MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 20, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Power Rankings, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 27

Another week down, another week with the top clubs remaining on top. The playoff race in Major League Soccer is certainly hotter than it has ever been.

I’ll keep the intro nice and sweet too. Here’s how I see things after this week.

Team Rank Record (W-L-T) Comments
1 (1) 16-3-10 58 pts. Goals coming from everywhere with this club. Only a few more points and that second straight Supporter’s Shield is their’s.
2 (2) 14-6-9 51 pts. A big win but a big loss against DC. Mauro Rosales hurt his MCL and the club is still waiting to say how long he’ll be out.
3 (4) 14-7-6 48 pts. Four straight wins after a time when they looked almost dead in the water. With games in hand, RSL is making good use out of them. They can pass Seattle but can they catch LA?
4 (3) 13-9-7 46 pts. The club has hit a wall in a big way. I still believe they are a contender here but they need a spark to get them back on track. Maybe having Brek Shea out for a week will be that spark.
5 (5) 10-9-10 40 pts. Not everyone can win in Salt Lake. With dates against Philadelphia and Columbus coming up, the Eastern Conference will literally go through them here before the playoffs.
6 (8) 9-7-12 39 pts. A big win for the Union here as their winless run ends and their playoff dreams seem back on course.
7 (7) 11-10-8 41 pts. They got the wild draw in the midweek, which is oddly enough the only thing keeping them here. Without Chad Marshall this club suffers so much in the back.
8 (6) 10-9-11 41 pts. I guess I can go back on saying this club won’t repeat as MLS Cup champions again. Just no gas left in the tank and the injuries are piling up left and right.
9 (10) 9-7-11 39 pts. Four point week looks good on the Dynamo, but a big test in Dallas looms. Can they finally score a road win?
10 (11) 10-12-6 36 pts. Still in the hunt but they’ll need to continue to finish off things at home and have a bit of luck elsewhere.
11 (9) 8-8-10 34 pts. United has games-in-hand on everyone at the moment. Two huge ones this week as they play Chivas USA. A loss there could end their hopes.
12 (13) 7-6-15 36 pts. Gritty win by the Red Bulls. I don’t think they are out of the water just yet but they are definitely back in the thick of things.
13 (12) 7-12-10 31 pts. Without Health Pearce this club has no playoff hope.
14 (14) 6-12-12 30 pts. Ten points out of a possible 15 in their last five games. Not bad. Just too little too late.
15 (16) 5-8-15 30 pts. Never thought I would see the day that Dominic Oduro would be a 10-goal scorer in one season.
16 (15) 5-12-12 27 pts. Elimination is on the horizon for the Revs. I think after this season it is time to move on from Steve Nicol.
17 (17) 6-11-11 29 pts. Same as New England, just incert Frank Yallop’s name at the end.
18 (18) 4-14-10 22 pts. Just a typical expansion team. Not other way to put it.