- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 16, 2007
- 4 Comments
I wasn’t really planning on writing a whole lot today after the various news items I discussed yesterday. But I wanted to talk a bit about the parity that is so evident in the league right now. It seems at times that this season the teams are playing a giant game of musical chairs, over and over again. Hence all the changes in power rankings over the weeks.
Like at this point I feel that I cannot put one single team in the “team to beat” category. Some are getting close and others are in slowly going towards the “easy three points” category.
I feel that the next couple games for each team are going to be huge really. The measuring stick will be out and we should be able to tell a whole lot about each team that we haven’t really been able to yet. Why has it taken this long? For the most part we the bloggers don’t know a damn thing really, even the ones actually getting paid to write about these teams don’t know.
New England Revolution (@HOU, KC): If the Revs win this weekend against Houston I think they will be in the “team to beat” category but grabbing six points in the next two would be even bigger for the Revs. It would clearly put some distance between them and the rest of the east. But, draw or loss would keep the picture in the east just as foggy as it already is.
New York Red Bulls (CLB, CHI): Two home games should yield six points. Getting six points will make me a real believer in this club in the race for the eastern crown. But a draw with a team like Columbus would make me think they will be up and down for the most part this season, much like I figured them to be. Cries of mediocrity will rain down and be up for debate.
Houston Dynamo (@TOR, NE): Houston must get three points tonight in Toronto. They must or else it will be tough for them to really be a threat in the west. Not to mention that playing at New England will be no picnic for them either. Six points would clearly put them in the major hunt for the western crown. Anything less than four points would make me believe that they won’t repeat as champions.
FC Dallas (@CHI, RSL): The Hoops have been up and down enough to confuse every single writer, fan, blogger, and broadcaster out there. This week is huge for the Hoops really, grab six points (which by the way two of their three wins are on the road this year) and you have to think they are a legitimate team in the western race. Four points or less and the confusion remains. Getting some consistent play will be huge though.
Colorado Rapids (KC, LA): I think the next two games should very well be six points for the Rapids. Two home games against teams that have horrible track records of playing on the road. Anything less than four points would be a bad thing for this club.
Kansas City Wizards (@COL, NE): Most of you know I have no faith in this club. No reason to because look at who they have beat this season. A crappy DC team, Toronto twice and got a lucky win against the Crew. They can easily make a believer out of me if they get two wins in their next two. I won’t be holding my breath for it though. I think this club is on the decline.
Chicago Fire (FCD, @NYRB): Honestly, the Fire need six points here. If not they will just turn into a team that will coast the rest of the way and struggle to make the playoffs. I really feel that way about this team. Most may not believe me or want to think that but they haven’t played well recently and they are starting to not hit their stride.
Columbus Crew (@NYRB, TOR): They beat New York then I think most will believe that they are a playoff team. If they get four points out of these two games I believe most will think they will struggle to make the playoffs. I still believe they are that 8th team to make the playoffs regardless.
LA Galaxy (@CHV, @COL): These two games are huge for the Galaxy. Chivas game isn’t as big as the Rapids game in my mind. If they can find a way to get three points in Colorado then I will feel better about this club. But we all know what kind of road team they are. But a loss and a draw or two losses will really hurt this team. More importantly, two losses and this team will have no shot at the playoffs…even with Beckham.
CD Chivas USA (LA, FCD): A win over LA and I may feel a little better about this team but I won’t hold my breath. They need some identity real fast or else they will have no shot at the playoffs this season. Four points are possible though, which could be reason to believe in this club again.
DC United (@TOR, HOU): Six points and the revival is begun, four points and things will be looking up still, three points then the season will be just average, and one or zero points and the panic button will be pushed over and over again.
Real Salt Lake (@FCD, @CHI): I am not expecting a whole lot of of RSL. Maybe four points but probably no more than two. Remember this club is looking for their first win of the season still. They need to find that, I think it is possible to find that in one of these two games.
Toronto FC (HOU, DCU): The hardest part is out of the way now for the Reds. I don’t believe they will make the playoffs but I do think they will annoy the living crap out of every other team that comes in their way. They will be good enough to win some games but maybe not against these two teams. To me success is not losing these two games.
Now a lot could happen in these next two matches but I do believe a lot of things will clear up. Maybe not with every team but I do believe with most of them.