- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 17, 2008
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- MLS Power Rankings, Week 12
We just seem to keep chugging along here this season. Another week down, and time to put a cap on it with some weekly power rankings.
A couple movers and shakers this week but mostly we are starting to see some consistent play out of all the clubs, either good play or bad.
Feel free as always to pipe in your own below or comment on your club’s spot in the order.
1. New England Revolution (26 pts., same) – No need to change here. Nice road win in Houston without the likes of some key players. Clearly Steve Ralston is more important to this club than most would give him credit for. Since his return this club has looked nearly unstoppable. And is Kheli Dube the top rookie right now? I think so.
2. LA Galaxy (20 pts., up 1) – I still feel weird giving this club this much credit after seeing them in preseason but give it up to them. Without Landon Donovan and Carlos Ruiz, the Galaxy showed they had more than enough to take care of business in Oakland…I mean San Jose. Even David Beckham was ineffective in this one. I guess it may be fair to say that Ruud Gullit has slowly figured out the way to play in MLS.
3. Toronto FC (20 pts., up 2) – This club clearly is dominate at home. No matter who is missing they still find a way to get the job done. It didn’t hurt that Colorado has been largely terrible on the road this season either. Three very nice goals in the run of play too should give head coach John Carver some hope for the rest of the year.
4. Columbus Crew (22 pts., up 3) – A nice way to end a five-game winless streak and a four-game goalless streak. The three-nil beating of the Wizards was just what this club has been waiting for over the last couple of games. It should lift them back into the discussion in the east. Good time to do so with clubs like DC starting to play well behind them.
5. Chicago Fire (19 pts., down 3) – Back-to-back losses and really some poor play as of late from the Fire. Safe to say that they dearly missed guys like Wilman Conde (injury), Gonzalo Segares (WCQ callup), and Brandon Prideaux (suspension). But more importantly, it may be safe to say that this club really does need the finishing of Brian McBride after all.
6. Houston Dynamo (17 pts., down 2) – Was missing too many parts against New England…okay missing Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching. Clearly the lack of depth is going to cost this club sooner rather than later.
7. DC United (16 pts., up 4) – Big movers of the week but really they just leaped over a bunch of junk. Pretty easy to say that after the start of the season and looking at how things have gone recently, this club goes as Luciano Emilio goes. Can they keep this pace up? I think so.
8. FC Dallas (16 pts., up 2) – Showed some real heart on Sunday against the Fire. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come in the Big D as a new coach steps in to take over this week. Schellas Hyndman has his work cut out for him though from the start if you ask me.
9. Chivas USA (14 pts., down 3) – Biggest drop of the week, probably could have placed them a bit lower too. They’ve been lucky all season that the western conference has been so tight due to poor play but I think their injuries are really catching up to them right now. They need a big-time scorer and right now they just don’t have that.
10. Colorado Rapids (15 pts., down 2) – Hey they showed they can play consistent soccer, too bad it was losing soccer. I know they were missing some key players but not starting some guys like Christian Gomez or Herculez Gomez makes my head hurt for this club. Then again my head is still hurting from listening to their broadcast of the Dallas…I mean Toronto game.
11. New York Red Bulls (15 pts., down 2) – No offense meant no luck against a red-hot United on Saturday. There really was nothing they could have done to beat DC in that game. What was once thought of the best offenses in the league has a -4 goal differential right now. Like I mentioned earlier this week, Juan Carlos Osorio’s seat has to bet getting warmer here as we head into summer.
12. Real Salt Lake (15 pts., up 1) – Holy shit a road win. Congrats, now keep it up and we can possibly talk playoffs here.
13. Kansas City Wizards (12 pts., down 1) – The home return didn’t go as planned. I’m left wondering why on earth we thought this was one of the better clubs back in April. Oh yeah, its because it was April. Those first two games to start out the season seem like ages ago to Wizard fans though.
14. San Jose Earthquakes (10 pts., same) – Missing a couple players didn’t matter really. This club has very little depth and is showing it. I think had they been full strength, they would have at least put up a better fight against LA. It can only get better from here right? Right.