2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 3, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 4

Alright, week four was yet another edition of “you don’t know jack”.

My rankings saw a good amount of movement this week too. The tier system may not be loved by all but it makes my brain hurt less in writing these up each week. LA dropped out of the top tier for me and are in real danger of dropping even further down. I think they’re still a strong club but they have to act like one sooner rather than later.

Dallas is also on the verge of dropping down while San Jose is inching toward the second tier. Toronto and Philly joined the bottom group as well this week.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (2) 3-1-0 9 pts. Comeback kids in Portland. Such a fantastic finish to the game against the Timbers. Big week ahead with two home games including a Rocky Mountain Cup clash with Colorado.
2 (4) 4-0-0 12 pts. Should they be number one? Maybe. I see the reasoning with the unbeaten record. I’m still holding out based on who they’ve beaten so far but boy does this club have Supporters Shield written all over them.
3 (1) 2-1-0 6 pts. Weak PK call gave them the loss but the fact remains they missed a lot of chances in this one to get points.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (3) 1-2-0 3 pts. Ugly match against New England see them get bumped down a tier. Really expected more but a week off and a home game should have given this club three points.
5 (7) 2-1-0 6 pts. Another solid win for this bunch. Love the addition of Kamani Hill, he’s already paying off with one goal in his debut.
6 (6) 2-1-0 6 pts. Off for the week so no movement here.
7 (5) 1-1-1 4 pts. Probably should move them further down after the nasty loss on the road to DC. But with home games against New England and Montreal ahead, they have a chance to redeem themselves.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
8 (11) 3-1-0 9 pts. I’ve been entirely too wrong about this club so far, their defense has been very impressive. If they offense can do more than a Chris Wondolowski goal, they will compete big time this season.
9 (9) 2-0-2 8 pts. Hard to believe it but they are one of two unbeatens left in the league (SKC being the other).
10 (12) 2-2-0 6 pts. Lots of goals yet again from Thierry Henry and company but let’s not get too excited about it, they came against an expansion club. Talk to me when they drop more than one on Houston, SKC, Seattle, Dallas, or even Vancouver or San Jose.
11 (8) 1-1-1 4 pts. Still trying to figure out this group but one thing is clear, Dominic Oduro can’t carry them each week. Someone else has to step up.
12 (10) 1-2-1 4 pts. Another tough loss but I must admit, seeing Darlington Nagbe shine like he has so far this season has really made me not focus on the losses but on his growth. Good stuff.
13 (13) 2-1-0 6 pts. Another quiet 1-0 win. Simple but nothing really that great about it.
14 (15) 1-2-1 4 pts. Nick DeLeon appears to be the real deal folks. If they can make it two in-a-row with a home win over Seattle, it will have give this team loads of confidence.
15 (17) 2-2-0 6 pts. The pairing of Clyde Simms and Shalrie Joseph is starting to be a good one. Finally Joseph can be himself in the midfield.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
16 (14) 0-3-0 0 pts. No wins still and only one goal to boot. They get bumped down a tier as well and I see the argument for making them the bottom of the pile. I guess their CCL run is the only thing keeping them here for me, even though it shouldn’t effect this at all.
17 (16) 0-3-1 1 pts. A draw is one thing but one at home isn’t a good enough sign just yet. Amazing how much this club has degressed from last year.
18 (18) 1-2-0 3 pts. Still no offense from this bunch. Not entirely sure there will be a ton to hang their hats on from losing 1-0 at home to KC either.
19 (19) 0-3-1 1 pts. Not gonna get any love when you give up five goals in a game.
  • Appreciate your comments re: NY, but they can only play the clubs on their schedule.  But 9 goals in 2 matches?  A little more love, please.