Tag:Power Rankings
Posted on: June 3, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: June 3, 2010 8:53 am
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 10

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. [4] – 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. [2] – 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. [5] – 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. [8] – 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. [3] – 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. [6] – 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. [14] – 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. [7] – 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. [15] 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. [16] 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. [9] 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. [10] 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. [12] 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. [11] 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. [13] 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.

Category: Soccer
Posted on: May 29, 2010 2:14 pm
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 9

Sorry guys. This is the best you're going to get this week. Too busy this week and I have and epic recap entry brewing for the USA men for the past week. Last week's rankings in brackets.

1. [1] LA Galaxy
2. [2] Columbus Crew
3. [3] SJ Earthquakes
4. [5] Real Salt Lake
5. [4] Colorado Rapids
6. [7] Houston Dynamo
7. [6] NY Red Bulls
8. [9] Toronto FC
9. [8] Seattle Sounders
10. [10] FC Dallas
11. [11] Chivas USA
12. [12] Chicago Fire
13. [13] KC Wizards
14. [14] NE Revolution
15. [15] PHI Union
16. [16] DC United

Now what are you doing reading this. Go watch the USA-Turkey match on ESPN.
Category: Soccer
Posted on: May 20, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2010 3:52 pm
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 8

The final MLS games before the US and other national squads start to prepare for the World Cup. Team USA is training in Princeton, NJ before playing games in E. Hartford, CT and Philadelphia. But MLS doesn't take a break, not even for the World Cup, and neither does the Power Rankings. Crew and Red Bulls on tonight, 8 PM on ESPN2, be sure to tune in...on to the rankings.

(Just a side note, my rankings were up before ESPN/Soccernet's rankings were. Just thought everyone should know.)

1. [LW1] – LA Galaxy – (7W-0L-2D, 23 pts, T vs. TOR 0-0) – Not the best result the Galaxy wanted in Donovan and Buddle’s last game before the World Cup. The Galaxy will not have to find ways to score goals without their two main catalysts. Either way, it will take a drastic turn in form without them to knock the Galaxy out of first place in the standings or these rankings.

2. [2] – Columbus Crew – (4-0-2, 14 pts, W vs. CHV 1-0) – No complaining about the Crew’s schedule this week. They’re the team with the double-dip road trip (@ NY; @ CHV) and they’ll have to play the first game without G.B. Schelotto, who was suspended by MLS for one game.

3. [3] – SJ Earthquakes – (4-2-1, 13 pts, T @ NE 1-1) – SJ hasn’t allowed a goal in three matches. That is championship caliber defense and the Quakes probably would have claimed all three points in NE were it not for the efforts of Revs keeper Preston Burpo in the second half.

4. [6] – Colorado Rapids – (4-3-1, 13 pts, W @ DC 1-0) – From the strange but true files: Colorado had not won in RFK Stadium (in DC) since 1999. Mehdi Ballouchy’s winner changed that and earned the Rapids three points.

5. [7] – Real Salt Lake – (4-3-1, 13 pts, W vs. HOU 3-0) – The defending MLS champs are starting to find their form. In Week 5, they were 1-3-1 with 4 points and 13<sup>th</sup> in my rankings. Three straight wins can do wonders to everyone’s form.

6. [4] – NY Red Bulls – (5-3-0, 15 pts, L vs. SEA 0-1) – How can the Eastern Conf. leaders be 6th? Two straight losses by a combined 0-5 margin might have something to do with it. They need to find their offense fast.

7. [5] – Houston Dynamo – (4-4-1, 13 pts, L @ RSL 0-3) – Why is there always a log jam in the middle of the West standings? The Dynamo find themselves at the bottom of that log jam in my opinion with the worst result last week and the teams above them have games in hand.

8. [10] – Seattle Sounders – (3-3-3, 12 pts, W @ NY 1-0) – They’re facing the same problem as Houston, looking up at several teams but needing help to move up in the standings. Sounders avenge an earlier 1-0 loss to NY at home by doing the same to the Bulls at home.

9. [8] – Toronto FC – (3-4-1, 10 pts, T @ LA 0-0) – Shame that the BMO Boys have to move down a spot after a good road point, their first of the year, but wins are what count the most. They’re still the third best team in the East right now.

10. [9] – Dallas FC – (2-1-5, 11 pts, T @ PHI 1-1) – After two wins, Dallas reverts back to old form and starts tying again. And if you’re looking up at most of the Western teams in the standings, you can’t tie the Union, not even on the road.

