MLS Power Rankings: 2011 Week 2

MLS Power Rankings: 2011 Week 2

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 29, 2011
  • 1 Comments
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 2

Week two is in the books and it is once again time for my weekly power rankings. A lot of movement as it always it around this time of the year. Amazingly most of the clubs at the bottom stayed the same, as did a decent amount of clubs at the top.

I did move Colorado up to number two this week, even though their games have come against the worst two sides so far. I do, however, believe they are worthy of being in the top two. RSL is the obvious choice for number one again this week. Just too damn good.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 2-0-0 6 pts. Absolute domination against LA. Just nothing else to say about that.
2 (4) 2-0-0 5 pts. Another solid performance out of Gary Smith’s club. Sure they’ve beaten the two worst sides in the league to start the season but there is little doubt in my mind that they’ll slow down anytime soon.
3 (3) 1-0-1 4 pts. Gritty performance in Columbus on a day that really shouldn’t have gone their way considering all the back-ups they had to play.
4 (2) 1-1-0 4 pts. Was the result that bad? Yes, but at the end of it LA will be fine. I allow each club to have one awful performance a season, and LA used their’s. The next time I won’t be so nice in the rankings.
5 (7) 2-0-0 6 pts. Don’t look now but the Union are top dogs in the East. The defense is looking solid but the play of keeper Faryd Mondragon is the real reason why they’re doing well so far.
6 (10) 1-0-1 4 pts. The Fire looked good for a half when they went a man up after Omar Bravo’s red card. Thing is the defense didn’t seem nearly as solid as in week one when they allowed a pair of goals.
7 (11) 1-1-0 3 pts. Chris Wondolowski showed he isn’t a one-hit wonder. My worry is who else can score for the Quakes? He’s scored their last 12 regular season goals. Someone else has to step up.
8 (5) 0-1-1 1 pts. A bad 20 minutes caused two Chris Wondolowski goals. Dallas had all the control in the game after that but couldn’t muster a quality chance on goal. Fabian Castillo and Ruben Luna did give a solid glimpse into the club’s future.
9 (13) 1-0-1 4 pts. Another so-so performance that sees a result, a positive one in fact. I’m not ready to proclaim them real contenders here though, still a lot of soccer to be played.
10 (8) 1-1-0 3 pts. Real unlucky performance in New England in the loss. Some worry it was too much like what we saw out of them last season but I kind of figure it was just a bad 20 minutes or so on their part. Plus, the refs were largely terrible in this one.
11 (6) 0-1-0 0 pts. The red to Omar Bravo didn’t help but their defense was exposed left and right in this one. Better teams will rip them apart if they don’t patch things up soon.
12 (10) 0-2-1 1 pts. I really felt they deserved three points against Houston but sometimes that is the way the ball bounces. At least Steve Zakuani got them off the scoring mark here.
13 (13) 0-1-1 1 pts. Positive result though for the Dynamo. Tally Hall was the main reason for that, his big saves were timely and much needed.The midfield needs to step up though in the coming weeks to get the offense going.
14 (14) 0-1-1 1 pts. Pretty disappointed they wasted the chance against New York who were missing a large part of their main roster. Should have gotten three points at home in this one but the offense was no where to be seen.
15 (15) 1-1-0 3 pts. The road show wasn’t great for Vancouver as they let their emotions get the best of them, particuarlly Eric Hassli. The offense died with him off the field.
16 (18) 1-1-0 3 pts. Positive to get three points at home but against an expansion team it doesn’t carry a lot of weight for me.
17 (16) 0-2-0 0 pts. It is just going to be a long year in Chivas-land I suspect. With no playmakers in the midfield, the offense just can’t come alive while the defense is constantly under pressure.
18 (17) 0-2-0 0 pts. The Timbers weren’t bad but then again they certainly weren’t great in Toronto. They did outshoot Toronto but the difference still lies in their defensive problems. The Timbers just lack that one gritty guy in the back that can lead them.
  • Fair to note, that was SKC’s 2nd string defense out there. No Thomas (intl. duty with JAM) Julio Cesar, Sassano or Harrington (injuries) Espinoza was out of position and an untested rookie started at outside back (Lorenz, who didn’t do terrible). But also to be fair, I know the Wizards’ D has a looong way to go before we can be called true cup contenders. Hopefully know more after the bye week (in 2 weeks). Pappa sure did destroy us. I do enjoy your recaps, keep up the good work as always.