2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 27, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 3, Features

Boy Week 3 sure was interesting in MLS now wasn’t it? Some of the bottom teams got their first wins of the season while a couple teams at the top of the order stumbled.

One thing to be clear, it’s March, it’s early and we don’t know a ton just yet. I didn’t do a ton of moving around this week with all the shake ups. Sporting KC moved up to the top tier but with a bit of caution considering they’ve beaten two clubs that were weak and one that was vastly depleted. Still, I do believe they are worth moving up here.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (3) 2-0-0 6 pts. After getting pounded with chances early by Houston, the Sounders took a 10 minute run and never looked back. Are they the class of the league? Maybe, but they certainly made their case on Friday.
2 (1) 2-1-0 6 pts. Calling the home loss to Chivas fluky seems about right. Its one game and I’ll give them a slight pass for it. Felt they deserved much better.
3 (2) 1-1-0 3 pts. Off for the week, got a bump down but still in the top mix.
4 (4) 3-0-0 9 pts. Welcome to the top tier KC. While you didn’t move up in the rankings in my mind, they did deserve a notch up in the tier system. Let’s be honest though, they beat a very undermanned Dallas squad that was missing a ton of key players. Take away the late game-winner and they wouldn’t be moving up in my mind.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (5) 1-1-1 4 pts. Tough week without Brek Shea, Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira and Carlos Rodriguez. At one point they were playing with five defenders and three defensive midfielders. You can’t expect a ton of offense from tha but with limited depth in the attacking part of the field right now, it’s what Schellas Hyndman is dealing with.
6 (6) 2-1-0 6 pts. Looked good for the most part but that 10 minute stretch did them in when it was all said and done. Unlucky deflection and a PK marked an ugly turn of events on Friday. I still feel they are better than expected here.
7 (7) 2-1-0 6 pts. Playing without two key midfielders was always going to do them in against a hungrier New York team.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
8 (10) 1-0-1 4 pts. Dominic Oduro scores yet again for the Fire. I’m liking this club so far here, I think they are a win (maybe two) from moving up here.
9 (8) 2-0-1 7 pts. Surprised to see a 0-0 draw out of this bunch but shouldn’t be surprised by the growing pains this group is going through here.
10 (9) 1-1-1 4 pts. Tough loss and really this club is better than the result. I’d expect better out of them when they return home.
11 (13) 2-1-0 6 pts. Very impressive win on the road for the Quakes. Chris Wondolowski continues to prove he is a beast while the Quakes midfield is showing they aren’t too shabby. I still need more consistentcy out of this bunch before I really jump on the bandwagon though.
12 (14) 1-2-0 3 pts. There is the offense we expected. Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper both showed up but it was having Wilman Conde and Rafa Marquez back in the lineup that made a big difference.
13 (15) 1-1-0 3 pts. Nice win at home against Montreal but nothing that really jumped out at us here.
14 (10) 0-2-0 0 pts. Guess it is going to be more of the same out of this bunch – that is at least until the CCL run is over.
15 (16) 0-2-1 1 pts. Missing a couple young players and managed to get a draw on the road isn’t bad. But not showing up offensively yet again makes matters worse.
16 (12) 0-3-0 0 pts. Time to push the panic button? Let’s get to 0-4-0 before we do that.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
17 (17) 1-2-0 3 pts. Nice early goal that leads to the win but just too bad they had to play defense for 89 minutes afterwards. Still, its something out of this club.
18 (19) 1-2-0 3 pts. Nice win on the road for this club. I don’t think this result offers up a ton though as there are still plenty of issues all over the field. At least we know Dan Kennedy is back in form and that rookie Casey Townsend could be a front-runner for ROY.
19 (18) 0-2-1 1 pts. It was really only a matter of time before they found their way back to the bottom of the pile.
  • David

    I think you have the wrong comment posted for DC. Looks like it’s last week’s Crew assessment.

    • Thanks David. Thought I had it all filled out…good catch.