2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 17, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 6, Features

Another week down in MLS and time for some rankings.

The top two tiers are still where they were a week ago but the bottom tier got a little more crowded in my book. Saying all of that we have a new number one (I know I’m late to that party). Also, San Jose is slowly moving their way into the top tier, I think they are three more points from joining that mix.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (2) 6-0-0 18 pts. Supporters’ Shield runs through them. Simple as that after the 1-0 win over Salt Lake. Still very impressived with their defense here, only one goal given up all season long.
2 (1) 5-2-0 15 pts. Tough loss on the road but this team will still be in the thick of things this season. No doubt in my mind.
3 (3) 3-1-1 10 pts. Gritty win at home over the Rapids. Still need more out of their offense with Eddie Johnson back in the mix but they are getting there.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (5) 4-1-1 13 pts. So much quality with this starting XI. Defensively they are as sound as it gets in MLS, possibly one of the most underrated groups in the league today.
5 (4) 3-2-1 10 pts. Another late winner from this group. I think we’re slowly seeing the old Brek Shea here too, something Dallas fans have to be very thankful for. The team just turned it on late when it mattered most and got the three points.
6 (8) 2-3-0 6 pts. Finally. I’m sure that is what most people are thinking when they saw the result against Portland. It wasn’t pretty for the first 20 minutes but there was little doubt that they would lose once Landon Donovan bagged his first goal of the year.
7 (6) 2-1-1 7 pts. Tough not to get the full game in against the Fire. Still, a point is a point and their long road trip is quickly coming to an end with a winning record.
8 (7) 3-3-0 9 pts. In two of the three losses this season (not counting the NY loss here), the Rapids have been in it until the very end. Oscar Pareja has made his team attractive to say the least here.
9 (9) 3-2-1 10 pts. Against a tough defense this team isn’t nearly the same. They got two quick goals but then were fairly run over by a very talented San Jose squad.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
10 (9) 2-2-2 8 pts. Ben Olsen is slowly but surely getting his club in position to contend here. The offense is starting to click and the defense is getting better by each game.
11 (10) 2-1-2 8 pts. The lone club off in Week 6, they get two big ones in Week 7 though against Salt Lake and Dallas.
12 (11) 1-1-2 5 pts. Tough not to play the full 90 due to rain but it looks like help is on the way offensively speaking with Chris Rolfe returning.
13 (16) 3-3-0 9 pts. Giving credit where it is due, the Goats can play anywhere. And Dan Kennedy is having a MVP-type season so far.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
14 (18) 1-3-1 4 pts. Better in the 1-0 win over the Crew but still nothing amazing out of this club. But in my mind they are closer to the next tier than anyone else below them.
15 (13) 2-3-0 6 pts. I think it will just be that kind of year for this club. Decent but not worth writing home about.
16 (14) 1-4-1 4 pts. Four straight losses has me really wondering about this club. Defensively they aren’t any better than last year, and could be a little worse.
17 (15) 2-4-0 6 pts. Tough break at home to lose a second in a row. I have a feeling this will just be the story of the year for this group, get momentum only to lose it really quickly.
18 (17) 1-5-1 4 pts. They are such a gritty team but at the same time no one is really on the same page. That is why they have five losses so far.
19 (19) 0-5-0 0 pts. Another game, another loss. Only two goals scored this year just isn’t going to cut it.