WVH Power Rankings: Week Two

WVH Power Rankings: Week Two

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 31, 2009
  • 20 Comments
  • 2009 Week 2, MLS Power Rankings

Some changes in this week’s installment of the Power Rankings. I went against what most will have and kept my top two the same from last week. I just don’t see a need to put Seattle on top yet until they win on the road. If they go three-for-three to start the year then we can talk about putting them above Chicago and Columbus.The same almost goes to Chivas though for different reasons.

You may agree or disagree with these rankings, that’s your opinion. Feel free to let me know what your rankings would be if they differ from mine here. Just remember I keep things on performance based from week-to-week and also try to keep things in line for the whole season…early on is usually when we see the most movement here as teams sort themselves out in the early going.

Team Rank (Last Week) Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 0-0-2 2pts. The own-goal was a killer but this club is still the one to beat right now. I know a lot of people won’t have them on top this week but I think the bar it still set at this club, though some clubs are rapidly approaching them.
2 (2) 1-0-1 4 pts. Not the best second week for the Fire but they did have a few guys missing against DC. But let’s not forget, four points in their first two road games, mostly without Blanco. I’m sure they will take that any day.
3 (6) 2-0-0 6pts. I have to admit, I hate having an expansion club this high but two dominate home wins can convince me. I still want to see how they handle a true road test, and next week they will get that against TFC in BMO Field.
4 (7) 2-0-0 6 pts. Two newbies for the AmeriGoats get the goals. Thing is they played a crappy defense on Sunday, I want to see them more against a Columbus or Chicago here before I really peg them as a true western contender. Saying that though my darkhorse is looking good.
5 (5) 1-0-1 4 pts. A patchwork lineup yet again looked pretty good against New York. Just like Chicago, four road points to kick off the season is not a bad thing at all when you think they are missing Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston. Also, Kevin Alston is playing well above the pace of most rookies at this point.
6 (4) 1-0-1 4 pts. Normally four road points for this club would rise them up but when other clubs around them do a little better they get bumped down a bit. No worries though as the Reds have their home opener.
7 (11) 1-1-0 3 pts. I think it is safe to say that the Quakes will score their fair share of goals this year. The 15 minute stretch against the Dynamo was exciting. I do still have some concerns about their midfield though.
8 (3) 0-1-1 1 pts. Big drop due to the lack of defense on Saturday in San Jose. I wouldn’t be too worried though, the Quakes typically drop games like this early in the year.
9 (13) 1-1-0 3 pt. We knew the club could score here, it was just a matter of when and from who. Hopefully for Rapids fans Terry Cooke is back to his old self here this season. And it could be safe to say that Omar Cummings is on the verge of a solid season here too.
10 (10) 0-0-1 1 pts. No game, and no worries this week. Probably a good thing for Bruce Arena who used the time to get people healthy and get some rookies more time in practice.
11 (12) 0-1-1 1 pts. I’m still a little puzzled with this club. They are a streaky team to say the least. Inconsistent play will keep them out of the playoff picture though if they keep at this pace.
12 (14) 0-1-1 1 pt. They looked better this week but had it not been for an own-goal I really doubt they would have gotten on the board. For their sake they need Albert Celades in the line up sooner rather than later as their midfield continues to get out-done each week.
13 (8) 0-1-0 0 pts. They had their chances but in all honesty looked out classed by an expansion club. Sure the rust may have been there but this club just looks a lot like last year’s bunch (minus the playoff run), a very average club.
14 (9) 0-2-0 0 pts. Nothing to be impressed with here right now with the Wizards. Offensively they looked lost against a pretty average defense in Colorado and defensively they continue to get beat wide and with speed.
15 (15) 0-2-0 0 pts. The statement echoing through the press box on Sunday, “it’s going to be a long season here.”
  • djking2

    Yeah right! You'll definitely have a unique point of view this week.

  • djking2

    Yeah right! You’ll definitely have a unique point of view this week.

  • McBride

    So you're "puzzled" DCU has been inconsistent? If I told you they've been without five starters, would that help solve a little of the puzzle?

