MLS Power Rankings: Week 10

MLS Power Rankings: Week 10

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 24, 2011
  • 2 Comments
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 10

We’re finally putting the closing number on week 10. A few changes here and there in this week’s rankings. First up is LA taking over the top spot again. With RSL’s ho-hum of a draw down in Dallas it felt like a proper time to place LA back on top.

The middle got mixed up again here with a couple results this week. Some of you won’t like the fact that I still haven’t moved the Portland Timbers up but I’m still waiting on that first road win to do so. San Jose is also starting to rise up again but part of me thinks they’ll be a lot like Chivas here. Good but not good enough to make that leap over others out West.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (2) 6-1-5 23 pts. The Galaxy didn’t look great against Chivas but they did enough to get three points. Sometimes that is all that matters.
2 (1) 5-1-2 17 pts. With all due respect to this club, their offense has gone completely flat. Until they get Alvaro Saborio out of his funk, it could be a while before they regain the top spot.
3 (3) 4-2-4 16 pts. Defensive errors nearly cost the Red Bulls three points in Houston but Medhi Ballouchy of all people bail them out in the final moments. Wild.
4 (4) 5-3-3 18 pts. More weather madness in Dallas where the defense has been on fire lately, currently sitting at 399 minutes with a shutout. Impressive but a big week looms ahead.
5 (5) 4-3-5 17 pts. Talk about drama. Jeff Parke comes up huge against Kansas City. They’re still doing just enough to get by here.
6 (7) 5-3-2 17 pts. Finally got to two goals in a game for the first time all year. Carlos Ruiz provides a moment of genius for those who doubted him. Don’t worry Philly fans you’ll continue to hate him next week.
7 (6) 4-3-4 16 pts. Hard to get excited over a draw at home to Toronto.
8 (8) 5-3-2 17 pts. Set-piece glory once more for the Timbers. And yes I still struggle with moving them up but I’m getting closer to breaking that rule of mine.
9 (10) 3-4-3 12 pts. A losing effort gets a bump by me here for a change. Chivas probably deserved a point in their SuperClasico meeting.
10 (11) 3-3-5 14 pts. Would-a, could-a, should-a won that one. No other way of putting that.
11 (9) 3-3-4 13 pts. Unlucky at times not to come out of Portland with a point. Still, their set piece marking was awful as a former defender of their’s (Eric Brunner) made them pay for exposing him in the Expansion Draft last fall.
12 (14) 3-4-3 12 pts. The move to get Steven Lenhart is slowly starting to pay off for the Quakes. Two straight games with an A-effort.
13 (12) 3-4-3 12 pts. No game but a bump down? But the good news is Andy Najar won’t be in the Gold Cup for Honduras. That is huge for Ben Olsen’s side.
14 (13) 3-4-4 13 pts. Defensive mistakes are killing this club. I thought they had some quality play in the back but I suppose not.
15 (16) 2-4-6 11 pts. A well deserved draw in Colorado. I wouldn’t sleep on this club just yet either, especially if they can get a top-flight striker in this summer.
16 (15) 1-4-5 8 pts. Just how much longer can this club keep Carlos de los Cobos here? It keeps getting worse.
17 (17) 1-5-5 8 pts. Whitecap fans hope the week off will help them win in Toronto come Wednesday night and punch their ticket to the CCL.
18 (18) 1-6-1 4 pts. Hey at least Teal Bunbury will be around during the Gold Cup.