- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 21, 2008
- 6 Comments
- MLS Power Rankings, Week 30
It all comes down to one more week for five MLS clubs. Right now five are in the playoffs, five are contending and four are left wondering what could have been this year.
1. Columbus Crew (54 pts., same) – I think most Crew fans would tell you that they actually needed to drop a game before entering the playoffs. I agree. Plus they were without most of their starters and to be honest they never play great in New York to begin with. Still they should never allow a keeper to score on them.
2. Houston Dynamo (50 pts., same) – Wrapped up the west this past week with the blowout over LA. This club is definitely peaking at the right time in league play, but I wonder still if those extra CONCACAF Champions League games will hinder their playoff performance any.
3. Chicago Fire (43 pts., same) – Dropping a game to Toronto at BMO Field isn’t the thing I am worried about, it is the fact that their defense has gone a bit soft on me here in the past couple months. At least they know they have New England in the first round.
4. Chivas USA (42 pts., up 1) – Yes they dropped a game but it seems like nearly everyone else around them did as well. The AmericanGoats are still in contention to reach the top four once again and have a shot at SuperLiga in 2009. I’m sure they are excited about that.
5. New England Revolution (43 pts., down 1) – I wanted to drop them further down due to recent play but I could not figure out who was worthy enough to go ahead of them here. Maybe had RSL clinched a playoff birth I would have. Still the Revs have a lot of question marks surrounding them right now. The loss of Steve Ralston is probably the biggest issue right now. They’ve looked lost without him this year but at least they know how to deal with it.
6. Real Salt Lake (39 pts., up 1) – One game away from the playoffs. I said weeks ago it would come down to this game with Colorado, turns out I am right. They have to do it on the road though, a path that hasn’t been easy for them all year…hell it’s never been easy for them.
7. Kansas City Wizards (39 pts., up 2) – In as good of a position as they possibly could be right now to make the playoffs. Even with a loss they still have a shot but they just need a point really with the tie-breakers that they own over some clubs. On the road for that point won’t come easy though. A loss would certainly make things interesting.
8. New York Red Bulls (39 pts., same) – They looked better against the Crew, well the Crew’s reserves. Still they have work to do Thursday night against the Fire. Yeah, you can bet that won’t be easy as these two clubs do not like each other one bit.
9. Colorado Rapids (37 pts., up 2) – Give them credit, they battled back and found a way to put themselves back in contention. You can’t write them off but they do have a terrible habit of playing inconsistent this year. That has to end this weekend against their Mountain Cup rivals.
10. FC Dallas (35 pts., down 4) – The red cards hurt their chances, that is for sure but let’s place the blame where it is really due for this club here in 2008 at the management. Its been terrible all year. They can redeem themselves this winter by keeping Kenny Cooper though.
11. DC United (37 pts., up 2) – Some how still in contention but they have too many if’s surrounding their hopes even if they do win.
12. San Jose Earthquakes (30 pts., down 2) – Started slow, got hot in the middle and ended terribly. That may just sum up the Quakes’ first season back in the league. Still the foundation was built to be a winner in a couple years anyways.
13. Toronto FC (35 pts., up 1) – Made it interesting at the end, that is for sure. I think what sums up this club best was a sign in the stands on Saturday that read “We deserve better!”…they should get better with all the allocation and draft picks that they have this winter.
14. LA Galaxy (32 pts., down 2) – Shouldn’t have hired Bruce Arena so quickly in my opinion. I think the best option would have still been to have kept Cobi Jones as the interim coach for the rest of the year and then gone out and made the big hire. Because let’s be honest, Arena was left with a total mess and had no way of cleaning it up that quickly.