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MLS Power Rankings, Week 2: No change at the top

3/25/2011
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Not a lot of change in the rankings -- no change at all in the top seven -- but kudos to D.C. United, Philadelphia and Vancouver for pulling out, in order, impressive, difficult and emotional victories.

We're in a FIFA international fixture date, and the U.S. U-20 team is in camp before its World Cup qualifiers, so only a few teams have full rosters for this weekend's games (and we note below who's gone on international duty, according to MLS and the affected clubs).

1. REAL SALT LAKE (1-0-0), Last week: 1

Week 1: Won at San Jose, 1-0

Remark: Local hero Nick Rimando (Montclair) played savior in the nets, but bone spurs in an ankle could knock him out.

Who's missing this week: F Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), M Will Johnson (Canada), M Arturo Alvarez (El Salvador)

Next: Saturday vs. Galaxy, 6 p.m. (Prime Ticket, 10:30 p.m.)

2. GALAXY (1-0-1), Last week: 2

Week 1:
Won at Seattle, 1-0; tied vs. New England, 1-1

Remark: Only one upper-crust MLS club playing at home failed to win. Yep, this one.

Who's missing this week: M Landon Donovan (U.S.)

Next: Saturday at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. (Prime Ticket, 10:30 p.m.)

3. NEW YORK RED BULLS (1-0-0), Last week: 3

Week 1:
Won vs. Seattle, 1-0

Remark: Call-ups hurt, but another injury to Thierry Henry might be more worrisome.

Who's missing this week: D Rafa Marquez (Mexico), M Dane Richards (Jamaica), F Juan Agudelo (U.S.), G Bouna Coundoul (Senegal), D Roy Miller (Costa Rica), D Tim Ream (U.S.), D Sacir Hot (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday at Columbus, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

4. COLORADO RAPIDS (1-0-0), Last week: 4

Week 1:
Won vs. Portland, 3-1

Remark: Sure looked like champs against the expansion Timbers, but Cummings' absence is no plus vs. Goats.

Who's missing this week: F Omar Cummings (Jamaica), M Sanna Nyassi (Gambia)

Next: Saturday at Chivas USA, 7:30 p.m. (KDOC/Channel 56)

5. SEATTLE SOUNDERS (0-2-0), Last week: 5

Week 1:
Lost vs. Galaxy, 1-0; lost at New York, 1-0

Remark: Will or won't Steve Zakuani play? Sounders survived tough start, but 0-3 won't do.

Who's missing this week: Nobody

Next: Friday vs. Houston, 7 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

6. SPORTING CLUB KANSAS CITY (1-0-0), Last week: 6

Week 1:
Won at Chivas USA, 3-2

Remark: Chad Ochocinco doesn't look as if he'll be an ex-Wizard.

Who's missing this week: M Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone), D Shavar Thomas (Jamaica), M Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe)

Next: Saturday at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Telefutura, KFTR/Channel 46)

7. FC DALLAS (0-0-1), Last week: 7

Week 1:
Tied vs. Chicago, 1-1

Remark: Straight red to converted center back Brek Shea ended victory hopes in opener.

Who's missing this week: D Moises Hernandez (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday vs. San Jose, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

8. D.C. UNITED (1-0-0), Last week: 10

Week 1:
Won vs. Columbus, 3-1

Remark: Charlie Davies scores twice to beat Crew. “Best night of my career? No, it's the best night of my life.”

Who's missing this week: D Perry Kitchen (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday at New England, 1:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

9. HOUSTON DYNAMO (0-1-0), Last week: 8

Week 1:
Lost vs. Philadelphia, 1-0

Remark: Dynamo dominates but doesn't win; hopes Brian Ching can play.

Who's missing this week: D Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica)

Next: Friday at Seattle, 7 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

10. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (0-1-0), Last week: 9

Week 1:
Lost vs. Real Salt Lake, 1-0

Remark: Horrid weather didn't slow quakes, but RSL's Rimando stopped them.

Who's missing this week: M Khari Stephenson (Jamaica)

Next: Saturday at FC Dallas, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

11. PHILADELPHIA UNION (1-0-0), Last week: 12

Week 1:
Won at Houston, 1-0

Remark: Winning while outplayed is a big step forward for Union.

Who's missing this week: G Zac MacMath (U.S. U-20), M Amobi Okugo (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday vs. Vancouver, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

12. CHIVAS USA (0-1-0), Last week: 11

Week 1:
Lost vs. Sporting Club Kansas City, 3-2

Remark: Goats didn't look so bad, but they must eliminate defensive breakdowns to win.

Who's missing this week: F Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela), D Michael UmaƱa (Costa Rica), D Andy Boyens (New Zealand), D Zarek Valentin (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (KDOC/Channel 56)

13. CHICAGO FIRE (0-0-1), Last week: 15

Week 1:
Tied at FC Dallas, 1-1

Remark: Will acquisitions of Dominic Oduro (from Houston) and former U.S. U-20 forward Gabriel Ferrari help? We'll see.

Who's missing this week: Nobody

Next: Saturday vs. Sporting Club Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Telefutura, KFTR/Channel 46)

14. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (0-0-1), Last week: 14

Week 1:
Tied at Galaxy, 1-1

Remark: A draw was a good result, a win was a couple of inches away, and the losses soon will add up.

Who's missing this week: F Kenny Mansally (Gambia), M Sainey Nyassi (Gambia)

Next: Saturday vs. D.C. United, 1:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

15. COLUMBUS CREW (0-1-0), Last week: 13

Week 1:
Lost at D.C. United, 3-1

Remark: Unhappy Robbie Rogers ready to move on, but Crew says it would take "heck of a deal" to pry him away.

Who's missing this week: D Korey Veeder (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday vs. New York, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

16. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (1-0-0), Last week: 18

Week 1:
Won vs. Toronto FC, 4-2

Remark: What atmosphere at Emerald Stadium! What a result, beating Toronto FC! Now let's see what the 'Caps can do on the road or against good teams.

Who's missing this week: D Jay DeMerit (U.S.), F Omar Salgado (U.S. U-20)

Next: Saturday at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

17. PORTLAND TIMBERS (0-1-0), Last week: 16

Week 1:
Lost at Colorado, 3-1

Remark: Welcome to MLS was harsh; first goal, naturally, goes to Kenny Cooper.

Who's missing this week: D Mamadou "Futty" Danso (Gambia)

Next: Saturday at Toronto FC, 11 a.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

18. TORONTO FC (0-1-0), Last week: 17

Week 1:
Lost at Vancouver, 4-2

Remark: Dwayne De Rosario scored MLS's 8,000th goal. The Reds could have used a few of the other 7,999 in the battle for Canada.

Who's missing this week: Nobody

Next: Saturday vs. Portland, 11 a.m. (MLS Direct Kick)