- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 26, 2007
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Oh a week makes all the difference doesn’t it? It sure did for the MLS last week I thought. The rankings here at the Hooligan are a little different than what they have been in recent weeks.
Ranking (last week’s) – Team (points)
1. (4) New England Revolution (22 pts.) – Sure they beat a club that is ghostly on the road but I have to say the defense looked a lot more sure of themselves last weekend and that will carry on once Michael Parkhurst returns this week. And sure, they lose Taylor Twellman for some more games to Copa America but I doubt the Revs are at all worried over their offense. Adam Cristman is playing well beyond his years so far and guys like Andy Dorman have provided a nice spark. Big west coast trip this week against Chivas. Beating of the western’s best on the road will and should solidify the top ranking.
2. (2) Red Bull New York (21 pt.) – Off last week but it doesn’t hurt them in my mind. It gives this club a chance to heal up, which is huge because their defense needed it. They travel to a hot Columbus this weekend. Three points should be in the works for the Red Bulls but with the way the Crew have been playing nothing is for sure anymore. If one team is to shut up the Crew it would be the Red Bulls and Juan Pablo Angel.
3. (6) Houston Dynamo (22 pt.) – I have to say I am a big believer in this club now and really feel they are back in the hunt again. Much like DC a slow start hurt this club but strong play in recent games have really helped this club move back up the ladder in a hurry. They have seven wins to show for in the 13 games that they have played. Only Dallas can say one better but they have played two more games then the Dynamo. And speaking of the Hoops, the Men in Orange travel to Frisco this weekend to face their western and in-state rival. Should be an interesting contest with Brian Ching and Richardo Clark getting back into the fold.
4. (5) FC Dallas (25 pt.) – Let’s face it, Juan Carlos Toja and Pablo Ricchetti have carried this club more than anyone else. Sadly enough I doubt either of them will get the proper recognition that they deserve in the All-Star game coming up in July. With that said, sure the Hoops have played two to five more games than everyone else but if you’re Steve Morrow you have to feel a little bit good about where your club stand mid-way through the season. I’ve said if they double their points in their remaining 15 games then it should be enough for the playoffs. Big test this weekend with Houston coming into town. I think Carlos Ruiz will make his mark.
5. (1) Kansas City Wizards (20 pts.) – A fall from grace is the Wizards. Again, I am unsold about this club and with good reason. Just when you think they can score they show up for two games in one week and do absolutely nothing worthy of winning. The Columbus game wasn’t just a game where the Crew played very well it was a game where the Wizards played very poorly. Scott Sealy is no Eddie Johnson and then again no one on that club is near where Eddie Johnson has been this season. Throw in the loss of Johnson and Jimmy Conrad for the Copa America and the Wizards could be looking at some more losses. Only one win in the month of June. Toronto at home this weekend should be three points to help them out but I think Toronto may have their number now.
6. (3) DC United (17 pts.) – Another fall, and with good reason. Let’s face it DC isn’t a good road team this season. They just aren’t. Someone had to lose to RSL eventually and DC just happened to be that bunch. You can’t lose to a winless team and expect not to fall in a rankings either. A little shot at redemption this week with Colorado coming in for the Thursday night game. I expect three points here.
7. (7) CD Chivas USA (17 pts.) – Even though they were hammered on the road in Houston last Thursday, the Goats don’t drop. Mainly because of everyone else below them. A big test of how this team responds to the bad road loss when they host New England this week. The Goats are great at home so they should be able to at least remain perfect at home right?
8. (11) Columbus Crew (15 pt.) – Wow, big winners here this week. Two straight wins puts the Crew in the playoff fold once again. I have to hand it to the Crew as well. To big time wins and the LA win was real nice with the fact that they had ten men on the field. You have to believe that whatever Sigi is doing there is finally working. Schelotto is finally getting used to his teammates and it is really paying off. Five assists in the last five games. I am telling you he will lead the league in assists this season. Big game at home this weekend with the Red Bulls. Last time they met in Columbus it was a boring 0-0 draw. I doubt that will be the case this time around.
9. (8) Toronto FC (13 pt.) – Boy the Reds are a completely different side on the road huh? The road will be long and hard for the Reds if they don’t start picking up some points now while they can. I think they have a shot at Kansas City this weekend, I really do. They should have at least tied them at home last time around when they opened BMO Field. Getting Greg Sutton back in the net should help out.
10. (9) Colorado Rapids (15 pts.) – Somewhere the Rapids have lost their offensive mindset and that won’t change anytime soon with Herculez Gomez leaving for Copa America. Talk about another fall from grace but the Rapids have been dreadful for the last month and a half. No wins so far in June and I highly doubt they will get one in DC this week. Let’s not forget just how dreadful their defense has been playing either.
11. (10) Chicago Fire (14 pts.) – An off week for the Fire makes people forget that they have a new interim coach in Dennis Hamlet. This club doesn’t have Blanco yet either, as he will probably join the club in mid-July. The road to rebuilding the club’s image starts Sunday with the Rapids in town. Both clubs are in need of a win but the way things have done I probably won’t see more than a draw.
12. (13) Real Salt Lake (9 pt.) – Got the first win and it was a nice one for the most part over DC. You have to start somewhere I guess and even if it is at the end of June, a win is still a win. But let’s get back to reality here, this club still stinks something awful here. The addition of Robbie Findley will only help so much I think. That midfield is still dreadful and we won’t know how good it can be until Nathan Sturgis rejoins the club from his U20 duties. No games this week so I guess from that stand point is a good thing.
12. (12) LA Galaxy (9 pt.) – I’m not going to move them into last place just yet. I almost did but I just won’t until I see their next game. Which for some reason they get another weekend off. I hate the Galaxy’s schedule probably as much as they do. I guess this will give Alexi Lalas some time to make some more ridiculous deals that only make the club older.