Tag:MLS 2011 Power Rankings
Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:42 am
Sorry everyone, internet trouble here at Soccer HQ. Here are the extremely late Power Rankings from last week. Didn't get to see an MLS game all week so I have a ton of catching up to do. Group A preview for the Gold Cup will be up this afternoon, those games taking place tonight. Groups B and C and my knockout round predictions will be up ASAP with the technical difficulties.
Also, caught most of the USA-Spain friendly. I'm not taking that much from it, since it wasn't a strong starting lineup in the first half where the US gave up three quick goals. There is no way Bob Bradley expected that lineup to compete against Spain, especially with Eric Lichaj at left-back and Robbie Rogers at winger (i.e., two of the USA's most inexperienced and worst players on the roster respectfully). Notice in the second half after five halftime substitues, the USA seemed to do much better, not that Spain was trying to force the issue on attack as much. Either way, I wouldn't put much stock in this game, which was used primarily to get players, especially the European based ones, some time on the field.
Onto the rankings...
Please note that the two MLS teams who fired their coaches are in the bottom four (Chicago and Vancouver). Also note that Toronto has taken over the basement after their dismal showing at home vs. the Union. The top didn't really change all that much, but I believe the sixth spot might be the Red Bulls lowest of the season.
1. [LW 1] - LA Galaxy
2.  - PHI Union
3.  - FC Dallas
4.  - SEA Sounders
5.  - Real Salt Lake
6.  - NY Red Bulls
7.  - COL Rapids
8.  - POR Timbers
9.  - SJ Quakes
10.  - HOU Dynamo
11.  - DC United
12.  - Colubus CREW
13.  - Chivas USA
14.  - NE Revolution
15.  - CHI Fire
16.  - VAN Whitecaps
17.  - Sporting KC
18.  - Toronto FC
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:26 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 11:24 pm
The Gold Cup rosters are being finalized and several teams are looking at trying to fill several holes during the next several weeks. We'll have a full entry on that later in the week as well as a full entry on the USA roster. But for right now, the rankings are beginning to take shape. The top half of the table is just about set and the bottom few are starting to feel the cement harden around their numbers. I expect more than a few teams to struggle during the Gold Cup (New York and New England immeadiately come to mind) but they should expect little mercy from the rankings committee (i.e. myself). Also, I still love MLSSoccer.com, MLS Match Day Live and Portland.
2.  PHI Union (5-2-3, 17 pts, 1E / W vs. CHI 2-1) – Carlos Ruiz’s free kick (awful, into the wall) and resulting left-footed rebound/volley (Goal of the Year Candidate) is just another addition to the love/hate relationship between him and the Sons of Ben.
3.  – Real Salt Lake (5-2-1, 17 pts, 3W / D @ DAL 0-0) – Probably harsh to drop them a spot after a rain-delayed draw in Dallas, but this team hasn’t been the same since it’s CCL loss to Monterray. Nick Rimando’s call up as the third keeper for USA is long overdue and deserved, but he probably won’t miss any time between the pipes with RSL unless there is an injury to Tim Howard or Marcus Hahnemann
4.  – NY Red Bulls (4-4-2, 16 pts, 2E / D @ HOU 2-2) – The Red Bulls are the hardest hit of any team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing Dane Richards (JAM), Dwayne De Rosario (CAN), Rafa Marquez (MEX), Tim Ream (USA) and Juan Agudelo (USA) for the next few fixtures at least.
5.  – FC Dallas (5-3-3, 18 pts, 2W / D vs. RSL 0-0) – Another rain delay and severe weather hampered FC Dallas at home, as all they could do was slog their way to a goalless draw vs. RSL.
6.  – SEA Sounders (4-5-3, 17 pts, 4W / W vs. KC 1-0) – Jeff Parke’s stoppage time winner, his first MLS goal since 2004 and just his second career MLS goal, rescued three points for the Sounders against hapless KC.
7.  – POR Timbers (5-2-3, 17 pts, 5W / W vs. CREW 1-0) – Former Crew player Eric Brunner scored the winner against his old team, much to the delight of the Timber’s Army who has never tasted anything but victory in five games at Jeld-Wen Field.
