- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 17, 2009
- 6 Comments
- MLS Power Rankings
It’s that time once again, our weekly power rankings are back. Today is the first edition of the new year, so it is pre-season mode. The new season is about 48 hours away from kicking off up in Seattle between the expansion Sounders and the New York Red Bulls.
Every year we see just how long a 30-game season really is. Team we expect to be high end up low and vice-versa.
With that said here is the first installment of the 2009 WVH Power Rankings. These rankings are based on how I see the 2009 MLS season shaking out. You may agree or disagree with what you are about to read, and that is fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on things. Just feel free to give your thoughts below. Things will probably change next week once this is more based on performance on the field rather than an inital prediction.
- Columbus Crew – Hard not to put the Crew back on top where they left off a season ago. They return nearly everyone from their championship run. Can they repeat? We will certainly see this year.
- Chicago Fire – Something about this club that I really like. They are deep and full of experience. Plus the youngsters that they do have are extremely talented.
- Houston Dynamo – I think this club will be hungrier and more determined this year based on how things fared in the playoffs last fall. Sure they lost Dwayne de Rosario to Toronto and Eddie Robinson to injury but I see them battling through this year.
- Toronto FC – A lot of people will be high on this club and for good reason. Defensively they have some questions to answer but if everything flows through de Rosario like it should, this club could be a true playoff contender in 2009.
- New York Red Bulls – Some people love this club (or are just homers) and others see them for what they are right now. Loads of questions still surround them and a lot of it deals with if a group of players live up to their expectations or not. If they do this club will no doubt be as good as the top two in the east, but if they don’t I fully expect Juan Carlos Osorio to be on the hot seat by June.
- Real Salt Lake – Not a whole lot of change with this playoff bunch from a year ago, which is good. Thing is they were a very average team a season ago. I still think they have a ways to go to unseat Houston as the top dog out west but they certainly have the talent in place to do so.
- New England Revolution – A bunch of question marks surround this club. Replacing Michael Parkhurst is still one of them. I think Steve Nicol will work his magic with this bunch and make them a playoff contender once again. They just have to convince the masses right now that they can do it.
- Seattle Sounders FC – Is this expansion bunch really that good? Honestly I believe so. Will they make the playoffs will be another question. I just don’t think it will happen in year one, but they will come very close.
- Chivas USA – They haven’t changed much but until they lose Sasha Kljestan I cannot rule this club out in the least bit. I know I may have stretched a bit to place them in the playoffs in my season predictions but if Kljestan is with this club for another full season I don’t see any reason why not. If he is leaves in the summer I fully expect this club to take a nose dive.
- San Jose Earthquakes – I am on the Quakes bandwagon this season, I really do believe they are going to be a darkhorse contender out west. Some will call me crazy on this but some won’t so we will definitely see.
- Kansas City Wizards – I really want to see how good Santiago Hirsig is for this club. After a couple games I will know whether or not his addition puts this club over the top or just where they are right now, slightly below average in a tough conference.
- FC Dallas – The additions of David Van Den Bergh and Colombian playmaker David Ferreira make this club better…on paper. I just still have plenty of doubts about this defense.
- DC United – I like the addition of Christian Gomez but this club has already hit the injury bug and it isn’t even First Kick. Not to mention the defense didn’t see a vast upgrade over last year’s bunch.
- Colorado Rapids – The Rapids either look like a 10, 12, 14, or a 15. Either way they don’t look great. They simply didn’t do enough in the off-season to improve the team in my books.
- LA Galaxy – A club who did work hard to improve in the off-season. But there was really no where else to put them since we don’t know exactly what to make of this club yet. At least the bar is ultra-low for me this year with this bunch.