This young MLS season has been quite possibly the most highly acclaimed in league history, as many American stars were brought home and two expansion teams were welcomed. Despite just starting, teams have already begun to establish themselves and mesh all of their new pieces. These are the top four teams three weeks in.
- FC Dallas: By default FC Dallas has to be at the top of any league ranking. They are the only team that has a perfect record through three games. After getting two big wins at home, the Hoops were able to travel to Philadelphia this past week and come away with three points. The team will only improve as new signing Michael Barrios continues to assimilate to MLS.
- Los Angeles Galaxy: Despite drawing this weekend against the Houston Dynamo, the Galaxy are still amongst the best in the league. The Galaxy is still looking for a stopgap to shoulder the loss of Marcelo Sarvas, until Steven Gerrard arrives. This weekend they will be without star forwards Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes, who will be representing the Republic of Ireland and the United States, respectively.
- Vancouver Whitecaps: The Whitecaps were better in the second half of last season. After adding Kendall Waston late in the season, the Whitecaps were able to make a late playoff push and nab the last spot in the contested Western Conference. One knock on the Caps’ last year was their lack of a potent striker. It seems they have found their man Octavio Rivero. The talented Uruguayan has netted three goals in his first three games.
- Seattle Sounders: The Sounders did not play this weekend, as it was their bye week. After dismantling the New England Revolution in week one, the Rave Green fell to San Jose in a close match at home. The potent partnership of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey promises to deliver many more performances like in week one where the duo notched three goals. Once their rock in the middle Osvaldo Alonso returns, the Sounders will be a team to watch as they chase the title that has eluded the club in its young history.