8.  – COL Rapids (4-4-3, 16 pts, 6W / D vs. TOR 0-0) – They are 1-4-0 in their last five since their last loss in Seattle (where Brian Mullan’s tackle ended Steve Zakuani’s season). That’s respectable for a team struggling to keep a consistent lineup with injuries, but four goals in that stretch is not enough to keep pace in the West. Omar Cummings and Conor Casey need to get healthy ASAP.
9.  – HOU Dynamo (3-5-3, 14 pts, 3E / D vs. NY 2-2) – Really good game against NY last week, but the Dynamo will be disappointed in giving up a goal in the first and last (93’) minute of the game.
10.  – SJ Earthquakes (3-3-4, 12 pts, 8W / W vs. NE 2-1) – Chris Wondolowski’s tremendous form has earned him a call up to Team USA, which probably means more playing time for 20-year old Ellis McLoughlin, who scored the first goal against NE, assisted by Wondo.
11.  – NE Revolution (3-4-4, 13 pts, 5E / L @ SJ 1-2) – Another lackluster performance on the road, where the Revs are winless this season (0-2-3, 2 pts). Their prized midfield tandem of Shalrie Joseph (Grenada) and Benny Feilhaber (USA) will be away on Gold Cup duty, bad timing for a team still trying to figure out its attack. Matt Reis really wants Bobby Convey’s free kick back.
12.  – Columbus CREW (3-4-3, 13 pts, 4E / L @ POR 0-1) – Another team who’s winless on the road this year, the Crew actually played well, making up for a 0-3 shelling at SJ in the previous week.
13.  – Chivas USA (3-3-4, 12 pts, 7W / L vs. LA 0-1) – While they were thoroughly outplayed and out-chanced in the first half, the Goats managed to keep things interesting while searching for an equalizer and keeping LA from putting the game away.
14.  – DC United (3-3-4, 12 pts, 6E / Idle) – An off week and Andy Najar not playing for Honduras in the Gold Cup? It’s Christmas in May for DC.
15.  – Toronto FC (2-6-4, 12 pts, 7E / D @ COL 0-0) – A well played draw at Colorado should give the BMO Boys confidence heading into their second leg of the Canadian Championship vs. Vancouver.
16.  – CHI Fire (1-5-4, 8 pts, 8E / L @ PHI 1-2) – Carlos Ruiz’s game winner might have been an impressive strike. The question is, why was Jon Conway so far off his line?
17.  – VAN Whitecaps (1-5-5, 8 pts, 9W / Idle) – A week off right before their second leg in the Canadian Championship at TFC might just be the advantage this tired team needs to bring home a trophy.
18.  – Sporting KC (1-1-6, 4 pts, 9E / L @ SEA 0-1) – A rather cruel last minute loss at Seattle continues KC’s season long futility. The good news, they get to play a home game in the US Open Cup Qualifier vs. NE at Overland Park, KN today.
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:18 am
I might be late this week, but I did get this up before all the games start tonight. And since I haven't yet recieved my checks from Portland or CBS, the twenty of you who read this can blame them.
Also, we're starting to get international rosters for the CONCACAF Gold, which starts June 5 here in the USA. We'll have a full preview of the tournament and take a look at some of the MLS teams that might be severly affected by international call-ups. There will also be a full USA preview and daily recaps from the group stages all the way to the final, very similar to my 2009 Confederations Cup coverage for those that were reading this blog two years ago or my World Cup coverage from last year.
Enough CONCACAF talk...back to MLS.
But now, onto the rankings...
1.  – LA Galaxy (5W-5D-2L, 20 pts, 1W / D @ PHI 1-1, W vs. KC 4-1) – Figures these guys would find a way back to the top, where they pretty much spent all of the shortened 2010 rankings. Landon Donovan can’t be stopped, J.P. Angel netted his first in LA and David Beckham is bending in cheeky free kicks to the near post. They play three games in the next week before their schedule finally slows down.
2.  – Real Salt Lake (5-1-1, 16 pts, 3W / D vs. HOU 0-0) – Not much to say on their last match, but a huge fixture looms with FC Dallas today. If they want to start to separate from the rest of the West (and they still have games in hand), today at Pizza Hut Park would be a terrific place to start.
