MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 21, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 14

As you all saw I missed last week’s Power Rankings while I was out on vacation. In a way this is a combination of week 13 and 14.

A decent amount of movement in the middle and the bottom in this week’s rankings. The Eastern Conference continues to make matters complicated here in the rankings as it is full of clubs just bunched together here. The Western Conference on the other hand is fairly simple to figure out, either you’re good or you’re not.

Here is where we stand with everything though.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 9-2-7 34 pts. Nice to see the full team putting in a strong effort against the defending champions when their big names were out (Donovan, Ricketts and Beckham).
2 (2) 8-4-4 28 pts. They provided a stinker against Kansas City a week ago but came back with a win at Chivas. Brek Shea continues to climb the charts with his sixth goal of the season. Don’t players usually decline a bit after signing a long-term deal? Not Shea.
3 (4) 6-4-7 25 pts. Late goals like Fredy Montero’s can spark any club. With a big home strech coming up look for the Sounders to continue to put pressure on LA and Dallas in the standings.
4 (3) 6-3-4 22 pts. Confidence just isn’t there for this club right now, plus, they kind of got screwed by the refs on that Charlie Davies dive. Only DC homers will tell you that was a PK.
5 (6) 5-2-8 23 pts. No reason in the world Thierry Henry should have gotten that red card. Fact remains the Red Bulls are starting to get stronger again here which is very dangerous for the rest of the Eastern Conference, which continues to look very weak.
6 (5) 6-4-4 22 pts. So is the club back to those lovely 1-0 games here? Sure feels that way except for dropping points in Vancouver this time. I still wonder when Sebastien Le Toux will catch fire this season. If he doesn’t I suppose he’ll just be a one-hit wonder?
7 (7) 5-4-7 22 pts. Hard to believe the 10-game suspension for Brian Mullan is over. Not like it mattered against LA though as the Rapids were cleaned out of their place by the Galaxy.
8 (10) 5-4-6 21 pts. Hey I guess their DP Andres Mendoza can score after all. I got a feeling this could be a club that just sneaks into one of those three automatic bids from the Eastern Conference into the playoffs this season..
9 (9) 5-6-3 19 pts. No way on earth they were going to win in KC in my books. They kept it close though but a big test with LA awaits this week. A win there will help elevate them into the playoff discussion here.
10 (8) 4-6-5 17 pts. I’m starting to think that this Chivas squad is just a couple players away from being a contender here. Their no pushover here but they certainly lack that little element in the end to beat quality teams.
11 (11) 4-5-5 17 pts. Swimming along with another road draw against a tough Western Conference foe.
12 (13) 5-5-4 18 pts. The trade for Jack Jewsbury continues to be an impressive one. Portland would be a much weaker team without him.
13 (12) 4-5-6 18 pts. The Dynamo have won once in their last nine. I probably should have dropped them a few pegs lower then. Maybe next week.
14 (16) 3-6-4 13 pts. Unbeaten in their last five an buckets of home games on the menu make me think this club could have some life in them after all. As weak as the Eastern Conference it wouldn’t shock me to see them pass up some teams here.
15 (15) 2-4-9 15 pts. Unbeaten in their last five but still aren’t finding ways to win games just yet.
16 (14) 3-7-6 15 pts. With five of their next six on the road, I don’t see things getting any brighter for the Revs here.
17 (18) 2-6-8 14 pts. The 14-game winless streak is over for the Caps. This club is slowly turning it around under Tom Soehn.
18 (17) 2-5-7 15 pts. A decent draw against New England looks like anicent history when Fredy Montero scored a late goal when the Sounders were down to 10-men.