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Montréal dispatched Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday to bag its third win in three attempts and climb to the top of this week's Rankings.

1. Montréal – Few, if any, people expected the Impact to string together three wins to start the season. Alessandro Nesta's adductor injury creates some cause for concern, though. (2)

2. Vancouver – How will Kenny Miller's temporary departure alter how the Whitecaps operate in the final third? (3)

3. Los Angeles – Chalk up the nasty 1-1 draw with Chivas USA as the cost of doing business. (1)

4. Sporting Kansas City – “I mean, the other two weeks we only played well for 45 minutes each game,” Sporting manager Peter Vermes said in the wake of his side's scoreless draw with Chicago. “So in those two weeks we had 90 minutes of good play and 90 minutes of sub-par [play]. This to me was a very good performance other than the fact that we didn’t get the goal but this is the way that we want to play. Like I said, if we play this way throughout the course of this season were going to put a lot of wins under our belt for sure.”  (5)

5. Real Salt Lake – The burgeoning partnership between Joao Plata and Álvaro Saborío should allow Robbie Findley some latitude to settle into the side once again. Findley will contribute at some point, but he and his teammates will need some time to figure out how to use his best traits properly. (6)

6. San Jose – Earthquakes boss Frank Yallop probably could have done without Justin Morrow's call-up to the U.S. national team for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, given the state of his tattered squad at the moment. (7)

7. Houston – It is an odd day indeed when the Dynamo concede twice from set pieces. (4)

8. D.C. United – Can't imagine Ben Olsen is particularly pleased about Dejan Jakovic's trek to Qatar this week. (9)

9. Philadelphia – Not the best time for a bye, is it? The Union isn't exactly tearing teams apart, but the results – two wins from two – speak for themselves. (12)

10. FC Dallas – Poor Kenny Cooper. He just scores goals (occasionally with the help of his hands). And everyone seems to take issue with him for it. (16)

11. Seattle – The late setback against the Timbers stings a little, but Sounders FC can rightfully point to bigger things in the future – a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal and the integration of Obafemi Martins into the side – to provide cause for hope. (8)

12. Columbus – “Overall, I feel pretty good, but I think we need more games like today where teams are pushing us and I think we’re going to find our real identity – whether we can hold onto a lead or whether [other teams] are going to score more goals in the end,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha told reporters after a 1-1 draw with San Jose on Saturday. “We have to show heart. I’m not disappointed that San Jose pushed us hard in the end because we’re going to learn from that, because they’re a very good team.” (11)

13. New England – Three points from two away matches represents a good return for the solid Revs. Sporting Kansas City's visit on Saturday supplies a nice test to gauge progress. (10)

14. Chivas USA – Results trump methods for the Red-and-White at this point. It might be nice to end the game with 11 players, though. (14)

15. New York – Bill Hamid won't repel them in every match. (15)

16. Toronto FC – Those beleaguered Reds fans deserve ample praise for making the trip to Olympic Stadium over the weekend. Supporting TFC isn't an easy gig. One positive, though: the side is improving with each passing week. (13)

17. Portland – Rodney Wallace's late intervention handed the Timbers an unexpected point at CenturyLink Field. Perhaps the Cascadia Cup may remain in Portland for another year. (17)

18. Chicago – Give the Fire some credit for finding a way to grind out a result at Sporting Park on Saturday. Now this group must find a way to build on that draw and start to live up to its potential. (18)

19. Colorado – Is there some sort of hex between the sticks for Colorado this season? Third-choice goalkeeper Clint Irwin looks like the man of the moment for the Rapids after Steward Ceus struggled on opening day and Matt Pickens suffered a fracture arm in Sandy on Saturday. (19)



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