- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 30, 2009
- 10 Comments
- 2009 Week 15, MLS Power Rankings
With so few games this past week there really wasn’t a lot of change in the Power Rankings. Even with some wins for clubs near the bottom of the pack I just couldn’t punish those in SuperLiga play.
The only real movement was near the top-middle half of the order. This was mainly due to Colorado’s two game week that saw them draw Dallas at home (really could have been a loss) and a blowout loss at Seattle. I guess I jumped the gun with the Rapids too soon but I do still see plenty of quality in that club. But they do have company below them in the standings now with how RSL is starting to play. We could see a very good battle for forth in the west, which should end return be a playoff spot when things are all said and done this season.
The west is really strong right now while the east is just a traffic jam from top club to the sixth club. Only New York is out of contention here in the east (and overall for that matter).
Anyways, here is this week’s rankings.
|Team||Rank (Last Week)||Record (W-L-T)||Comments|
|1 (1)||8-3-4 28 pts.||The set-back in LA isn’t going to be a big one. But the next few weeks during the Gold Cup could tell us a lot more about this squad.|
|2 (2)||8-4-3 27 pts.||Didn’t do well in SuperLiga, but let’s hope it doesn’t mean their in-league play will suffer as well. No one has played well enough to jump them right now anyways.|
|3 (4)||5-3-8 23 pts.||No games this past week but they rise due to poor play on Colorado’s part.|
|4 (5)||5-3-6 21 pts.||Advanced in SuperLiga and looked pretty good during the process.|
|5 (6)||6-3-7 25 pts.||Big time win over a conference rival. I’m not totally jumping on board in moving them ahead of DC or Chicago just yet. Still they are holding their own and that is a good sign for this bunch.|
|6 (3)||5-3-6 21 pts.||I gambled and jumped on this club’s bandwagon. A draw to Dallas at home and a blowout loss on the road to Seattle wasn’t a good start. Still this club has the quality to compete.|
|7 (7)||5-3-7 22 pts.||Another one that could have moved up due to a win but honestly a win over New York at home is nothing to get super excited about for anyone this season.|
|8 (8)||6-6-4 22 pts.||Nearly dropped this club but a blowout loss in Salt Lake isn’t the worst thing ever. Not many clubs come out of Rio Tinto looking good. But they absolutely dominated New York in the mid-week so they at least had something to show for this past week.|
|9 (9)||5-5-4 19 pts.||No MLS games this week due to SuperLiga. They weren’t the worst MLS club but they certainly weren’t the best.|
|10 (10)||4-4-4 16 pts.||Hard to believe this club has so many games in hand here. Honestly that’s a reason why they aren’t dropping, plus they looked solid in SuperLiga play.|
|11 (11)||5-6-4 19 pts.||Should they have moved up? Yes, but I do have a tough time buying into this team still even after a 3-0 win over Toronto. Something just feels like it is missing with this bunch.|
|12 (12)||3-3-9 18 pts.||Big time confidence win (without Landon Donovan) over Houston. Donovan Ricketts was a beast in goal too.|
|13 (13)||3-7-5 14 pts.||The game in Colorado should have been a win but this club just doesn’t know how to grind out a gritty performance here.|
|14 (14)||3-8-3 12 pts.||Good win over the Galaxy but not enough to move them up this week. Face it that wasn’t a win to get overly excited about here.|
|15 (15)||2-12-4 10 pts.||Just a brutal week. Two road losses. Of all the moves they should be making they go out and sign Bouna Coundoul. That isn’t going to solve a damn bit.|