Goal.com MLS Rankings: Week 3

Real Salt Lake retains its place atop the Goal.com MLS rankings as it attempts to secure a place in the CONCACAF Champions League final in Costa Rica on Tuesday night.
1. Real Salt Lake – League matters took a back seat this weekend in deference to the enormous task ahead at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa tonight. The smart money says the Claret-and-Cobalt will find some way to make its first leg work stand up in Costa Rica. (1)

2. Colorado – The kind early schedule fades away with a trip to Frisco on Friday. The increased difficulty of the task shouldn't throw off the in-form Rapids. (2)

3. New York – If Dwayne De Rosario settles in nicely, the attention of the New York faithful will soon turn to Thierry Henry and his inability to exert a similarly influential impact on matches. (3)

4. Los Angeles – Does New York's move for De Rosario force the Galaxy to pick up another piece or two to compete in the MLS Cup arms race? The Galaxy could use additional options in central midfield and up front. (6)

5. San Jose – Simon Dawkins looks like a real find. (5)

6. Philadelphia – No shame in suffering a narrow defeat in Los Angeles. The expectations are considerably higher for Saturday's home date with New York, however. (4)

7. Chicago – Last weekend constituted a bad time for the Fire to pick up a bye after accumulating some momentum in the opening two weeks. It is perhaps an even worse stroke of luck to trek to Qwest Field on Saturday to play against a side that should give its back three fits with its wide play. (7)

8. New England – The first three matches haven't revealed an awful lot about the Revs. The enveloping haze may dissipate a bit this week with Wednesday's visit to Vancouver and Saturday's home date with Real Salt Lake on the docket. (8)

9. Sporting Kansas City – After Saturday's disappointing defensive meltdown in Vancouver, it seems appropriate for Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman to reveal on Monday night that his club has reached a verbal agreement with an unidentified center back/central midfielder and term the move a “good get.” (9)

10. Seattle – If Sigi Schmid is sincere in his wish to partner Fredy Montero with a true target forward, he must go out and sign one, even in the wake of O'Brian White's first goal for the club in San Jose this weekend. (12)

11. Vancouver – Expect the Whitecaps to continue to give teams fits at Empire Field. There's just too much energy in the place to allow teams to waltz into the temporary facility and pick up three points.(13)

12. Houston – Imagine the devastation in Dynamo-land if Tally Hall had submitted merely average performances over the past couple of weeks. Hall's form in a pair of improbable draws – though the Dynamo did go toe-to-toe with the Red Bulls in Harrison – counts as the primary positive over the past few weeks, but the enthusiasm over Hall's performances must be tempered by yet another injury to Brian Ching. (14)

13. Columbus – Not a soul should have expressed surprise at the notion that Robbie Rogers plans to leave Columbus at the end of the season. It's the best move for all parties involved. (15)

14. D.C. United – No qualms about the effort for much of the match in Commerce City, but there are significant reservations about Rodrigo Brasesco's ability to succeed at this level based on his body of work to date. (10)

15. FC Dallas – It's about time to get some things sorted out in Frisco. This squad needs to find itself a bit and sort through the offseason defections in order to return to last year's form. (11)

16. Portland – Two critically important moments for the Timbers in Saturday's 1-1 draw at New England: a first appearance for promising starlet Darlington Nagbe and a first MLS point (after a first win against a MLS foe in Tuesday's 2-0 U.S. Open Cup play-in match victory over Chivas USA). (17)

17. Chivas USA – Robin Fraser will like the performance at BMO Field far more than he liked the showing in last Saturday's home defeat to Colorado, but there is still a considerable amount of work ahead for the Red-and-White. (17)

18. Toronto FC – Fans of the Ewing Theory likely won't see it revived in Toronto this summer. At the moment, the Reds simply do not possess enough talent to win consistently with or without a player of De Rosario's caliber. (18)

Kyle McCarthy writes the Monday MLS Breakdown and frequently writes opinion pieces during the week for Goal.com. He also covers the New England Revolution for the Boston Herald and MLSsoccer.com. Contact him with your questions or comments at kyle.mccarthy@goal.com and follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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