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MLS Power Rankings Week 3: FC Cincinnati, Montreal Impact leap forward

It has taken three weeks, but we finally have some stability atop the Pro Soccer USA MLS Power Rankings.

Seattle Sounders FC, LAFC, D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls all remained in unchanged positions among the top four teams after positive results in Week 3. The Montreal Impact and expansion side FC Cincinnati made the biggest leaps, each moving up five spots following emphatic wins.

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. (1) Seattle Sounders FC (3-0-0, 9 points): The Sounders are the only team in MLS to have maximum points from their first three games, matching their best start since their inaugural MLS season after a 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire.
  2. (2) Los Angeles Football Club (2-0-1, 7 points): The Black-and-Gold dropped their first points of the season, but rallied twice from a pair of deficits to draw NYCFC 2-2 at Yankee Stadium. Carlos Vela struck for a brace.
  3. (3) D.C. United (2-0-1, 7 points): Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS hat trick and added an assist for good measure as D.C. United destroyed a Real Salt Lake team that ended the match with nine men.
  4. (4) New York Red Bulls (1-0-1, 4 points): The Red Bulls needed a second-half surge to knock off San Jose Saturday. Alex Muyl scored the first brace of his career and Danny Royer continued his impactful start to 2019, setting up both Muyl goals and scoring one of his own.
  5. (6) Columbus Crew SC (2-0-1, 7 points): Gaston Sauro scored — again! — as the Crew defeated FC Dallas 1-0 at MAPFRE to make it seven points out of nine for Caleb Porter.
  6. (5) Sporting Kansas City (1-1-1, 4 points): Johnny Russell came off the bench to provide the  heroics, leveling late on a scorching free kick as Sporting earned a 1-1 draw at Colorado Sunday night.
  7. (10) Houston Dynamo (2-0-1, 7 points): Memo Rodriguez struck for a brace, including the 73rd-minute winner off a pass from Alberth Elis, who added a first-half penalty kick, in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
  8. (11) Atlanta United (0-1-2, 2 points): Ezequiel Barco headed in the late equalizer off another Julian Gressel assist as the Five Stripes rallied to tie the Philadelphia Union, 1-1, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday.
  9. (8) FC Dallas (1-1-1, 4 points): FC Dallas suffered their first loss of the Luchi Gonzalez-era, dropping a 1-0 decision to Columbus Crew SC, only forcing Zack Steffen into two saves.
  10. (12) Toronto FC (2-0-0, 6 points): Ayo Akinola had a goal and an assist and Jozy Altidore made his triumphant return with the game-winner off the bench in the 80th minute in a 3-2 win over the New England Revolution.
  11. (16) Montreal Impact (2-1-0, 6 points): Orji Okwonkwo and Ignacio Piatti scored one minute apart in the first half and Piatti added a second goal late in a convincing 3-1 win over Orlando City SC.
  12. (14) LA Galaxy (2-1-0, 6 points): Jonathan dos Santos and Chris Pontius scored four minutes apart late in the first half and Sebsastian Lletget added an 81st minute goal as the Galaxy defeated Minnesota United, 3-2, doing so without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  13. (7) Minnesota United (2-1-0, 6 points): The Loons came back down to earth a bit after back-to-back wins to open the season. Jan Gregus and Angelo Rodriguez scored in the road defeat.
  14. (13) New York City FC (0-0-3, 3 points): Alexandru Mitrita scored his first MLS goal and Alex Ring netted his second of the season, but the Cityzens conceded a pair of equalizers and settled for a 2-2 draw against LAFC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
  15. (20) FC Cincinnati (1-1-1 4 points): What a party at Nippert Stadium as 30,000-plus enjoyed a thorough 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers in FC Cincinnati’s first home match. Kendall Waston, Mathieu Deplagne and Allan Cruz scored for FCC.
  16. (9) Real Salt Lake (1-1-1, 4 points): It was a night to forget for RSL, which saw Jefferson Savarino and Marcelo Silva sent off en route to a 5-0 at D.C. United Saturday night.
  17. (17) Colorado Rapids (0-1-2, 2 points): Diego Rubio scored the game’s first goal in the 54th minute, but after substitute Axel Sjoberg was sent off for his second bookable offense, Russell scored two minutes from full time to level for Sporting.
  18. (15) Portland Timbers (0-2-1, 1 point): The Timbers are leaking goals at an alarming rate, conceding three more on Sunday for a total of 10 on the season following a 3-0 loss at FC Cincinnati Sunday.
  19. (22) Philadelphia Union (0-2-1, 1 point): The Union earned their first point of the season thanks to a goal by Brenden Aaronson, the 18-year-old Homegrown who was stellar on his debut.
  20. (18) Chicago Fire (0-2-1, 1 point): The Fire ended strong, with Raheem Edwards and Fabian Herbers scoring second-half goals, but they couldn’t climb out of a three-goal hole in a 4-2 loss to the Sounders.
  21. (19) Orlando City SC (0-1-2, 2 points): The Lions were punished for a pair of defensive mistakes early in a 3-1 loss to the Impact, their first defeat of the season.
  22. (21) Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-3-0, 0 points): The ‘Caps suffered their third consecutive defeat, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Dynamo. Fredy Montero scored from the penalty spot and Lass Bangoura came off the bench to net an equalizer before Houston struck for the 73rd-minute equalizer.
  23. (23) New England Revolution (0-2-1, 1 point): Carles Gil has been a bright spot to a winless start to the 2019 season for the Revs. He has three goals on the season, including a brace in a 3-2 loss at Toronto Sunday night. 
  24. (24) San Jose Earthquakes (0-3-0, 0 points): Cristian Espinoza scored his first MLS goal to give the Quakes the lead and if a second goal came during a strong first-half maybe things would have worked out differently. Instead, they suffered a 4-1 defeat at Red Bull Arena.

Pro Soccer USA’s writers Dylan Butler, Julian Cardillo and Robert Jonas contributed to this report

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