There wasn't much movement in our poll this week, especially near the top, but there was a lot of solidification. There's now almost universal agreement that Sporting KC is the No. 1 team and Real Salt Lake No. 2. No team moved more than one spot up or down, though, and none of our top six teams moved at all.
This week's rankings are to the theme of Nas songs. Hope you approve.
The World is Yours
1. Sporting Kansas City (Average ranking: 1.06; Last week: 1): You beat the No. 2 team and start the season 6-0-0, you get to be No. 1 "with a bullet." All but one voter pegged them as their top team.
2. Real Salt Lake (2.00; 2): There's really no shame in losing 1-0 on the road to the No. 1 team in the league.
Come Get Me
3. Seattle Sounders (3.67; 3): We've yet to really see this team at full strength, but they are still 3-1-1 with three shutouts. They have a bye week and then should have most of their key pieces back by then.
4. San Jose Earthquakes (4.22; 4): If there was any doubt before, their 2-2 tie at New York should silence that. This team looks to be very much for real.
5. New York Red Bulls (5.11; 5): That offense is legit. That defense is not. Should be exciting either way.
6. Houston Dynamo (6.78; 6): Just keep getting results on this season-opening road trip, which is perfectly fine.
7. FC Dallas (7.50; 8): Needed two late goals to snatch a win at home against an awful Impact team, but that offense looks very dangerous.
8. Colorado Rapids (8.83; 7): Just 3-3-0 on the season, but seem to be adjusting well to Oscar Pareja's redesign.
9. LA Galaxy (9.06; 10): Looked like their old selves for a half, and against the Timbers that was more than enough.
10. Vancouver Whitecaps (9.83; 9): Their defense came crashing down to earth a couple weeks ago, now their offense needs to pick up the slack.
11. D.C. United (10.17; 11): Currently third in the East, but questions remain. The big one is, who is their goalkeeper?
Hate Me Now
12. Chicago Fire (12.06; 12): Still not much data to work with after playing a rain-shortened game against the Dynamo.
13. Chivas USA (12.17; 14): Three road wins, three home losses. Not exactly a recipe for success, but a sign that Robin Fraser's style is starting to stick.
14. Columbus Crew (14.17; 13): There's some talent here, but the results are not following.
15. Portland Timbers (14.94; 15): Four points through six matches was not how anyone really saw this team getting out of the gate. They have some very serious issues on defense, namely they don't play it very well.
16. New England Revolution (15.11; 16): Probably deserved at least a point against United and have looked much improved over last year. Still lacking that finishing touch.
Life's a B
17. Philadelphia Union (16.94; 18): Beating the Crew at home on a penalty kick is a sign of improvement, but not that big of one.
18. Montreal Impact (17.83; 18): Slowly but surely looking better, but still on pace for 68 goals allowed and about 19 points.
19. Toronto FC (18.61; 19): Just when you thought this team had finally turned a corner, they do this. Need to turn it around, and fast.
How the poll works: Each voter ranks the teams from 1-19. The teams are then ordered by average, with the lowest average going first and so on. The editor then splits the rankings into five tiers, looking for natural breaks in the averages.
Who participated: Jeremiah Oshan (SB Nation, soccer); Aaron Campeau (SB Nation, soccer); Ryan Rosenblatt (SB Nation, soccer); Drew Epperley (SB Nation, soccer); Jason Anderson (SB Nation, soccer); Phillip Quin (SB Nation, soccer); Martin Shatzer (Black and Red United); Scott Kessler (Brotherly Game); Denzel Eslinger (RSL Soapbox); Robert Jonas (Quake, Rattle and Goal); Daniel Robertson (Big D Soccer); Dave Clark and Josh Yockey (Sounder at Heart); Duncan Fletcher (Waking the Red), Steve Stoehr (The Bent Musket); Ben Schneider (Once a Metro); Alicia Ratterree (The Goat Parade); Brenton Walters (The Vancouver Whitecaps Offside); Geoff Gibson (Stumptown Footy); Sofiane Benzaza (Mount Royal Soccer); Alex Englen (The Daily Wiz); Tweed Thornton and Ryan Sealock (Hot Time In Old Town).