2011 MLS Power Rankings: Week 1

2011 MLS Power Rankings: Week 1

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 22, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 1

It’s Tuesday so that means Power Rankings here at WVH. Week one is over and done and the rankings begin their jumbled mess. Early on these rankings are always a bit of a crapshoot and I get that. I try to keep these rankings based more than just the results of the previous week though. That isn’t always easy to do but we give it our best shot.

WVH Power Rankings Week 1

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 1-0-0 3 pts. Not a bad week for RSL. Nice win in CCL play followed by a win in the rain on the road in San Jose. When you’re good things just go your way.
2 (2) 1-0-1 4 pts. Juninho’s two wonder strikes were something. The defense looked solid but the finishing in the end caused them not to score more than the two goals this past week. Still, four points in an opening week isn’t a bad thing at all.
3 (3) 1-0-0 3 pts. Seattle was a bit tired in this one and it showed in the end when Juan Agudelo split the defense for the first goal of the season for the Red Bulls. But Thierry Henry missing a PK and his bum hamstring are a big concern for the faithful in Harrison.
4 (4) 1-0-0 3 pts. It is official, the Rapids will be in the discussion in the West this year for sure. They looked very comfortable in the 3-1 win over Portland.
5 (5) 0-0-1 1 pts. David Ferreira had an off-night, while Brek Shea got a red card in the second half. In front of a sellout crowd at Pizza Hut Park it was still a good night for the most part. Kevin Hartman was a beast in goal and the club looked strong on the wings.
6 (11) 1-0-0 3 pts. Omar Bravo shined in his debut. The offense came alive nicely for their first of 10 straight road games.
7 (12) 1-0-0 3 pts. Most underrated newcomer in the league has to be keeper Faryd Mondragon. He calmed a very shaky defense on the road in a place most clubs struggle in.
8 (9) 1-0-0 3 pts. Loads of progress with this club. Are they contenders yet? No, but they certainly look to be on their way to becoming one.
9 (6) 0-0-2 0 pts. Rough week, should they be lower? Sure. But to me, they got a huge hurdle out of the way, playing at home and to immediately going on the road across the country. Plus, they lost to title contenders too. Saying all of that the goals gotta start coming quickly.
10 (14) 0-0-1 1 pts. The Fire showed a lot of heart against Dallas and nearly came away with a win. The draw was a positive result but their finishing in the final third has to get better.
11 (8) 0-1-0 0 pts. Pretty forgettable night for San Jose. Then again RSL does that to just about any club.
12 (8) 0-1-0 0 pts. I thought the striker situation would be better off with their offseason additions but it still seems that Dominic Kinnear has some work to do up top. Plus, I still feel they need a playmaker in the midfield, sure Brad Davis provides a lot on the wings but they need that #10 in the middle of the park.
13 (14) 0-0-1 1 pts. Nice result but let’s be honest the Revs camped on the draw in this one. Still, to get a draw on the road in the opener (in a downpour like Saturday in LA) is not a bad way to kick off a new season.
14 (10) 0-1-0 0 pts. Nice goal from Robbie Rogers off the bench but other than that the defense was exposed and offensively they lacked any sort of punch to keep up with D.C. in the opener.
15 (17) 1-0-0 3 pts. The 4-2 win was nice and they get the bump because of it but I cannot go higher than this point until it becomes a consistent thing. Let’s remember who they just beat at home too. Still, few expansion clubs win in their debut, so kudos to you Whitecaps.
16 (16) 0-1-0 0 pts. Errors in the back proved to be clostly. Still, I view this side to be a little better off that I originally thought.
17 (15) 0-1-0 0 pts. John Spencer’s side got a huge wake-up call in Colorado. They need better ball possession and defending to compete in this league. They proved they are still a work in progress.
18 (18) 0-1-0 0 pts. We know they can score but it still looks like it will be an awfully long season in Toronto.
  • QuakesFan

    I would like to point out a couple things that may be missed in the 1-0 loss that San Jose suffered to Real Salt Lake.

    1. We lost a lot worse last year (3-0) in much better weather.

    2. We have the best SOG/game of any team in the MLS right now (10). Sounders have 11 SOG in 2 games and Colorado and DC both have 8 in 1 game. LA has 8 in 2 games. Of course in the grand scheme of things it’s the ones that go in that matter. But I don’t think our performance was as lackluster as some may feel. Rimando has got to be one of the best goalies out there.