With the first stage of the MLS season in the books, it's time for our weekly dose of quick takes, plotlines to watch and Power Rankings.
In the season's opening game, the expansion Seattle Sounders blitzed the New York Red Bulls 3-0 on the strength of two tallies and an assist from Colombian
Of a possible 21 points available during Week 1, home teams managed to win a mere eight, finishing 2-3-2. It could have been worse, as late comebacks by Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy salvaged a win and a tie, respectively. Only Seattle managed to hold serve in any authoritative way, with San Jose, FC Dallas and Kansas City failing in convincing fashion. It's far too early to call this a trend, but it's worth watching as the season progresses.
After receiving a Week 1 bye, Real Salt Lake opens its 2009 campaign in Seattle. In its final exhibition match,