WVH Power Rankings: Week 18

WVH Power Rankings: Week 18

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 3, 2010
  • 2010 Power Rankings, 2010 Week 18, MLS Power Rankings

Forgive me for a second as yesterday I never got to a weekend recap. Work schedule and just an overall lack of time on my part played the reasons this week. I tired to make up for it with the power rankings though by giving a little more than I usually do but still its not nearly as much as I normally would do. I know I’ve slacked!

Anyways, the league was back on a full slate this week which caused some movement as one would expect. A couple big upsets caused a big chain of movement up top as we have a new number one this week. I think the last week and a half for LA has really opened the doors for other clubs to move in on them. While I still see them winning the Supporter’s Shield this season RSL, Columbus and possibly Dallas or New York will certainly make it interesting for them.

But the movement near the middle is also getting interesting. Teams like Seattle, Chivas, and Chicago are starting to play better while Toronto, Colorado, and San Jose take a dip.

I think the Fire have something really going nicely now as they’ve figured out who to start in goal with Sean Johnson. He may only be a rookie but he’s already shown he’s better than Andrew Dykstra in goal. The Fire are definitely a team worth watching as we head into the stretch run of the season.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (3) 10-4-4 34 pts. It had to happen eventually but with the recent decline in the Galaxy’s play, RSL picked a good week to dominate at home. Now the question comes, can they seriously catch the Galaxy atop the conference/league? I think they can.
2 (1) 12-3-4 40 pts. Ugly 10 days or so for the Galaxy and Bruce Arena. It looks like more folks have figured out their defense. They’ve given up more goals this past week than we had seen all year.
3 (2) 10-4-4 34 pts. Watching part of the game against Chivas made me wonder why on earth did the Crew pass up drafting guys like Blair Gavin for Dilly Duka and Bright Dike (who’s no longer in the league).
4 (4) 6-2-9 27 pts. Ugly draws on the road aren’t the worst thing for this side but they need three points to catch up to LA and RSL at this point.
5 (5) 8-6-3 27 pts. One thing we know is their offense is geting better thanks to Thierry Henry. One has to wonder what Rafa Marquez will do for their defense though. Based on the success or lack there of for Mexican players in MLS over the years you have to hope he’s more like a Blanco here than a Dullio Davino.
6 (9) 7-8-4 25 pts. Things sure are turning around in a hury for Sigi Schmid’s team. Dumping Freddie Ljungberg is part of it but getting their offense clicking again is the big deal here. The trio of Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero and Blaise Nkufo may be one of the best in the league. They don’t have games in hand over anyone but getting results matter.
7 (7) 6-5-5 23 pts. Gary Smith’s side has kind of fizzled out recently. They’re still a quality defensive side but until their offense gets going they will continue to get passed by in the standings if they aren’t careful.
8 (10) 5-5-5 20 pts. Nery Castillo and now Ljungberg? Wow, what a week for the Fire. Mix those two in with Marco Pappa, Patrick Nyarko and Brian McBride and you have one heck of an offense. But the bigger story is the play of rookie Sean Johnston who has finally stepped in the role of starting keeper. About freakin’ time he got the chance to take over.
9 (6) 6-6-5 23 pts. Their troubles on the road continue but really when you can’t score you can’t expect to win. Their new DP Mista isn’t impressing anyone just yet. He needs to show he’s worth the DP tag here.
10 (8) 6-5-5 23 pts. Another side slowing down here at the worst possible time to. Injuries are piling up as well.
11 (13) 5-9-3 18 pts. Their new additions mixed with their young guns in the midfield are making this into a very dangerous side.
12 (14) 5-8-4 19 pts. Teal Bunbury was brought up slowly to start the year but boy is he ever flurishing now. Its fun to watch. The Wizards are looking up as well, but is their recent form going to be enough to push them up the standings? It won’t be easy.
13 (11) 5-7-5 20 pts. Edged out a draw against New York at home but things could be looking up for this side as Geoff Cameron may be getting back to full health here soon.
14 (12) 4-9-3 15 pts. Decent draw in Philly against the expansion Union. One has to wonder if these two new guys coming in soon will be any bit of help to save their season here.
15 (15) 4-8-3 15 pts. Still doing pretty well at home but draws only go so far in the standings.
16 (16) 3-12-3 12 pts. Just looked pathetic in Salt Lake this past weekend. Can we finally call their season over? Please?
  • Kaiser

    Way to beat the Galaxy D is with speed on the counterattack. Other than that they are usually organized and disciplined with one of the best keepers in the league backing them up. Now teams have seen how to beat them. I think they need to try a quicker center back next to Omar. Berhalter is a class guy with great leadership, but he can get beat by speedy players. Would like to see Arena try a Dunivant-Gonzalez-De la Garza-Franklin backline against teams with speedy forwards.