Looks like Seattle will be climbing in my rankings.
The Sounders got off to an impressive start on Thursday, demolishing the Red Bulls 3-0 at Qwest Field. Fredy Montero looks like the real deal while the support looks like it will be strong in the Emerald City.
Seattle set the bar high for Philadelphia and Vancouver (and Portland) for incoming expansion teams, and showed that the previous failures of the four most recent expansion teams can be overcome. Of course, there are still 29 games left to be played but this team showed on Thursday that it could be in the mix for a playoff spot.
New York, meanwhile, showed that their run to MLS Cup was likely a fluke and not the start of something special.