2012 MLS, Week 22: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 22: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 7, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 22, Features

After another full week of games and some upsets you’d expect some movement in this week’s rankings. Well, you thought wrong. Only a couple teams made some noise in the rankings. I nearly made a new number one and almost moved a club back into the top tier but in the end decided against it.

Also, we have a new addition to the bottom tier as the four groups begin to get a little more evenly laid out.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 13-5-5 44 pts. Off for the week, so hopefully it was a good time to get rested up for the big push to a Supporters’ Shield.
2 (4) 11-5-7 40 pts. Houston continues to roll here after the 2-0 win over New York. I nearly placed them on top overall too. Oscar Boniek Garcia has been a huge addition to this club to get them this far.
3 (3) 11-7-5 38 pts. I’m holding out on this club based on the fact that they were missing Dax McCarty in Houston. We’ll really know his worth on Friday when they host the Dynamo.
4 (2) 13-8-3 42 pts. RSL was hoping to reach the top of the standings with a win over their rivals but the perfect storm of injuries, travel and a desperate Colorado team caught up to them. Jason Kreis is holding that defense of his together by a tiny string these days too.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (5) 11-7-4 40 pts. Best way to put the 1-0 win over New England is they were opportunistic. Big game in the USOC final this week to really test this club.
6 (6) 11-7-3 36 pts. I thought about moving them up again but I really want to see how this team does over the span of a couple weeks here before I do so again.
7 (9) 10-5-7 37 pts. The supporting cast was just as important as the big names in the 4-0 win over LA. Now it is on to KC for the USOC final. Can the Sounders make history? It won’t be easy, that is for sure.
8 (8) 9-7-7 34 pts. Off week for the Caps. I am very interested in their new additions though, defender Andy O’Brien and midfielder Tiago Ulisses.
9 (7) 10-11-3 33 pts. Too much travel and extra games for this club and David Beckham. Big game with Chivas looming this week, a win there pretty much seperates them from the bottom group of clubs out West for that final playoff spot.
10 (10) 10-7-5 35 pts. Nice come from behind win there by the Fire over Toronto. Austin Berry continues to shine as one of the league’s top rookies.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
11 (11) 8-8-4 28 pts. No one will comment on the play of this club this weekend and why should they? The passing of Kirk Urso was a tragic bit of news to hear after the 1-0 loss to D.C. United.
12 (12) 7-11-2 23 pts. I love the fight in this club, even in defeat. They are showing they won’t go down without a fight to reach the playoffs here.
13 (13) 6-11-5 23 pts. First game without Shalrie Joseph wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible either. This club still has a ways to go defensively before they can reach the contenders zone.
14 (14) 7-8-5 26 pts. Off this past weekend. If they want to get into the playoffs they have to use the games in hand that they have on everyone at the moment to their advantage.
15 (17) 9-13-3 30 pts. Did anyone have them pegged as a nine win team this year? I didn’t but good on them. Too bad Nelson Rivas’ head butt will be all the talk though this week surrounding this club.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
16 (16) 5-13-4 19 pts. The old Toronto FC came back out this weekend in Chicago, giving up a late lead and points.
17 (15) 5-11-8 23 pts. Nice to see Brek Shea back and contributing out there for FCD. Just too bad the old issues with this club (red cards) came into play on this one against Portland.
18 (18) 8-14-1 25 pts. Normally a win over a top club gets you some movement but for the Rapids they need to make this a consistent thing to get out of the bottom group here.
19 (19) 5-12-5 20 pts. A home draw is nice to see after losing five straight. This club still has a long, long way to go here before that first win under Gavin Wilkinson arrives.