MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 10, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 8

With plenty of games and most of them ending in a draw, the Power Rankings didn’t see a whole lotta movement. As expected though Real Salt Lake returned to the top of the mountain but boy did their 1-0 win over Chivas USA come at a price. The loss of Javier Morales will be very tough to overcome, hopefully he pulls through fine and recovers quickly.

Most teams moved in the middle due to Houston’s rough week. Other than that I just had little reason to move a lot of clubs more than a spot. That’s just how things go sometimes.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (2) 5-1-0 15 pts. The one win of the year that will feel like a total loss. The loss of Javier Morales won’t make matters easier with New York and LA on the rise here. Fans should trust in Jason Kreis and company though, they’ll figure out something to keep on going here.
2 (1) 4-1-2 15 pts. Thought they looked decent at LA but really felt the Galaxy took it to them more than they took it to LA. Maybe getting the early goal did that to them or something here but LA really gave a solid blueprint on how to do well against this club.
3 (2) 4-2-4 16 pts. Defensively they’re fine in my opinion, but their offense still isn’t scaring people. Plus, Bruce Arena has to find a way to get his guys to stop worrying about the refs so much. Its causing more problems than anything else for them right now.
4 (4) 4-2-1 13 pts. Can’t fault them for losing at Portland. I really can’t even though their offense disappeared for a large part of the game. Still, their defense is solid and continues to impress.
5 (5) 3-3-4 13 pts. Tough loss at DC but bounced back for a point in Columbus against a really tough Crew defense. Fredy Montero is starting to come into form here which is exactly what they need going forward with Steve Zakuani and O’Brien White down.
6 (7) 3-1-4 13 pts. Hard to believe it but they are tied for second in the Eastern Conference right now and are on a seven-game unbeaten run.
7 (8) 3-3-2 11 pts. The Dallas defense continues to get better. Not sure where exactly the attack went though. Oh wait, I know, having Brek Shea back in defense was the reason.
8 (10) 4-3-1 13 pts. I really believe this is as high as I can go here with the Timbers. No matter how many games they win at home, I can’t bring my self to go higher than this until they win a game on the road. Even if that said game is in San Jose, Chicago or against Chivas.
9 (9) 4-3-2 14 pts. Four points in the week should have moved them up but it didn’t for me. I just couldn’t bring myself to doing it. Don’t ask why.
10 (12) 3-4-2 11 pts. Gotta think they thought they deserved three points against FC Dallas. At least they have the Seattle win to hang their hats on for the week.
11 (6) 3-3-3 12 pts. Young keepers have their issues and Tally Hall certainly had a week to forget. I’m not entirely sure how this club went from unbeaten in six to pathetic in two.
12 (11) 3-5-2 9 pts. Playing the majority of the game down two-men and nearly coming away with a road point was pretty impressive for Robin Fraser’s squad. Now the club awaits the decision on Marcos Mondaini’s suspension.
13 (13) 2-3-4 10 pts. I guess we’re back to not creating on offense again here. I think it’s just going to take time for Benny Feilhaber to really get going here. Remember his only game that was positive was against a KC defense that is awful.
14 (14) 1-4-1 4 pts. Only four more road games to go here. Next stop, a trip against the Galaxy.
15 (15) 1-3-4 7 pts. Defensively they are getting better but still the issue remains in the midfield and in the attack. Neither are doing nearly enough to keep this club competitive.
16 (16) 1-4-2 5 pts. Tough break while in the bye week, one of the lone bright spots for them this season, Simon Dawkins will be out for two months with a calf injury. Ouch.
17 (17) 1-4-4 7 pts. On the plus side, they get their first road point in MLS. On the down side, they are still winless in eight games now.
18 (18) 2-3-4 10 pts. Joao Plata may be the answer afterall for Toronto. Still, I’m holding out on moving them until I see more consistency out of this club.
  • I thought RBNY looked great considering their most important linking player was out with an injury.

  • Dave

    Wow. How is TFC still at the bottom of your rankings? You’re the only power rankings I’ve seen with them still at the bottom.

  • Tim

    I agree with keeping TFC at the bottom, and im a TFC fan.

    TFC is horribly inconsistent, and need a few more games to gel…and continually pray that Santos stays healthy.

  • Yeah, but horribly inconsistent is at least better than consistently bad (read: SKC, San Jose, Chicago, and Vancouver)!

  • You can’t fault Philly for losing at Portland, yet you don’t credit Portland for winning. I wonder why they even bothered to play that game?

  • ViperLA

    I must be in the minority in terms of how good the play was in the LAG v RBNY match. I didn’t think either squad played that well. Both had chances and both did not capitalize on those chances. LAG still needs work on the backline as RBNY took them apart. Overall, I think the officiating once again had a major factor in how this game was played overall. The USSF refs have and always will ruin the pleasurable experience of attending an MLS match. Just in case you wonder about my rant of USSF and the pathetic display of officiating that marches out onto the pitch each and every MLS match, I am a season ticket holder and attend every MLS match.

  • actually I really like the rankings you have, they’re pretty spot on