Goal.com MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

Los Angeles remains atop the Rankings for another week, but a pair of Canadian sides ramped up their pursuit over the weekend.

1. Los Angeles – No excuses for this Galaxy group: the MLS Cup holders must knock out C.S. Herediano and seal a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals on Wednesday night. (1)

2. Montréal – Another tactical masterclass, another road victory. The folks in Québec could get used to this sort of efficiency. (5)

3. Vancouver – One minor quibble with the Whitecaps through the first two weeks: they need to take their chances more reliably. (6)

4. Houston – Hold on tight. The trip to Torreón could involve a couple of bumps along the way. (4)

5. Sporting Kansas City – The defeat in Toronto must serve as a lesson for this group: slow starts lead to poor finishes. (2)

6. Real Salt Lake – No shame in suffering yet another defeat at RFK Stadium. Three points from two road matches still represents a good haul to start the season. (3)

7. San Jose – Goonies Never Say Die, the sequel? Consider the late show against New York as a potential preview of things to come. (7)

8. Seattle – Give Seattle credit for finally splashing the cash on a big-name signing. Obafemi Martins represents exactly the sort of player Sounders FC should chase. He will join the league at the right age (28) and at the right juncture of his career to make an impact. Most importantly for this side, he should score goals frequently at this level. (9)

9. D.C. United – One victory in two matches without Dwayne De Rosario represents a good piece of business for this United side. (10)

10. New England – Plenty of room for improvement still exists, but the Revs will certainly take a goal from Jerry Bengtson and a road victory at Toyota Park to start the season. (15)

11. Columbus – This group can't afford to give away goals. The margin for error simply isn't wide enough to lend the opposition a helping hand. (8)

12. Philadelphia – It is tough to get a read on the Union after the first two games. Is this the group that bolted out of the blocks against Sporting Kansas City? Is it the outfit that claimed a win in Colorado without enjoying much of the ball? Or is it the side that stumbled against Sporting in the second half? Saturday's date with New England should provide more information. (17)

13. Toronto FC – Ryan Nelsen will cherish his first victory, but he will also ask his defenders to sort out the sort of nonsense that led to Sporting Kansas City's goal on Saturday, too. A rugged defender like Nelsen won't stand for that sort of direct play leading to goals on a regular basis. (18)

14. Chivas USA – Perhaps more than a handful of folks will turn out for the next home affair in the wake of that second-half performance against FC Dallas. (19)

15. New York – One point from two road matches on the West Coast does not create much cause for concern. The persistent defensive lapses in the late stages, however, present a more troubling tendency. (12)

16. FC Dallas – So much for that ideal start to the season. Shipping three second-half goals at Chivas USA doesn't fall in line with that plan. (11)

17. Portland – It is clear that goals will not be in short supply in Timbers matches this season. (13)

18. Chicago – Time to shop for a striker. It cannot wait until the summer. (14)

19. Colorado – Possession matters little without the necessary end product. (16)