Seattle back to No. 1, New England climb to No. 2; Atlanta and Portland drop

It was a weekend for big goals and big wins in Major League Soccer. MLS Cup champs Seattle Sounders comfortably dismantled the “rebooted” LA Galaxy and kept Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez off the scoresheet. FC Dallas scored twice in the opening 14 minutes on their way to an impressive 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers, San Jose rocked DC United 4-1 thanks to more heroics from teenage sensation Cade Cowell, and a Nani-led Orlando City SC thumped FC Cincinnati.

Get caught up with the weekend’s action and see where your team sits in our Week 3 Power Rankings.

Previous ranking: 2

Next MLS match: Sunday at Portland, 3 p.m. ET, ABC

Raul Ruidiaz‘s brace powered Seattle past the previously unbeaten Galaxy in a dominant 3-0 win. The result puts Seattle atop the Western Conference standings with seven points, tied with NYCFC for the most in MLS. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 9

Next MLS match: Saturday at Nashville, 1.30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Carles Gil was unstoppable in New England‘s 2-1 win over Atlanta, be it with his passing or off the dribble. His penalty proved decisive as well. Yes, it’s early, but the Revs have the look of an MLS Cup contender if Gil can stay healthy. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 1

Next MLS match: Saturday vs LAFC, 8 p.m. ET, FS1

After the dream start to the season, the Galaxy came back to Earth in a 3-0 loss at Seattle. After scoring five times in the first two games, Chicharito was limited to just one shot — it went wide — and now the focus turns to next week’s El Trafico against LAFC. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 3

Next MLS match: Saturday vs DC United, 1.30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

With a long road trip to Monterrey beckoning in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Crew were bound to try and conserve some energy in the heat against Montreal. Managing just three shots probably wasn’t what Caleb Porter had in mind, but it was still enough to secure a 0-0 draw. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 5

Next MLS match: Saturday at LA Galaxy, 8 p.m. ET, FS1

LAFC welcomed back 2020 Golden Boot winner Diego Rossi, but remained without Carlos Vela in a 1-1 draw at Houston. Despite having the bulk of the possession (61%), the Black and Gold mostly fizzled out in the final third and lacked creativity. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 10

Next MLS match: Friday vs San Jose, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

A brace from Rubio Rubin — the one-time United States youth star — led RSL to a 3-1 win at home against Sporting KC. With two wins in two games, RSL is the lone MLS side yet to drop a point this season. — Bonagura



Former USMNT forward Rubio Rubin scores his first two MLS goals for RSL as his parents watch him play professionally for the first time.

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Previous ranking: 6

Next MLS match: Saturday at Vancouver, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Montreal remained unbeaten thanks to its 0-0 draw with Columbus, but given the opponent’s squad rotation, this result is a disappointment. Substitute Ahmed Hamdi was one of the few attacking bright spots. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 11

Next MLS match: Friday at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

As 17-year-old Cade Cowell’s star continues to ascend, the Quakes have become appointment viewing. In a 4-1 win over DC United, Jackson Yueill provided a brace — including a goal of the year candidate — and Cowell scored and assisted. — Bonagura



Cade Cowell assists Javier Lopez’s 1st minute goal and scores a goal of his own in the 26th minute.

Previous ranking: 16

Next MLS match: Saturday at Orlando, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN

If Taty Castellanos was upset about his thwarted move to Palmeiras, he channeled it in the right way, absorbing a hit (that resulted in a red card for Philly’s Jose Martinez) and then scoring on a rabona to seal NYCFC’s 2-0 win. Jesus Medina‘s revival continues as well. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 4

Next MLS match: Sunday vs Austin FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, FS1

Alan Pulido made his first start and scored his first goal of the season, but after going up 1-0 in the 17th minute, SKC slipped to a deflating 3-1 loss vs. Real Salt Lake. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 7

Next MLS match: Saturday vs CF Montreal in Salt Lake City, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Whitecaps turned 57.9% possession into just four shots in a toothless 1-0 loss to Colorado. Vancouver was nearly bailed out with a late penalty, only to see it reversed (correctly) through VAR. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 12

Next MLS match: Sunday vs Atlanta United, 1 p.m. ET, ABC

Miami probably deserved better, even as the Higuain brothers missed the 0-0 draw with Nashville after attending their mother’s funeral in Argentina. Miami is looking much more competitive in their second season. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 18

Next MLS match: Sunday vs Austin FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, FS1

Diego Fagundez‘s second goal in two games served as the game-winner in Austin’s 1-0 victory at Minnesota United. With six points through three games, Austin is off to a hot start in its MLS existence — and is notably ahead of the other two Texas teams in the standings. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 17

Next MLS match: Saturday vs New York City FC, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN

