2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 10, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 5, Features

Another strong week of movement in the Power Rankings here on WVHooligan.com. The tier system continues on as well as several clubs make the jump up a tier while one club edges their way closer to another tier below.

I know I am still holding on to some clubs in some spots instead of going more off the actual standings here. Just how I am doing it this season folks. Give it some time.

Anyways, here is how I see things after Week 5 in MLS.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 5-1-0 15 pts. Two home wins this week sets up a massive match with KC this weekend. Its really 1a and 1b going in my mind, winner becomes early season Supporters’ Shield favorite.
2 (2) 5-0-0 15 pts. Nice win at home against LA. Their match with Salt Lake won’t be as easy but certainly a win there gets them to the top of the mountain for me.
3 (3) 2-1-1 7 pts. Solid road draw in DC. Nothing great to write home about but nothing too drastically bad to comment on either.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (7) 2-1-1 7 pts. A late game-winner against New England gives this team a massive boost. They host Montreal this weekend in a game that should help them continue on up the standings.
5 (8) 4-1-0 12 pts. Really liking what I am seeing out of this club. Next win and I think they find themselves up another tier.
6 (6) 2-1-0 6 pts. Unbalanced schedule makes this no fun. At least their home opener is rapidly approaching.
7 (5) 3-2-0 9 pts. Tough road loss at Salt Lake but on all honesty they were dominated in that game.
8 (4) 1-3-0 3 pts. With all that talent and three losses they should be further down, I get it. One more loss and they will be, I just keep holding on to the belief that they are much better than they appear.
9 (10) 3-2-0 9 pts. Impressive stuff yet again from these guys. I think we’ll truly know if they are for real this weekend when they play San Jose and their tough defense. Last three weeks have been too easy for Thierry Henry and company.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
10 (9) 2-1-2 8 pts. Their defense was due to give up some goals though I still believe they are a solid team here but they have to get that offense going before long.
11 (11) 1-1-1 4 pts. Another off week. Bummer.
12 (14) 1-2-2 5 pts. After one big out burst at home, United follows it up with a stinker that leads to a nil-nil draw.
13 (13) 2-2-0 6 pts. Got spanked. Simple as that.
14 (12) 1-3-1 4 pts. Another home loss is making this club look more like an expansion club than anything else.
15 (15) 2-3-0 6 pts. Tough loss in Dallas at the end of that match. Honestly the road was not as kind to them as it was the week prior, this club just ran out of steam late.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
16 (18) 2-3-0 6 pts. Another big win on the road. I like the toughness this club is showing but honestly, it is time for them to get it done at home too.
17 (19) 1-4-1 4 pts. Historic first wins are nice but historic first road wins may be even better if they can make it two in a row in Dallas this week.
18 (17) 0-3-1 1 pts. No game but unlucky for them those around them did better this week.
19 (16) 0-4-0 0 pts. Yeah, its back to the cellar for this group.


  • Apr 10 2012
For Seattle the draw is "nothing too bad" but for DC -- missing Najar, McDonald and Hamid -- it's "another stinker"? Hmmm...
  • Apr 10 2012
Seattle is just 2-1-1, not 2-1-2.  They've only played four games so far.