3.  – NY Red Bulls (4-3-2, 15 pts, 1E / L vs. CHV 2-3) – Bad day for the Red Bulls defense, who gave up three to Justin Braun after only giving up three to all of MLS in their first eight matches. Still, Thierry Henry is on fire and is leading one of the best offenses in the East.
4.  – FC Dallas (5-2-3, 17 pts, 2W / W vs. TOR 1-0, W vs. PHI 2-0) – Dallas continues their tremendous form and sit second in the West. So what if RSL is a point behind with three games in hand, they’re on a five-match unbeaten streak in the last month and the only points they’ve dropped in that span was a scoreless draw at DC.
5.  – PHI Union (4-2-3, 14 pts, 2E / D vs. LA 1-1, L @ DAL 0-2) – Somehow salvaged a point against LA when Danny Mwanga pounced on a poor back pass from LA D Sean Franklin and put it past keeper Donavan Ricketts. Their poor road form continues, the Union have lost three straight away from PPL Park.
6.  – SEA Sounders (3-5-3, 14 pts, 5W / D vs. POR 1-1) – Seattle probably would’ve like all three points in their Cascade derby match, but they’re still playing well and likely marching towards another playoff berth.
7.  – COL Rapids (4-3-3, 15 pts, 4W / D @ DC 1-1) – The injury-plagued forward line for the Rapids saw Conor Casey return as a substitute. Also didn’t see much in the penalty that ended up being the equalizer, but they we’re giving DC plenty of chances on the attack with both of DC's starting forwards off with injuries in the first half.
8.  – HOU Dynamo (3-4-3, 13 pts, 3E / D @ RSL 0-0) – Not much to take away from their last match. They had chances to win and lose the game but a road point against one of the West’s best isn’t all bad.
9.  – POR Timbers (4-2-3, 14 pts, 6W / D @ SEA 1-1) – Taking a point on the road against your rival might as well be a win. And I get to type Mamadou “Futty” Danso’s name again since his ironic header was the equalizer. Also, love I Portland’s Rose City kits.
10.  – NE Revolution (3-4-3, 13 pts, 5E / W vs. VAN 1-0) – Benny Feilhaber drew a penalty and had a goal called back for a phantom offsides call. Regardless, the Revs should have put this one away by more than one and had to survive a late surge by Vancouver.
11.  – Columbus CREW (3-4-2, 13 pts, 4E / L @ SJ 0-3) – Clean-up Crew in aisle 11! Yikes that was bad, but all the damage can in a 15-minute stretch in the middle of the second half. And it does put an end to a solid 7-game unbeaten streak since their last loss to open the season at DC, but two of the three wins in that streak were over KC and VAN.
12.  – Chivas USA (3-3-3, 12 pts, 7W / W @ NY 3-2) – Very impressive game for them attacking against a normally stout NY defense. Justin Braun is the second player in 2011 to join Hat Trick Town FC with a beauty of a left and then two-close range clean up jobs. Three wins in the Goats last four means their in solid form heading into the SuperClassico vs. LA.
13.  – SJ Quakes (2-3-4, 9 pts, 8W / D @ VAN 1-1, W vs. CREW 3-0) – The Quakes were minutes away from taking all six points last week, but were undone late in Vancouver when Jon Busch failed to get on the end of a beautiful cross from David Chiumiento (he was waiting for a deflection that never came) that snuck into the net on the far post. Still a solid rise up for the Quakes out of the basement and Chris Wondoloski is heating up again like he did much of last season.
14.  – DC United (3-3-4, 12 pts, 6E / D vs. COL 1-1) – Good draw against the Rapids, though I wasn’t a fan of the penalty kick that served as the equalizer. Either way, nothing wrong with a home draw in miserable conditions against a team that’s probably better than you. Let’s hope the injuries to Charlie Davies and Josh Wolff aren’t serious.
15.  – CHI Fire (1-5-3, 8 pts, 8E / D @ TOR 2-2) – They get credit for battling back at BMO, but they’re not winning and you can’t fall behind 0-2 on the road and always battle back for a point. They’re only win came against KC almost two months ago.
16.  – Toronto FC (2-5-4, 11 pts, 7E / L @ DAL 0-1, D vs. CHI 2-2) – Tough luck for the BMO Boys this week, a penalty was the difference in Dallas and they couldn’t hold a lead at home. They need all the points at home they can get too, they’re awful on the road.
