2012 MLS, Week 16: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 16: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 26, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Power Rankings, 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 16

After a busy week that saw six games in the midweek and eight on the weekend – the Power Rankings saw plenty of movement.

At the end of it all we have a new leader in the clubhouse as well as one team inching their way back towards Tier 2.

Here is how I see things after this past week.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (2) 10-3-3 33 pts. Two big road wins this week lift the Quakes to the top of the order. Rightfully so too. Up next is a big derby match with LA.
2 (5) 9-4-3 30 pts. Always a good story to see a guy get revenge on his old club. But did anyone really see Brandon Barklage scoring two goals against United like he did Sunday? Very cool.
3 (3) 9-5-3 30 pts. Wonder when Ben Olsen goes all in and uses Branko Boskovic from the start of games and not just off the bench.
4 (1) 10-3-2 32 pts. Tough week, very tough week for RSL. Two home wins erased by bad defensive play – a very un-RSL like thing.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (4) 9-4-2 29 pts. The draw in Seattle was good but the cross country travel on short rest did them in as they got hammered by Philly 4-0.
6 (8) 7-5-3 24 pts. Got a win while being a man down over Columbus. Now the question is, can they keep Sebastien Grazzini? Looks doubtful at the moment.
7 (7) 7-4-5 26 pts. Never easy to face two good teams in one week like they did. LA absolutely owned them on Saturday. At least the week ahead is open for Martin Rennie to get Barry Robson used to things.
8 (6) 7-5-4 25 pts. Alarm bells are sounding in Seattle. Seven game winless rut is one of the worst in club history.
9 (9) 5-5-5 20 pts. Four goals coughed up in Montreal. Things just don’t look the same with this club at the moment.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
10 (14) 6-8-2 20 pts. From cellar to a potential playoff spot in the span of a week. Not bad.
11 (12) 5-8-3 18 pts. Eight goals scored at Stade Saputo. Very impressive.
12 (11) 6-8-1 19 pts. I felt like dropping them more here and probably should. Their inconsistent ways are costing them more and more here.
13 (10) 5-5-4 19 pts. Can’t win on the road with a man advantage, not going to get a lot of sympthy votes from me.
14 (13) 5-7-4 18 pts. They shows some fight coming from two goals down on the road. If they can only put that kind of form together for 90 minutes Jay Heaps would have a decent team.
15 (16) 4-6-4 16 pts. The group still has a ton of work to do here but at least a win over a rival is usually a good start at getting your mojo back.
16 (15) 5-7-4 19 pts. Solid week for Robin Fraser’s club. Got some points yet again away from home.
17 (17) 3-9-5 14 pts. Plus side: they didn’t give up a goal and it was without the bulk of their main lineup. Down side: they couldn’t score a goal or get any help from the ref when Fabian Castillo’s call for a PK in the dying seconds of the game was ignored.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
18 (18) 3-8-2 11 pts. Nice four goal romp of Sporting Kansas City. I think moving up will be in order once the wins continue to roll in like that one.
19 (19) 1-10-2 5 pts. Normally two draws would have some people thinking optimistically but given how they can’t defend to save their life there is no where else to place this club but than here.