- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 7, 2009
- 22 Comments
- 2009 Week 3, MLS Power Rankings
Another week to put in the books here. As usual for this time of year, a lot of changes in the rankings. Columbus fell hard in this one as the two Rocky Mountain clubs rode their way up a good bit.
A lot of you will probably question my decision at the top with Chicago and Seattle. That’s fine, I feel Seattle is only a tiny bit behind the Fire so far, despite the two club’s records. Apparently I’m not the only one out there with that opinion either from what I’ve been told already.
Disagree with the rankings? Agree with them? Feel free to pipe in your comments below.
|Team||Rank (Last Week)||Record (W-L-T)||Comments|
|1 (2)||2-0-1 7 pts.||As far as dept goes, this club is really showing how deep they can go already this season. And it isn’t even an injury or international call-up thing. Going down a man at home and still pulling away with a result is always impressive.|
|2 (3)||3-0-0 9pts.||Yeah, this club may just be that good. This could be the best offense that Sigi Schmid has ever put together. And for a club with three shutouts this year in the season you have to wonder how much longer they can handle the pressure of holding clubs from scoring here.|
|3 (4)||3-0-0 9pts.||This club just keep plugging away with a cast of unknowns. I feel better and better about calling this a darkhorse each time I see them play.|
|4 (5)||2-0-1 7 pts.||Hey, what do you know Steve Nicol’s bunch is undefeated despite not having a quality attack so far this year. Can they keep it up may be a question but the way Nicol fills in holes in his roster is still better than most in this league.|
|5 (9)||2-1-0 6 pts.||I was a little nervous about putting the Rapids this high but if Conor Casey continues to lead this bunch then it may be worth it. Only thing is they need to find a replacement for Mehdi Ballouchy in the middile. I think it’s safe to say he isn’t getting any better here.|
|6 (13)||1-1-0 3 pts.||Okay, we do know this about RSL, they are good if not great at home. What we don’t know is if they can actually put it together on the road. I think until I see them consistently put it together on the road I won’t rate them too much higher than this.|
|7 (1)||0-2-2 2 pts.||Not the best start by any defending champion. To their defense though they lost in places they struggled at a year ago and three of four matches were on the road out west. Not a great start but certainly nothing to go too crazy about just yet.|
|8 (6)||1-1-1 4 pts.||Still showing signs of improvement but still struggling to find the back of the net. I thought Pablo Vitti looked better against Seattle than some of their other strikers. Lucky for them they have two straight with Dallas coming up.|
|9 (11)||1-0-2 5 pt.||Undefeated? Yes. Playing great in the process? Not exactly. They’ve gotten lucky so far in their results. Defensively they are getting a bit better though. I still want a consistent effort for 90 minutes before I rate them higher. We’re getting there though.|
|10 (8)||0-2-1 1 pts.||Will Ade Akinbiyi really be any better for the Houston offense? Here’s to wishing they had sucked it up and paid the money for a good striker in the offseason.|
|11 (14)||1-2-0 3 pts.||It looks like they found their offensive a bit here. Good thing too because I still don’t think they are scaring anyone with their defense. Sure they got the shutout but San Jose’s pathetic attack was more of the cause of that.|
|12 (7)||1-2-0 3 pts.||How can you go from scoring three goals in 15 minutes to only getting one shot on goal? Seriously how? The effort just wasn’t there and if it keeps up this won’t be a contender at all.|
|13 (10)||0-1-1 1 pts.||I honestly think that was one of the worst defensive performances against Colorado that I’ve ever seen in 14 years of watching this league. Now the question will be is Gregg Berhalter goin to be enough to help this defense out?|
|14 (12)||0-2-1 1 pts.||This club looks a lot like the club we saw a year ago. And my friends that is not a good sign.Their new additions better make their impacts quickly or this could get out of hand before summer hits.|
|15 (15)||0-3-0 0 pts.||Speaking of getting out of hand, this club continues to spin in the wrong direction. Sad part is the blame isn’t all going to GM Michael Hitchcock for the player signings this year like before, a lot of them will go to Schellas Hyndman. I think he is finding out the pro game is mighty different from the college game.|