11. [11] – Chivas USA – (3-5-1, 10 pts, L @ CREW 0-1) – Seems like Chivas has been down here for a while. Without Sasha Kljestan, who is heading to South Africa, that probably won’t change.

12. [13] – Chicago Fire – (2-3-3, 9 pts, T @ KC 2-2) – Stop me if you’ve heard this before – MLS team rallies to tie Fire. Chicago continues to give up late goals and two points and for a team that I think is way more talented than its record, that’s embarrassing.

13. [12] – KC Wizards – (2-3-2, 8 pts, T vs. CHI 2-2) – Only reason they swapped with the Fire this week is because they were at home. I still expect the Wizards to turn it around, but it better happen soon, because you’d better be third or better in the East in make the playoffs. Kei Kamara needs some help in the scoring department.

14. [14] – NE Revolution (2-5-2, 8 pts, T vs. SJ 0-0) – A goal-less draw might not be the best result, but the Revs will take the single point, even at home. The Revs still aren’t healthy, they’re looking up at most of the East, and they don’t have games in hand. GK Preston Burpo continues to impress in goal in place of Matt Reis however.

15. [16] – Philadelphia Union (1-5-1, 4 pts, T vs. DAL 1-1) – The battle for the basement continues and the Union’s tie puts DC right back in the bottom after a one week hiatus.

16. [15] – DC United (1-7-0, 3 pts, L vs. COL 0-1) – DC might only have 3 points, but they have been playing better of late. But until they get some games the result in points, they’re back in the basement.

Category: Soccer
Posted on: May 12, 2010 9:28 am
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 7

Well what do you know. I finally got my MLS Power Rankings out on time for once. Also, the USMNT announced its provisional 30-man World Cup Roster. The big question for Team USA is who will be up front at striker. Charlie Davis is still recovering from his injuries sustained in a car crash and Conor Casey didn’t make the roster, which is a shame since I'd love to see the big man coming off the bench. Edson Buddle, Brian Ching and Herculez Gomez among others will look to start next to Jozy Altidore.

Analysts say that the AL is better than the NL, the AFC is better than the NFC, etc., etc. I don’t believe that stuff. The AL has the DH, and the NFC is more competitive, not worse. What I do know however, is that the MLS’ Western Conference is crushing the Eastern Conference in this week’s rankings. Don’t believe me? Check the final 5 spots (12-16), which houses the 5 teams in the East currently on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.

Last week’s rankings in [brackets].        PREVIOUS RANKINGS Week -- 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

1. [1] – LA Galaxy – (7W-0L-1D, 22 pts, W @ COL 1-0; W @ SEA 4-0) – The Galaxy remain unstoppable right now. There are other players not named Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan contributing, but can they do it when the pair are likely away for the World Cup in South Africa. The Galaxy's star duo have a combined 10 goals and 8 assists, which is 2/3 of all the Galaxy goals scored this season. Before the blowout over Seattle, Buddle had 9 of the 11 Galaxy goals.

2. [3] – Columbus Crew – (3-0-2, 11 pts, W vs. NE 3-2) – Normally, a last-minute goal against a hard-luck Revs side would be a negative. But with a few teams in the top of the rankings losing, the Crew vault into what could be the ugliest two spot ever given out in the brief history these rankings.

3. [5] – SJ Earthquakes (4-2-0, 12 pts, W vs. NY 4-0) – An absolute dismantling of the Red Bulls defense last week. The Quakes offense might be hitting its stride but what’s really winning San Jose games is their D.

4. [2] – NY Red Bulls – (5-2-0, 15 pts, L @ SJ 0-4) – Someone finally cooled down the Red Bulls, who started the season on an absolute tear. They’re the top team in the East right now, but the Crew has two games in hand.

5. [4] – Houston Dynamo – (4-3-1, 13 pts, L vs. DAL 0-1, W @ CHV 2-0) – Another perplexing team Houston had itself an up and down weekend, dropping a game to in-state rivals Dallas and then winning on the road vs. Chivas. If they can get consistent results, they could challenge in the playoffs.

6. [6] – Colorado Rapids – (3-3-1, 10 pts, L vs. LA 0-1) – Hard to do anything with the Rapids this week. They held LA to just one goal and the next four teams in last week’s rankings all lost. But back-to-back 1-0 losses have really slowed the Rapids early season momentum.

