2011 MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

2011 MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 19, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 5

Ugh. Yeah, that’s how I feel going into this week’s Power Rankings. After Real Salt Lake at the top of the order it is really a guessing game for any club after number six. There is so much muck in the middle right now that it will just take time before things really separate into three groups like normal here.

I’ve been playing a part of the power rankings recently over at SBNation.com too and the way they do it is in four tiers. For my picks this week I hardly had any teams in the top two tiers. Definitely not enough to fill 10 clubs for the playoffs (second tier is playoff bound, while the third tier is outside looking in).

Anyways, like I said it will just take some time to sort out all of this mess. Below is what I have for this past week, you could really make an argument for any club south of the Sounders in this rankings here to be somewhere else or above/below certain clubs. But once you get to Chicago or New England, I felt pretty comfortable with everything below those two clubs.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 4-0-0 12 pts. Another week, same result. Right now it is RSL’s world and we are just living in it.
2 (3) 3-1-3 12 pts. To be out on the road for three straight and to come away with five points has to be a decent thing for Bruce Arena, especially considering the only win came without starting his three DPs.
3 (5) 2-1-2 8 pts. New York finally opened up on offense against San Jose. What is even more impressive is their backline has only allowed two goals so far this entire season.
4 (2) 3-2-0 9 pts. Two straight losses and shutout both times. No time to worry though if you are a Rapids fan. Both games would have been different had Pablo Mastroeni been healthy enough to play in them. Plenty of soccer to be played here though.
5 (4) 3-1-1 10 pts. Dropping points that late isn’t a good thing but we’re starting to get more out of this Philly attack here. If Danny Mwanga, Sebastien Le Toux and Carlos Ruiz can finally get on the end of more chances, this club will be just fine.
6 (10) 1-2-3 6 pts. The club is moving in the right direction here with another road draw. Plus Sigi Schmid got Fredy Montero back which helped out too to get the game-tying goal against the Union.
7 (11) 2-2-1 7 pts. Charlie Davies leads the league already in goals scored with five. But Ben Olsen should be more happy to see someone like Chris Pontius net a brace.
8 (14) 2-1-2 8 pts. Do I even believe the Dynamo are the 8th best club but scoring a late winner at home is showing growth in Dominic Kinnear’s club. Defensively they’re looking better and they should improve offensively with newcomer Sergio Koke.
9 (13) 2-1-2 8 pts. Do I think the Crew are the 9th best right now? Not a chance but I give credit where it is due, their defense is the reason for their recent success. No goals in 373 minutes. Not bad folks.
10 (6) 1-2-2 5 pts. Their lack of possession is starting to catch up with them. I won’t lie, I’m having plenty of doubts about this club after watching their last couple games here.
11 (17) 2-2-1 7 pts. John Spencer couldn’t have asked for a better week. Two amazing home games and two very solid wins. Now Spencer has to find a way to clamp down on his defense late in games. Giving up four goals in the last 10 minutes of the last two games isn’t positive.
12 (9) 1-3-1 4 pts. It comes to show that if David Ferreira can’t create, this club won’t score. Case and point with the first 80 minutes against Portland. Once Milton Rodriguez came off and Maykel Galindo came on, it was a whole new game for Dallas, one that they nearly got back.
13 (8) 1-2-1 4 pts. A bit surprised their offense didn’t do better against the Crew but can’t be too shocked that they are coming up short on the road here.
14 (7) 1-3-1 4 pts. And just like that Carlos de los Cobos is back on the hot seat. Three straight losses will do that to you, especially when the last one came against a LA squad that was missing a big chunk of their midfield.
15 (12) 1-2-3 6 pts. They did hold Houston scoreless for the majority of the game, even without guys like Shalrie Joseph and Pat Phalen. Still, they need a result at home this week against the traveling show that is Sporting Kansas City.
16 (15) 1-2-3 6 pts. As impressive as their start to the season was, they’ve looked anything but since then. Against a winless club like Chivas they have to do better at home with the chances they had.
17 (16) 1-2-3 6 pts. All the good buzz they had from the LA draw on Wednesday quickly went away when D.C. came in and wacked them 3-0.
18 (18) 0-2-3 3 pts. Do they really need to think about adding someone like Benny Feilhaber to their roster? That should be a no-brainer.