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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625215 Open sesame Open+sesame MLS

MLS kicked off its 18th season last weekend with its usual share of entertainment and upheaval. A slate packed with plenty of stellar goals and a shocking upset or two ensured the standard operating procedure picked up where it left off last season. Expect this parity-fueled competition to deliver more of the same as the campaign continues.

 

Read on to learn how MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy claimed top spot this week and why Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake are in close pursuit.

 

Notable mentions:

11. FC Dallas
12. New York Red Bulls
13. Portland Timbers
14. Chicago Fire
15. New England Revolution
16. Colorado Rapids
17. Philadelphia Union
18. Toronto FC
19. Chivas USA
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625217 Los Angeles Galaxy Los+Angeles+Galaxy MLS

The MLS Cup holders started their title defense in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Chicago on Sunday. Mike Magee played the hero role – a berth usually occupied by the vacationing Landon Donovan – by collecting a hat trick against the disheveled Fire. No team has ever won three consecutive titles, but the Galaxy signaled its intent to make history with this emphatic statement.

 

Next on the docket: Bruce Arena's side places its domestic duties on hold this weekend ahead of the second leg of its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie against CS Herediano (Costa Rica) on Wednesday.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31623402 Sporting Kansas City Sporting+Kansas+City MLS

Graham Zusi managed to lift Sporting out of its first-half stupor in Saturday's 3-1 victory at Philadelphia. The U.S. international midfielder scored right before halftime to throw his out-of-sorts teammates a lifeline and then supplied Uri Rosell and Claudio Bieler in the second half to provide the margin of victory.

 

Next on the docket: Zusi will attempt to lead his teammates to a second straight road victory at Toronto FC on Saturday.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625219 Real Salt Lake Real+Salt+Lake MLS

RSL answered many of the questions prompted by the offseason departures of Fabián Espíndola, Will Johnson and Jámison Olave in its first outing. The vaunted core may have changed a bit during the winter, but the continued presence of Kyle Beckerman and Álvaro Saborío (scorer of both goals in the 2-0 victory at San Jose) ensures the standards won't slip any time soon.

 

Next on the docket: Jason Kreis' side continues its away slate with a trip to RFK Stadium to face D.C. United.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625220 Houston Dynamo Houston+Dynamo MLS

The fortress better known as BBVA Compass Stadium held firm during a critical week for the Dynamo. Dominic Kinnear's group started this two-game stretch with a 2-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday and then followed up that triumph with a 1-0 win over Santos Laguna in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie on Tuesday.

 

Next on the docket: Houston will hope to learn from the heavy defeats suffered by Seattle and Toronto FC at Estadio Corona ahead of Wednesday's second leg against Santos in Torreón, Mexico.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625221 Montreal Impact Montreal+Impact MLS

The second-year side celebrated just two road wins during its inaugural campaign. It is already halfway to that total after 1-0 victory at Seattle to open the season last weekend. Talk about a nice way to start Marco Schällibaum's stint as Impact boss.

 

Next on the docket: Montréal will continue its Pacific Northwest excursion when it plays Portland at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday night.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625222 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver+Whitecaps MLS

Saturday's 1-0 victory over Toronto FC offered a tale of two halves. Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie will not want to see a repeat of the first half any time soon, but he will hope his players can replicate their second-half display – including a wonderful team goal rounded off by Gershon Koffie to separate the sides – as the season progresses. For now, Rennie must pick a new captain after Jay DeMerit underwent Achilles surgery earlier this week.

 

Next on the docket: Life without DeMerit starts with a visit from Columbus on Saturday night.

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625224 San Jose Earthquakes San+Jose+Earthquakes MLS

San Jose started its Supporters' Shield defense with a surprising 2-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on Sunday. Newly minted Designated Player Chris Wondolowski squandered a couple of chances as the undermanned Earthquakes – stripped of a handful of regular starters, including Steven Beitashour and Steven Lenhart – succumbed at Buck Shaw Stadium.

 

Next on the docket: New York travels to the Bay Area on Sunday night to give the Earthquakes a chance to atone for the home defeat.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625225 Columbus Crew Columbus+Crew MLS

It took a little bit longer than expected to get going, but the Crew eventually swept aside chaotic Chivas USA last Saturday. Crew talisman Federico Higuaín opened his account with a stunning drive off the far post to lead the way to a 3-0 win at the Home Depot Center. Higuaín's early contribution bodes well for this group. If Columbus plans to make a return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, then Higuaín will likely prove crucial to the cause.

 

Next on the docket: The western swing continues with a visit to B.C. Place to face Vancouver on Saturday night.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625227 Seattle Sounders Seattle+Sounders MLS

Consider this week a study in the varied meanings of a one-goal defeat. Seattle suffered a surprising setback to visiting Montréal in its opener despite hitting the woodwork twice. Sigi Schmid's outfit then played poorly in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Tigres on Wednesday, but the Sounders somehow managed to escape Mexico with just a narrow deficit to close ahead of next week's second leg.

 

Next on the docket: Seattle will focus on Tigres' visit to CenturyLink Field on Tuesday with no league match to worry about this weekend.
 

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MLS 195 43 MLS Power Rankings: Week One 31625226 DC United DC+United MLS

United suffered through yet another fruitless trip to Houston on opening day without the suspended Dwayne De Rosario. Ben Olsen's side must do without its influential schemer for another week as he serves the second and final match of his suspension, but this group possesses the necessary tools to respond even without the former MLS MVP in the starting XI.

 

Next on the docket: United will open up its home slate against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
 

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