2012 MLS, Week 24: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 24: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 21, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 24, Features

The wild week in Major League Soccer ended with the same group on top as the previous week. Really the only changes after Week 24 ended was in the middle of the order as Vancouver and Salt Lake continue to slide while Chicago makes their way upward.

The third tier also saw some changes as FC Dallas and Montreal climb closer to a playoff spot.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 14-6-5 47 pts. Saturday’s result in Montreal revealed one truth about this group: they don’t defend all that well overall. The 3-1 loss made the 19th out of the last 21 games that San Jose didn’t pick up a clean sheet. I still think they have a shot at winning the Shield but the defense has to improve.
2 (2) 11-6-8 41 pts. A late draw by the Dynamo keeps them up here in my book. I probably should have moved them down in favor of New York for SKC but the fight of this club is strong enough to keep them here for the time being.
3 (3) 13-7-5 44 pts. Ugly first half followed by a strong rebound to win against Portland. In a game you should win, New York at least found a way to pull it out while doing so in an ugly fashion.
4 (4) 14-7-4 46 pts. The USOC win seems to have given SKC their early-season form back. With San Jose dropping points this week, SKC is now within reach of taking the lead in the Supporters’ Shield race.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (6) 12-7-5 42 pts. 4-2-2 since the start of July and most of all their offense is hitting their stride at the right time. This club will pressure the top three in the East, bank on it.
6 (5) 13-10-3 42 pts. Another game that saw them dominate for 90 minutes but not come away with anything to show for. With the extra games on the schedule and only a couple home games left, Jason Kreis has to figure out how to get his team back to their old ways in a hurry.
7 (8) 11-11-4 37 pts. A solid point on the road in the midweek without David Beckham and Landon Donovan. They’re moving on up the ladder folks, look out.
8 (9) 11-6-7 40 pts. When Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson score this team is deadly.
9 (6) 10-9-7 37 pts. Home loss in the midweek and a road loss on the weekend ended what was an ugly weekend for Vancouver. If any club is going to miss the playoffs at this point it could be this group.
10 (10) 11-8-4 37 pts. I said last week that things are getting real dicy for United these days and after seeing a few players exchange words with one another on Sunday, I have to point it out again.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
11 (12) 11-13-3 36 pts. I’m starting to think that Jesse Marsch deserves legit consideration for MLS Coach of the Year here. Somehow he’s guided this group to a pretty respectable record as an expansion club.
12 (14) 8-11-8 32 pts. Road wins in Vancouver and Salt Lake creep FCD back into the playoff picture. You just have to wonder if it will be too little too late for this bunch.
13 (11) 8-8-6 30 pts. The games in hand will help but two straight draws in the week only do so much. Newcomer Federico Higuain appears to have some quality though, if he can become adapted to MLS in a hurry they could still pressure for a playoff spot.
14 (13) 7-12-3 24 pts. They can thank Mark Geiger for getting them out of jail on the DeRo penalty. Still, they’re a long ways off from really being in the playoff picture this season.
15 (15) 7-9-6 27 pts. They have the games in hand at the moment over everyone out west but with that offense I just don’t see how they’ll keep the pressure on Dallas, LA and Vancouver.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
16 (16) 5-14-5 20 pts. A draw and a loss this week – both at home. Not gonna earn any quality points from me here on that.
17 (18) 8-15-2 26 pts. Only their second draw of the season shows exactly how far this team has to come to get consistent here. Giving up a late goal at home indicates that many changes have to take place in order for Oscar Pareja to have any success in Denver.
18 (17) 6-13-5 23 pts. Hard to believe that a couple months ago this club looked like they were on their way to push for a playoff spot. Now they’re a sinking ship and could be a rival to one of the top draft spots.
19 (19) 5-13-6 21 pts. A midweek draw in Toronto was nice but giving up a two goal lead on the road was tough to swallow.