- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 25, 2008
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Monday mornin’ to you all. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Time to continue the series in power rankings leading up to the first WVH Power Rankings of the 2008 season. Today it is all about scoring with the forwards.
Discussion has been good so keep it up on this. I’m sure this bunch will be no different than the last couple we have seen on here.
1. New York: Juan Pablo Angel and Jozy Altidore are a duo that not many can match in this league I think. Plus there is decent depth behind the two which will come in handy this year when Altidore goes off with the national side to China for the Olympics and other national team games this summer.
2. DC United: Some thought Luciano Emilio wouldn’t be able to adapt to the MLS, while others knew what he was capable of doing. Thankfully for DC fans he proved anyone that thought the first wrong and proved the ladder correct. Throw in the veteran in Jamie Moreno and the rest of the United scoring front and DC should have no problem contending for the Supporters Shield again this season.
3. Chivas USA: No one expected Maykel Galindo to turn into the goal scorer that he became last season but when he and Ante Razov were healthy they were two of the best in the league. Razov put up MVP numbers last year and if he stays with Chivas he could do it again this year as he chases Moreno for the all-time goal scorer in the MLS. I like the trade for Alecko Eskardarian too, he should fit in well in Preki’s system.
4. New England: Taylor Twellman is still one of the best and once New England finishes signing a couple more players he should be able to regain the form that we have seen in the past couple years. Will he return to his MVP numbers? Maybe if things work out for him. Still he should be able to net 15 or 18 goals this season which is more than most can say.
5. LA: Hard not to rank the Galaxy up here, almost put them above New England and Chivas with the recent trade for Carlos Ruiz. Still I don’t know what kind of shape Ruiz will be in even though the Galaxy already have Landon Donovan. If those two work well together they may be the best in the league but if not they will only look good on paper together. So until we know I think this ranking is justifable.
6. FC Dallas: Kenny Cooper should be able to return to the 2006 Cooper that most of us know him for. I think Dallas will still land another striker to go with Cooper but the pieces in place right now aren’t bad at all for Dallas even though they don’t have Ruiz anymore. Its more of an addition-by-subtraction kind of off-season for Dallas.
7. Toronto: If we get the Jeff Cunningham that we all know who has scored 96 goals then Toronto will be fine. Also with Danny Dichio you have a good duo up top that should play much better together this season. If they two stay on the field and work hard then Toronto supporters should feel pretty happy about their chances this season.
8. Real Salt Lake: I have to say I love RSL with Robbie Findley up top. Plus I bet this team will be a lot better this year with having a full season out of Yura Movsisyan and Fabian Espindola. I feel weird saying this but I think RSL will score quite a few goals this season unlike their previous seasons.
9. Houston: I know their current lack of depth but Brian Ching has to count for something here. Plus I think if Chris Wondolowski becomes the beast that some people think he can be then the Orange will be just fine this season. Plus before last year we were saying the same thing about them in their lack of scoring options and I think they faired alright.
10. Chicago: Now the Fire are a club that has plenty of scoring options and should be a lot better than a 10 on this list but the thing is consistency out of who they have that bothers me. Chris Rolfe needs to stay healthy and Chad Barrett needs to learn how to finish a shot. Will they even keep Andy Herron? We also know we won’t see Patrick Nyarko until this summer. Plus do we really know that Tomasz Frankowski will really be the answer to their scoring issues? Maybe and maybe not.
11. Colorado: The Rapids may be the best of the worst down here on the list. That isn’t saying much. Herculez Gomez looked good at the start of last year and then faded off and I honestly don’t remember hearing from him from about June on. Conor Casey had his moments and if Fernando Clavijo would learn to play some of his reserves they may actually be better. If they get this Reinaldo from the A-League they could be a lot better. Maybe above the Dynamo and Fire.
12. Kansas City: The Wizards are luck that the Crew have no depth at striker and that the Earthquakes have no strikers at all really. The loss of Eddie Johnson will hurt real deep this season. They do have Scott Sealy and a hard-working Davy Arnaud but I have to say this team will struggle for goals unless they sign a quality striker. Its a harsh reality Wizards fans but it is true.
13. Columbus: They have some scorers but no one that really poses as a threat to any club. They tried desperately to sign a DP this off-season and so far have come up empty. They need a proven striker…but least they have a couple strikers on paper unlike…
14. San Jose: …the Quakes have no one really to score. I guess Frank Yallop is hoping to win lots of 1-0 games with goals from Ramiro Corrales free kicks or own goals. It will be real interesting to see if they even care to sign a proven striker this off-season before their expansion run starts up here next month.