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Too-early rankings and thoughts from March

MLSnew15As Sigi Schmid patiently and correctly pointed out yesterday, it's way to early to read much from MLS results.

Still ... here are four thoughts based from the first month of the season, and below updated power rankings:

WESTERN CONFERENCE POWER RANKINGS1. FC DALLASBest team in March; but fast starts pretty common in Dallas.2. LOS ANGELES GALAXYFor now, history and roster count more than loss and two draws.3. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FCFirst game encouraging, second game disastrous, third game just too odd to consider.4. VANCOUVER WHITECAPSThe anti-Timbers, Caps making the most of what they’ve got.5. REAL SALT LAKEMaybe some indications their seven-season playoff run in jeopardy.6. SPORTING KANSAS CITYSKC makes West tougher, and West makes SKC’s playoff push tougher.7. PORTLAND TIMBERSBreaking supporters’ hearts one point at a time.8. HOUSTON DYNAMONever up, never in; need to find more ways to score.9. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKESHave allowed six goals, even with David Bingham the early saves leader.10. COLORADO RAPIDSNo wins, no losses; no goals scored, no goals allowed.

EASTERN CONFERENCE POWER RANKINGS1. NEW YORK RED BULLSFamiliar stars departed, but so far the positive results have remained.2. DC UNITEDEncouraging start on the field, but new stadium can’t arrive fast enough.3. ORLANDO CITY SCKaka, huge crowds: strong addition to the league.4. NEW YORK CITY FCDavid Villa, huge crowds: strong addition to the league.5. TORONTO FCSeventh in standings, but still hard not to see playoff breakthrough.6. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTIONMinus-four goal differential doesn’t square with roster potential. 7. COLUMBUS CREWLead the league in shots, second in shots on goal.8. CHICAGO FIREDreary team playing in front of dreary crowds.9. MONTREAL IMPACTBlew two-goal lead at home to expansion team … in about a minute.10. PHILADELPHIA UNIONLooked lost and disorganized in loss at Chicago.