- 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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