7. [11] – Real Salt Lake – (3-3-1, 10 pts, W vs. PHI 3-0) – Okay, so they have two wins in a row against Toronto and Philly, not exactly anything to write home about, but 6 points, is 6 points. They’ll need results like this against Western Conf. opponents to stay in the playoff hunt.

8. [13] – Toronto FC – (3-4-0, 9 pts, W vs. CHI 4-1) – Amazingly, they’re third in the East right now and would make the playoffs if the season ended today, but if TFC was in the West, they'd be tied for last. If they want to stay in the playoff picture, the BMO boys will need a road point, something they don’t have yet.

9. [14] – FC Dallas – (2-1-4, 10 pts, W @ HOU 1-0; W vs. DC 1-0) – I wanted these guys to win and they did it twice last week. Results are results, but remember, they only scored one goal against a suddenly frisky but still awful DC team.

10. [8] – Seattle Sounders – (2-3-3, 9 pts, L vs. LA 0-4) – So the Sounders are a little banged up and tired after a tough opening to the season. But their effort on Saturday against LA was so abysmal that they Seattle owners refunded money to their season ticket holders.

11. [12] – Chivas USA – (3-4-1, 10 pts, W @ NE 4-0; L vs. HOU 0-2) – Slight rise for the Goats this week but that’s due to the results of the rest of MLS. Dismantling a 10-man Revs side isn’t impressive and they have to play more consistent even if they’re in a good place in the logjam West tables.

12. [7] – KC Wizards – (2-3-1, 7 pts, L @ DC 1-2) – The Wiz are just not playing good soccer right now. They’ve only managed one point (Draw vs. LA) in their last four games and aren’t getting any better. Plus, they lost to previously pointless DC United.

13. [9] – Chicago Fire – (2-3-2, 8 pts, L @ TOR 1-4) – I know everyone loses at BMO in Toronto, but the Fire could at least show up. I don’t see 4 teams making the playoffs from the East, which means the Fire have some work to do.

14. [10] – NE Revolution – (2-5-1, 7 pts, L vs. CHV 0-4; L @ CREW 2-3) – A lackluster performance at home vs. Chivas and a heartbreak in Columbus has the Revs in the cellar of competitive teams. They’re not done, but they’re not getting much higher in these rankings until they’re healthy.

15. [16] – DC United – (1-6-0, 3 pts, W vs. KC 2-1; L @ DAL 0-1) – A rookie 19-year old keeper in Bill Hamid has sparked some life into United. He was minutes away from a shutout in his MLS debut before Kei Kamara of KC netted in the 90th. DC have their first points and maybe some confidence for the first time all year. They’ll need something miraculous to get back into the playoff hunt however.

16. [15] – Philadelphia Union – (1-5-0, 3 pts, L @ RSL 0-3) – Chris Seitz has to get benched. Right now. I know he’s a good keeper and Philly has put a lot of faith and weight on his shoulders but he’s got to take a week of and relax. Hey, a keeper change worked for DC last week and they probably played two of thier better games all season. A point every now and then  for the Union wouldn’t hurt either.

PREVIOUS RANKINGS
Week -- 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Category: Soccer
Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:02 pm
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 6

And we're back. And not too late with this week's rankings, we're only in the first half of two of tonight's fixtures. It's Wednesday at least, and I said that I wanted to get these up earlier in the week. But until CBS starts' paying me (or gives me a writer's icon), I don't have school/work 6 days a week and my laptop's wireless card magically starts working again, you're stuck with whatever I post, whenever I get around to posting it. Not like CBS' soccer columnist does this...moving on.

1. [LW1] – LA Galaxy – (5W-0L-1T, 16 pts, W vs. PHI 3-1) - Breaking News to MLS! Someone else from the Galaxy has scored, as A. J. DeLaGarza netted an opening minute goal against the Union. That’s the good news, the bad news is, Edson Buddle scored twice and had an assist and now has 9 goals this season and should be getting a legitimate look for the USA World Cup squad.

2. [2] – NY Red Bulls – (5-1-0, 15 pts, W @ DC 2-0) – Ibriahim Salou and Juan Pablo Angel were on target within 10 minutes of each other, and that second half surge was enough to put away the inept squad from DC.

