WVH MLS Power Rankings, 2012: Week 1

WVH MLS Power Rankings, 2012: Week 1

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 13, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Power Rankings, 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 1, Features

Week one is in the books for Major League Soccer. I’ll have my week’s recap up later this morning over at SBNation.com.

Here is how I see things after week one. I’m sticking with my tiers for the season, that seemed to go over pretty well last week in the preseason rankings.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (2) 1-0-0 3 pts. Excellent way to start the season, get a big three points in LA. Part of it was gifted to them by an own-goal but they were strong in the final 10 minutes to earn the three points.
2 (1) 0-1-0 0 pts. I know most will think they need dropped a few more pegs than this but for me it wasn’t all dreadful for the Galaxy. The schedule stinks for them right now but give them a few weeks and they’ll be winning consistently. RSL just exposed what we knew would be the weakness of this side, the defense.
3 (3) 0-0-0 0 pts. No league games this past week but they looked pretty good in the CCL against Santos Laguna. Big test this week as they travel to Mexico before heading back to the States for their league opener.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (4) 1-0-0 3 pts. C.J. Sapond proved he does not believe in sophomore slumps as he gets a late header to beat D.C. United. Not bad from the first game but this club does have a ways to go before they get up into the top tier for me.
5 (5) 1-0-0 3 pts. Defensively this club looked very strong against New York but the health of the midfield was called into question early with Fabian Castillo going down with a knee injury. Blas Perez and Hernan Pertuz looked very good in their debuts though, very promising stuff.
6 (6) 1-0-0 3 pts. I was shocked it took the Dynamo that long to score on Chivas but they proved one thing for everyone else, you can’t count them out at all.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
7 (7) 1-0-0 3 pts. Controlled the tempo and made the Crew look silly in the opener.
8 (13) 1-0-0 3 pts. Offensively the Caps looked very good. But I was pretty impressed with their defense too, that could be the underrated part of this club this season.
9 (12) 0-0-0 0 pts. Solid start for Portland. The opening 45 wasn’t anything to write home about but they came alive in the second half.
10 (9) 0-0-0 0 pts. No game for the Reds who looked decent against LA in the CCL. I think they killed their chances though with the late Landon Donovan goal though but we’ll find out if they have what it takes to overcome that in LA this week.
11 (11) 0-0-0 0 pts. No game, no movement for the Fire. We’ll see how they do in Montreal this week.
12 (14) 0-1-0 0 pts. Not their best game in the opener at Portland. I’ll give them a bit of a break due to the weather there but their midfield didn’t do a ton to control the game and they allowed Portland to do what they do best and that’s give Jewsbury the freedom to distribute.
13 (16) 1-0-0 3 pts. Another season of as Chris Wondolowski goes, so does the Quakes. Solid effort though I’d like to see more out of their midfield.
14 (8) 0-1-0 0 pts. Dreadful day in the midfield and in the back for Hans Backe’s team. I didn’t think Markus Holgersson had a good debut, and Roy Miller looked out of place against a much quicker Dallas attack.
15 (10) 0-1-0 0 pts. They hate going to Colorado don’t they? Just nothing to show for from the Crew in that one.
16 (15) 0-1-0 0 pts. Left it too late for SKC. Good teams will always find ways to win games while teams like DC will struggle to keep draws. Still very early though with this bunch, I wouldn’t count them out of things just yet.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
17 (17) 0-1-0 0 pts. Couldn’t handle Christ Wondolowski and really they couldn’t muster up a lot up front.
18 (18) 0-1-0 0 pts. Nearly grabbed a late point thanks to the heroics of keeper Dan Kennedy but Houston was always going to score late in that one, Chivas was absolutely terribly the last half hour of that game.
19 (19) 0-1-0 0 pts. A good amount of defensive miscues and midfield mess for Jesse Marsch’s debut. Plus his club’s offense was no where to be seen really.