17.  – VAN Whitecaps (1-5-5, 8 pts, 9W / D vs. SJ 1-1, L @ NE 0-1) – They were incredibly lucky to even earn a point this week and the winless streak is now at ten games. Since their opening win, they've scored 8 goals and allowed 14 while taking just five points out of a possible thirty.
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:32 am
I want everyone who reads this to know that I do care about this weekly entry. I just don't particularly care about getting it done on time. I care so much that I finally made the executive decision to drop $60 on my own money (I don't think CBS Sports is going to accept my expense report, but they should) for MLS MatchDay Live, MLSSoccer.com's streaming internet package. Basically, I get to watch every MLS game live and streaming on my laptop with the exception of national broadcasts (ESPN, FSC, Telefutura) and local games (NYRB on MSG here in CT). But all the games are archived, so I can go back and watch all the national and blacked out games (Chivas USA apparently is on Telefutura, which I'm positive I don't get, but I do understand having the Red Bulls blacked out).
2.  – LA Galaxy (4-4-2, 16 pts, 1W / D vs. NY 1-1) – Landon Donovan is on a scoring streak, with goals in four straight games. But the Galaxy still aren’t firing on all cylinders yet, and they’re going to have to try and figure out the stout Union D next week in Philly.
3.  – Real Salt Lake (5-0-1, 15 pts, 2W / W vs. CHV 1-0) – RSL might be over their CCL hangover, but playing two-men up for about an hour I would expect to see a higher scoreline instead of a late 86’ winner. Another serious injury to a MLS superstar hits RSL as Javier Morales will miss significant time.
4.  – PHI Union (4-1-2, 13 pts, 3E / L vs. POR 1-0) - A deserved loss for the Union as their attack was non-existent in Portland last week. Besides being thoroughly outplayed for most of the match, Carlos Ruiz was invisible up front for the Union and that has to change for a team that isn’t scoring.
5.  – SEA Sounders (3-4-3, 13 pts, 4W / L @ DC 1-2, D @ CREW 1-1) – I know that DC and Columbus is a tough road trip, but I think the Sounders expect better than a point in those two games.
6.  – COL Rapids (4-2-3, 14 pts, 3W / W @ HOU 2-1, D @ NE 0-0) – They stole three points in Houston on Jamie Smith’s 45-yd free kick goal (i.e. Houston keeper Tally Hall’s howler) and Scott Palguta’s first MLS goal before dropping a very contested 0-0 draw in NE.
7.  – Columbus CREW (3-4-1, 13 pts, 2E / D vs. SEA 1-1) – When the heck did these guys get into second place in the East? Even if it's a GD tiebreaker with Philly, these guys again are very quietly getting it done.
8.  – FC Dallas (3-2-3, 11 pts, 6W / D @ DC 0-0) – Not a dominant side by any means, but FCD is getting the job done this season despite being a little lower in the Western standings. Next three games are TFC, Philly and RSL, all at home and could set the tone for this team going forward.
9.  – HOU Dynamo (3-3-3, 12 pts, 4E / L vs. COL 1-2, L @ TOR 1-2) – Just when you think these guys are ready to take the next step and start playing consistently, a goalkeeping gaffe and a second half egg at BMO bring them back to the pack in the East.
10.  – POR Timbers (4-1-3, 13 pts, 5W / W vs. PHI 1-0) – Thoroughly outplayed the Union at home and earned a deserved breakthrough from Mamadou “Futty” Danso midway through the second half means Portland knocked off my top ranked team for the second week in a row. I still need them to win a road game, but they're a can'tmiss team right now at Jeld-Wen Field with that atmosphere and I expect donations from Portland to cover the $60 I just spent because I spent that money after watching POR-PHI on a free demo weekend and just watching Portland home games for the rest of the season might be worth that price alone.
11.  – CHI Fire (1-4-3, 7 pts, 8E / D vs. VAN 0-0) – I’m giving these guys one more week before I dump them into the basement. They have to put together a result and a 0-0 draw at home to Vancouver isn’t it. And with their upcoming games at TFC and Philly, I forsee a lengthy stay closer to the bottom.