3. [3] – Columbus Crew – (2-0-2, 8 pts, T @ SEA 1-1) – Gave up a quick goal to start the game but earned a point on Steven Lenhart’s equalizer in the 45th minute. They might be 7 points back of New York in the East, but remember, they have two games in hand.

4. [9] – Houston Dynamo – (3-2-1, 10 pts, W vs. KC 3-0) – A dismantling of the Wizards gives Houston a huge bump in this week’s rankings. Took a man advantage and turned it into two second half goals.

5. [12] – SJ Earthquakes – (3-2-0, 9 pts, W vs. COL 1-0) – Very quietly the Quakes have won three games, adding another victory over the Rapids. If they want to stay in playoff contention however, they’re going to need more consistent results.

6. [5] – Colorado Rapids – (3-2-1, 10 pts, L @ SJ 0-1) – One point ahead of the Quakes in the standings, but SJ with a game in hand and win moves the Rapids right behind them in the rankings.

7. [4] – KC Wizards – (2-2-1, 7 pts, L @ HOU 3-0) – Their hot start seems like a distant memory now. After a starting the season with two wins, the Wiz have gone L, D, L with the only point coming at home with a draw last week against LA.

8. [6] – Seattle Sounders – (2-2-3, 9 pts, T vs. CREW 1-1) – Their brutal early schedule has certainly affected this team, especially on the road, where they have a 0-1-2 record.

9. [7] – Chicago Fire – (2-2-2, 8 pts, T vs. CHV 1-1) – They’ve been playing a lot better, but against weak teams (DC) and at home (Houston/Chivas) the past few weeks.

10. [8] – NE Revolution – (2-3-1, 7 pts, T vs. DAL 1-1) – Survived the later stages of the game with only 9 men, probably more to the credit of Dallas’ inept attacking. The Revs are 1-0-0 with Shalrie Joseph in the lineup (4-1 win vs. TOR) and 1-3-1 without him with a GD of -2.

11. [13] – Real Salt Lake – (2-3-1, 7 pts, W vs. TOR 2-1) – The defending champs needed a solid game last week and they came through. Two first half goals was enough for RSL, though Nicky Rimando could do without the PKs, especially late in games.

12. [11] – Chivas USA – (2-3-1, 7 pts, T @ CHI 1-1) – Maicon Santos rescued a road point for the Goats, who still lack consistency in their results but are Sasha Kljestan and Co. are starting to get into stride. Too bad their schedule gets tough in May.

13. [10] – Toronto FC – (2-4-0, 6 pts, L @ RSL 1-2) – The BMO boys need a little more North of the border cooking. Their only wins (PHI/SEA) have come at home while their four losses have all come on the road by a combined 11-3.

14. [14] – FC Dallas – (0-1-4, 4 pts, T @ NE 1-1) – If they can’t beat a 9-man Revs side, just when are they going to win a game?

15. [15] – Philadelphia Union – (1-4-0, 3 pts, L @ LA 1-3) – They might be able to compete in this league if they can ever play a second half with 11-men. Stefani Miglioranzi’s 45th minute red card did come with the Union down 3-0 but still.

16. [16] – DC United – (0-0-5, 0 pts, L vs. NY 0-2) – MLS should really start to think about relegating these guys down for an NCAA team. Have yet to score a home goal (until Danny Allsopp’s goals in the 11th and 33rd tonight (Wednesday).

DC leads KC 2-0 on the aforementioned Allsopp double. He’s one away from being the 3rd member of Hat Trick Town FC’s roster. Revs and Chivas just got under way and Houston-Dallas and Rapids-Galaxy start later.

 

Category: Soccer
Posted on: May 1, 2010 2:44 pm
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 5

Sorry for the extreme delay in getting this week's rankings up. I know the CBS Community is lost without them. Here are the abbreviated rankings for Week 5...

1. LA Galaxy - Someone finally held these guys (I mean, Edson Buddle) scoreless. But the Galaxy's stout defenese is what is impressing the league so far this season and why they're favorites to make it make to the MLS Cup Final.

2. NY Red Bulls - Took care of business at home against new rivals Philly and the Red Bulls are looking for one of the biggest turnarounds in MLS history.

3. Columbus Crew - They could be the class of the East. But they've only played 3 games so far this year. Seattle has played 6 and the Crew don't have a mid-week game on Wed. May 5...just saying.

4. KC Wizards - Go to Youtube and type in "Kei Kamara and handball goal." Then ask Mr. Kamara how he didn't put that ball away.

