2012 MLS, Week 18: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 18: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 10, 2012
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  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 18, Features

After a week off, the Power Rankings are back here at WVH. Only a few moves to really talk about this week as the top four remained in the top tier. Only one club moved up a tier while the bottom two clubs look like they could be joining the third tier here shortly.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 11-4-4 37 pts. Not the best week for the top side in the league, a loss and a draw, but at some point they were going to hit that wall. Most impressive thing to me had to be that it took until this past Saturday for them to earn their first red card of the season.
2 (3) 10-5-3 33 pts. No games but a move up fits them.
3 (4) 11-6-3 36 pts. Improvement with the 3-0 and seeing Alvaro Saborio score a hat trick. He’s the one striker in MLS that could get hot at any moment and take over in a huge way.
4 (2) 9-5-4 31 pts. Ugly loss in my opinion at New England but then again, the main players like Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez were missing so some drop off had to be expected.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (4) 10-5-3 33 pts. Only three wins since starting 7-0-0, not great but still this club is very much in the thick of things.
6 (7) 8-4-6 30 pts. This club is quietly staying up in the standings. Serisouly need to keep an eye on this club for the remainder of the year.
7 (6) 8-6-4 28 pts. Tough loss at home but it was a game that just wasn’t going their way from the start.
8 (8) 8-5-6 30 pts. Return to the win colum for Sigi Schmid’s club. Probably a good thing too considering the all important USOC semifinal ahead this week.
9 (9) 6-5-7 25 pts. Decent showing in Kansas City but the offense was left in Texas.
10 (10) 7-10-2 23 pts. Tough loss at home in the midweek by a solid road showing to cool off Chicago. Still wonder where this club is going but at least Omar Gonzalez is back.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
11 (14) 6-7-4 22 pts. Jerry Bengtson could very well be the guy that gets the Revs into the playoffs. He and Saer Sene look to be a dangerous duo.
12 (12) 7-10-1 22 pts. The inconsistent nature of this club is tough to watch at times. Hard to believe they are still in playoff contention here.
13 (13) 6-6-4 22 pts. It was great to see Chad Marshall back on the field for the Crew. But in other news the offense for this side still has a long way to go here.
14 (13) 6-11-3 21 pts. While they’ve been improved lately and Nesta will easily help them out in the back, it is still hard to ignore the glaring number in the middle column in the standings with them. They and Toronto share the ugly high mark in losses this season.
15 (16) 5-7-5 20 pts. Decent home draw to Vancouver but when the offense lacking, it is hard to get overly excited about this group.
16 (15) 5-8-4 19 pts. Good bye John Spencer. Time to drop this club further down?
17 (17) 3-9-7 16 pts. Goals just aren’t there at the moment but the defense has finally improved to the point where they are shutting people out again. Hard to believe it since Ugo Ihemelu and George John haven’t been involved in those shutouts lately. Matt Hedges and Hernan Pertuz are the wave of the future for Dallas in the back.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
18 (18) 5-9-2 17 pts. Should they be this far down still? After two big wins this past week I tend to think not but at the same time I’m inclined to wait another week before I make any big move with a club like this. Still a long way to go.
19 (19) 2-11-4 10 pts. Danny Koevermans cooled off in Philly but his outburst has gotten people’s attention about this club again. If they could only improve their defense they’d be so much better.

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