2012 MLS, Week 19: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 19: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 17, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 19, Features

The rankings are out for Week 19.

A few moves over all including a couple teams moving up tiers and one moving down to the bottom. I still view the third tier as a total crap shoot – you can move anyone around that group and be fine.

Here in the next few weeks we should definitely see how the playoff race impacts these rankings. Will some of the clubs from the third (and forth) tier make a run and cause more movement? Or will some teams in the top two tiers just battle it out for the 10 playoff spots? Time will tell.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 12-4-4 40 pts. Blow out doesn’t even begin to describe how San Jose got by RSL. Chris Wondolowski is possibly the first player in ages to have a shot at scoring the all-time league mark set by Roy Lassiter way back in 1996.
2 (5) 11-5-3 36 pts. I called them out a little last week but they looked much more like their early season self than what we saw in May and June.
3 (2) 10-6-3 33 pts. After a long(ish) break, United just played ugly in Houston. But then again being down a man for the majority of the game didn’t help.
4 (4) 9-5-5 32 pts. Sebastien Le Toux scoring in his debut with the Red Bulls was nice to see but I still don’t like this Thierry Henry playing the #10 role in the midfield. It puts a ton of strain on the defensive side of the club.
5 (3) 11-7-3 36 pts. The lack of discipline was surprising for RSL on Saturday in San Jose. RSL should bounce back against Colorado this week given their form but without Kyle Beckerman it won’t be easy.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
6 (7) 8-6-4 28 pts. No All-Stars? No problem. Chicago continues to shine without a real big superstar here.
7 (6) 8-6-6 30 pts. Two road losses this week should move them down further but I see them bouncing back. The Kenny Miller addition should be good but look for Dane Richards to be an even bigger addition.
8 (9) 7-5-7 28 pts. The 4-0 win was great to see but all the news continues to center around when and if Geoff Cameron will be transfered to Stoke City.
9 (8) 8-5-7 31 pts. Fredy Montero comes out of his funk to save a point on the road for the Sounders. Time for a league break here for the club as they host Chelsea this week.
10 (10) 8-10-2 26 pts. I want to move the Galaxy up, I really do but it just won’t happen this week. Still, the five goal out burst on the road was great to see.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
11 (11) 6-8-4 22 pts. Disappointing home loss to Toronto to say the very least. Two away games this week won’t be easy for a club that have only one once away this year.
12 (13) 6-6-4 22 pts. Rough loss at home to Kansas City. Even with Jairo Arrieta finally in the lineup, one has to wonder when the offense will actually show up.
13 (12) 7-11-1 22 pts. I probably should drop them further given their current form but in this tier is is really hard to argue against any club being higher or lower, as they are all crap in more ways than not.
14 (18) 6-9-2 20 pts. Three game winning streak has many thinking this group has turned a good corner here. I do worry about the Freddy Adu injury though, if he can’t bounce back this team could backslide a bit.
15 (15) 5-7-5 20 pts. Off for the week and no need to move it.
16 (14) 6-12-3 21 pts. The ugly middle number in their record is hurting everything in my eyes at the moment. Defensively they have so many issues that I don’t believe Alessandro Nesta can fix right away.
17 (17) 4-9-7 19 pts. The winless drought is over after 13 games. Blas Perez could be out for an extended time and this team is likely not done shopping around. Big question will be how Julian de Guzman fits in with his new club.
18 (19) 4-11-4 16 pts. A move up after a two-game winning streak. But if Danny Kovermans is out for any extended time, they could see their way back down the table here.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
19 (16) 5-9-4 19 pts. The post-John Spencer era got off to a bad, bad start. With no wins on the road so far this year and two road games ahead, the Galvin Wilkinson time in Portland doesn’t sound like it will get any better anytime soon.