5. Colorado Rapids - Not an easy place to win Foxboro, but the Rapids earned all three points against short-handed NE.

6. Seattle Sounders - Tough double-header weekend on the road as the Sounders earned a point at Dallas but had nothing against Toronto.

7. Chicago Fire - I don't like them this high, but they've won two in a row and everyone in the East is losing. Andrew Dykstra made 8 saves against the Dynamo in the win.

8. NE Revolution - I have no idea where to put this team. With Shalrie Joseph, they're probably a Top 5 team in MLS. Without him...

9. Houston Dynamo - Ran into a hot goalie on the road. Not the end of the world, but they do need to start finding the back of the net more consistently.

10. Toronto FC - It's not everyday you make Seattle look bad, even on the back end of a double-game weekend. The BMO boys are starting to right the ship.

11. Chivas USA - The offense is starting to click for Chivas, but what about the defense?

12. San Jose - Gave up a ton of chances to Chivas, if they want to stay on the right half of the tables, that has to change.

13. Real Salt Lake - a 1W-3L-1D record is not what the defending champs were looking for to start the season.

14. FC Dallas - They need to do something other than tie at home or they'll be sitting in the West's basement all season.

15. Philadelphia - Still some growing pains in this young season and mistakes in and near the penalty area are killing this team.

16. DC United - They didn't lose on a bye week, but have to welcome New York into RFK this afternoon.
Category: Soccer
Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:56 am
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 4

The weekly Thursday MLS Rankings are back (I swear I'm trying to do these for Wednesday) and we're pleased to announce that every game had a winner this week. This excites me to no end, because it makes moving teams easier. Another thing of note, home teams won 7 of the 8 matches last week and the only team to ruin that stat was DC United. Shocking. Sadly, no new Hat Trick Town FC members, though we did have a few doubles. Tune in to Seattle vs. Dallas tonight on ESPN 2 at 8 PM in between that other football sport's event.

1. [1] LA Galaxy (4W-0L-0D, 12 pts, W vs. RSL 2-1) - What more can you say about Edson Buddle. He has all 7 Galaxy goals this season four games in. LA is undefeated and steamrolling everyone. GK Donovan Ricketts shutout streak did end however. Edson Buddle for USA National Team?

2. [4] NY Red Bulls (3-1-0, 9 pts, W vs. DAL 2-1) – Juan Pablo Angel netted his first two goals of the season, including the game winner on a PK in the 90th minute and could have made Hat Trick Town FC’s roster if not for Dallas GK Dario Sala saving Angel’s first penalty attempt in the 64th. F Macoumba Kandji broke his foot in training, and will miss 8-12 weeks.

3. [3] Columbus Crew (1-0-1, 4 pts, Idle) – GBS and the Crew have played just 2 games this season, which is the same number of games Toronto played last week. And two of their next three are at home with games vs. RSL, at SEA and vs. NE.

4. [6] Seattle Sounders (2-1-1, 7 pts, W vs. KC 1-0) – Late heroics by Michael Fucito in the 90th minute ends KC’s winning streak and team and GK Jimmy Nielsen’s shutout streak. Kasey Keller notches his second shutout of the year with two saves in the victory. Sounders hit the road for two games this weekend as they're in Dallas tonight before playing Toronto Sunday.

5. [2] – KC Wizards (2-1-0, 6 pts, L @ SEA 0-1) – Tough way to lose for the Wiz, especially in Seattle where a share of the points is always welcome. Another tough game Saturday as the Galaxy come to town and another barometer of how good this team is over last year’s squad.

6. [5] NE Revolution – (2-2-0, 6 pts, L @ SJ 0-2) – Shalrie Joseph missed the game at San Jose, and while that might have affected the scoreline, the Revs did have chances in this game offensively. GK Preston Burpo made 6 saves in the loss. The Revs played 3 of 4 on the road and now get three home games vs. COL, DAL and CHV. Will Joseph be available this week? Here's the Revs Injury Report.

7. [8] Colorado Rapids – (2-1-1, 7 pts, W vs. TOR 3-1) – Conor Casey with two PK goals in a 3-1 victory over TFC. A lot of points against mediocre teams, but four of their next 5 games are on the road. The lone home game in that stretch – Los Angeles Galaxy on May 5.

