By Grant Wahl
April 26, 2005
MLS Power Rankings
Rank LW Team
1 --
FC Dallas (3-0-1)
We picked FCD to win it all in our season preview in Sports Illustrated, and that was before the hoopsters acquired Carlos Ruiz and Greg Vanney. Minor controversy in Big D this week as super-scorer Eddie Johnson admitted he took a dive against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. (Please don't make it a habit, EJ.)
2 --
New England Revolution (2-0-1)
What's this, a hot start in Rev-land? Reigning rookie of the year Clint Dempsey (two game-winning goals) is staving off a sophomore slump with abandon, and his Ruthian goal celebration at RFK Stadium on Saturday was priceless.
3 --
Los Angeles Galaxy (2-1-0)
Who wouldn't want to be in Drew Carey's luxury box this Saturday when the Galaxy season-ticket holder takes in L.A.'s Western Conference showdown against FC Dallas? With his dreads in full bloom, Cobi Jones is looking more and more like the author Toni Morrison while firing up the time machine with two goals in his last two games.
4 --
Chicago Fire (2-1-1)
This week's two-fer against New England and Columbus will tell us more about where the Fire stack up in the East. Then again, we may have to wait until a few more guys get 100 percent healthy: Andy Herron, Tony Sanneh, Samuel Caballero and Zach Thornton.
5 --
Kansas City Wizards (1-1-1)
Where's the defense, KC? The once-stingy Wizards D has given up eight goals in three games to a trio of the league's bottom-feeders (Colorado, San Jose and the MetroStars).
6 --
Columbus Crew (2-2-0)
Until the Crew show they can compete on the road, it's hard to consider Greg Andrulis' outfit among the league's top teams. And no, Colorado's altitude is not an excuse for an embarrassing 2-0 loss.
7 --
D.C. United (1-2-1)
The reigning champs' failure to replace Ryan Nelsen is killing them on the defensive end. On offense, Freddy Adu is making an awfully good case to start. Why the hesitation, Peter Nowak?
8 --
San Jose Earthquakes (1-1-2)
Finally, the 'Quakes held onto a lead, even if it meant Pat Onstad had to save a potentially game-tying PK against Kansas City on Saturday. Brian Ching (three goals) is proving he doesn't need Landon Donovan by his side to score.
9 --
Colorado Rapids (1-2-1)
Fernando Clavijo got his first W as Rapids coach against Columbus on Saturday, but change still may be afoot in the Mile High City. Word is the Rapids have been shopping Mark Chung, who's said to be unhappy under the new coach.
10 --
Real Salt Lake (1-2-1)
Good thing Brian Dunseth got that late goal to beat Colorado, or RSL would be staring at a goose-egg in the win column. We know it's early, and we know you guys are an expansion team, but how about showing a little attacking rhythm one of these days?
11 --
MetroStars (0-1-2)
Metro fans, we feel your pain. What we can't understand is the lackluster play of 2004 league MVP Amado Guevara, who seems to be less effective (not more, as one might have expected) with the arrival of Youri Djorkaeff.
12 --
Chivas USA (0-3-1)
Yikes. With 11 goals allowed in four games, Goats keeper Brad Guzan is starting to wear the D.J. Countess-in-Dallas Face. Unless owner Jorge Vergara pulls a Steinbrenner and brings in some real talent, Chivas' debut campaign is going to crash as horrifically as ESPN's SkyCam did on the field at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. Is this what real fútbol is supposed to be?

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