WVH Power Rankings: Week 22

WVH Power Rankings: Week 22

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 31, 2010
  • 2010 Power Rankings, 2010 Week 22, MLS Power Rankings

Another week is in the books and the playoff race continues to get tighter and tighter as some clubs surge up the rankings while others continue to waste away with the chances in front of them.

The top remained mostly the same however it saw LA continue its free fall down the list. A big test for two of the top clubs this coming week as RSL hosts New York, that one will definitely be worth watching. The bottom continues to get mixed up each week but the three tiers of the standings is more evident with Houston and New England dropping points this week. I see them now more so in the bottom group with Chivas, Philadelphia and D.C. United.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 11-4-7 40 pts. Rough week for RSL in the Champions League but getting the draw on the road in Toronto was a step back in the right direction.
2 (2) 9-2-10 37 pts. Didn’t look great in Columbus but then again didn’t look terrible there either. They now have the league record for unbeaten games on the road with 10. Not to shabby.
3 (3) 12-5-5 41 pts. The Crew really should have beat Dallas but failed to put away any chances, something that will doom them down the stretch with a streaking Red Bulls squad on their heels.
4 (5) 11-7-4 37 pts. Big test this week to see if this Red Bull squad is indeed legit as they travel to Salt Lake to face the defending champs. A win there and I’d say it’s their MLS Cup to lose this year.
5 (6) 9-8-5 32 pts. 10 goals and nine assists has Fredy Montero firmly on the MVP driver seat right now for me.
6 (4) 13-5-4 43 pts. The one team in the top tier that can’t blame the schedule for their recent troubles. LA has indeed hit a wall and quite honestly I’m not sure they break out of this slump anytime soon.
7 (10) 8-6-7 31 pts. Three early goals were more than enough for Colorado on Saturday but the win should have done enough to get this side back into gear for the playoff push.
8 (7) 8-7-5 26 pts. The Quakes are still a playoff side for now though they’re living dangerously right now with games like that one in New York. Geovanni needs to make his mark sooner rather than later for this team.
9 (11) 6-9-5 23 pts. Somehow when you count KC out they pull a big win on the road like this in LA.
10 (8) 6-7-6 24 pts. A draw went away in the blink of an eye for the Fire who are quickly seeing a playoff spot dash away. Not taking advantage of those games in hand isn’t helping their cause either.
11 (9) 7-8-6 27 pts. Probably lucky to get the draw to RSL. Somehow Toronto looks less and less like a playoff team to me even though they’re ninth in the standings right now.
12 (14) 6-11-4 22 pts. So is Justin Braun going to get a call-up from Bob Bradley this fall? He’s a better, quicker, younger version of Brian Ching in my eyes.
13 (13) 6-12-3 21 pts. Hey they have SuperLiga still to play for, I guess that is something right?
14 (15) 5-11-5 20 pts. I knew I liked the move to get Justin Mapp a couple months ago, nice to see him finally pay off for Peter Nowak’s side.
15 (12) 6-11-5 23 pts. Dominic Kinnear’s side just never showed up on Saturday in Colorado. Yes the red card didn’t help but they were in a deep hole before that happened.
16 (16) 4-15-3 15 pts. At least they still have the US Open Cup to play for.