  • ne revs

    Two games is too small a sample size to make judgements of teams, so I'm okay with the rankings. I would put Seattle #1 though, and if they they lose move them down.

  • Josh from WV

    I agree, Seattle should be #1 but they do need a road test to justify that high a ranking. I can't wait to see them live when they play Crew.

  • McBride

    So you’re “puzzled” DCU has been inconsistent? If I told you they’ve been without five starters, would that help solve a little of the puzzle?

  • Kevin

    I'm with McBride. When Crayton, Fred, Quaranta, McTavish, and Janicki are back from injury, feel free to judge United then. But put the "inconsistent" remarks aside for now. You gave Chicago some leeway because they were missing 3 guys; how about some leeway from their opponents missing 5?

  • WVHooligan

    Good point. I understand where you two are coming from, thing is even with those guys I still would question this club a bit. I try to look at every club with the least amount of emotion, that's probably why I feel that way even with DC missing those players. It's still very early guys, very early. If DC is good their time will come to move up.

  • ne revs

    Two games is too small a sample size to make judgements of teams, so I’m okay with the rankings. I would put Seattle #1 though, and if they they lose move them down.

  • Josh from WV

    I agree, Seattle should be #1 but they do need a road test to justify that high a ranking. I can’t wait to see them live when they play Crew.

  • Kevin

    I’m with McBride. When Crayton, Fred, Quaranta, McTavish, and Janicki are back from injury, feel free to judge United then. But put the “inconsistent” remarks aside for now. You gave Chicago some leeway because they were missing 3 guys; how about some leeway from their opponents missing 5?

    • Good point. I understand where you two are coming from, thing is even with those guys I still would question this club a bit. I try to look at every club with the least amount of emotion, that’s probably why I feel that way even with DC missing those players. It’s still very early guys, very early. If DC is good their time will come to move up.

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  • TCompton

    Actually, DC is undefeated in their first two games and have 2 points.<br />
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    I understand the inconsistent comment, especially given Wicks' walkabout on Chicago's goal and Donovan's second goal last week, but injuries (especially the in-game injuries that help lead to LA's phantom penalty call) have really tested this young team, and they've fought hard for their 2 points in 2 games. It's not like they've rolled over.

  • Kevin

    Technically, United should have 4 points right now, as TCompton implies. The penalty call against Wallace was, as everyone in the world has established, ridiculous, and Donovan's second goal was offside by about 8 feet. It should have been 1-0 or 2-0, depending on how you feel about Gomez's penalty (which was also questionable). But, regardless, United should have the same amount of points as Toronto FC. And that's without several key guys. I think if anything, it shows that United has more depth than Chicago. They were missing 3 players, and everyone freaked out. United were missing 5, and we calmly and confidently accepted the challenge, and played quite well for a team that was basically all rookies and aging vets. <br />
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    I say we are at least ahead of Colorado and Houston, at least for now. <br />
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    But, again, that's only my opinion.

  • TCompton

    Actually, DC is undefeated in their first two games and have 2 points.

    I understand the inconsistent comment, especially given Wicks’ walkabout on Chicago’s goal and Donovan’s second goal last week, but injuries (especially the in-game injuries that help lead to LA’s phantom penalty call) have really tested this young team, and they’ve fought hard for their 2 points in 2 games. It’s not like they’ve rolled over.

  • Kevin

    Technically, United should have 4 points right now, as TCompton implies. The penalty call against Wallace was, as everyone in the world has established, ridiculous, and Donovan’s second goal was offside by about 8 feet. It should have been 1-0 or 2-0, depending on how you feel about Gomez’s penalty (which was also questionable). But, regardless, United should have the same amount of points as Toronto FC. And that’s without several key guys. I think if anything, it shows that United has more depth than Chicago. They were missing 3 players, and everyone freaked out. United were missing 5, and we calmly and confidently accepted the challenge, and played quite well for a team that was basically all rookies and aging vets.

    I say we are at least ahead of Colorado and Houston, at least for now.

    But, again, that’s only my opinion.