MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 17, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 9

After the week that saw plenty of draws, week nine brought in a little more bite. With three games on Wednesday and a full slate over the weekend, a few teams saw the chance to move around a good bit in the rankings.

The top clubs are still the same but it looks as though FC Dallas is try to break into the top four. The Red Stripes two win effort this past week saw them jump up the rankings here. With three big games coming up, can they keep their current form up?

As far as the rest of the rankings go, the middle saw some movement while the clubs at the bottom shuffled themselves around a little bit.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 5-1-1 16 pts. Rocky start without Javier Morales, the big test comes this weekend on the road in Dallas though. It could end up being a big defensive battle in Frisco.
2 (3) 5-1-5 20 pts. Landon Donovan quickly moves up the Golden Boot standings and in the process the Galaxy get a four point week.
3 (2) 4-2-3 15 pts. Boy Sunday evening was like watching the Red Bulls defense of two years ago. I’ll say it again, Bouna Coundoul is a big reason as to why this club may not take that next step towards greatness. Watching him miss that goal from Justin Bruan from a tight angle was pretty rough to see.
4 (8) 5-3-2 17 pts. I was reluctant to move them up so much but after a six point week and a beat-down against Philly, it was easy to do so. The offense is beginning to click as Fabian Castillo is starting to prove he was worth the money to be brought in.
5 (5) 3-3-5 14 pts. Pretty sure Kasey Keller will want that free kick back. His indecision cost the Sounders three points.
6 (9) 4-3-3 15 pts. They were probably a bit unlucky not to get three points in D.C. but Gary Smith has to like the fact that despite all the injuries, his club is playing better here. Not pretty but effective enough to see some results.
7 (4) 4-3-2 14 pts. The Union defense finally gave up more than two goals in a game. Being on the road I won’t hold it against them too much but their offense is at the point of pressing the giant red button. Peter Nowak tried a couple different things this past week but saw minimal results in the process.
8 (8) 4-3-2 14 pts. Nice draw in Seattle. However, like John Spencer said last week, this club won’t get the respect it wants until they get three points on the road. I concur with that but I am close to bumping them up.
9 (6) 3-2-4 13 pts. So when the Crew do lose, they lose big (both losses they gave up three goals). Thing is the Crew defense can’t carry the load every week, at some point their offense has to lend a hand, or a foot in this case. Plus, this was a do-or-die game against San Jose, it just wasn’t in the cards for them.
10 (12) 3-3-3 12 pts. Impressive stuff in New York by Justin Braun and company. Robin Fraser has his club headed in the right direction here but a big test looms this weekend against LA. A win there certainly will grab everyone’s attention.
11 (11) 3-3-4 13 pts. Solid draw in Salt Lake but no move for me this week. I’m still waiting to see if this Dynamo club has truly rebounded after two game losing streak from week 8.
12 (10) 3-4-3 12 pts. You can only blame Terry Vaughn so much in a game.
13 (13) 3-3-4 13 pts. A win is a win but over an expansion team at home it’s hard to get real excited seeing how the lone goal came from the penalty spot.
14 (16) 2-4-3 9 pts. Finally a little spark by the Quakes. Getting Chris Wondolowski back on the scoring ways is good to see. The club simply does better with him scoring.
15 (15) 1-3-5 8 pts. After being down two goals on the road, the Fire found a way to get a draw in Toronto. Not bad but not the full effort that will keep Carlos de los Cobos employed for much longer.
16 (18) 2-4-5 10 pts. Joao Plata continues to be the bright spot for this club and even though they only got a point out of this past week, I see that they are miles better than the two below them at the moment.
17 (14) 1-5-1 4 pts. The Sporting defense continues to cough up points for this club. Not even sure if the June opening of their stadium will fix their defensive issues at this point.
18 (17) 1-5-5 8 pts. They’re banged up all over the place but let’s be honest, we expected this out of this expansion club to start the season.