12.  – NE Revolution (2-4-3, 10 pts, 6E / D vs. COL 0-0) – Nicol’s Nigmas played well against the Rapids, but still haven’t worked out the kinks on offense. Benny Feilhaber does seem to be fitting in well however and this team still has darkhorse written all over it.
13.  – Toronto FC (2-4-3, 10 pts, 7E / W vs. HOU 2-1) – We know TFC is pretty good at home, a modest 9 points in 6 games, but only 1 point in three road games is going to pull this team farther away from the playoff race as the season wears on.
14.  – DC United (3-2-4, 11 pts, 5E / W vs. SEA 2-1, D vs. DAL 0-0) – Even I knew that DC’s 8 goals against in their last two games was a slight aberration and just one goal conceded this week means a solid 4 points in a doubleheader homestand for DC.
15.  –Chivas USA (2-3-3, 9 pts, 7W / L @ RSL 0-1) – Give them credit for holding on with 9 men until the final minutes against RSL. The Goats are always going to be scrappy, but that won't be good enough in the West.
16.  – VAN Whitecaps (1-4-4, 7 pts, 8W / D @ CHI 0-0) – Winless in their last 8 games, seems hard to believe I had this team ranked fifth after the first week.
17.  – Sporting KC (1-1-4, 5 pts, 9E / Idle) – I know I’m punishing the idle teams, but let’s face it, they’re both at the bottom of their respective conference’s…
18.  – SJ Earthquakes (1-2-4, 6 pts, 9W / Idle) – and neither team has won since March. The bottom three are fairly entrenched right now.
Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:50 pm
I've got the rankings in before the two fixtures tonight's games (DC v. SEA, HOU v. COL) and for the first time I am actually happy with how the rankings ended up. Normally I'm fighting to put the middle teams in some kind of order, but this week I didn't have to struggle with anyone one particular team. Sporting KC finally got relegated to the bottom half of the rankings and Colorado is also hanging on for dear life. New England has a new nickname for their enigmatic start and will be called Nicol's Nigmas for the near future. And for the first time in their young history, we have a new top team in the rankings, which will make one of my readers very happy.
2.  – NY Red Bulls (4-2-1, 14 pts, 1E / W vs. KC 1-0) – We know this team can score, but it’s their defense that is impressing me this year. They have five shutouts (4Ws, 1D) and allowed one goal apiece in a 1-1 draw to Houston and a 0-1 loss to Philly.
3.  – SEA Sounders (3-3-2, 12 pts, 3W / W vs. TOR 3-0) – This is where we expected this team to be. They have three wins and a draw in their last four and after a slow start are pulling themselves back up the standings.
4.  – HOU Dynamo (3-3-1, 12 pts, 3E / W vs. DC 4-1) – Will Bruin becomes the first member of Hat-trick Town FC as the Dynamo are storming up the East standings.
5.  – LA Galaxy (4-3-2, 15 pts, 1W / L @ DAL 1-2) – They’ve played four more games than RSL, who sits in second in the West. Hard to fault them for dropping a road game in miserable conditions.
6.  – Real Salt Lake (4-0-1, 12 pts, 2W / L @ PORT 1-0) – Bad times in Rio Tinto. Losing the CCL final at home and days later dropping their first game and points in Portland. They’ll bounce back, but the dream of three trophies in 2011 (CCL, MLS, US Open Cup) is gone.
7.  – Columbus CREW (3-3-1, 12 pts, 4E / W vs. VAN 2-1) - Maybe that rebuilding job in Columbus is ahead of schedule…we’ll know more after they play Seattle at Crew Stadium this week. By the way, the Crew are 3-1-0 at home this year.
8.  – FC Dallas (3-1-3, 10 pts, 5W / W vs. LA 2-1) – Brek Shea fired home a late winner against LA in a near-empty Pizza Hut Park. The game was delayed over an hour due to lighting and (rightly so with recent storms in the South) most of the fans didn’t return after the lengthy delay.
9.  – CHI Fire (1-3-3, 6 pts, 8E / D @ COL 1-1) – I don’t know if this team will start winning, but even if they don’t they’re going down fighting.
10.  – COL Rapids (3-1-3, 10 pts, 4W / D vs. CHI 1-1) – The freefall has ended as that point vs. Chicago ended a three-game losing streak for the Rapids. But this team needs to start winning games to separate themselves in the crowded West standings.
