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2013 MLS Power Rankings: Week 1

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Trophy Presentations Don't Occur After The First Week But If They Did...

Trophy Presentations Don't Occur After The First Week But If They Did
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MLS commissioner Don Garber handed out the MLS Cup Trophy to Los Angeles Galaxy president Chris Klein and AEG president Timohty Leiweke at the champions first match. The trophy is the ultimate goal for all 19 clubs in the league but only one gets to hoist it at the end of the playoffs.

Throughout the season, fans and pundits a like love to discuss how good each of their favorite clubs are doing. The season is long and games come at a fast pace. Teams go through the ups and downs of wins and losses, injuries and international call-ups.

Power rankings are just a tool to help fans compare, discuss and argue with other fans. In the end, it’s always the final standings that count the most, but in-between rankings are an easy way to bring together both conferences and all the clubs in attempt to see how is on the rise and who isn’t.

After the first week, the reigning MLS Cup champions Galaxy are on top of the rankings. The bottom rung belongs to Chivas USA and they could be there for a while if changes aren’t made. Player of the week honors goes to the Galaxy’s Mike McGee with a hat trick. Misfortune of the week, a nice way to put it, goes to Colorado Rapids back-up goalkeeper Steward Ceus and his misadventure against FC Dallas. Goal of the week honors go to Davy Arnaud of the Montreal Impact.

The following are my MLS power rankings for week 1.

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19. Chivas USA

19. Chivas USA
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Chivas USA are in the midst of their Hispanic experiment. They lost by three at home to mid-table Columbus Crew. It's going to be a long summer for their supporters.

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18. Philadelphia Union

18. Philadelphia Union
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The Philadelphia Union lost at home to Sporting Kansas City by two goals. The Union looked like second class citizens against the powerful SKC and will need lots of help climbing up the rankings.

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17. Toronto FC

17. Toronto FC
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With all the changed Toronto FC went through in the days before their match away to the Vancouver Whitecaps a one goal defeat wasn't too bad. Why are they still this low on the rankings? Ask any TFC supporter about the club's history and you will understand why.

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16. Colorado Rapids

16. Colorado Rapids
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Powers got some playing time in the Colarado Rapids loss away to FC Dallas. Let's just say their goalkeeping needs some work.

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15. New England Revolution

15. New England Revolution
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

No game meaning a bye week means no points gained or lost for the New England Revolution. The club will depend on Saer Sene and his goals to climb up the rankings.

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14. Chicago Fire

14. Chicago Fire
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Fire were throttled away to the reigning cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy. Conceding four flattered them as the Galaxy should have put more away.

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13. FC Dallas

13. FC Dallas
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A one goal win at home against the Colorado Rapids doesn't stoke much confidence in FC Dallas's hopes especially as that goal was due to a goalkeeping blunder.

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12. Portland Timbers

12. Portland Timbers
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers gave up three at their fortress at home to the New York Red Bulls. Then again they scored three as well. Middle of the pack is a perfect spot for this club.

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11 New York Red Bulls

11 New York Red Bulls
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls easily had the most entertaining match in week one against the Portland Timbers. A draw with six goals scored in total makes me wonder if their offense is that strong or is their defense that week?

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10. Columbus Crew

10. Columbus Crew
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

A three nil win away against lowly Chivas USA doesn't vault the Columbus Crew up the power rankings but they will take points anytime they can. A strong showing by debutant Ryan Finley was added bonus

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9. Seattle Sounders

9. Seattle Sounders
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Sounders were undone by the Montreal Impact and the Italian defensive style of play. The Sounders usually don't lose that easily at home.

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8. Montreal Impact

8. Montreal Impact
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Italian connection was used with brilliance against the Seattle Sounders as the Montreal Impact stole a victory at CenturyLink Field. Let's hope the Impact don't play like this at home.

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7. D.C. United

7. D.C. United
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D.C. United lost away to the Houston Dynamo and looked a shell of itself without talisman Dwayne De Rosario.

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6. Vancouver Whitecaps

6. Vancouver Whitecaps
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Whitecaps had a hard fought home one goal victory against Toronto FC. The loss of Jay DeMerit for the season is a big blow but the emergence of Nigel Reo-Coker will help but still look for the club to find another centre-back as a replacement for DeMerit.

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5. San Jose Earthquakes

5. San Jose Earthquakes
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The San Jose Earthquakes suffered a disappointing home loss against Real Salt Lake. With Chris Wondolowski having an off day it begs to ask whether the club depends on his goals a little too much.

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4. Houston Dynamo

4. Houston Dynamo
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Dynamo beat D.C. United at home and looked rather impressive in doing so but also benefited from United missing Dwayne De Rosario.

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3. Real Salt Lake

3. Real Salt Lake
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Won 2-0 against the last year Supporter's Shield holders the San Jose Earthquakes. Real Salt Lake played the perfect away match and stole all the points.

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2. Sporting Kansas City

2. Sporting Kansas City
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City didn't have their home fans to cheer them on but still won away against the Philadelphia Union. The team would have been ranked higher if they didn't struggle to get the result.

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1. Los Angeles Galaxy

1. Los Angeles Galaxy
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Even with the extra hoopla of the MLS Cup Trophy presentation, the Los Angeles Galaxy scored four against the Chicago Fire without conceding any. With the departure of David Beckham and the sabbatical of Landon Donovan, it's Robbie Keane's team now with a lot of help from Mike McGee.

Shahab Khan is a Soccer and MLS Columnist with Rant Sports focusing on the Toronto FC

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