MLS 2012, Week 11: Power Rankings

MLS 2012, Week 11: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 22, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 11, Features

What does a week with six draws get you? Oddly enough a good deal of movement in my power rankings.

I shuffled a couple tiers around, as the top group got one team bigger and the third tier got a few clubs larger. Really that third tier is just a bunch of mess that could either go up or down at this point. You could make your claim for any club being rated 11-17 here and I wouldn’t argue with it one bit.

Finally, the bottom tier is now a two team group. It is just sad down there.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 8-3-2 26 pts. Off this week and stayed at the top in the process. They lose Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando to national team duty but they get a struggling FC Dallas squad at home this week. Should be status quo when it is all said and done.
2 (2) 7-2-3 24 pts. They left it late but got a point at home against Columbus in a game they truly dominated in. Alan Gordon got his third of the season and is showing that this club has real depth for a change up top.
3 (3) 7-2-2 23 pts. Fredy Montero is heating up, which is nice considering he’s finally got his strike force behind him with Eddie Johnson, Alvaro Fernandez and Mauro Rosales all healthy again.
4 (5) 8-3-1 25 pts. It is hard not to like what the Red Bulls are doing these days. They are winners of five straight and have moved up a tier here. I’d still like to see this club take on a team above them here but we’ll have to wait on that.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
4 (8) 7-4-3 24 pts. Nice to see their DPs play like DPs here. Hamdi Salihi is showing that he was worth the wait here to get going and now that he’s on the same page as Dwayne De Rosario, look out, this club will continue to surge up the standings.
6 (4) 7-3-1 22 pts. Nice to see Teal Bunbury put two in the back of the net but it was not great to see them conceed two goals off set pieces. Winless run moves to four games for Peter Vermes’ club.
7 (7) 3-3-4 13 pts. Two draws in the week keep them at bay for me here. The big home run is about to kick off though, I’d expect some points coming up for this team.
8 (6) 4-3-3 15 pts. Injuries in the back are creeping in for the Fire. But a lack of toughness should really raise a few questions about this club’s ability to compete with the clubs above them.
9 (10) 5-3-3 18 pts. The Whitecaps should have gotten three points against Seattle but at least we’re finally seeing this big offensive group come alive here.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
10 (9) 5-6-1 16 pts. The 2-2 draw at home to KC was a better showing than the 2-0 loss on the road in DC. Their defense really needs some work done on it as four goals given up in one week just will not cut it against the elite in this league.
11 (13) 3-6-3 12 pts. Tough not to make a break through with a man advantage on your own turf. They need a big outting against Colorado before they go on a three-week break.
12 (14) 4-6-1 13 pts. Saer Sene is having a nice season so far in New England but everything else just seems like the same old Revs to me. Decent, improving but nothing to really get overly attached to.
13 (15) 3-4-3 12 pts. Andy Gruenebaum nearly stole three points away from San Jose, which would have easily lifted this side up the rankings more than the draw did. Still, even with the draw this side is improving.
14 (11) 3-6-4 13 pts. Another frustrating outing for Schellas Hyndman. No Brek Shea for the two other games this week and now no Hernan Pertuz for the next three to four weeks. The defense is good but in shambled since no one is healthy enough (or not suspended) to go from game to game.
15 (16) 4-6-1 13 pts. Danny Califf and Juan Agudelo gave the Goats exactly what they needed in the 1-0 win over their LA rivals. Don’t look now but this side could be on the way up here.
16 (18) 3-5-3 12 pts. A draw and a win is a pretty good week for any club. Things are looking up for this club and it may be at the right time too with Colorado, Dallas and LA all struggling.
17 (12) 3-6-2 11 pts. Ugh. It is hard to get overly excited anymore about this club. The star power just isn’t enough while the defense continues to be the main issue.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
18 (17) 2-6-2 8 pts. They drop more for the bad deals they continue to make than the result they produced on the road in Dallas.
19 (19) 0-9-0 0 pts. Just ugly at this point.