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MLS Power Rankings Week 2: Seattle Sounders move up to No. 1

Two weeks are in the books in the 2019 Major League Soccer season and already we have a new No. 1 team atop the Pro Soccer USA Power Rankings.

Coming off a second win at CenturyLink Field, an impressive 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders jump to the No. 1 spot, while D.C. United, the previous No. 1, falls two spots after a 0-0 draw against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium and LAFC moves into No. 2 after a 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

The Major League Soccer Power Rankings are created by averaging the rankings submitted by a committee of Pro Soccer USA’s editor and writers.

  1. (2) Seattle Sounders FC (2-0-0, 6 points): Kelvin Leerdam and Raul Ruidiaz scored three minutes apart inside the opening 10 minutes to lift the Sounders to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. Seattle are 2-0 at home, but now they head to the road to meet the Fire.
  2. (3) LAFC (2-0-0, 6 points): Carlos Vela was a one-man wrecking crew with a goal and three assists, while Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christian Ramirez and Adama Diomande added goals in a comprehensive win over the Timbers.
  3. (1) D.C. United (1-0-1, 4 points): Bill Hamid stood on his head in a virtuoso performance, earning a second consecutive clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.
  4. (4) New York Red Bulls (0-0-1, 1 point): The Red Bulls were idle in Week 2 of the MLS regular season as they turned their singular focus on overturning a 2-0 deficit to Santos Laguna in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.
  5. (7) Sporting Kansas City (1-1-0, 3 points): It was all about the penalty spot for Sporting on Sunday, which took an early lead on a converted PK from Ilie Sanchez, while Tim Melia made his eighth all-time save on MLS penalty kicks in a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.
  6. (13) Columbus Crew SC (1-0-1, 4 points): Gyasi Zardes struck for a brace and Zack Steffen made a penalty-kick save to lift Crew SC to a 2-0 road win over the New England Revolution.
  7. (14) Minnesota United (2-0-0, 6 points): Here come the Loons! Adrian Heath is pumped up about the offseason additions, especially the defensive reinforcements, as Minnesota claimed maximum points from their first two games after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-0.
  8. (12) FC Dallas (1-0-1, 4 points): Filling in for an injured Jacori Hayes, Paxton Pomykal was a dual-winning beast in the midfield, while Reto Ziegler and Bryan Acosta struck in the second half in a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy.
  9. (16) Real Salt Lake (1-0-1, 4 points): Albert Rusnak scored he lone goal from the penalty spot and Everton Ruiz was solid in defensive midfield in a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  10. (10) Houston Dynamo (1-0-1, 4 points): Mauro Manotas provided more late magic, scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Impact. It was the Colombian’s fourth goal in five games in all competitions in 2019.
  11. (8) Atlanta United (0-1-1, 1 point): When Josef Martinez scored in the fifth minute, it appeared Atlanta would cruise, but Roland Lamah netted the late equalizer for expansion side FC Cincinnati resulting in calls for patience by new coach Frank de Boer.
  12. (11) Toronto FC (1-0-0, 3 points): The Reds  didn’t play in Week 2, but they made news with the signing of designate player Alejandro Pozuelo.
  13. (15) New York City FC (0-0-2, 2 points): There’s been talk of attacking help on the way, but in the meantime the Cityzens drew D.C. United, 0-0, in their home opener Sunday. A team with a bevy of attacking options, LAFC, comes to town in Week 3.
  14. (6) LA Galaxy (1-1-0, 3 points): Diego Polenta continues to struggle in his acclimation to a new team and a new league and the Galaxy attack sorely missed an injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas.
  15. (5) Portland Timbers (0-1-1, 1 point): The good news for the Timbers was an equalizer by Jeremy Ebobisse. The bad news was three goals without response from LAFC, which won 4-1 at Banc of California Stadium.
  16. (9) Montreal Impact (1-1-0, 3 points): Saphir Taider scored for his second consecutive game and the Impact looked like they’d secure another important road point. But Manotas netted the winner for the Dynamo four minutes from full time.
  17. (17) Colorado Rapids (0-1-1, 1 point): The Rapids played well and had chances throughout, but they couldn’t overturn a two-goal deficit in the opening eight minutes and fell in Seattle.
  18. (18) Chicago Fire (0-1-1, 1 point): The well-traveled CJ Sapong came up with a late equalizer for the Fire, his first goal for his newest club, in a 1-1 draw against Orlando City SC.
  19. (19) Orlando City SC (0-0-2, 2 points): A week after rallying from a deficit to earn a draw against NYCFC, the Lions squandered a lead earned on Dom Dwyer’s goal two minutes into the second half to concede in second-half stoppage time.
  20. (24) FC Cincinnati (0-1-1, 1 point): Leonardo Bertone might have scored the first goal for FCC, but Roland Lamah’s goal at Mercedes Benz Stadium is even more important because it secured the expansion side’s first point, a 1-1 draw with defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United.
  21. (22) Vancouver Whitecaps (0-2-0, 0 points): The ‘Caps were hard done by a controversial penalty decision and fell to RSL, 1-0. But they looked more in sync at Rio Tinto Stadium and Hwang In-Beom  was arguably the best player on the pitch for either team.
  22. (20) Philadelphia Union (0-2-0, 0 points): The Union saw designated player Marco Fabian sent off after missing from the penalty spot and Jack Elliott score an own goal in a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
  23. (21) New England Revolution (0-1-1, 1 point): Diego Fagundez had his potential equalizing penalty kick swatted away by Zack Steffen as the Revs fell to the Crew, 2-0, in their home opener at Gillette Stadium.
  24. (23) San Jose Earthquakes (0-2-0, 0 points): The Quakes continue to get acclimated to new coach Matias Almeyda, but that’s not translated to wins yet as San Jose fell to 0-2-0 on the season after a 3-0 loss to Minnesota United at Avaya Stadium.

Pro Soccer USA’s writers Dylan Butler, Julian Cardillo, Robert Jonas, Emily Olsen and Joe Tansey contributed to this report.

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