Any win over Cincinnati should be taken with a vat of salt at this point, but the Lions’ attack looks much better with Mauricio Pereyra on the field. Nani’s second golazo in as many weeks was a sight to behold as well. — Carlisle



Major League Soccer: Luis Nani (19′) Orlando City 2-0 FC Cincinnati

Previous ranking: 8

Next MLS match: Sunday at Inter Miami, 1 p.m. ET, ABC

Atlanta will feel hard done by given the tight penalty call that went against the Five Stripes. That said, Gabriel Heinze’s side was outplayed for most of the match. Now it will try to make up a three-goal deficit to Philadelphia in the CCL. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 14

Next MLS match: Saturday at FC Dallas, 3:30 p.m. ET, Univision/Twitter

Houston did well to stifle the LAFC attack and after falling behind 1-0 in the 55th minute, leveled the scores through Tyler Pasher two minutes later. It was a good point for the Dynamo ahead of next week’s trip to Dallas. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 15

Next MLS match: Saturday at Chicago Fire, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Okay, so the Union have a bigger match in the CCL this week, but the manner of Philadelphia’s 2-0 defeat to NYCFC will still annoy the hell out of Jim Curtin after watching Jose Martinez basically give the game away with stupid red card. Discipline will be the order of the day in Tuesday’s second leg against Atlanta. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 21

Next MLS match: Saturday vs Minnesota United, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

A beautiful free kick goal from Diego Rubio provided the difference as the Rapids beat Vancouver, 1-0, to pick up their first win of the season. Sam Vines made his season debut, which allowed Kellyn Acosta to shift back into central midfield, where he played in more of an advanced role. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 23

Next MLS match: Saturday vs Toronto FC, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+

New striker Fabio doesn’t have a goal yet, but he did plenty of dirty work in setting up both Red Bull goals in a 2-0 win over Chicago, Gerhard Struber’s first as RBNY manager. Meanwhile, Caden Clark continues to dazzle, scoring his second goal in three games. — Carlisle



Seventeen-year-old American Caden Clark scores another stunning goal to put New York Red Bulls up 2-0 vs. Chicago Fire.

Previous ranking: 13

Next MLS match: Sunday vs Seattle, 3 p.m. ET, ABC

Playing a rotated squad in between midweek CONCACAF Champions League matches against Club America, the Timbers never got into gear in a 4-1 loss to FC Dallas. The good news: Jeremy Ebobisse made his season debut off the bench, after being sidelined with a hamstring injury. — Bonagura



FC Dallas’ Ryan Hollingshead winds up like he’s going to throw the ball at Portland Timbers coach Gio Savarese, leading to a heated exchange.

Previous ranking: 24

Next MLS match: Saturday vs Houston, 3:30 p.m. ET, Univision/Twitter

After two sluggish performances to open the season, FC Dallas looked dangerous in a 4-1 win against Portland that featured highly touted 18-year-old Dante Sealy‘s first MLS goal. Paxton Pomykal played well off the bench as he continues to work his way back to full fitness. — Bonagura

Previous ranking: 20

Next MLS match: Saturday vs New England Revolution, 1.30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

For the first time in its MLS existence, Nashville is falling short of expectations, with three home draws in three matches. It survived another slow start too, only this time goalkeeper Joe Willis came to Nashville’s rescue. — Carlisle



Inter Miami is held to a scoreless draw at Nashville SC after a pair of early saves from goalkeeper Joe Willis.

Previous ranking: 22

Next MLS match: Saturday at New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Reds had the weekend off, the better to prepare for the CCL where it has the onerous task of making up a two-goal deficit against Cruz Azul. Manager Chris Armas will hope more of his roster will get back to sufficient health. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 19

Next MLS match: Saturday at Columbus Crew, 1.30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Having just four outfield players on the bench speaks to the ever-lengthening injury list for Hernan Losada, and it resulted in a lopsided loss to San Jose. Losada is right to stick to his philosophical guns, but complaints about his players’ lack of fitness will only carry him so far. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 25

Next MLS match: Saturday vs Philadelphia Union, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+

You know your attack is toothless when your second best chance of the day is a bicycle kick attempt from outside the penalty area. The defense wasn’t much better. But so it goes for the Fire, who is still looking for its first win of the season after losing to the Red Bulls. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 26

Next MLS match: Sunday, May 16 vs Inter Miami, 4 p.m. ET

FCC actually look like they’ve taken a step backward from last season, which takes some doing given they weren’t that good to begin with. Jaap Stam needs to go back to the defensive drawing board after Cincinnati’s comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Orlando. — Carlisle

Previous ranking: 27

Next MLS match: Saturday vs. Colorado, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Loons’ disastrous start to the season continued in a 1-0 loss to Austin FC, leaving them as the only team in MLS without a point through Week 3. — Bonagura