WVH Power Rankings: Week 26

WVH Power Rankings: Week 26

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 28, 2010
  • 2010 Power Rankings, 2010 Week 26, MLS Power Rankings

We’re nearly done with this 2010 season. Hard to believe it huh? Only a few more weeks left in this year and already we can pretty much see that the playoffs will be the eight teams that are currently in the running for it. Sure a couple others out of contention right now could make a run for it in the final month of the year but the way things have gone lately I wouldn’t count on it.

With that said the weekly power rankings here haven’t changed a whole bunch. LA dropped down a couple spots to give New York and Dallas a chance to move up. The middle remained the same from last week and the biggest mover believe it or not was the Philadelphia Union.

Why the Union moving so much this late in the year? Simple, they’re showing some amazing growth for an expansion team. Peter Nowak has done an excellent job of getting his club ready for the future by not packing in the pressure to win this season. The mix of youth and veterans has been good and lately we’re seeing some quality results because of it.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 13-4-9 48 pts. Nearly slipped up at home to their arch rival but some weird goal box issues paved the way for a late goal to save the unbeaten run at Rio Tinto.
2 (3) 11-2-13 46 pts. Jeff Cunningham will become the league’s all-time scorer by the end of the season, count on it.
3 (4) 13-8-5 43 pts. The biggest thing earned from the win in LA was confidence, this club believes they can beat anyone now.
4 (2) 15-6-5 50 pts. The defensive issues that have haunted this club in the past were back last Friday against New York. Boy do they ever need Gregg Berhalter back.
5 (5) 10-7-8 38 pts. Probably should have come away from Rio Tinto with the win but the Rapids have to do better with the chances they had in that one.
6 (6) 11-9-6 39 pts. What can you say, Blaise Nkufo could very well be the best signing of the middle of the season for any club. His recent production is something to be amazed by.
7 (7) 13-7-6 45 pts. Yes they faught from two back but something about the way this group is playing in league play right now just doesn’t feel right.
8 (8) 11-7-6 39 pts. Chris Wondolowski nets a hat trick but the important thing here is Frank Yallop’s team is going to be a tough out come playoff time.
9 (9) 9-10-6 33 pts. KC just ran out of gas in their week that had three games. Getting two wins was nice but ending it with a dud against Dallas really hurt their playoff hopes.
10 (13) 7-12-6 27 pts. Its been a long season for the expansion kids in Philly but there is plenty of reason to believe this team will become a contender very soon.
11 (10) 8-11-7 31 pts. Their playoff chances have nearly been erased here. Maybe they can make it interesting in the CONCACAF Champions League though.
12 (12) 6-10-8 26 pts. I can’t imagine Carlos de los Cobos staying in Chicago after this season. Then again I can’t imagine the Fire owners keeping him around after this season either.
13 (11) 7-14-4 25 pts. Here’s another club that will see some coaching turnover this off-season. Good thing too because this bunch isn’t cutting it.
14 (14) 7-14-5 26 pts. Two straight games where they blow a 2-0 lead shows exactly what kind of season this has been for Steve Nicol’s team.
15 (15) 7-14-5 26 pts. After dropping a nasty game in KC the Dynamo did bounce back nicely in D.C., which isn’t much but still.
16 (16) 5-18-3 18 pts. Looks like the wooden spoon is their’s this year.