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Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

Real Salt Lake climbs to the top of this week's Rankings by dispatching New York 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

1. Real Salt Lake – Two victories from two matches without a quartet of notable starters truly in the fold represents a bold signal of intent about this year's objectives. (2)

2. Los Angeles – A victory over the weekend may help those league pursuits …  (1)

3. Seattle – … but it doesn't take away the sting of those midweek CONCACAF Champions League failures. (3)

4. Sporting Kansas City – Time for a close-up evaluation of those MLS Cup bonafides: FC Dallas (on Saturday), Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake visit LIVESTRONG Sporting Park over the next month or so. (4)

5. Vancouver – All that matters on the road is that lovely little W on the board. A first one in 18 tries, no less. (6)

6. Houston – Is it too soon to deem the Dynamo's season-opening road trip a success? Two victories from two matches represents a fine, if somewhat ugly, haul. (8)

7. Colorado – The character from Gary Smith's tenure still remains: the Rapids seemingly threw themselves in front of shots time and again without any regard for life or limb during Sunday's 2-1 victory at Philadelphia. (9)

8. FC Dallas – Can't give away goals like that every week, Kevin Hartman and company. (5)

9. Portland – John Spencer will have his side focused on picking up a second straight road result ahead of Saturday's visit to New England. (7)

10. Chicago – Tidy finish there, Dominic Oduro. Is it time to reassess Oduro's reliability in front of goal in the wake of last season and the early returns in the season opener? (11)

11. San Jose – One win from two matches looks better on paper than it actually feels for the Earthquakes right now. (10)

12. Toronto FC – Forget about the heavy Seattle defeat. Booking a place in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals makes this week a net gain for the Reds. (12)

13. New York – Paging Rafa Márquez. Please report to central midfield at your earliest convenience. (13)

14. Columbus – The silver lining to an early bye week: gaining the knowledge that the Eastern Conference looks just as muddled in the early stages of this campaign as it did for the majority of last season. (15)

15. Montréal – Josh Gardner found himself mere inches away from sealing a permanent place in Impact lore. Davy Arnaud? Well, he's already there after scoring the club's first MLS goal earlier in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chicago. (19)

16. D.C. United – Not sure an extended spell in Los Angeles ahead of Saturday's visit to Vancouver will help United shake off its pair of season-opening defeats against strong sides. (14)

17. Philadelphia – There are some positives to take from the performance against Colorado. Unfortunately for the Union, the negatives seem to dominate the headlines in that part of the MLS world these days. (16)

18. New England – Help wanted: healthy central defender capable of stepping straight into the side to partner A.J. Soares against Portland on Saturday. Experience dealing with physical target forwards helpful, but not mandatory. (17)

19. Chivas USA – How exactly did the Red-and-White enter the season with its current group of forwards? (18)

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