- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 11, 2009
- 12 Comments
- 2009 Week 21, MLS Power Rankings
Another week is in the books for Major League Soccer. We could have easily seen a new leader in the clubhouse after the way things started off last week but by the end of it Houston remained on top with their win over Chicago.
Don’t look now though because Houston has some serious company behind them in the Supporter’s Shield race in Columbus and even LA or Chicago. With both the Fire and Galaxy not having any more extra matches on hand like the Crew and Dynamo, I wonder which will step up and take advantage of the lighter schedules.
Elsewhere in the rankings this week we have a big mover in Colorado, while Seattle continues to stumble thanks to their lack of offense. Chivas is also stumbling down the tracks with another loss. They haven’t been able to do much in two months here. A big fall from grace really for Preki’s side.
Feel free to discuss these rankings below.
|Team||Rank (Last Week)||Record (W-L-T)||Comments|
|1 (1)||11-6-5 38 pts.||A win and a loss in one week. Their defense is really getting a test right now, just wonder if Dominic Kinnear can do some patch work before their schedule gets real heavy here.|
|2 (2)||9-3-9 36 pts.||Just a classy performance over San Jose on Saturday. They continue to get results without Guillermo Barros Schelotto.|
|3 (6)||7-3-10 31 pts.||Doing well to get results anywhere right now. Is it too early to put this club in the Supporter’s Shield discussion here? I think a case could be made for them here.|
|4 (3)||8-4-8 32 pts.||The soft PK was a tough blow and a bad way to finish the game against Houston. The way things were going the Fire deserved a better result.|
|5 (5)||6-4-10 29 pts.||Held strong for the first 50 minutes or so against Real Madrid but talent always wins out. DC at least put up a fight.|
|6 (4)||7-5-8 29 pts.||Tough to not get a result in Salt Lake but defensively this team is breaking down and offensively things just aren’t clicking for Sigi’s bunch.|
|7 (10)||8-6-6 30 pts.||Look at the stats between Conor Casey (11g, 1a) and Omar Cummings (6g, 10a) this season, how is this club not higher up the standings with those two?|
|8 (7)||7-7-6 27 pts.||Finally, we got some real grass at BMO Field. Sadly enough it didn’t help matters for the Reds against Real Madrid. At least they scored one, better than other MLS clubs can say against Madrid and Barca.|
|9 (11)||7-8-5 26 pts.||If they get the results at home out of their remaining games, RSL could make it interesting out west. Still a lot of ground to gain on those above them.|
|10 (8)||8-7-3 27 pts.||Still in the top eight of the standings but this club is in a free-fall. Thankfully they have two meetings with New York still left.|
|11 (12)||6-9-5 23 pts.||It is looking like Jeff Cunningham is leading this club out of the cellar here, just wonder if it is too little too late for a playoff run.|
|12 (11)||6-6-6 24 pts.||They may have a game or two at hand but they aren’t making much of it right now.|
|13 (13)||5-7-6 21 pts.||Letting go a coach in an off week is a smart thing, gives the players more time to get use to a new coach. Just wonder if it will really do anything to this bunch.|
|14 (14)||4-11-5 17 pts.||After a huge surge in offense this club quickly looked like it’s normal self against Columbus.|
|15 (15)||2-15-4 10 pts.||Really not a lot left to say about this club.|