- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 10, 2008
- 4 Comments
- MLS Power Rankings, Week 11
Some slight movers and shakers in week 11. Some clubs decided to go on the road and make an impact into the rankings. Others stayed tough at home and proved to us all that they deserve to be where they are for the time being.
Out of the eight “current” playoff clubs, its probably safe to say that only a couple are probably really safe right now while the bottom four are in very close range of falling out of the playoff race with a single game. I honestly expect that trend to continue through the summer here. I do see a club or two breaking free from the main pack of clubs and push towards that Supporter’s Shield mark.
The east is still beating the west, but lately some western sides are standing up and defending things well here.
1. New England Revolution (23 pts., up 1) – I almost, and I mean almost kept them at two and Chicago at one. But unlike Chicago, New England was able to get the home win this past week. Sure the Revs have a two game advantage over the Fire (and some other clubs) but I think in the end that will even itself out here. Matt Reis continues to push his side to positive results with save after save.
2. Chicago Fire (19 pts., down 1) – I was gonna keep them at one because of their dominance over New England but watching the DC game I had to wonder if we are about to see this club slow down a bit like Columbus has. Blanco looked tired and DC just acted as if they wanted it more than the Fire. Plus this play at home is starting to worry me. You can’t lose three games at home this early in the year and expect good things to happen. No truth to that rumor of Chicago wanting to play all their games on the road from here out.
3. LA Galaxy (17 pts., up 3) – It almost pains me to rate them this high but you have to give this side credit for they way they play on offense because of David Beckham. We are clearly seeing this club get their money’s worth out of him this season. Thing is for them no game will be easy right now because of their defense. That has to change. We may see the first club to score 50 and give up 50 in a season.
4. Houston Dynamo (17 pts., up 3) – Nipping at the Galaxy’s heals are the Dynamo. I’ve said they were in a dangerous spot to make some noise and they clearly are doing so. They are starting to look like their championship selfs with Ching and DeRo scoring in bunches again.
5. Toronto FC (17 pts., down 2) – Clearly this side missed the midfield play of Amado Guevara and defensively of Maurice Edu against Houston. Thing is they still had the talent to keep up with Houston, they just didn’t know how to on the road.
6. Chivas USA (14 pts., down 1) – The Goats should have gotten a point in New York. I thought they were clearly the better side but when you mix youth and veterans like they do sloppy goals are gonna happen. This club still has the talent and experience to hang in there this season and make some noise in the west.
7. Columbus Crew (19 pts., down 4) – The slippery slope of the Crew here. Four games and no goals. You’d think they would have gotten one by San Jose at home but something is clearly off in Columbus these days. They should be making some moves in the coming weeks to make up for it. I do know Sigi Schmid talked to Brian McBride, what about we don’t know but its not entirely out of the question to see him land back in Columbus I think.
8. Colorado Rapids (15 pts., same) – Sure they lost but they actually showed they can come back late in games (at least against LA’s defense). Still the fact remains they haven’t pulled any sort of consistent play here this season. Its a broken record thing to say about this club but it needs repeated I think to point out just how Fernando Clavijo’s club has been. Unlike most, I think he is clearly still on the hot seat, a win this week will cool it more for some folks but not for me. He needs out I think.
9. New York Red Bulls (15 pts., up 1) – What this club does with the Jozy Altidore transfer money will be interesting. More than likely they won’t go for a replacement. Too bad, even with Juan Pablo Angel they still need another scorer. Right now Angel looks hurt most of the time and the Red Bulls aren’t scoring much. At least we can expect their defense to improve.
10. FC Dallas (13 pts., down 1) – The first 60 against New England was expected. The last 30 was a glimmer of hope out of this young club. If they can put together better stretches of game like in that final half hour, they could still make things happen here. They need a right-minded Juan Toja to do so though.
11. DC United (13 pts., up 2) – Back up thanks in large part to Luciano Emilio. Hopefully this trend will continue for the Black-and-Red here. The road win against a side that DC has had trouble with in recent years is always a positive sign. With more home game son the way, this club could continue to move up here.
12. Kansas City Wizards (12 pts., down 1) – I finally watched the RSL game (or at least a good chunk of it) and I gathered that this club was more than thrilled to get a road point to end their road trip from hell. Defensively the issues are still there but offensively they lack the creative punch to get anything done. Maybe some home cookin’ will help that out.
13. Real Salt Lake (12 pts., down 1) – As bad as this team is on the road, they can’t afford to be drawing games at home against clubs they can beat.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (10 pts., same) – I know some will complain that they should have moved up because of the road win in Columbus. But listen, its hard to rate this club above another club that totally dominated them in a previous week. Yes they looked good in Columbus but to be honest there are still plenty of elements that this club has to over come here before they can seriously make the jump. Just being realistic here.