Week 2 of Major League Soccer was full of marquee match-ups and buckets of goals. Los Angeles FC hung five on Real Salt Lake, which looked like the highest-scoring match of the weekend. But it wasn’t even the highest-scoring match of the day as a wild finish in Chicago saw Sporting Kansas City squander a two-goal lead, only to snatch a 4-3 win back in the final 10 minutes. Former Lions also bagged plenty of goals for their new squads while Orlando City couldn’t get the job done at home.
So what did we learn after the second week around the league, and how did that affect our power rankings?
1. New York City FC (Last Week: 1)
NYCFC followed up its impressive win in Kansas City with a win over the LA Galaxy. Anton Tinnerholm looks like a revelation at right back and he smashed home the first goal of the afternoon off the underside of the crossbar. New York City looks like the team to beat.
2. Toronto FC (Last Week: 2)
Toronto took Week 2 off. The Reds played their second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) tie with Tigres UANL last night and lost the match but still advanced on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate score over the two matches.
3. Columbus Crew (Last Week: 4)
It was a back-and-forth affair in Columbus and a late penalty was the difference as the Crew managed a 3-2 victory at home. After ripping Montreal to bits, Columbus let the Impact claw back into the match, which has to be of some concern for Gregg Berhalter.
4. New York Red Bulls (Last Week: 9)
The Red Bulls rotated their squad and still slaughtered the Portland Timbers, 4-0. Former Lion Carlos Rivas bagged a brace for the first time in MLS and teenager Ben Mines looks like the next New York Homegrown sensation.
5. Seattle Sounders (Last Week: 5)
Seattle got the weekend off to prep for its CCL match against Chivas tonight.
6. Sporting Kansas City (Last Week: 6)
SKC lacked goal scoring in Week 1 but found it in Week 2. Felipe Gutierrez notched a brace, including the game-winning fourth in the 86th minute. But there are still plenty of questions about last year’s top defense in the league that has allowed five goals in the first two matches.
7. Houston Dynamo (Last Week: 3)
The Dynamo were dangerous again but couldn’t convert their chances. A clumsy challenge led to a penalty for Kei Kamara and then they let Brek Shea get behind them to complete a frustrating 2-1 loss.
8. Los Angeles FC (Last Week: 16)
Scoring five goals on the road is impressive for any team. Going into Rio Tinto and scoring five goals had never been done in MLS. LAFC now has two great away wins in two weeks and its attack, led by Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi, looked extra deadly.
9. LA Galaxy (Last Week: 10)
Jonathan dos Santos had a crafty finish to keep the Galaxy in the game but LA’s defense struggled all match with NYCFC’s fierce attack. An Ashley Cole red card put a further damper on the afternoon.
10. Atlanta United (Last Week: 14)
It was a return to normalcy following the thrashing in Houston. All three of Atlanta’s Designated Players found the back of the net as the Five Stripes got their first win over D.C. United in club history.
11. Chicago Fire (Last Week: 8)
The Fire had a poor opening half, then completed a dizzying comeback in fewer than 15 minutes, then let the lead slip away in the final 10. Nemanja Nikolic looks like he picked up where he left off, at least.
12. FC Dallas (Last Week: 12)
Dallas got to stay home in Week 2.
13. Vancouver Whitecaps (Last Week: 17)
Vancouver wasn’t the better team in BBVA Compass Stadium, but it got two goals and the win. It’s two wins in two for the new-look Whitecaps, though, which is all that matters.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (Last Week: 15)
San Jose had a bye this week.
15. Philadelphia Union (Last Week: 18)
The Union got the weekend off.
16. Orlando City (Last Week: 11)
The Lions looked nothing like they did in Week 1. The loss of Stefano Pinho in the first half meant an already-depleted side had no answer in front of goal. Combine that with some defensive lapses, and it was a disappointing 2-1 loss at home.
17. Montreal Impact (Last Week: 20)
A gritty performance from the Impact wasn’t enough to secure a road point in Columbus. After the Quebecois side was sliced apart, Montreal fought its way back but gave up a penalty to miss out in stoppage time. It was a shame because it neutralized Raheem Edwards’ fantastic volley:
18. Portland Timbers (Last Week: 7)
Two ugly losses in two weeks was not the way Giovanni Savarese wanted to start his tenure in the Pacific Northwest. The Timbers were ripped to pieces by the Red Bulls’ backups, including a brace from Rivas.
19. Real Salt Lake (Last Week: 13)
RSL was picked apart at home by Los Angeles FC. The defending was shambolic, the midfield was overrun, and Salt Lake’s eight-match unbeaten run was demolished.
20. D.C. United (Last Week: 19)
D.C. was blasted in Atlanta and there were some concerning signs in midfield. There are still a lot of away matches to go until Audi Field finally opens up, and unless something changes United will have quite a hole to dig out of.
21. Minnesota United (Last Week: 23)
An Ethan Finlay brace helped Adrian Heath see off the wounded Lions, but losing Kevin Molino for the year will likely make this a Pyrrhic victory for the Loons.
22. New England Revolution (Last Week: 21)
A deflected free kick from Chris Tierney at the death was the difference for New England. The Revs scored with their only two shots on target, at least, but not great early signs for Brad Friedel even with the win.
23. Colorado Rapids (Last Week: 22)
After an uninspired first half, Colorado fought back for what looked like a draw. But a clumsy foul at the edge of the area allowed Tierney to strike late and hand the Rapids a loss.