2012 MLS, Week 13: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 13: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 19, 2012
  • 2 Comments
  • 2012 MLS Power Rankings, 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 13

We’re back with the weekly rankings after a couple weeks off.

A few changes throughout the rankings. Two clubs moved up into the top tier while two dropped out. I have a feeling we’ll see similar movement in those two tiers for the next few weeks as we move further into the summer months.

The third tier is still chugging along in a massive style while the final tier is still the worst two clubs in the league (though FC Dallas is close to joining that group).

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 10-3-2 32 pts. The break did this club a great deal of good as players came back rejuvenated and healthy. A full stength RSL is a dangerous one.
2 (2) 8-3-3 27 pts. Off for this past weekend but no need to move them around. At this point they’re still the second dog in this race.
3 (5) 9-4-3 30 pts. They continue to grind away at results. With nine wins they have a good shot at things this season and could be a surprise horse in the Supporters’ Shield race.
4 (6) 9-3-1 28 pts. That was the Sporting KC we knew from earlier this season. They published a bad team and never once gave Toronto a real chance at leaving KC with any points.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (4) 8-4-2 26 pts. Health Pearce as a defensive midfielder didn’t pan out for Hans Backe. The rest of the defense looked pretty broken too, even with Wilman Conde back.
6 (3) 7-4-3 24 pts. A real defensive crapfest for the Sounders in Montreal. Sigi Schmid’s group is now winless in their last five league matches.
7 (10) 7-3-4 25 pts. The Whitecaps have 25 points on the season, they had just 28 in all of last year. Not a bad turn around. Glad to see the offense is finally showing it’s muscle too.
8 (8) 4-3-3 21 pts. Nice to see Chris Rolfe back in a Chicago uniform and scoring. He and the Fire dominated the Red Bulls on Sunday.
9 (7) 5-4-4 19 pts. The good: beating rivals 2-1 at home. The bad: struggling on the road in Vancovuer and struggling against FCD until they went down a man.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
10 (13) 3-4-3 12 pts. Andy Gruenebaum is quickly becoming my top keeper here this season. Another big game for the netminder as the Crew got a scoreless draw against the Revs on the road.
11 (10) 6-7-1 19 pts. Offensively they couldn’t find a break through in Vancouver. The consistency factor is a real issue that has to be handled here soon if they even believe they are a playoff team this season.
12 (11) 4-7-3 15 pts. Solid debut for Stade Saputo as Felipe and Patrice Bernier lead the Impact to an impressive 4-1 win over Seattle.
13 (12) 5-7-1 17 pts. Two straight clean sheets should move a club up – not down – but the offensive struggles were more than enough to see the bump down.
14 (17) 4-8-2 14 pts. Out of the Western Conference cellar, but can we really expect this win to start a trend?
15 (15) 4-7-3 15 pts. The long break did this club no good, they were dominated from start to finish at home by RSL. Hard to believe this club has dropped six games – a league high – at home this year. Time to move out of the HDC for sure.
16 (16) 3-6-4 13 pts. Even with newly aquired Danny Mwanga, the Timbers still struggle at finding the back of the net.
17 (14) 3-9-4 13 pts. Just like in their previous matches, they shoot themselves in the foot with a red card. Between their suspension list and their injury list, they’d have a decent starting XI.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
18 (18) 2-8-2 8 pts. Peter Nowak out, John Hackworth in. After one game nothing really changed as the Union dropped another at home to D.C. United.
19 (19) 1-10-0 3 pts. New coach (Paul Mariner) and the same old story.

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  • Have to admit Philly looked much better against United and I’m a DCU fan! United’s defense just held it together and Hamid made some great saves. I think once Philly gets some more confidence, they will start winning some games.

    • Agreed. Once the Nowakness wears off on this club, you’ll see this group turn it around. This is still a long season to go and they have a shot at still making the playoffs but confidence has to set in at some point, there is too much talent on that squad not to win some games.