WVH Power Rankings: Week 21

WVH Power Rankings: Week 21

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 24, 2010
  • 2010 Power Rankings, 2010 Week 21, MLS Power Rankings

The heat is up in the MLS playoff race and the results are making things pretty tricky for the Power Rankings too. With mid-level and bottom teams winning games this week and other clubs getting upset it made some changes in the rankings.

I still have RSL at the top but FC Dallas is really putting the pressure on them for the top billing in the league right now. An 11-game unbeaten run is hard to ignore. We also can’t sleep on the way New York looked this past week. They have every reason to make a serious run at things here as well.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 11-4-6 39 pts. Got off to a nice start in the Champions League but a busy week ahead as they head to both Mexico and Canada.
2 (3) 9-2-9 36 pts. Unbeaten in their last 11-games. Brek Shea continues to emerge as a star for Schellas Hyndman’s team. Big test in Columbus awaits them this week.
3 (4) 12-5-4 40 pts. The business really gets underway this week as the Crew travel Mexico then have to come home and host the hottest team in the league in FC Dallas. Getting a couple points in each competition this week will be tough.
4 (2) 13-4-4 43 pts. The loss to San Jose wasn’t pretty but the schedule is still there for Bruce Arena’s bunch to win the Supporter’s Shield.
5 (5) 10-7-4 34 pts. Big time win over Toronto, a team they just have a number on. They’ve also joined the 10 win club too on the year, a big milestone for this group.
6 (6) 8-8-5 29 pts. No movement from me on this side considering how they didn’t have a league game this past week. Tough week ahead though but at least they’re not leaving the country once like others in the CCL.
7 (10) 8-6-5 26 pts. The way to get back in the good graces of your fans is to have a big performance against the league’s top club, Jon Busch did just that.
8 (9) 6-6-6 24 pts. Nice win at home against the Revs but an ugly defensive performance against Houston in the goal-fest loss. Once Sean Johnson got nicked up a bit the game was pretty much over for them against the Dynamo.
9 (8) 7-8-5 26 pts. The playoffs are quickly getting out of their reach. I still believe they have a shot but boy is the light getting a little dimmer.
10 (7) 7-6-7 28 pts. Another club where the playoffs aren’t looking good for them right now. What had been a solid defense is giving up soft goals now, which is not a good thing to do in September and October.
11 (12) 6-9-5 23 pts. Big time win for the Wizards who stay a little bit more alive in the playoff race for another week.
12 (16) 6-10-5 23 pts. The Dynamo nearly threw away a two-goal lead at home but Brian Ching’s hat trick was enough to seal the deal and help end a 10-game slide.
13 (11) 6-13-3 21 pts. Two losses in one week isn’t the way to go. After being back in the hunt they’re nearly dead in the water now for the playoffs.
14 (13) 5-11-4 19 pts. The Goats probably deserved at least a draw in Dallas but when a team is on a roll like Dallas is right now its tough to do anything about it.
15 (14) 4-11-5 17 pts. Couldn’t muster up enough against their rivals from D.C. this time around. Their defensive issue continue to be the theme this season and probably won’t change anytime soon.
16 (16) 4-14-3 15 pts. We could have bumped them up for the win but I still see a gap between them and everyone else down here. Nice that Danny Allsopp decided to score a brace.