Sorry for being about 24 hour late with these, again. If I hadn't been working so much this week, I would have known the MLS had two games on the schedule last night. These rankings do not include those games. I still have a big USA World Cup Preview on the way as well as Group and Knockout stage previews/predictions coming at you starting this weekend/early next week in two-a-day fashion. We're a little over one week away from the World Cup, and it's so close I can smell it. On to the Power Rankings, where the bottom half of the rankings have been completely reworked. Nothing new at the top spot though and someone is probably wondering if the LA Galaxy can go wire-to-wire in first place for the whole season.
1. [LW1] - LA Galaxy (9W-0L-2D, 29 pts, 1st West, W @ CREW 2-0) – Who needs Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle? Never heard of ‘em. The Galaxy didn’t create many chances against the Crew, but converted the ones they had and let their defense do the rest. But, if they play that sloppy again (11 fouls, 4 YCs), there could be problems.
2.  – Real Salt Lake (6-3-1, 19 pts, 2nd West, W vs. KC 4-1) – The Wizards weren’t able to stop a relentless RSL attack, but Nicky Rimando was pretty busy in goal. RSL went 5-0 in May, only having to play on league game on the road in that stretch.
3.  – Columbus Crew (6-1-2, 20 pts, 1st East, L vs. LA 0-2) – It’s hard to drop the Crew down any farther than this, but you’d like a better effort at home against a short-handed LA team. Still, they appear to be the class of the East right now until the Red Bulls do something.
4.  – Colorado Rapids (5-3-1, 16 pts, 4th West, W vs. SEA 1-0) – Conor Casey was on target for the Rapids and let’s hope his omission from the USA World Cup squad won’t come back to haunt anyone. More on that later this week.
5.  – Toronto FC (5-4-1, 16 pts, 2nd East, W @ SJ 3-1) – Somehow Dywane De Rosario is having a quiet season with 8 goals and 3 assists in 9 games including two against the Quakes last week. Probably the same quiet TFC team that has quietly went 3-0-1 in their last 4 games. And the next four games are at BMO Field where they’re 4-0 this year.
6.  – SJ Earthquakes (5-3-1, 16 pts, 3rd West, L vs. TOR 1-3) – Classic put these guys below the team they just lost to move in the rankings. Aside from this loss and a goalless draw to the Revs, they had a pretty good May.
7.  – Houston Dynamo (5-5-1. 16 pts, 5th West, L vs. PHI 2-3) – How do you lose to the Union and only drop 1 spot? Mainly because they gave up the game-winner in stoppage time and mostly because the bottom half of the rankings are a complete mess.
8.  – NE Revolution (3-6-2, 11 pts, 4th East, W vs. NY 3-2) – I don’t care if you call me a homer, but the Revs showed some series guts winning this game behind rookie GK Bobby Shuttlesworth after losing Preston Burpo for the year with a broken leg. The Revs activated veteran Matt Reis and welcome him back from injury for the first time this season.
9.  – NY Red Bulls (5-5-0, 15 pts, 3rd East, L @ NE 2-3) – Some things never change, the Red Bulls haven’t beaten the Revs in their last fourteen tries, losing eight and drawing six. This one came down to two red cards and an own goal. They’re one of the coldest teams in MLS right now, but I can’t put them any lower.
10.  Philadelphia Union (2-5-1, 7 pts, 7th East, W @ HOU 3-2) – I don’t know if the Union are starting to pull it together, but I know two things. Rookie F Danny Mwanga is making an impact and the Union has a lot of home games coming up.
11.  DC United (2-8-0, 6 pts, 8th East, W vs. CHV 3-2) – Yup, the two bottom dwellers of the East are getting a boost this week. They’re both starting to compete. Check out this story on ESPN about DC forward Andy Majar, who scored his first MLS goal last week.
12.  Seattle Sounders (3-5-3, 12 pts, 7th West, L @ COL 0-1) – This team has too much talent offensively to be struggling like this. Freddy Montero and Co. need to starting putting some goals in the back of the nets before they lose sight of the playoff race.
13.  FC Dallas (2-2-6, 12 pts, 6th West, T @ CHI 1-1) – I’m really getting sick of these next two teams. Both have enough talent to compete yet both seem content with draws. Both teams have had chances to move up into the playoff race. 5th place is good enough in the West since the East won’t likely have four playoff teams…
14.  Chicago Fire (2-3-4, 10 pts, 5th East, T vs. DAL 1-1) …and 3rd is good enough in the East. Yet in a game where both teams desperately need three points to jump start a good run of form, neither team can generate any consistent offense and
a clunker of a national TV game. If you’re content with draws, I hope your content with watching the playoffs on TV.
15.  Chivas USA (3-7-1, 10 pts, 8th West, L @ DC 2-3) – The Goats are about to start looking for a scapegoat for their terrible season so far. A late foul (and RC) by GK Zach Thornton set up a late penalty that D Dario Delgado couldn’t save leading to the loss.
16.  KC Wizards (2-5-2, 8 pts, 6th East, L @ RSL 1-4) – The Wiz are the coldest team in MLS. They have 2 points in their last 7 games. Both DC and Philly have two wins in the same time span.