8. [9] – Houston Dynamo (2-1-1, 7 pts, W vs. CHV 3-0) – Nothing wrong with a 3-0 thrashing of Chivas at home. The Dynamo won two out of three in their recent homestand, only losing to LA in that span and will play 5 of their first 7 games at home, which means they have to continue playing well to keep up in the West.

9. [7] Real Salt Lake (1-2-1, 4 pts, L @ LA 1-2) – Kyle Beckerman did equalize for RSL against LA, the first goal the Galaxy have allowed this year but they were no match for the Edson Buddle show. A brutal April schedule ends giving way to an April with four home games, two against Toronto and Philly, and a lone road date with Chivas.

10. [11] SJ Earthquakes (2-1-0, 6 pts, W vs. NE) – I’d like to put them higher with a good win vs. NE, however it was at home and Shalrie Joseph wasn’t fit for the game. A 0-3 thrashing at the hands of RSL in SJ to open the season keeps them just behind RSL in the rankings.

11. [10] FC Dallas (0-1-2, 2 pts, L @ NY 1-2) – My Chicago Fire of the West. Three games, two points, but I want to give them the benefit of the doubt because they’re playing well, just not getting wins. Sloppy defense gave away that game at New York and GK Sala bailed his defense out on the first PK with an amazing save.

12. [14] Chicago Fire (1-2-1, 4 pts, W @ DC 2-0) - The Fire will take a win, even against DC scoring two goals in the final 10-plus minutes. Two home games Houston and Chivas could go a long way early in the season or set Chicago farther back in the East. Marco Pappa and Brian McBride were on target against DC, each have two goals on the season to lead the Fire.

13. [12] Chivas USA – (1-3-0, 3 pts, L @ HOU 0-3) – This is a team that is just not very good this year. They’ve only scored one goal this year (not counting the OG vs. NY) and have been shutout three times. Can you have a must win game next week in April against the Quakes?

14. [15] Toronto FC – (1-3-0, 3 pts, W vs. PHI 2-1; L @ COL 1-3) – A double dip last week for TFC, with Dwayne De Rosario netting two in a win over the Union, though not surprising they dropped the second leg at the Rapids. The schedule isn’t getting much easier for them either but they have their first points and that’s all that counts.

15. [13] Philadelphia Union (1-2-0, 3 pts, L @ TOR 1-2) – Note to the Union: in your two road games (both losses on TV) you had a defender sent off in the first half (yes, Danny Califf, that forearm shimmy isn’t legal). Hard to compete with 10 men, especially twice in your first three games. Note to GK Chris Seitz: Stop giving up soft goals. That’s two weeks in a row and it might have cost your team a point. Jordan Harvey’s equalizer in the 45th minute was fantastic soccer.

16. [16] DC United (0-4-0, 0 pts, L @ CHI 0-2) – Here’s the good news for DC. They can’t go any lower in the tables or my rankings. They can’t lose next week because they’re on a bye. Umm..that’s about it.


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Week - 1 / 2 / 3

Hat Trick Town FC
Sebastien Le Toux - PHI (Week 3 vs. DC)
Zach Schilawski - NE (Week 3 vs. TOR)

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Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:27 am
 

MLS Power Rankings - Week 3

Ahh, three weeks in the books in the young MLS season...wait, what? I'm not late with these rankings. Okay, I am, yes I stink at my job. Actually, it's more of a hobby. It's not like CBS is paying me for this stuff (or giving me one of those blue writer's icons either). So if 50 of you actually were waiting for this sorry, I had stuff to do and couldn't get this up until today. But I assure you that the actual rankings were done Monday and were not affected by yesterday's Toronto-Philly game.

**Please note the changes in how the record reads. It now reads wins, losses, draws**

1. [LW 1] LA Galaxy (3W-0L-0D, 9 pts, W @ HOU 2-0) – Edson Buddle can’t stop scoring. That’s 5 unanswered for him this season, which is also all five goals that LA has scored this season. They’re undefeated and unchanged in the rankings after three weeks.

2. [4] KC Wizards (2-0-0, 6 pts, W vs. COL 1-0) – Kei Kamara’s second goal of the year was enough to hold off the Rapids at home. Not as stellar as their opening win against DC, but they sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with an undefeated record.

3. [2] Columbus Crew (1-0-1, 4 pts, T @ DAL 2-2) – GBS’ second goal of the year, a rebound off his own PK that was initially saved, could hold up as the Crew give up a goal pretty much at the final whistle. They were unlucky to not get three points but lucky that Dallas didn’t do more after dominating the chances throughout the match. Up next, another bye week? Didn’t they have one two weeks ago?

