Call it "Overreaction Saturday."
With only two weeks of MLS action to go on, judging all 20 teams can be difficult. What's to be made of Colorado beating LA? Was Houston's demolition of Dallas a sign of our collective overestimation of Dallas' abilities? What does it mean that Columbus, Seattle, and Vancouver have each dropped all six points so far this season? Is Drogba-less Montreal still the real deal?
This weekend's results did more to create questions such as those than to reaffirm the league's previous prognostications. The top-five team's in last week's TML power rankings all lost. Does that mean something? Sure. But let's not get carried away. Colorado isn't the MLS Cup favorite, Dallas is still good, those teams with two L's in the book won't go all season looking for a W. Montreal, however, might just be the real deal.
Week 2 was filled with upsets, but they were only just upsets. Overreacting might be easy to do but it'll be a waste of your time.
1. Montreal Impact (Last Week: 6)
The Eastern Conference-leading Impact has won both of its first two games by a combined score of 6-2, including Saturday's 3-0 thrashing of last year's Supporters' Shield Champion Red Bulls. The best part of this for their French speaking faithful? Didier Drogba didn't participate because his knees can't handle 21st century, technologically enhanced artificial turf. Maybe I'm ignorant and biased, and I'm aware of the reputation crumb rubber fields have as a carcinogen, but if Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer played on old-school, paper-thin Astro Turf in the '70s, Drogba's multi-million dollar legs might be able to handle it.
2. FC Dallas (Last Week: 1)
Dallas is still the favorite to win everything in my book, but the high-flying, exciting squad we've come to know and love hit a speed bump in its rivalry meeting with Houston. Next week's showdown with No. 1 Montreal will go a long way towards showing what kind of team this is.
3. Sporting Kansas City (Last Week: 9)
Don't look now, but SKC just keeps on winning. Kansas City has officially taken the mantle of "MLS's Most Solid Organization" from RSL.
4. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 2)
The Champs did what a lot of teams do, they lost to a San Jose Earthquakes team that they are better than. Portland had 16 shots on Sunday night, only two of which were on target. You're not going to win very many games --especially against such scrappy competition as San Jose -- doing that.
5. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 3)
The most tumultuous soap opera in American soccer since the New York Cosmos of NASL-old laid a mile-high egg this weekend when Marco Pappa's stoppage-time winner lifted Colorado over LA. This team could be great, but they certainly haven't been able to gel yet in this young season. Expect nearly as many head-scratching performances as dominant ones in the coming weeks.
6. Toronto FC (Last Week: 7)
Sebastian Giovinco continues to be the most exciting player in the league. Every time Toronto earns a free kick in its attacking third, it is must-watch television.
7. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 5)
Rough start to the year for last year's surprise team. Jesse Marsch may be experiencing his own kind of sophomore slump in his second year at the helm in New Jersey.
8. San Jose Earthquakes (Last Week: 17)
Here's Quincy Amarikwa's chip from the Quakes' victory over Portland. Enjoy it; this will certainly be the most aesthetically pleasing goal you see this year from a player in a San Jose jersey.
9. Columbus Crew SC (Last Week: 4)
C-Bus has worn those awful uni's twice this season, and they have come away with two losses. Coincidence? I think not.
10. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 13)
Much like last week's Montreal victory over Vancouver, Houston's stomping of Dallas in this year's first rendition of the Texas
Derby Darbee Rivalry says more about the potential in Owen Coyle's squad than it does about Dallas. Houston has the chance to be a really good team. It has a strong core of attacking talent, and the seemingly rejuvenated career of Andrew Wenger has been key through the first two weeks.
11. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 8)
Vancouver has lost to Montreal and SKC. If you're going to start the season of the wrong way, those are two of the teams you'd like to have it happen against.
12. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 14)
RSL's rebuilt lineup was good enough to beat a slightly reeling Seattle team this weekend. Will those winning ways stick around? I'm betting that the gas will run out before August.
13. New York City FC (Last Week: 16)
Between the Manchester City adventure that delayed his debut last season and his calf injury this season, I'm beginning to wonder if anyone really cares that Frank Lampard is even in New York.
14. New England Revolution (Last Week: 11)
What is this team's identity in the post-Jermaine Jones era? The sooner the Revs figure that out, the sooner they'll return to being one of the best teams in the league.
15. Orlando City (Last Week: 12)
Cyle Larin is still on pace to score 34 goals this year. Also, for you Orlandoans who have taken to the bottle over the Lions' early season woes, TML's David Rohe has some words to soothe your soul.
16. Seattle Sounders (Last Week: 10)
Is this perhaps harsh treatment of Seattle, considering the Sounders are the lowest of the three two-loss teams in the rankings? Maybe. Regardless, sell your Sigi Schmid stock, if you haven't already.
17. D.C. United (Last Week: 15)
Hey there Mr. McCauley, the D.C.-New England 0-0 draw would like to have a word with you in the office.
18. Philadelphia Union (Last Week: 18)
Union are kinda watchable?— Kevin McCauley (@kevinmccauley) March 13, 2016
Couldn't have said it better myself.
19. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 20)
Game two in the books. Not sure if the Rapids are a good team. Just don't know— Burgundy Wave (@Burgundywave) March 13, 2016
I'll go ahead and say it: They're not.
20. Chicago Fire (Last Week: 19)
Chicago Fire fans watching Montreal this week will have enjoyed watching Harry Shipp register an assist for Montreal because any Chicago Fire fans that remain must be masochistic.