- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 3, 2008
- 2 Comments
Another week in the books. Right now most clubs have played ten games or more, a couple are a couple days away from reaching that one-third stage. But for the most part this truly is the one-third mark on the 2008 season.
Its really not every week that a team can have time off and not move. That is the case this week with the top of the rankings for me (and probably everyone else). Now is the time that we really start to see a shift in how teams are ranked. Most teams are probably at or one or two spots from where they will more than likely end up when the season ends in October.
We still may see some clubs shift around around between now and then. However, I’m pretty sure we have a solid idea right now more than we did ten weeks ago about who will be in the haunt later on and who won’t be. The summer could change our minds but right now we should have a decent understanding of this season.
1. Chicago Fire (19 pts., same) – Its really not every week that you can be off and not get moved here. The talk right now in Chicago is what they will have to do to get Brian McBride. If they don’t have to sell off too much to Toronto this club should still easily be in the discussion for MLS Cup for the rest of the year. When you have a +13 goal differential and you are about to bring in a star like McBride, what could actually go wrong?
2. New England Revolution (20 pts., same) – Kheli Dube is easily making his way up the rookie of the year charts here this season. Three goals in the last few games, all important goals too. Who says you can’t get solid rookies in the Supplemental draft anymore? Dube is proof that you can. The Revs as a team need to thank Dube but more importantly they need to thank Matt Reis for keeping them in the game against DC last week. What could have been embarrassing ended up alright.
3. Toronto FC (17 pts., up 1) – The bump because of the home win and because this club is starting to really become a true contender in this league. One loss in five matches last month should give this club the respect they need. But another bad road game and you can bet they will get knocked back down the rankings. Plus they have the leverage against all clubs right now going into the summer transfer window. Must be nice to be Mo Johnston right now.
4. Columbus Crew (19 pts., down 1) – Eeeek…the Crew are sliding here. Three straight games of no goals and no wins. The offense isn’t playing well because people are figuring out Schelotto more and some are figuring out how to stop Robbie Rogers. Without those two this club doesn’t look the same as they did a month ago. There’s still hope though I think for them to get back on the right track.
5. Chivas USA (14 pts., up 3) – The veterans like Jesse Marsch and the young guys like Jorge Flores are really giving Preki’s club a lift here. From down in the dumps to three straight solid wins. Just like that. Once this club is fully healthy they will be dangerous because of the new found confidence that they all have right now.
6. LA Galaxy (14 pts., down 1) – Just as we expected, no Beckham or Donovan and this club looks nothing like a MLS club. Two players should not make that big of a difference but they do in this case. Their defense looked totally lost in Toronto and their offense was really no where to be seen. I guess they didn’t cross the border.
7. Houston Dynamo (14 pts., up 3) – A win and a draw in one week is good enough to bump you up. They almost made it above LA in my mind. But I know LA played terrible for a reason. Houston on the other hand played well in the two games and the fight back for the draw in Dallas probably would have gotten them this bump anyways. They looked good against New York too. This club is still a dangerous side though.
8. Colorado Rapids (15 pts., up 1) – They won again and are atop the west. Look after watching this club I am starting to figure them out. They play exactly like their season has gone, very streaky. Right now it works for them because the west is so down but believe me before long LA, Chivas and Houston will break free from this club. After ten games this club still hasn’t figure out how to play consistent.
9. FC Dallas (13 pts., down 2) – Dominic Oduro has been solid for this club lately but the late draw against Houston was not so solid. That was a game they should have won. As for the result in Colorado, that was pretty much expected. You can’t expect a club with an interim coach to go on the road and play extremely well. The coaching issue is starting to wear on this club.
10. New York Red Bulls (12 pts., down 4) – The reinforcements need to arrive sooner rather than later. I think most people are finally seeing that now. When you leave half of your payroll at home for a road game you pretty much will never win. Oh yeah, Juan Carlos Osorio is looking more and more like just another average coach in New York.
11. Kansas City Wizards (11 pts., same) – Remember this club? Yeah they haven’t won since the middle of April. Why are they not lower then? That’s a good freakin’ question.
12. Real Salt Lake (11 pts., up 2) – I think this is as high as I will go with this club until they can win on the road. Amazing that they are one of two undefeated clubs at home this season (3-0-2).
13. DC United (10 pts., down 1) – Just when you think all is starting to become well again with this club they blow up in a half and make you forget all the good little things that they once did. At least Luciano Emilio is starting to get his groove back. Still can’t say that about their defense or goalkeeping. Changes will be made soon, I’m sure.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (7 pts., down 1) – A trip to Salt Lake City proved that this club just isn’t ready to move too far up on this list. Their time will come, I know. I wouldn’t feel too bad about the loss against RSL on the road though, no one likes playing on that nasty turf.