- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 5, 2008
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- MLS Power Rankings, Week 19
Believe it or not but we are nearly two-thirds the way through this season. Right now we have some movers and shakers to discuss after another interesting week of play in Major League Soccer. Some clubs are wheelin’ and dealin’ with big payoffs, while others are standing put and doing nothing…and seeing nothing in the process.
Let’s not waste any time here…
1. New England Revolution (33 pts., same) – Big week, SuperLiga final tonight, and Chicago at home on Saturday. Yeah the same Chicago Fire club that has thrashed them for seven goals this season. Wonder which game the Revs are more focused on this week? Both are big.
2. Chicago Fire (29 pts., up 1) – Think the Fire are ready to beat New England up once again? Especially away from Toyota Park? Another big win like that will give people reason to doubt the Revs again and to jump back on the Fire bandwagon. Only two clubs have more wins right now than the Fire, yeah those two clubs that they are chancing right now (Columbus and New England). Patrick Nyarko looked good up until that head-on-head clash with Chivas’s Claudio Suarez.
3. Houston Dynamo (26 pts., up 2) – Even without a full strength lineup they still played very well against Columbus on Saturday. Dominic Kinnear’s surging club has allowed only four goals in 10 games in all competitions. Better yet they’ve only lost four all year. Big week ahead though for this club.
4. Columbus Crew (31 pts., down 2) – Are we starting to see that end of summer funk by the Crew? One win in their last five isn’t good for a club that is so close to making a lot of things happen. Once Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo return from the Olympics they should be fine. Thankfully they have a week off now to rest and get healthy again.
5. Real Salt Lake (27 pts., down 1) – The bump only because of no play for the week. They are now they only club with an undefeated mark at home. Sorry but no truth to the rumor that they want to take the same turf from Rice-Eccles (football lines and all) to their new stadium later this fall. Still, with that nice home mark they still must make believers out of me and everyone else when they are on the road.
6. DC United (25 pts., same) – I wanted to move them up, I did, but there was no where else for them to go but here for now. Nice home win for the Black-and-Red this past weekend. Jamie Moreno is having a stellar year right now with seven goals and seven assists. Sounds a lot like the year that Ben Olsen had a year ago for them. MVP-candidate maybe? I think so.
7. FC Dallas (25 pts., up 3) – Big movers here are the Hoops. They’ve found a way to win at the dreaded BMO Field in Toronto. Thanks largely to an elbow from Amado Guevara to Pablo Ricchetti’s face. That was a game changing moment, good for Dallas but bad for the homeside. Kenny Cooper continues his impressive pace.
8. Chivas USA (22 pts., same) – A tough road loss but some promise was definitely shown out of this club. Nice to see Maykel Galindo back on the pitch too. That has to be a positive sign for this club. Other than the Zach Thornton deal, is this club going to make any more moves here? They should.
9. Kansas City Wizards (22 pts., same) – Kind of in the same boat as Chivas, tough road loss but also needs to make some moves here to try and move up the standings right now. With no Josh Wolff their offense looked lost yet again. I said there was reason to doubt this club and they proved it yet again with their youth and inexperience.
10. Toronto FC (22 pts., down 3) – They pretty much just flipped places with Dallas in the rankings because of mental breakdowns late in the game. If they can’t win at home you can pretty much kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. I wonder what TFC fans think of Amado Guevara now. Also, are they ever going to move Jeff Cunningham and sign another striker? The clock is ticking away fast.
11. LA Galaxy (23 pts., same) – Can’t hold leads even to expansion clubs right now. Yikes.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (18 pts., up 2) – They deserve the move but sorry Quake fans this is as high as I can put them for now. But if that kind of play continues out of this bunch they could make some playoff noise.
13. New York Red Bulls (22 pts., down 1) – A week off should give us a better idea of where this club is going to. But by the looks of things before this past weekend’s break, its not going well. Big time clash with Atlantic Cup rivals DC this weekend. A win against them would easily ease some pains in the Red Bulls camp.
14. Colorado Rapids (21 pts., down 1) – This club has been too quiet during the transfer window. Why? Hard to tell but I would love to see them make the move that I suggested yesterday, Pablo Mastroeni for Carlos Ruiz. It probably won’t happen but damn it would be a big deal for each club if it did.