- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 29, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Stock Reports, Features
Another month is in the books for MLS as May draws to a close.
Just to recap what these reports are about, they are a replacement to the weekly Power Rankings that I use to do on this blog. Basically due to time, energy and lack of motivation to do the weekly rankings, I decided to turn them into a monthly thing to give a little more context to see how clubs are doing.
To take a step back, here is how I saw things after the month of April.
Got it all? Good, let’s get down to it.
(Oh and one more thing, there is no real order to the teams in each group, so don’t read into that!)
Top of the heap
FC Dallas (8-2-3, 27 points) – One loss in the month of May, a roadie in Seattle that they nearly battled back in. The defensive depth is showing with rookies Walker Zimmerman and London Woodberry getting valuable minutes this past month. The biggest take away from this past month, despite the 2-1-1 record, Dallas did most of their work without George John, David Ferreira and Andrew Jacobson. They were also at home for three of those four games, June won’t be as kind with three of four on the road.
Montreal Impact (7-2-2, 23 points) – Here is a team that is quietly humming along very nicely. The lone loss was a road game in New York that they nearly got a draw in. Marco Di Vaio has proven his worth time and time again as he is tied for the league lead in goals scored with nine.
New York Red Bulls (7-4-4, 25 points) – They have played two more games than most clubs out there but the last month has been really fun to watch with this group. Three wins and two draws this past month has them sitting atop most folks Power Rankings. I get it, I’ve bought into this club. As long as that defense stays healthy, they’ll continue this form all season.
Portland Timbers (5-1-7, 22 points) – The only club in the league with just a single loss at this stage in the season is quite impressive. They do have a lot of draws with is a tad concerning but not losing games speaks volumes in the end.
Outside the top
Sporting KC (6-4-4, 22 points) – The Eastern Conference is currently a four team race and if there is one club that knows how to run away with things, it is this club. Call-ups in the month ahead will cause issues with that though. But after going 2-1-2 in the month of May, this club has what it takes to still be a contender, even if they are on the outside looking in at the moment.
Houston Dynamo (6-4-3, 21 points) – Dropping two straight games at home was a little concerning for this group. They still have a ton of quality about them but it seems at this point that they need to make a move or two this summer to put them over the top.
LA Galaxy (6-4-2, 20 points) – A couple losses this past month were tough to see but given the fact that they spent some time on the road this past month doesn’t hurt their cause all that much. They dropped down from last month’s stock report but this is still a very dangerous team. The depth is scary and once they add a third DP, I expect them to get back into that top group.
Real Salt Lake (6-5-3, 21 points) – I wasn’t drinking the kool-aid on this group but now I am. They nearly doubled their point total on the season in the month of May with a 3-1-1 record. That lone loss was on the road against a good Montreal team in a game they probably could have won.
Not drinking that kool-aid just yet
Colorado Rapids (5-4-4, 19 points) – The last month has been a nice one for Oscar Pareja. To go from nine points to 19 points in one month says a lot about the quality that he has on his club. They are still young though and their rookies are bound to hit that rookie wall eventually given the large amounts of minutes that they’ve already played this season. As good as they’ve been, look at who they have beaten though, Toronto, Chivas, and Columbus. The win against the Crew may be the best one of the bunch but I need to see more before they go further up here.
Philadelphia Union (5-5-3, 18 points) – Such a streaky club. Their wins aren’t anything to brag about just yet and the games they’ve lost have been mostly blowouts. They’re lucky the clubs below them in the East just aren’t that good at the moment.
Columbus Crew (4-4-4 16 points) – Another streaky club in the East. You can pretty much bet on them and Philadelphia battling it out for that fifth and final playoff spot this season.
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-3, 15 points) – A couple solid home outings were quickly erased this past weekend in LA. This is still a quality team that will end up in the playoffs in my book but last weekend showed they still have some things to sort out before they get to that point.
New England Revolution (4-4-4, 16 points) – They’ve been better recently but that offense has to come alive more with Juan Agudelo. In other words I’m not getting overly excited by a two goal outing against Toronto FC. But they did double their points in May so that has to say something.
Still a long ways to go
San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-6, 15 points) – This is an incredibly frustrating club to watch. They have the talent to do well but they can’t seem to put it all together for 90 minutes. Also, that throwing everything forward in the final stages of the game mentality only works so often. Last week against Dallas they basically sat back for the opening half and didn’t really wake up until they were down a goal.
Vancouver Whitecaps (3-4-4, 13 points) – Hard to gage their month of May with only three games. They did go 1-1-1 on the month with a win over LA at home which was nice but the other two games proved they still have plenty of work to do all over.
Chivas USA (3-7-2, 11 points) – The wheels have completely fallen off this train. March is a distant memory for them and their fans not to mention all the off the field stuff with their ownership. In May, the Goats gave up 13 goals and scored just one. They also traded away Juan Agudelo during the month. So yeah.
Chicago Fire (2-7-2, 8 points) – Adding Bakary Soumare and Mike Magee are good moves but they are certainly too late on the season at this point. I think both will spark this club but I don’t see that spark lasting for too long.
Bring me the wooden spoon
Toronto FC (1-7-4, 7 points) – Weird loans, bad signings and more losses. All the same in Toronto huh?
D.C. United (1-9-2, 5 points) – How much longer will Ben Olsen be leading this sinking ship? Even with a healthier team they are still dreadful to watch.