2012 MLS, Week 25: Power Rankings

2012 MLS, Week 25: Power Rankings

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 28, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 25

We’re quickly coming to the last part of the regular season here in Major League Soccer. August is nearly wrapped up as we head into September. The final stretch of games is truly here.

I had a few changes in this week’s rankings. One Western Conference club made a big climb in my book while a couple others continued to stumble.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments
Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest)
1 (1) 15-6-5 50 pts. First team to 50 points and in a very convincing fashion. A 4-1 win over the lowly Rapids. Hard to believe this but Chris Wondolowski has been kept cold for a few games now but it hasn’t mattered with others stepping up (finally).
2 (2) 11-6-9 42 pts. The second consecutive home draw is a cause for concern, especially given that the last one came against Toronto. One more week of so-so play and they’re gonna fall back down this list.
3 (8) 12-6-7 43 pts. With RSL’s stumbles, Seattle looks like a solid bet at getting the #2 seed to me now that Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson, Mauro Rosales and the rest of the team are on such good form. Seattle has claimed 16 out of their last 21 points.
4 (4) 14-7-5 47 pts. Quietly doing enough to win the Eastern Conference. They trail San Jose by just three points for the Shield.
Second Tier (teams expected to reach the post season but not quite on the level of the top teams)
5 (5) 12-8-5 42 pts. The midweek loss at DC looked back but I’m willing to give them a pass given that it was their first game all year to give up more than two goals in a game.
6 (3) 13-7-6 45 pts. They gained a valuable road point in KC but their suspect back line is still a cause for concern.
7 (7) 12-11-4 40 pts. They caught a break twice against Dallas, first when Todd Dunivant brought down Fabian Castillo on a clear break away and only got a yellow card and second when Dallas rookie Matt Hedges gifted them the game’s first goal.
8 (6) 13-10-4 43 pts. RSL stopped the bleeding in Philadelphia in the form of a 0-0 draw. At least their defense is starting to get healthy again.
9 (13) 10-8-6 36 pts. The arrival of Federico Higuain has done wonders for this club but so had Jairo Arrieta. The two have combined well to get the Crew back into the playoff picture.
10 (11) 12-13-3 39 pts. Patrice Bernier continues his impressive form against D.C. United with two goals and an assist. Hard to believe it but the Impact could be a playoff team here.
Third Tier (middle of the road in the league, teams could go either go in the playoffs or miss it entirely)
11 (9) 10-10-7 37 pts. Still in the playoff mix out West due to Dallas’ stumbling in LA.
12 (10) 12-9-4 40 pts. The midweek win over Chicago gave people hope that this club was back on track but the loss on the road in Montreal shows that Ben Olsen’s team has a long ways to go here.
13 (12) 8-12-8 32 pts. Lack of finishing once against killed this club on the road. But it was the defense that really looked weak in the second half as they gifted LA with two easy goals.
14 (14) 7-12-4 25 pts. More drama with Freddy Adu makes you wonder if he’ll ever be good enough to be a consistent contributor. I still believe he needs to just be another role player and not the main guy in the attack.
Bottom Tier (could be a long year for these teams)
15 (15) 7-10-6 27 pts. Chivas finally scored more than one goal in a game for just the third time this season but in the process they realized that their defense couldn’t hang with a team like Seattle who dropped six on them.
16 (16) 5-14-6 21 pts. Got a road draw without their DPs. Smart move considering they have more to play for in the Champions League against Santos Laguna this week than they do in league play.
17 (19) 6-13-6 24 pts. The first win for Gavin Wilkinson. Just too little too late though for this club.
18 (17) 8-16-2 26 pts. Tough to believe it but the Rapids now own the most losses in the league this season at 16.
19 (18) 6-14-5 23 pts. This club continues to be a car wreck. They finally get some offense but their defense just gets hammered by Columbus.