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Deseret News MLS power rankings

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 7:04 a.m. MDT

(Win, Draw, Loss)

1. Real Salt Lake (3-0-0, 9 points): A team made up of mostly reserves scored two goals on the previously unbeaten New England Revolution. Collen Warner, Paulo Jr. and Chris Schuler all looked like upcoming bright spots on a team already filled with high quality. Next up: Colorado, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

2. Philadelphia Union (3-0-1, 9 points): The Union achieved a good victory over New York although to do so it took an error by Bulls' defender Tim Ream. The Union is one of only two teams to have given up a single goal--the other is Real Salt Lake. Next up: Seattle, Saturday.

3. Colorado Rapids (3-0-1, 9 points): The Rapids were hurting without Pablo Masteroeni and Conor Casey losing 3-0 to FC Dallas. The Rapids will need both Casey and Masteroeni in full form to pull off a result against RSL on the road. Next up: Real Salt Lake, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy (2-2-1, 8 points): The Galaxy are the most up-and-down team in MLS right now. A controversial penalty against D.C. United left them with only a draw. The Galaxy need to find a leader when Landon Donovan isn't on the pitch. Next up: Toronto FC, Wednesday.

5. New York Red Bulls (1-2-1, 5 points): The Bulls were unlucky with Juan Agudelo hitting the post twice against Philadelphia. The trend can't continue as the Bulls have only scored two goals all season. Luckily, the defense has been great giving up only two goals. Next up: San Jose, Saturday.

6. San Jose Earthquakes (1-2-1, 5 points): Both Chris Wondolowski and Simon Dawkins have played well - each scoring two goals so far. Their great play is enough to mediate a disappointing draw against Toronto FC last week. Next up: New York Red Bulls, Saturday.

7. Chicago FC (1-1-1, 4 points): The Chicago Fire may be playing second fiddle to Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, but will be getting a fair share of attention with two nationally televised games coming up this week. Chicago fans will hope the Fire can continue finding the back of the net having scored at least once in all three games thus far. Next up: Portland, Thursday.

8. D.C. United (1-1-2, 4 points): D.C. was lucky to get away from Los Angeles with a point especially when down a man. Charlie Davis' penalty kick gave him four goals scored this season — the most in MLS. Next up: Toronto FC, Saturday.

9. Sporting Kansas City (1-1-1, 4 points): Kansas City is this high in the rankings only due to poor performances by teams that were ahead. A bye week gave Sporting a chance to fix its defensive woes having given up eight goals in only three games. Next up: Columbus, Saturday.

10. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-2-2, 5 points): The Whitecaps could be the Seattle Sounders of 2011 if players can stay healthy and stop being ejected. Eric Hassli has been ejected twice and Gershon Koffie once. That isn't the type of behavior Vancouver needs, especially with Jay DeMerit and Terry Dunfield injured. Next up: Chivas USA, Saturday.

11. FC Dallas (1-1-2, 4 points): Dallas had a solid victory against the Rapids in a rematch of last year's MLS Cup. It was Dallas' first victory of the season and the first time David Ferreira looked like last year's MVP and the first time Dallas has played with any heart. Next up: Portland, Sunday.

12. Houston Dynamo (1-2-1, 5 points): The other team from Texas also won its first match of the year. The Dynamo still need Brian Ching back in the lineup but scoring three goals without him is impressive. Next up: New England, Sunday.

13. Seattle Sounders (1-2-2, 5 points): Seattle appears to be improving and on a roll. Fredy Montero's replacement Mauro Rosales has been the catalyst for much of it. Saturday's game against the Union will test the Sounder's ability to score. Next up: Philadelphia, Saturday

14. New England Revolution (1-3-1, 6 points): Real Salt Lake's reserves crushed the Revolution, 2-0. One can only imagine what would have happened if the Revolution went up against the likes of Javier Morales, Jamison Olave and Alvaro Sabario. Next up: Houston, Sunday

15. Columbus Crew (1-2-1, 5 points): A draw against lowly Chivas USA wasn't the result Columbus was looking for to keep afloat. The Crew has scored only three goals in four games. Next up: Kansas City, Saturday.

16. Toronto FC (1-2-1, 5 points): Tony Tchani and Danleigh Borman are adjusting well to playing with their new team. If the defense can start playing as well as the offense — Toronto has scored and been scored on six times. Toronto may quickly become a team to contend with in the East. Next up: Los Angeles, Wednesday.

17. Portland Timbers (0-1-2, 1 point): The Timbers are still searching for the first win of the season. Portland fans are hoping it will occur in one of the two first games to be played at the JELD-WEN Field. Next up: Chicago, Thursday.

18. Chivas USA (0-2-2, 2 points): Tying Columbus is nothing to hang its hat on, but it is the smallest of starts in the right direction for the Goats. Next up: Vancouver, Saturday.

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