So how did I do? Well, here are the rankings I had at the beginning of the season — pretty awful, I’d say, in retrospect. I’ll just hide behind the excuse that I was less than two months into the beat when I came up with those. Though certainly the teams deserve some credit/blame as well.
Anyways, here’s the final set. Hope it was a worthwhile new feature this season…
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1. (2) Los Angeles Galaxy 18-7-5
Can’t argue with a Supporters’ Shield trophy. Did well to end the year with three wins in Oct.
2. (1) Real Salt Lake 15-4-11
MLS Cup fav? Finished with league-high 45 goals and league-low 20 goals conceded.
3. (5) New York Red Bulls 15-9-6
Top-seeded team in East could be without its DP star, Thierry Henry, due to knee injury.
4. (3) FC Dallas 12-4-14
Back-to-back losses to L.A. and Salt Lake will do little to inspire confidence before playoffs.
5. (4) Seattle Sounders FC 14-10-6
Competitive juices will be flowing, facing Galaxy side that outscored them 7-1 this season.
6. (6) Columbus Crew 14-8-8
Going into postseason with a win was huge. Unfortunately, so was losing GK Hesmer to injury.
7. (7) Colorado Rapids 12-8-10
If there’s a spoiler team in Eastern Co. playoffs, it’s led by Conor Casey & Omar Cummings.
8. (8) San Jose Earthquakes 13-10-7
The wondrous Chris Wondolowski scored four times in final week to win Golden Boot.
9. (9) Kansas City Wizards 11-13-6
Scored four goals four different times this season, but averaged 0.77 goals in all others.
10. (11) Chicago Fire 9-12-9
Don’t look now, but Freddie Ljungberg closed season with 2 goals, 7 assists for new team.
11. (12) Toronto FC 9-13-8
Massive disappointment. This franchise is a long way from providing a team its fans deserve.
12. (14) Houston Dynamo 9-15-6
Good news? Finished season with back-to-back wins. Bad news? That was a season first.
13. (10) New England Revolution 9-16-5
Priority in offseason is crystal clear: fix league’s worst defense, which allowed 50 goals.
14. (13) Philadelphia Union 8-15-7
Ex-Sounder Seba Le Toux (14G, 11A) was a sparkling gem for expansion franchise.
15. (15) Chivas USA 8-18-4
Coach Martin Vasquez has been retained for second year (UPDATE 5:07 p.m. Wednesday — actually he’s been fired today). Time to get him some goal scorers.
16. (16) D.C. United 6-20-4
Retiring MLS legend Jaime Moreno scored league-record 133rd career goal in his last game.