March 11, 2018. Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez reacts towards the fans after his team mate Josef Martinez scored the first goal during the first half against the DC United on March 11, 2018 in Atlanta Ga..
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Photo: Miguel Martinez/MundoHispanico

MLS Power Poll: Week 2

It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego.

  1. Columbus (2-0)

Last week: 1

Result: 3-2 win vs. Montreal

Gyasi Zardes is reborn under manager new Gregg Berhalter with two goals in last week’s game.

Next: at Philadelphia, 2 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: WW

2. L.A.F.C. (2-0-0)

Last week: 6

Result: 5-1 win at Real Salt Lake

Wow! Diego Rossi with two more goals and three assists and Bob Bradley’s men are flying.

Next: Off

How they got here: WW

3. NYCFC (2-0-0)

Last week: 3

Result: 2-1 win vs. L.A. Galaxy

David Villa keeps scoring and NYCFC looks solid in its first two games.

Next: vs. Orlando City, 3:30 p.m. Saturday 

How they got here: WW

4. New York Red Bulls (1-0-0)

Last week: 15

Result: 4-0 win vs. Portland

Well, I’ll admit I wasn’t as convinced as others that the Red Bulls were going to be good, but what a week they had: a win in the CONCACAF Champions League and a dismantling of Portland.

Next: at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: W

5. Vancouver (2-0)

Last week: 12

Result: 2-1 win at Houston

Kei Kamara and Brek Shea, seems like an odd combination, but it worked last week.

Next: at Atlanta United, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: WW

6. Houston (1-1-0)

Last week: 2

Result: 2-1 loss vs. Vancouver.

After destroying Atlanta United, the Dynamo played well but were brought back down by Vancouver.

Next: at D.C. United, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: WL

7. L.A. Galaxy (1-1-0)

Last week: 4

Result: 2-1 loss at NYCFC

There’s no shame in losing at NYCFC. Ashley Cole picking up two yellow cards isn’t good, though.

Next: Off

How they got here: WL

8. San Jose (1-0)

Last week: 5

Result: DNP

Next: at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: W

9. Atlanta United (1-1-0)

Last week: 23

Result: 3-1 win vs. D.C. United

When the team plays with the freedom it had against D.C. United, watch out.

Next: vs. Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: LW

10. Dallas (0-0-1)

Last week: 8

Result: DNP

Next: vs. Seattle, 5 p.m. Sunday

How they got here: D

11. D.C. United (0-1-1)

Last week: 9

Result: 3-1 loss at Atlanta United

Their first loss to Atlanta United in four games comes in front of more than 72,000.

Next: vs. Houston, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: DL

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12. Philadelphia (1-0)

Last week: 11

Result: DNP

Next: vs. Columbus 2 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: W

13. Sporting KC (1-1-0)

Last week: 17

Result: 4-3 win at Chicago

If Felipe Gutierrez the answer to Sporting KC’s scoring woes? He scored two goals last week.

Next: vs. San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: LW

14. Toronto (0-1)

Last week: 19

Result: DNP

Next: at Montreal, 3 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: L

15. Seattle (0-1)

Last week: 20

Result: DNP

Next: at Dallas, 5 p.m. Sunday

How they got here: L

16. Chicago (0-1-0)

Last week: 13

Result: 4-3 loss vs. Sporting KC

The Fire gave up four goals to offensively challenged Sporting KC. Four. Not good.

Next: at Minnesota United, 2 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: L

17. Minnesota United (1-1-0)

Last week: 21

Result: 2-1 win at Orlando City

Kevin Molino scored two goals against his former team. But he also sustained an ACL tear.

Next: vs. Chicago, 2 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: LW

18. Orlando City (0-1-1)

Last week: 10

Result: 2-1 loss vs. Minnesota United

Five points dropped from the Lions’ first two home games. Jason Kreis’ seat should be slightly warm.

Next: at NYCFC 3:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: DL

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19. Colorado (0-1-0)

Last week: 14

Result: 2-1 loss at New England

Colorado dropped three points against the Revs in excruciating fashion: a deflected free kick.

Next: Off

How they got here: L

20. Real Salt Lake (0-1-1)

Last week: 7

Result: 5-1 loss vs. LAFC

Well, a team that was supposed to challenge in the West looks instead like a dumpster fire early.

Next: vs. New York Red Bulls, 9 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: DL

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21. New England (1-1-0)

Last week: 22

Result: 2-1 win vs. Colorado

Even if the Revs were lucky to defeat Colorado, three points are three points.

Next: vs. Colorado, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: LW

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22. Montreal (0-2)

Last week: 18

Result: 3-2 loss at Columbus

Giving up a goal in the final seconds at Columbus isn’t the morale-boost a young team needs.

Next: vs. Toronto, 3 p.m. Saturday

How they got here: LL

23. Portland (0-2-0)

Last week: 16

Result: 4-0 loss at New York Red Bulls.

Giovanni Savarese’s team looks to already be in trouble.

Next: Off

How they got here: LL

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