MLS Power Rankings: 2011 Week 7

MLS Power Rankings: 2011 Week 7

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 3, 2011
  • 3 Comments
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 7

Another week is in the books here. Week seven showed a fair amount of movement as clubs begin to separate themselves a little more. I think we’re definitely starting to get a top group of clubs or contenders if you will. While in the middle there are a hand full of clubs that will likely be hunting for a wild card birth later on this season.

Then you have the bottom pile of teams. For some reason that list continues to grow each week. With all the moving around there still is a good chunk of clubs stuck in the middle though but this week definitely helped shift some of those clubs out a bit.

I do have a new number one this week but I still think RSL is probably the better choice. I knocked them down a peg due to the road loss at Portland and for New York’s impressive three game unbeaten run and their shutout streak that is going on too. Hard not to ignore that. RSL is neck and neck with them though for me.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (3) 4-1-2 14 pts. Fair to say that their three straight shutouts have been pretty impressive. Kansas City made them work for it but once again their defense was true to the test.
2 (1) 4-1-0 12 pts. Not the best week for RSL but I still consider them a strong contender here. Now that the CCL hangover is out of the way they can get back to doing what they do best. I’m sure they’ll start on a new unbeaten run and get back to the top here.
3 (2) 4-2-3 15 pts. Tough not to get a result Sunday in Frisco. I think the rain delay did more damage to their play than anything else. They were pressing late before the game was suspended.
4 (4) 4-1-1 13 pts. Going a man-down for 45+ minutes and finding a result has to put a smile on Peter Nowak’s face. Still another 1-0 win won’t excite too many folks outside of Philadelphia. But do you think the Union really care about that? Nah.
5 (5) 3-2-3 12 pts. Emotional day Saturday and I thought the Sounders and their fans handled it with class. The win over helpless Toronto was nice too.
6 (7) 3-1-3 12 pts. Will Bruin gets the rookie hat-trick and the Dynamo looked very good against D.C. Biggest thing to note is their midfield is finally producing results, which is helping their defense stay strong and their offense score.
7 (8) 3-1-3 12 pts. Their defense continues to stay compact and strong and their offense finally showed some signs of life. Still, I’m not entirely sold on them here yet but the results are speaking for themselves here.
8 (9) 3-3-1 10 pts. I think I would have moved them up even with a draw after the loss of David Ferreira. Biggest thing to note with this club, since Brek Shea moved back to the left wing, the club has scored six goals and has only given up two. So yeah, he’s worth having in the attack for sure.
9 (6) 3-3-1 10 pts. Getting back on track with a draw was the thing this club needed. That and seeing reserve forward Andre Akpan net a goal while Conor Casey and Caleb Folan sat out with injuries had to put a bit of a grin on Gary Smith’s face.
10 (13) 3-3-1 7 pts. Still gonna say it, Portland may very well go 17-0-0 at home this season. They’ll have to if they want to make the playoffs.
11 (16) 2-2-3 9 pts. Unbeaten in five and on a two game winning streak. Not bad for a club that looked awful early on this season. Seeing better work out of their midfield has been the reason for the sudden shift in production.
12 (10) 2-4-1 7 pts. They’ve conceded a league-worst 16 goals already. Yikes. Half of those have come in the last two weeks. Ben Olsen needs to make some changes in the back, stat!
13 (11) 2-3-3 9 pts. Sloppy work on the defensive side caused the 3-0 loss at Chivas. Still not sure what Shalrie Joseph was doing when he passed the ball back in his own penalty box when Chivas was pressuring.
14 (14) 1-4-1 4 pts. Another loss on the road, but for me they’re defense actually looked better in the 1-0 loss at New York. Now if they can only do it from here out and get their offense scoring at the same time they’ll be fine.
15 (15) 1-3-3 6 pts. A new formation and a draw on the road. Not bad but not great, I just struggle placing them over any of the other so-so teams between spots 10-14.
16 (12) 1-4-2 5 pts. Their lone win at Dallas looks like ages ago. Benching five starters didn’t work and after being a man-up for 45 minutes, the Quakes couldn’t even muster up possession to make it appear that they had the advantage.
17 (17) 1-4-3 6 pts. Things just aren’t looking great for the Whitecaps right now. At least Omar Salgado is getting on the scoresheet here though.
18 (18) 1-3-4 7 pts. Feeling worse each week for Stefan Frei. Can a brother get some help?