MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 7, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 12

When you have a week with ten games and six of those end in a draw (three being scoreless) you end up with little change in the rankings. At least at the top that is. I did move a couple teams around in the bottom half of the rankings.

Just look at the standings for a moment, its a log jam after the top five clubs or so. With the clubs in the Eastern Conference dipping down in play agains their Western brethren, you can see why the clubs out west were dubbed as the stronger of the two going into the season.

Still, a lot left to be played here this season.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 8-2-6 30 pts. Hard to keep the Galaxy on top after that dismal effort against DC. However, 30 points in 16 matches isn’t a bad thing at all.
2 (2) 7-3-4 25 pts. Lovely near-post goal by Marvin Chavez to extend FCD’s unbeaten run to nine games. Their schedule sets them up nicely this month to continue this streak too.
3 (3) 6-2-2 20 pts. Sometimes it doesn’t matter who the goals come from just as long as they are coming in. Point can case to this week’s Player of the Week Jean Alexandre. His goal and assist effort was solid against Vancouver.
4 (4) 5-4-6 21 pts. Should have come away from Toyota Park with three points but sometimes that is how soccer goes.
5 (6) 6-3-2 20 pts. Not playing their best ball but still are getting result is this Union squad. Hey, its good enough for first place in the East.
6 (5) 4-2-7 19 pts. Wow, New York hasn’t won in their last six now. The loss, I mean, draw to Columbus will prove to be a bigger blow to this club than some realize.
7 (7) 4-3-7 20 pts. Six straight ties for Gary Smith’s club. At this point I really don’t know what else to make of them. For now they’re in a holding pattern on the field and in my rankings.
8 (8) 4-4-5 17 pts. Nice week for Chivas, a draw and a win over the expansion teams at home. Why not bump though here? I still think this club has a ways to go before they are in the same discussion as those above them in the West.
9 (13) 4-4-4 16 pts. The Quakes are quietly edging their way back up the standings here.
10 (11) 3-3-6 15 pts. Nice draw in the Big Apple. One that gutted the Red Bulls and possibly gave this club a new bit of life here.
11 (12) 4-4-4 16 pts. They probably should have gotten three points against LA, right now not many clubs can say that.
12 (10) 3-5-6 15 pts. No wins since April. I’d imagine most folks will have this club further down than I do.
13 (10) 5-5-2 17 pts. The road is just a cruel place for this club and so is the standings. With Chivas and San Jose on the rise, the Timbers can only watch their nice run go away as they slide down the standings. If only they were in the East.
14 (14) 3-6-4 13 pts. They had just no offense in Frisco this past weekend. I mean none. I believe they didn’t have a touch in the penalty box until the 80th minute. I’m not even making that stat up.
15 (15) 1-4-7 10 pts. Fire looked better in defense in Frank Klopas’ first game in charge. Still no wins since week 2 make you wonder if this club can get out of this hole that they are in.
16 (16) 1-6-3 6 pts. The 10-game roadie is in the books. Time to go home on Thursday and then to Dallas on Sunday. Short turnaround after an emotional week of playing at home doesn’t sound all that great. Plus you know they only have six points after 10 games. Not exactly good either.
17 (18) 2-5-7 12 pts. Always nice to get a clean sheet at home but seeing Nana Attakora go down can’t be a good thing for this club.
18 (17) 1-5-7 10 pts. Change didn’t exactly change anything. At least for the first week it didn’t. Their winless run now hits 13 games.


  • Jun 7 2011
FYI - the LA Galaxy have 2 losses (RSL & FC Dallas)
    Drew Epperley
    • Jun 7 2011
    Right, wow, I haven't had that right for weeks then.