2012 MLS, Week 20: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 20: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 24, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Power Rankings, 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 20, Features

It was another busy, crazy week in Major League Soccer. Loads of games that saw the home teams go unbeaten. So with that there was plenty of movement in the rankings here. We have two new clubs in the bottom tier and above that saw teams swapping places left and right.

The playoff race is certainly heating up here!

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 13-5-4 43 pts. Lucky to win against Dallas in the midweek and unlucky in some ways not to at least draw Vancouver on Sunday. That five point lead on New York in the Supporters’ Shield standings is getting tighter though.
2 (4) 11-5-5 38 pts. It’s not the big names that are getting it done, its also the unsung heros like Dax McCarty and Conor Lade that are contributing big time for this group. Hans Backe may indeed have a real contender here with this group.
3 (2) 11-6-4 37 pts. Has the offense dried up in KC? The defense is strong and is what is leading the way but offensively, this group has to improve.
4 (5) 12-7-3 39 pts. Sometimes beating your main rivals is all it takes to get back on track.
5 (3) 10-7-3 33 pts. Two straight losses for Ben Olsen’s group. Time to wonder if any reinforcements are on their way in this summer or not. I think they still need some holes filled here and there on this roster.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
6 (8) 9-5-7 34 pts. Solid few weeks for the Dynamo, probably one of the hottest teams in MLS right now. Goals are coming from all over and the defense is stepping up nicely.
7 (7) 9-6-7 34 pts. Martin Rennie continues to shake things up, this time by trading Eric Hassli to Toronto. The end result was four points in a busy week, with three of them coming against a very good San Jose squad. Oh and Barry Robson looks like the real deal for them too.
8 (6) 9-7-4 31 pts. Unlucky not to get a result in New York on a hot, blistering day last Wednesday.
9 (10) 9-10-3 30 pts. Donovan, Keane and Beckham continue to lead the way. If that defense will step up, this could be a title contender yet again.
10 (9) 8-5-7 31 pts. Friendly season is upon us and Seattle was the first to go with their 4-2 loss against Chelsea last week.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
11 (12) 7-7-4 25 pts. They always win when I pick against them. Should have known better right? Still, that offense isn’t striking fear just yet in anyone’s eyes around the league.
12 (11) 6-9-5 23 pts. Nice draw in Kansas City, better than expected to be in fact.
13 (14) 6-10-2 20 pts. I move them up even with the loss. They were a bit unlucky at times against New York but this group has shown a ton of growth in the last few weeks under John Hackworth.
14 (17) 5-10-7 22 pts. Very unlucky not to get a point in San Jose but the 5-0 lashing against Portland was a good result to see them have. David Ferreira looks to be his old self again which certainly helps their playoff chances – even as slim as they are.
15 (18) 5-11-4 19 pts. Really curious to see how Eric Hassli fits in with this squad. It was a high risk – high reward type of move.
16 (15) 6-8-5 23 pts. I still cannot get over the fact that this club has played 19 games and has only scored 13. That defense is barely keeping them alive here.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
17 (13) 7-13-1 22 pts. Two more losses drops them below the line here. No hope for this club anytime soon I am afraid.
18 (16) 7-13-3 24 pts. Just too hot and cold for my liking anymore. That defense has to turn around sometime soon or else they could be in a battle for the bottom spot in the standings before long.
19 (19) 5-11-4 19 pts. So John Spencer wasn’t the entire reason for all the issues huh? So many issues but not enough time to list them all out with this bunch.