- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 19, 2007
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Another week down in the league and it is time for some rankings. Not a whole lot of changes as teams are clearly showing themselves week in and week out.
Ranking (last week’s) – Team (points)
1. (1) Kansas City Wizards (20 pts.) – No change here as the Wizards found a way to score without Eddie Johnson. That is good because they will have to learn to do a whole lot of it in the coming weeks with the end of the Gold Cup and then Copa America kicking up. Big week ahead with two games, one in Columbus and then hosting Houston on Sunday. Should be at least four points but the tallest of orders really comes on Sunday against the Dynamo who have been really hot as of late. They have to find ways to close out games though, they weren’t able to do that against the Red Bulls.
2. (2) Red Bull New York (21 pt.) – Again, no change here but it could have easily been a raise if they had beaten the Wizards. Some will say it was a lucky PK call in the late stages of the game but either way they did salvage a point. Red Bulls are one of two teams getting the week off this time around. Probably a good thing for Bruce so he can fix his defense who has been horrible as of late.
3. (4) DC United (17 pts.) – Most may not have noticed but the United haven’t lost a game in seven outings. Their early season slump is a distant memory now as they are fully a contender in the east and in the league. They made easy work of the Fire over the weekend and now set their sights on a trip to Salt Lake. This could easily be a trap game for the United though I think. They could very well be overlooking this RSL side and that is not a good thing to do against a team that is looking for their first win.
4. (2) New England Revolution (19 pts.) – Only a draw at home against the Crew and it was done in a bad fashion by blowing a 3-1 lead. This Revs defense looks lost without Michael Parkhurst out there leading the way. Steve Nicol better find something that works fast or else they will be pasted up in the standings by the United. They should be able to get three points at home this week against Toronto but that isn’t as sure of a bet as it used to be I think now.
5. (5) FC Dallas (22 pt.) – Most people will drop this club after their bombing in Toronto but I am keeping them here because they are leading the league in points and in road games. Weird scheduling that the Hoops have had, nine road games so far (same amount of games as LA has overall). Hoops will be a different team with Ruiz back I think. I believe it was a good break for the two sides and things will begin to work out again for them both. A trip to Colorado will tell us if it does or not this week.
6. (6) Houston Dynamo (16 pt.) – I’m not dropping them because they didn’t play. They will still be missing their main parts from the Gold Cup but they have found ways to win without them all. I think once they all come back it will be good for the Dynamo. But we will have to wait for this until after the Gold Cup. Two big games this week as they host Chivas and travel to KC. Their western dominance will be at stake on Thursday night, should be a solid game.
7. (8) CD Chivas USA (17 pts.) – Slowly moving up the charts here and are helping the west look a little more respectable are the Goats. I am pretty sure Maykel Galindo has made Goats fans forget Guevara and Juan Pablo Garcia. Big time game this week on primetime Thursday night against Houston. A win there will easily move them up the charts. By the way, Brad Guzan may be the best keeper in the west, if not in the league.
8. (9) Toronto FC (13 pt.) – Mo has finally found a roster that will compete in the east and compete against anyone in the west, as long as the game is at home. The jury is still out on this club on if they can play well on the road. I think at this point they can at least get draws and some wins on the road. They are a much better club than most give them credit for. Big road trip to New England this weekend, any points there is a successful trip.
9. (7) Colorado Rapids (15 pts.) – Biggest losers of the week as far as the rankings. Bad loss at Chivas but they will get a chance to make things a little better as they face a rival Dallas at home this weekend. Colorado will be in need of a win in this game. Or they will be quickly on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture goes. The offense just hasn’t been clicking in recent games for the Rapids. Everything else is going well enough but the offense just isn’t producing like it should.
10. (10) Chicago Fire (14 pts.) – No change here for the Fire. Bad loss at DC over the weekend as things are really going from bad to worse in the Windy City. Now they get a week off to figure more out. I believe they are missing a solid midfielder right now and possible a strong defender as well. Summer transfer window is opening up soon…I think another move is on the way.
11. (11) Columbus Crew (9 pt.) – Some will have the Crew below the Galaxy but I will give them the benefit of the doubt here and keep them a pace above. The draw on the road against New England was a good start on the road to getting back to being respectable. Schelotto has really proven his worth and his team is finally getting used to him and I think he is finally getting used to his team. Two big tests this week hosting Kansas City in the midweek and then traveling to LA to face the Galaxy on the weekend. They need to get four points out of this week to get more respect around the league.
12. (12) LA Galaxy (9 pt.) – Solid win over RSL. I will only take it with a grain of salt though. There is hope though with this club with the addition of Edson Buddle. Some may believe he is over rated but I think it was a huge thing for him to get a goal in his first game as a member of the Galaxy. The jury will be out for another week though on how much this club is improving as they host Columbus this weekend. Three points continues the healing, but anything less is not something the club needs.
13. (12) Real Salt Lake (6 pt.) – So, I was wrong on RSL getting their first win over the weekend. In fact it went from bad to even worse. They made a not-so-good Galaxy team look good over the weekend. But this RSL club is still bad…in fact they are horrible. Freddy Adu leaving for the U-20 club may help some actually. Big game hosting DC this weekend, does the bleeding stop? Probably not.