2013 MLS Season: June Stock Report

2013 MLS Season: June Stock Report

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 2, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Stock Reports, Features
Portland continues to impress this season. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Portland continues to impress this season. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

If you were like me, you blinked and the month of June was over.

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 and May.

Good? Great. Let’s get down to it again.

(Oh and one more thing, there is no real order to the teams in each group, so don’t get worked up about that!)

Top of the Heap

Portland Timbers (7-1-9, 30 points) – Still just one loss of the season. Just one loss. Unbeaten now if 15 games and they continue to look stronger each week. The big thing will be how they handle the upcoming month with all the losses they’ll take during the Gold Cup. If they can navigate losing part of their spine in their starting XI, then they’ll be just fine. (same group as May)

Real Salt Lake (10-5-3, 33 points) – Four wins in the month of June, with three of them being shutouts. The young players are playing well, the veteran players are playing like we would expect and the word re-build just need thrown out the door when talking about these guys. (Up one group from May)

FC Dallas (8-3-6, 30 points) – June was rough for Dallas, no wins in four matches but they did manage three draws. Still, the last two games have proven that they are never truly out of any match. Throw in the fact that their schedule gets a lot looser from here on out and they’ll should still be in the thick of things for the Supporters’ Shield race. (same group as May)

Montreal Impact (9-4-2, 29 points) – A wild month for the Impact. While they have the games in hand, the armor is starting to show some holes as they went 2-2-0. Defensively things aren’t what they seemed to be weeks ago and the depth of this team will soon come into question as they won’t have any more bye weeks for the rest of this season. (same group as May)

Outside the Top

New York Red Bulls (8-6-4, 28 points) – Only three matches in June thanks to the lovely unbalanced schedule. Two of the games were bad losses, including a blowout loss at Philadelphia. The injuries in the back will continue to hurt this team unless the transfer window brings in some much needed help. (Down one group from May)

Philadelphia Union (7-5-5, 26 points) – Unbeaten in June with two wins and two draws. The Union are starting to show their muscle a bit here as they are stout on offense and their defense is beginning to step up. The depth is still a concern going forward but this team appears to be very much in the thick of things in a very crowded Eastern Conference. (Up one group from May)

Sporting KC (7-5-5, 26 points) – Hard to make complete sense of this club based on June. They went 1-1-1 in the month and while the talent is there the results certainly are not. (same group as May)

(Still) not drinking that kool-aid just yet

Vancouver Whitecaps (7-5-4, 25 points) – The offensive wake up by this group over the last month has really woken me up to them again. Martin Rennie went from coaching hot seat to coaching a team that looks like a legitimate playoff contender again. A 4-1-0 month will do that to you. Still, this month coming up will tell us more about how real they actually are. It was last July that they blew up the roster and killed all of their June momentum. I’m just waiting to see what they do next. (Up one group from May)

LA Galaxy (7-7-3, 24 points) – The Galaxy went 1-3-1 in June, and while some of that was without key players, the last game against San Jose showed that this team has plenty of question marks surrounding it. They need to get their act together before it is too late. (Down one group from May)

Colorado Rapids (6-7-5, 23 points) – I was all ready to bump them down a group until this past weekend. Getting a result on the road against one of the top teams in the league was enough to keep them here for me. Still that three game losing streak in June was not good to see from a team that was starting to get on the up tic. (same group as May)

Houston Dynamo (6-6-5, 23 points) – Hard to believe it but this team has taken a serious nose dive. No wins since the beginning of May and only a 0-2-2 record in June makes them drop down for me. International call-ups and injuries have hurt this team but their depth just isn’t there to handle this at the moment. (Down one group from May)

Seattle Sounders FC (6-5-3, 21 points) – Their schedule and lack of games is keeping them in this position. They did go 2-1-0 in June, which is good but no one is really banking on them at the moment. If they can get some wins in the coming weeks and build some momentum, they’ll move up. (same group from May)

Still a long ways to go

New England Revolution (5-5-6, 21 points) – The Revs posted a respectable 1-1-2 record in June but the defense is starting to show some cracks. They still lead the league in goals allowed with only 14 against but with four against in their last two matches, things aren’t as rosy as they once were. I feel like I need to see this team more before I place them any higher than this. (Down one group from May)

San Jose Earthquakes (5-7-6, 21 points) – They’ve been better since letting Frank Yallop go but I’m not buying into the Goonie magic just yet. They went 2-2-0 in June with the last being a big come from behind win over LA. But that schedule gets tougher in July, if they beat Chicago, New England, Seattle and Portland all in one month, then I may become a believer again. (same group as May)

Columbus Crew (5-7-5, 20 points) – A 1-3-0 record in June doesn’t look good at all for this bunch, especially when you figure how tight the Eastern Conference is starting to get. This team is too inconsistent on all sides of the ball at the moment. (Down one group from May)

Chicago Fire (5-7-3, 18 points) – A big if not massive improvement with Mike Magee on the field. The Fire went unbeaten in June with a 3-0-1 record has them on the move upward. Question is, can they get enough momentum to leap over some clubs in their conference? (Up one group from May)

Bring me the wooden spoon

Toronto FC (2-8-6, 12 points) – Things have been…better in Toronto in the last few weeks. Believe it or not but they only lost once in June, going 1-1-2 on the month. Not bad. Still, they have a long….long ways to go here.  (same group as May)

Chivas USA (2-10-3, 12 points) – Not any prettier in Chivas-land either. The in-season rebuild is on the way with Carlos Bocaengra though, but that is obviously not for this season.  (same group as May)

D.C. United (2-12-3, 9 points) – Impressive that Ben Olsen is still employed by United here with that record. They did get a win in June though so that is something.  (same group as May)