- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 1, 2008
- 6 Comments
Week one is in the books, so that means some changes have been made to the power rankings. Keep in mind that I do take week one and the preseason rankings in consideration together and not just base this solely on how teams played in week one. So you may still see some teams that lost up near the top. I try to make these rankings as a composite of the season but sometimes strong weekly performances do take hold and influence how the clubs are ranked. Than again, I am sure that happens to anyone who makes these sorts of rankings.
1. New England Revolution (3 pts., up 2) – I don’t think anyone will have a club above New England after this week. The Revs showed a lot of heart out there for the opening weekend against the Dynamo (who clearly looked like they weren’t focused). No Taylor Twellman could have meant trouble but young guys like Sainey Nyassi stepped up to the plate and delivered a big time win to open the season.
2. Chivas USA (1 pt., up 2) – I can bet I will be the only one rating Chivas as high as two this week but I am convinced that they are stronger right now than the other three that won this weekend and may be on par with Houston and DC. Razov and Galindo aren’t 100% but after seeing both of them play I know its only a matter of time before they are fully fit here. The play of Sasha Kljestan in the midfield is the key to this team. Also, something I didn’t mention yesterday in my game review, the Goats wore a black armband in honor of Claudio Suarez’s father who passed away recently, very classy move on their part.
3. Kansas City Wizards (3 pts., up 3) – This club did look good but I will say this about them; as good as they looked against a strong DC club I have a terrible feeling it won’t be the same way when they play away from home this season. Plus on second and third watch, both goals could have very well been offsides. Still some strong play out of this club. Just like last year if they can be consistent in that strong play then you will see them at the top of these rankings this season. If not they will bounce around the middle just like last year. I will say I need more convincing from this club to feel more confident about rating them this high.
4. DC United (0 pts., down 2) – At times DC looked like they were going to beat KC on the road and probably should have at least gotten a tie in the process but there isn’t much you could do about the two goals. Offsides or not they let them in and that’s what counts in the end. I wouldn’t worry too much though about it because DC still looked more fit and ready than most teams this weekend. Just as last year they started out slow and turned it on when needed. I think they will be fine.
5. Houston Dynamo (0 pts, down 4) – Same boat as DC in terms of looking ahead in their season opener to this week’s CONCACAF Champions Cup game. Not to take anything at all away from what New England did to the Dynamo, it just seemed like this club didn’t care much about the game on Saturday. I am not at all worried about how they played and all I have to do is look back to this time last season to give me proof that this club knows how to turn it on when it means most. I know Dynamo fans remember how badly their club started last season and things turned out just fine for them.
6. Colorado Rapids (3 pts., down 1) – Winning and losing at the same time here. They get the three points and move down in the rankings here. Look, not to take anything away from their win over the Galaxy but I am almost convinced that teams with less talent on offense like RSL, Toronto or San Jose could have scored four against that defense. Still, I think this spot should suit the Rapids well for now. They haven’t proved much yet other than it was three points and one more game that we won’t blast Fernando Clavijo. Just like KC, this club has to stay consistent to remain around here or even have a hope of moving up in the rankings. Glad to know that Clavijo finally used Omar Cummings like he should.
7. FC Dallas (1 pt., same) – Dallas looked alright, about as good as I thought they would. Still loads to work on here and Duilio Davino gave up two points in the standings for Dallas here. Though looking back on it, had the Hoops won they wouldn’t be rated all that much higher than six here in the rankings. They need a striker in a big way to take the pressure off Kenny Cooper because he just isn’t the answer to the scoring for Dallas. Cooper is good with a strong running mate, not as a go-to guy just yet.
8. Columbus Crew (3 pts., up 4) – The Crew made an average Toronto club look all the more average. It was nice to see some offense show up for the men in yellow as well. Coul we see this club actually be turning into a good team here this season? Its possible if all parts play like they did against Toronto. And by the way, the new stage doesn’t look nearly as bad as I thought it would on TV. Kind of adds to the stadium a bit.
9. Chicago Fire (1 pt., down 1) – I think RSL made the Fire look very average on Saturday. Had it not been for Blanco’s late goal the Fire would be back in Chicago today trying to figure out exactly how they lost a game on an own-goal. Saying that it was good for the Fire to get the point on the road with that late goal. I think that could be a sign for good things to come for this club. Also, love the fact that new coach Dennis Hamlet sported the suit on the sidelines. I’m a big fan in coaches that suit up like that.
9. Real Salt Lake (1 pt., up 1) – I think it is safe to say that RSL deserved to move up a spot even though they gave up a late goal that docked them two points in the standings. I liked what I saw out of Jason Kries’s group as they showed a flair for the attack and really out-played the Fire. Dropping a tie like that to start the season for the second straight year has to hurt in Salt Lake City but this club will still be a tough game here this season.
11. New York Red Bulls (0 pts., down 2) – Didn’t play over the weekend and somehow got bumped down. Nothing wrong with that though.
12. Toronto FC (0 pts., up 1) – Didn’t win but moved up in the rankings. That’s because of what is below them out west. This club really needs an attacking midfielder who can control the pace of the game for them up top. Plus John Carver needs to move away from the Colin Samuel/Jeff Cunningham pairing up top, it just doesn’t work. Put Samuel on the wing where belong and move Dichio up top with Cunningham. That should score you some goals.
13. San Jose Earthquakes (0 pts., up 1) – I think everyone will have the Quakes out of last place this week. Again, nothing wrong with that because their ugly looking offense will probably still score goals on the weak defense of the club below them…
14. LA Galaxy (0 pts., down 2) – Let’s face it, this club isn’t sexy at all. The Xavier-Vanney tandem in the back is way too slow to survive in MLS. We know this after just one game too. Offensively they looked sluggish due to the tired legs of Donovan and Beckham who had international duties last week in Europe. Colorado looked ready while the Galaxy looked like a team in the USL. Also, this team showed no poise to remain in the game with the Rapids, that is something to look for anytime they play this year. In other words this club is one bad call (in their minds) from imploding in each match.