2012 MLS, Week 10: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 10: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 15, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 10, Features

Another week in the books and one that saw more movement in the weekly Power Rankings.

Tier one lost a club while a couple clubs inched their way into the bottom mess of clubs. Still, a lot is going on here and we’re starting to get a decent handle on who are the top sides in each conference and who are the bottom clubs.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (4) 8-3-2 26 pts. Defenively this club was absolutely dominate against Seattle, what you would expect out of Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers.
2 (2) 7-2-2 23 pts. A late draw against Chivas was enough to keep them here. The Quakes continue to just grind away results.
3 (1) 7-2-1 22 pts. A nice win in Dallas followed by a tough loss at home against Salt Lake. They did end a five games in 15 days run though against RSL, winning four of five wasn’t too bad though.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (3) 7-3-0 21 pts. The cracks are starting to get better in the defense for this club. Sure the red card to Roger Espindoza didn’t help against Chicago but it proved that this club still has a ways to go here.
5 (10) 7-3-1 22 pts. Rafa Marquez came back and the defense looked shaky but somehow things ended up alright and they club came out with two wins this week.
6 (7) 4-2-3 15 pts. Finally seeing more out of the Fire here and I am liking it. Dominic Oduro continues to score and others are chipping in as well.
7 (8) 3-3-2 11 pts. Definitely a special moment watching Brad Davis score the opening goal at BBVA Compass Stadium.
8 (5) 5-4-3 18 pts. Injuries are starting to pile up for Ben Olsen. Perry Kitchen is down with a serious knee injury and other young guns like Nick DeLeon and Chris Pontius are getting banged up as well.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
9 (9) 5-5-0 15 pts. Off this past week, probably a good thing to as they have some important guys that need to be healthy.
10 (6) 5-3-2 17 pts. I think it was safe to say this club did not care about the game in New England. The Canadian Championship was probably a little more on their minds.
11 (11) 3-6-3 12 pts. Injuries are one thing but the amount of red cards this club is racking up is starting to be the real issue.
12 (12) 3-5-2 11 pts. This club is too hot and cold for my liking. Good in one half and terrible in another. Hopefully a rivalry game this week against Chivas will wake them up.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
13 (14) 3-5-3 12 pts. Defensively the Impact are improving and Donovan Ricketts is looking like a MVP-type keeper once again. But offensively this club is struggling at putting the game away when they have a chance to.
14 (16) 4-6-0 12 pts. Good for Lee Nguyen to get some revenge on the Whitecaps.
15 (18) 3-4-2 11 pts. They earned a badly needed three points against Dallas. I’m not putting a ton of stock into it just yet though as they have a trip to San Jose coming up.
16 (16) 3-6-1 10 pts. Nice draw in San Jose, but conceeding another late goal to give up points can’t make Robin Fraser happy.
17 (13) 2-6-1 7 pts. Freddy Adu carried the club, then barried them on Sunday against New York. His second yellow for diving in the box gave New York the freedom to play their style and win the game late.
18 (17) 2-5-2 8 pts. They drop in the bye week for me. You just wonder if a week off did enough to help this club or not.
19 (19) 0-8-0 0 pts. Off this past week but got a win (finally) in the Canadian Championships. Could points finally be on the way this week?