- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 7, 2007
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As mentioned yesterday it was a fairly crazy weekend of play in the league. However that doesn’t bring a whole lot of change in the rankings. Got to remember folks that this is a body of work over the season and not just after a single week. So with that said…
1. (1) Houston Dynamo (34 pt.) – …no changes at the top here. Yes a bad loss at Salt Lake (come to think of it any loss at Salt Lake is bad anymore) but the brighter picture is that the Dynamo are human again and can get back to not wondering when that next loss will be. Eleven games is a long time to go without a loss in any league and it still earns them a hell of a lot of respect in my book so far to keep them on top here. They travel to Colorado this weekend, that should be three points if they get motivated enough after this loss.
2. (2) FC Dallas (33 pt.) – Could have easily moved them into the top spot but decided to keep them here. Some people still aren’t giving the Hoops the respect they deserve even though they won against lowly Colorado. Columbus strolls into town this weekend. Big battle there as the Crew are a very dangerous team, even on the road. Dallas is looking tired anymore these days, you have to think not advancing in SuperLiga will have its advantage for the Hoops to get fully fit again.
3. (3) New England Revolution (33 pts.) – A win and a loss in the past week. Sure the three-nil loss to DC looks bad but they still have a decent lead in the east right now. The status of Michael Parkhurst is the biggest question if the Revs hope to keep that lead. If he remains injured then look for the Revs to struggle on defense for the next few games. However, they do get a visit from LA this coming weekend. Beckham or not, that should be a game that the Revs can get points out of.
4. (5) DC United (27 pts.) – Moving them ahead of Kansas City not because of the win over the Revs but because I feel that DC is the better club in comparison to the Wizards. And for some reason KC doesn’t have a game for a little while and DC does. A Beckham visit this week on prime-time should come across as good television as 40k+ cheer on the United and boo the crap out of LandyCakes and the Galaxy.
5. (4) Kansas City Wizards (29 pts.) – No win against the Revs in prime-time and no love here. KC gets time to mend some pieces though in the coming weeks. No game until the 19th when the Revs come for a re-match.
6. (6) Red Bull New York (27 pt.) – Red Bulls got some time to regroup and get healthy in the week off. We will see how it goes when a reeling Toronto club comes into town this weekend. Should be able to muster three points over the Reds who will be missing a major part of their lineup to injuries and suspensions.
7. (7) Columbus Crew (26 pt.) – Picked up a good point in Chicago over a resurging Fire squad. The defense is looking good again and the offense is hit or miss…mostly miss. Guys like Andy Herron and Jason Gray need to step up in-order to keep pace with the rest of the east and the league for that final playoff spot.
8. (8) CD Chivas USA (27 pts.) – The Galaxy play double the games (6) that the Goats play this month (3). What gives? No real word on if the Goats are doing anything to improve their lineup either. We will have to wait another week to see how the time off goes for the Goats as well.
9. (9) Toronto FC (20 pt.) – Got a point against the Galaxy but the biggest question is how long they will be without their core group of players (Dichio, Cunningham, O’Brien, Wynne, etc.). Edu didn’t do them any favors picking up another yellow against the Galaxy either, he will miss Sunday’s contest with the Red Bulls. You think Mo is call for some more players right now?
10. (10) Chicago Fire (20 pts.) – The offense should be better and the defense held the Crew scoreless but is that even really that impressive? No I don’t think so. But they are another club that we have to wait on another week to find out more answers about. I am really starting to hate this month’s schedule.
11. (11) LA Galaxy (14 pt.) – A draw on the road in Toronto wasn’t that great really. They have games at hand to make up these points but getting draws won’t help one bit. I have to say that they looked terrible for the most part against the Reds too. At this point even with the talent that the Galaxy have added in recent weeks, they do not look like a playoff club this season.
12. (12) Colorado Rapids (18 pts.) – Attention Colorado Front Office: You need to Fire Fernando Clavijo sooner rather than later. Simple as that, or else you club may not win another game this season at the rate that you are going. Houston, New England and LA round out the Rapid’s schedule this month…I don’t see any wins in those games.
13. (13) Real Salt Lake (12 pt.) – Finally got another win. At this rate Real will end up with 3 wins this season. Umm I think that October meeting with Chivas at home will be it. I think that is a safe bet as anything at this point in RSL’s season. At least Robbie Findley is playing well and is making LA look stupid for dumping him to Salt Lake.