11.  – Chivas USA (2-3-2, 9 pts, 7W / W vs. NE 3-0) – That dismantling of NE might be what the Goats needed to reboot their confidence and their season.
12.  – NE Revolution (2-3-3, 9 pts, 5E / L @ CHV 0-3) – Last week I said that Matt Reis is the most underrated keeper in MLS. He missed last game with an injury and Bobby Shuttlesworth got his third start of the year. Shuttlesworth is 0-1-2 with six goals allowed (NE has only scored one with him in net), Reis is 2-2-1 with six goals allowed. And that atrocious third goal Chivas scored probably doesn’t happen with the veteran Reis directing traffic in his penalty area. Nicol's Nigmas are killing me as a Revs fan, but they're still in a good spot for the playoffs as of now.
13.  POR Timbers (3-1-3, 10 pts, 6W / W vs. RSL 1-0) – Note to MLS. You really don’t want to play at Jeld-Wen Field. They’re 3-0-0 at home with a plus-4 GD but an awful 0-1-2 with a minus-7 GD. Kenny Cooper’s winner was his third goal of the year.
14.  Sporting KC (1-1-4, 4 pts, 9E / L @ NY 0-1) – It is time to panic in KC. I know they haven’t played a home game yet and won’t until June 9, but while you can’t win the playoffs in April, you can lose them, or rather, lose a chance at making them.
15.  Toronto FC (1-4-3, 7 pts, 7E / L @ SEA 3-0) – The BMO Boys last two losses have been at a combined 0-6 scoreline.
16.  VAN Whitecaps (1-3-4, 6pts, 8W / L @ CREW 1-2) – The Whitecaps are still searching for their first road point and haven’t won a game since their opener against Toronto. In other news, I think the the Vancouver Green Men should be allowed to do handstands in special seats behind the opposing team’s goal for both halves.
17.  SJ Earthquates (1-2-4, 5 pts, 9W / L @ PHI 0-1) – Got a gift red card late in the first half countered by a soft handball penalty smashed home by Le Toux in the 75’. The rash of lousy MLS officiating continues…and we’re approaching WC 2010 levels here people…yeah, I went there. Either way, SJ needs at to get a point there.
18.  DC United (2-1-4, 7 pts / 6E / L @ HOU 1-4) – For the second week in a row DC concedes four goals and wind up in their favorite 2010 spot, the cellar. Only two weeks ago they throttled Toronto at BMO and now shots are flying by Bill Hamid so fast his head is spinning.
Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:35 am
I never should have agreed to do this once a week...oh, wait, I didn't agree to anything, I'm doing this on a volunteer basis. And MLS is killing me this year. Too much inconsistency this year from everyone outside of the top four, RSL, PHI, NY and LA. Everyone else should be in like a 14-way tie for like thirteenth. Like I want to move Colorado down farther since they're on a three-game skid, but that would mean putting a team I don't trust way into the top half of the table. KC has the same problem, but they sit in the East cellar but have two games in hand and they're scoring goals. The Revs are back on the upswing with Benny Feilhaber after a two game skid and they might have their final piece to the puzzle. Seattle finally got their acts together and are in the top five after beating sliding Colorado. And everytime I put a team at the bottom, they win, which means the Quakes, United and the two expansion Canadian sides should all get positive results this weekend and give me another headache.
On to the rankings...no change in the top four since RSL and Philly didn't play so RSL could have a more rested team heading into the CONCACAF Club Championship final vs. Monterray. Glad that worked out well for them...lucky only MLS games count in these rankings.
1.  Real Salt Lake
2.  PHI Union
3.  NY Red Bulls
4.  LA Galaxy
5.  SEA Sounders
6.  HOU Dynamo
7.  NE Revolution
8.  Sporting KC
9.  COL Rapids
10.  Columbus CREW
11.  CHI Fire
12.  Toronto FC
13.  FC Dallas
14.  Chivas USA
15.  VAN Whitecaps
16.  PORT Timbers
17.  DC United
18.  SJ Earthquakes
Posted on: April 23, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: April 23, 2011 11:55 am
Again, I apologize for my lateness but I've been busy. And staring at the middle of my rankings all week. Basically, there should be no teams from like 7-12. I'm confident pretty much everywhere else but since no one outside of the top four want to play consistently good (or in Chivas' case, bad) the middle is getting mucked up. Anyway, this rankings do not reflect games from Thursday (NY-DC) and Friday (SEA-COL) night. And please do not watch Steve Zakuani's injury from yesterday's game in HD, it's not pretty, though we wish him the speediest recovery possible.
