March 10, 2019 Atlanta: FC Cincinnati defender Kendall Waston flips head first over Atlanta United midfielder Josef Martinez as they battle for the ball during the second half in their MLS soccer match on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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MLS Power Poll: Week 2

Because no one asked for it, I decided to bring back my weekly MLS Power Poll. Here are the results, which only take into account the results and not potential or anything else after Week 2:

1. LAFC (2-0-0)

Last week: 1.

Defeated Portland 4-1.

It’s tough to argue they aren’t playing like the team to beat.

2.  Seattle (2-0-0)

Last week: 3.

Defeated Colorado 2-0.

It’s tough to judge how well they are playing because their first two opponents weren’t the strongest.

3. Minnesota (2-0-0)

Last week: 6.

Won at San Jose 3-0.

I didn’t pick the Loons to make the playoffs in my preseason predictions. I could be wrong.

4. D.C. United (1-0-1)

Last week: 2.

Draw at NYCFC 0-0.

A draw isn’t a bad result at Yankee Stadium.

5. Houston (1-0-1)

Last week: 17.

Defeated Montreal 2-1.

A late goal was enough for three points against a tough Montreal side.

6. Montreal (1-1-0)

Last week: 4.

Defeated at Houston 2-1.

A disappointing loss, but this team is showing quality.

7. Sporting KC (1-1-0)

Last week: 18.

Defeated Philadelphia 2-0.

8. Columbus (1-0-1)

Last week: 11.

Won at New England 2-0.

Gyasi Zardes is picking up where he left off last season.

9. Toronto (1-0-0)

Last week: 5.

Did not play.

10. Dallas (1-0-1)

Last week: 15.

Defeated L.A. Galaxy 2-0.

It should come with an asterisk because Zlatan didn’t play for L.A.

11. L.A. Galaxy (1-1-0)

Last week: 7.

Defeated at Dallas 2-0.

12. New York Red Bulls (0-0-1)

Last week: 10.

Did not play.

13. Real Salt Lake (1-0-1)

Last week: 12.

Defeated Vancouver 1-0.

If you haven’t been to Rio Tinto Stadium, consider it. It’s a gorgeous scene.

14. Orlando (0-0-2)

Last week: 9.

Drew at Chicago 1-1.

Two points are better than no points through the first two games, but Orlando must be disappointed with giving up a late goal at Chicago.

15. NYCFC (0-0-2)

Last week: 13.

Drew with D.C. United, 0-0.

16. Atlanta United (0-1-1)

Last week: 19.

Drew with Cincinnati 1-1.

A rough start for the MLS champs.

17. Portland (0-1-1)

Last week: 14.

Defeated at LAFC 4-1.

A rough start for the Western champs.

18. Colorado (0-1-1)

Last week: 8.

Defeated at Seattle 2-0.

19. New England (0-1-1)

Last week: 16.

Defeated by Columbus 2-0.

20. Chicago (0-1-1)

Last week: 20.

Drew with Orlando 1-1.

21. Cincinnati (0-1-1)

Last week: 24.

Drew at Atlanta United 1-1.

A good point for the expansion side.

22. Vancouver (0-2-0)

Last week: 21.

Defeated by Real Salt Lake 1-0.

I thought Vancouver would be the worst team in MLS this season. I think I may be proven correct.

23. Philadelphia (0-2-0)

Last week: 22.

Defeated at Sporting KC 2-0.

24. San Jose (0-2-0)

Last week: 23.

Defeated by Minnesota 3-0.

Many of the same problems at last year are still evident.

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Doug Roberson
Doug Roberson
Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.
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