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2013 Week 3 MLS Power Rankings

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One thing stands out over everything else after the first "Rivalry Weekend" of the 2013 Major League Soccer regular season: There are a lot of average teams in the league right now. You can blame fitness, chemistry issues or simply the fact that it's still very early into the campaign all you want. Only one side looks like championship material right now, and it's the only one that has taken nine points from nine to start the season off.

2013 Week 3 MLS power rankings

19. Chicago Fire (0-2-1): The bad news is that Chicago still haven't scored a league goal in 2013. The good news is that they didn't lose at KC. You have to learn to crawl before you can run, after all.

18. Colorado Rapids (0-2-1): Has the Clint Irwin era begun in Colorado? The first-time MLS 'keeper was solid in his league debut.

17. New York Red Bulls (0-1-2): New York's designated players just haven't been good enough this month. Nobody in the RBNY fan base should panic just yet, but that is a concern.

16. Seattle Sounders (0-1-1): When the Seattle lineup gets some chemistry, everybody had better watch out. They won't be in the bottom of the Western Conference standings for long.

15. Portland Timbers (0-1-2): Give Portland credit for fighting to the very end and snatching away a point at Seattle. The Timbers have some serious concerns, most notably in their back line, but it looks like they're going in the right direction.

14. New England Revolution (1-1-0): One Revs fan I know told me on Saturday that his favorite team played like "the worst side in MLS" on Saturday. While that's probably a bit harsh, New England were far from good at Philly.

13. Toronto FC (1-2-0): TFC didn't go down without a fight at Montreal, and that's promising. I'm not sure they showed such heart and determination a single time in 2012.

12. Real Salt Lake (1-1-1): Alvaro Saborio is maybe the most underrated attacking player in MLS when he is in-form. With that said, any one-man team is going to struggle to even make the postseason when all is said and done.

11. Chivas USA (1-1-1): Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy kept ten-man Chivas in the match, and his teammates then took advantage of a sleeping Galaxy defense and picked up a late equalizer. That's a result to be proud of.

10. Houston Dynamo (1-1-0): It appears that the Dynamo away are not quite the same as when they are playing in Houston. In other news, water is still wet.

9. Philadelphia Union (2-1-0): Philly weren't all that inspiring in the win over NE, but you don't get extra points in the league table for style. They may be above all-but one team in the conference table, but I'm still not sold on the Union just yet.

8. FC Dallas (2-1-0): Just when it looked like Dallas were again going to be guilty of a late collapse, Kenny Cooper saved the day. Try to keep your weeping to a minimum, RBNY supporters.

7. Sporting KC (1-1-1): Perhaps Chicago's inability to find the back of the net is contagious. That was one very missable MLS match.

6. DC United (1-1-1): DC were extremely negative against their rivals over the weekend. Had the New York squad remembered to bring their shooting boots, the Red Bulls could have won that match by three.

5. Columbus Crew (1-1-1): I believe Columbus are currently capable of hanging with the best of the best in the league, and they are likely going to bring in some reinforcements in the summer. The Crew could surprise some people this year.

4. San Jose Earthquakes (1-1-1): "Cardiac Kids" once again, San Jose just can't help but leave it late. I can't help but wonder how good SJ will be once Chris Wondolowski finds his form.

3. LA Galaxy (1-0-1): Galaxy have to be playing the "coulda, woulda, shoulda" game on Monday. I still can't believe they let what seemed like a certain win over Chivas slip away.

2. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-0-0): Vancouver had the week off to prepare for a trip to Houston. The 'Caps definitely have the goods to pick up what would be a historic win at BBVA Compass Stadium.

1. Montreal Impact (3-0-0): Still the best team in the league and still kings of all MLS power rankings, Montreal certainly look like the real deal. The Impact picking up wins at home versus New York and at KC would have to silence all doubters. Those won't be easy points to earn, though.

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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