2.  – PHI Union – A late goal might have cost the Union two points but I still like the way they’re playing.
3.  – NY Red Bulls – An absolute dismantling of San Jose is exactly how the Red Bulls wanted to recover after last week’s loss to Philly.
4.  – LA Galaxy - It’s a scoreless draw with Toronto, but the Galaxy have been getting results without an injured Landon Donovan.
5.  – COL Rapids – Two straight losses for the Rapids who suddenly can’t find ways to score.
6.  – HOU Dynamo – Maybe the Hand of Hunter goal shouldn’t have counted (replays were inconclusive for a handball, possible foul of Revs GK Matt Reis however), but make no mistake, Houston dominated that game and deserved three points.
7.  – VAN Whitecaps – A scoreless draw with Chivas gets you up two spots in the rankings? Thank the rankings gods now because they can taketh away as well.
8.  – Sporting KC – Perhaps the Crew are better than I thought, so I won’t crush the inconsistency from KC early on….yet. They do have games in hand on the East and haven’t played a home game yet, but their last three games are loss, draw after leading 3-0 to VAN, and loss.
9.  – SEA Sounders – And the Sounders crack the top ten. They still have a lot of room for improvement but salvaging a road point in Philly with a stoppage time goal counts for something.
10.  – PORT Timbers – Clearly MLS should fear playing these guys at home. That was a tremendous way to open up Jeld-Wen Field. They have to figure out a way to play defense for 90 minutes though, they allow way to many late second half goals.
11.  – DC United – Beating Toronto 3-0 shouldn’t be that special, but dominating them at BMO is.
12.  – Columbus CREW – This team is about a week or two away from playing out of my doghouse. Rebuilding or not, this team finds ways to get it done.
13.  – NE Revolution – Matt Reis is the most underrated keeper in MLS. That game vs. Houston could’ve and should’ve been over at halftime. A central midfield of Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber is already giving MLS coaches nightmares.
14.  – CHI Fire – Two losses in a week to former cellar-dwellar Portland and shorthanded LA. Bad times in Chitown.
15.  Toronto FC – One point from two home games in a week? What is going on at BMO Field? I know De Rosario got traded but that can’t be the only reason why this team has stop scoring, can it?
16.  – SJ Quakes – Yikes that was bad. Someone on this team not named Chris Wondolowski has to step up and start scoring.
17.  – FC Dallas – That great win over Colorado seems so long ago, but it was only last week. Clearly this team can play with the best but they aren’t scoring, just three goals in four games not against the Rapids.
18.  – Had to pass on Feilhaber because of financial issues and they’ve scored three goals to date in MLS this year. Waiting for the YouTube viral video of “The Silence of the Goats” on Chivas’ season this year.
Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: April 2, 2011 10:30 am
Sorry everyone, but this is the best you're getting this week. Too much stuff going on and I had to scrap my USA friendlies entry as well. Might get a full entry done for this week later today, but don't count on it. If this were my full time job (nudging CBS in the ribs...hard) then I wouldn't be in full-fleged NCAA Tourney mode with UConn playing tonight. Ok, I'd be in basketball mode anyway, let's not lie to myself. Remember that last week was a FIFA fixture weekend and several teams (like LA and NY) were shorthanded. These rankings do not include yesterday's 2-0 Crew win over Dallas.
1. [LW 1] - COL Rapids
2.  - Real Salt Lake
3.  - NY Red Bulls
4.  - PHI Union
5.  - LA Galaxy
6.  - NE Revolution
7.  - CHI Fire
8.  - Sporting KC
9.  - VAN Whitecaps
10.  - DC United
11.  - SJ Quakes
12.  - FC Dallas
13.  - HOU Dynamo
14.  - Toronto FC
15.  - SEA Sounders
16.  - Columbus CREW
17.  - Chivas USA
18.  - POR Timbers