2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 24, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 7, Features

Another wild weekend in Major League Soccer shifted the landscape a good bit. Week 7 went down as one that saw some streaks end, plenty of goals, plenty of red cards and lots of talking points.

Only a few real big movers this week, Real Salt Lake dipped to the second tier after a second straight defeat. Sure both losses were on the road and one was with a nine-man team for the majority of the game against San Jose but at some point we do have to acknowledge the fact that they have lost three times here.

Also sinking is the Colorado Rapids, losers of three straight.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 7-1-0 21 pts. Tough to see the perfect run come to an end on an own-goal but that is life. KC still has the top record and owns a nice lead on the rest of their conference foes.
2 (4) 5-1-1 16 pts. Raise your hand if you thought San Jose would be a top three team by the end of April? Yeah? Didn’t think so, outside of the Bay Area no one saw this turn around coming.
3 (3) 3-1-1 10 pts. Off for the week and no where to move them.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (2) 5-3-0 15 pts. The losses are adding up for Jason Kreis. They have two games this week and if they stumble in the first game in Dallas (a place they’ve never won at) it could open up some interesting storylines for Saturday’s home game with Toronto.
5 (6) 3-3-0 9 pts. Two straight now and I think this group is finding their groove here.
6 (5) 3-3-1 10 pts. At some point this group will get it done on the road but it just wasn’t meant to be in Vancouver. Another tough week is ahead and we’ll know the true form of this club after playing RSL and LA in a week.
7 (7) 2-1-2 8 pts. It isn’t a great start to the season but Dominic Kinnear is probably totally fine that this season-opening road trip has gone this way. Only one loss and the rest have been points.
8 (10) 3-2-3 12 pts. Very impressive showing against New York. With a healthy Chris Pontius, this United squad has the talent on offense to beat nearly anyone in the league. Now if they can only get DeRo going.
9 (11) 3-2-2 11 pts. Tough loss but a decent win against Dallas made up for it. There is still a lot to figure out with this bunch. Defensively they are good when they are on the same page but offensively they haven’t shown up like we expected them to here.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
10 (12) 2-1-2 8 pts. The Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko show was good enough to get three points in Toronto but the defense nearly cost them three points. That has to improve if they want to contend this season.
11 (9) 3-3-1 10 pts. Without a tough midfielder like Rafa Marquez and a quality center back like Wilman Conde, this group has no answer for any sort of offense. DC just absolutely dominated them in the middle and on the flank.
12 (8) 3-4-0 9 pts. Losers of three straight show this group has a ton of growth to deal with here.
13 (15) 2-3-1 7 pts. Gritty 1-0 win has been a staple for this group under Peter Nowak. A nine-man Union squad got just enough to get by Chivas on the road to make it two straight wins.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
14 (16) 2-4-1 7 pts. Yes they won on an own-goal but I’m sure they will take it any day of the week after a four game slide.
15 (13) 3-4-0 9 pts. Hard to argue with their road form but their play at home this season has been a disappointment.
16 (15) 2-3-1 7 pts. Better in the home draw but this club still lacks so much all around, espeically in terms of a true playmaker in the midfield.
17 (17) 2-4-0 6 pts. No games, no place to go for this week.
18 (18) 1-5-2 5 pts. Better showing in DC in the midweek but still a long, long way to go here.
19 (19) 0-6-0 0 pts. Fugly is a word right? If not then I think most of you will understand what I am talking about here when I say this club is down from fugly. At least guys like Reggie Lambe show promise.
  • emg117

    Sure, RSL has to fall below SJ and KC, who both beat them (well at their place), but Sounders are better than RSL?


  • kristin

    I have to disagree with your comment on DeRo. He is playing just fine, he has 4 assists and is playing deep in midfield. I don’t expect him to get nearly as many goals as last year considering where he is on the field. If our forwards are scoring goals and DeRo is assisting them, then he is playing just fine!

  • Adnan7631

    You’ve got Vancouver in the second tier, but they would not make playoffs right now as they would be 6th in the Western Conference according to your rankings