MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 28, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 15

In a way we are at the midway point of the season. Most of the teams are at 17 games while a few others have played more or there are some that have played a few less. Still, it feels like halfway to me.

There weren’t a lot of changes in the top half of the rankings this week. Only a slight flip-flop between a couple clubs. But the bottom half of the rankings saw more movement as a couple teams are bubbling up to the surface while others continue to sink.

Here’s how I see things after week 15:

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 9-2-8 35 pts. Crazy moments seeing Mike Magee go to keeper and then get a shutout. Thing is the Galaxy have to hope the injury to Donovan Ricketts isn’t serious.
2 (2) 9-4-4 31 pts. No Fabian Castillo, no problem. The four goal outburst against Portland was one of their most complete performances of the seasons.
3 (3) 8-4-7 31 pts. Not a bad week, two games and six points (nine points in the last eight days too). Sounders are quickly becoming a big contender in the Western Conference here.
4 (4) 7-3-5 26 pts. It doesn’t matter if it was just Toronto, a big win at home like that should get this team back on course.
5 (6) 7-4-5 26 pts. Hard to believe this second year club hasn’t lost at home yet. While it isn’t always pretty, this club continues to get results.
6 (5) 5-3-9 24 pts. I keep telling people that until they get their goalkeeper situation under control that this team will not win a MLS Cup.
7 (8) 6-4-6 24 pts. Not long after we wrote off Andres Mendoza as a DP bust, he netted his fifth and sixth goals this past week. With that, the Crew are starting to look like a tough team to face here.
8 (7) 5-5-7 22 pts. I’m not completely ready to write off the Rapids here but I do think they’re looking less like a team that will repeat as MLS Cup Champions by the week.
9 (9) 5-5-5 20 pts. It looks as though the offense has died yet again, time to hit a reset button in the form of Chris Wondolowski returning from the Gold Cup.
10 (13) 4-6-5 19 pts. I’m starting to wonder if this club will ever get a road win this season. Still the result at RFK wasn’t bad. Nice to see Brian Ching back on the boards.
11 (11) 4-5-6 18 pts. At some point this team has to make a run right? The trade for Brandon McDonald says a lot about how their defense could change over the next couple of weeks.
12 (14) 4-6-5 17 pts. Still a ways to go but this club hasn’t lost since mid-May. Not bad.
13 (15) 2-4-11 17 pts. The defense is solid but offensively they aren’t doing enough to get three points. They are three ties short of a league record too. Not a good thing though if you ask me.
14 (10) 4-7-5 17 pts. Yup, this team just can’t hold a lead to save their life. A win over Chicago this week could help the situation out but I’m not banking on it.
15 (12) 4-6-5 18 pts. Forth loss in their last five games. Depth just isn’t there for this expansion club at the moment but it wouldn’t be bad for John Spencer to make a couple changes to shake things up.
16 (16) 3-8-6 15 pts. It has just been a bad couple of weeks in New England for the Revs.
17 (17) 2-7-8 14 pts. Jay DeMerit going off yet again with a groin injury didn’t make matters any better in KC for the Whitecaps.
18 (18) 2-5-7 15 pts. Let’s face it, Toronto was never going to win at Rio Tinto Stadium.