MLS Power Rankings: Week 20

MLS Power Rankings: Week 20

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 2, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 20

July is in the books for 2011 and now MLS shifts towards a busy August. Week 20 in Major League Soccer was an interesting one that had plenty to talk about outside of the league slate of games.

We had some movement this week near the top and in the middle. It seems like every couple weeks I continue to have to flip Toronto and Vancouver around at the bottom but I have a feeling Vancouver is going to probably be at the bottom of the table for a good portion of the remaining part of this season.

Anyways, here is where things stand for me after week 20.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 12-2-9 45 pts. A big win to push their unbeaten run to 14 games. Now a huge test awaits them this weekend when Dallas comes to town. LA should be fresher for that one too as Dallas as an important CCL game in the midweek.
2 (2) 12-5-6 42 pts. A grueling week on the road with travel issues and hostile environments to deal with but Dallas pulled it off and won in El Salvador and again at home against Chivas.
3 (3) 10-5-8 38 pts. I’m going to let the loss in Houston slide but last week was definitely a bad week for the Sounders. They should turn it around though soon enough.
4 (4) 9-4-6 33 pts. Just as quickly as they were getting back into the top three race in the West they stumble at home to Columbus. Just a lack of intensity (until after the whistle blew when Fabian Espindola tried to go after Julius James) all across the pitch from Jason Kreis’ side.
5 (7) 9-5-7 34 pts. Its no longer a non-sexy way of doing things in Columbus. Somehow the Crew just get it done and that’s okay. Plus, where has this impressive effort been from Robbie Rogers all year? Easily his best game in ages.
6 (5) 8-5-7 31 pts. The Carlos Ruiz era is over and done with and it’s all the fans fault according to Peter Nowak. Too bad he can’t blame his defense on the fans too, they were terrible against Colorado.
7 (6) 6-6-9 27 pts. The unbeaten run continues, just barely. Still something seems “off” about this club that they can’t do better than a draw against teams like New England at home. With the long home stretch on their schedule here they have to put teams away.
8 (8) 6-5-12 30 pts. No sense in moving them down or up right now but it was a nice win for the Red Bulls over in London. Time to put that trophy in the cabnet and move on though as Houston, KC and now DC are all on the Red Bulls tail.
9 (9) 8-6-10 34 pts. Colorado took a page out of Dallas’ book on how to beat the Union. Have a gritty veteran control the midfield and use tons of speed to pressure their back line.
10 (11) 6-7-7 27 pts. It really felt like we were watching the Dynamo of a couple years ago over the weekend. Strong defensive effort with Brian Ching picking up two goals.
11 (12) 6-6-8 26 pts. Don’t look now but DC is starting to resemble a playoff team in the making here. Road wins like that one in San Jose really speak volumns.
12 (10) 6-8-8 26 pts. Not the best way to begin a five-game road trip, losing in The Oven that is Pizza Hut Park. This stretch of games will really show us if Chivas has what it takes to be a playoff team or not here.
13 (13) 5-7-7 23 pts. More and more this San Jose team looks like one that has absolutely no shot at the playoffs this year.
14 (14) 6-10-4 22 pts. Dropping points at home to Toronto in that fashion has to have the fans worried. Hard to believe that this team hasn’t won a home game since May 21.
15 (16) 4-9-9 21 pts. Another strong road effort but one that they’ll definitely be upset about. Very unlucky not to get three points in KC.
16 (15) 2-6-12 18 pts. So new signee Pavel Pardo won’t be available for a couple weeks according to the club, too bad because they need help fast.
17 (18) 2-10-10 19 pts. Gritty effort by Toronto. Its starting to look like the DP signing of Danny Koevermans is paying off.
18 (17) 3-12-9 15 pts. Tom Soehn’s record as manager of this club is nearly identical as Teitur Thordarson was. Its coaching in some ways but in others its definitely on the players and the lack of quality ones across the board there.
  • K

    Re: NYRB “trophy” — It was a friendly. Their trophy case is still empty.