4. [3] NY Red Bulls (2-1-0, 6 pts, L @ CHV 0-2) – That road loss at Chivas did confirm my fears that NY might have consistency scoring. However, that’s a tough loss for NY, especially after your keeper puts one into his own net. Yes they have two wins and are in a logjam for 2nd in the East, but they have a 0 GD (goal differential) after three games. Still, it’s hard to put them much lower after two good wins to open the year.

5. [10] NE Revolution (2-1-0, 6 pts, W vs. TOR 4-1) – Our first visit to Hat Trick Town FC leads us to Foxborough, Mass. and Revs rookie striker Zach Schilawski, who scored a natural hat trick in just over 11 minutes against Toronto. Sainey Nyassi added a goal and assist and Kheli Dube an assist to Schilawski’s third goal. Revs head coach Steve Nicol also added his 100th MLS victory, all with New England.

6. [8] Seattle Sounders (1-1-1, 4 pts, T @ RSL 2-2) – More late heroics by the home side, this time a 90th minute goal left the visitors with only a point. Seattle will be disappointed to lose two leads in the same match, but like the Crew, they didn’t have the majority of the chances. As a Revs’ fan, it was nice to see Pat Noonan back on the scoresheet.

7. [9] Real Salt Lake (1-1-1, 4 pts, T vs. SEA 2-2) – Alvaro Saborio’s late goal gave RSL a well-earned point against Seattle, adding another team to the logjam in the West at four points. Still a little worried that three of RSL’s four points are a win at SJ, but they’re not playing poorly, they’re just not getting points.

8. [5] Colorado Rapids (1-1-1, 4 pts, L @ KC 0-1) – Not the Rapids’ best effort on the offensive end against the Wizards but this loss was no fault of GK Matt Pickens, who made 7 saves against KC. And chance of a comeback probably ended with Julien Baudet’s red card in the 72nd minute.

9. [7] Houston Dynamo (1-1-1, 4 pts, L vs. LA 0-2) – The final team with four points in the West, Houston had a tough game at home vs. LA. Houston’s problem this season is scoring goals, especially on the run of play. They have just three goals this year, two of them were Brad Davis’ PK goals in their win vs. RSL two weeks ago.

10. [11] FC Dallas (0-0-2, 2 pts, T vs. CREW 2-2) – Two home games, two ties, two points. Eric Avila bails out Dallas with a 90th minute goal and a share of the points vs. Columbus. We’ll learn a lot about this team in their next 3 games, @ NY, vs. SEA, @ NE.

11. [13] SJ Earthquakes (1-1-0, 3 pts, W @ CHI 2-1) – Great road win over the officially struggling Fire. Ike Opara continues the late goal theme, with his winning header in the 81st minute. Bobby Convey assisted on the game winner.

12. [15] Chivas USA (1-2-0, 3 pts, W vs. NY 2-0) – The Goats should send NY GK Bouna Coundoul a nice gift basket or add him to their Xmas card list. Neither side played all that well, but Chivas ended up on the right side of the scoresheet.

13. [14] Philadelphia Union (1-1-0, 3 pts, W vs. DC 3-2) – Our second trip to Hat Trick Town FC is Union striker Sebastien Le Toux, who fired Philly into an early 2-0 lead before scoring the game winner in the 80th minute. Bad job by Philly for letting hapless DC back into it, but three points is three points.

14. [6] Chicago Fire (0-2-1, 1 pts, L vs. SJ 1-2) – I tried to defend Chicago for as long as I could, but a home loss to the Quakes isn’t going to fly. The Fire now hold the record for the biggest drop ever in my power rankings, as they drop 8 spots this week and sit only above pointless Toronto and DC in the East.

15. [12] Toronto FC (0-2-0, 0 pts, L @ NE 1-4) – Two road games for Toronto have lead to zero points after two losses by a combined 6-1. Perhaps a little home cooking against Philly at BMO field will help before a road trip to Colorado in the same weekend (remind me why the Crew has a bye again?).

16. [16] DC United (0-3-0, 0 pts, L @ PHI 2-3) – The good news is that DC finally scored a goal. That’s about it. Three home games in a row against Chicago, NY and KC in the next three weeks could establish this team in the bottom of the standings or just another patented slow DC start.

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