Given how they looked against Chicago, I like the Galaxy to pick up the win on Wednesday.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-0-0): I'm not convinced their blistering form will continue, but one thing seems certain: Vancouver are going to be lots of fun to watch.
1. Montreal Impact (2-0-0): Never imagined anybody would be calling Montreal kings of MLS power rankings and the best team in the league in 2013. They are both, if only for a week.
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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