This will be my last installment of the weekly MLS power rankings, though I might keep some sort of a playoff version going on the blog.
Just for fun, here’s a link to my Week 1 rankings (where surprisingly I got nine of the top 10 teams). There were some hits and misses, and some comments that make me look a little foolish.
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1. (1) Los Angeles Galaxy 19-5-10
MLS Cup will be at The Home Depot Center on Nov. 20. It could be Beckham’s last year. Storybook finish?
2. (2) Seattle Sounders FC 18-7-9
Losing maestro midfielder Mauro Rosales (MCL) for the conference semifinals would be a huge blow.
3. (3) Sporting Kansas City 13-9-12
Started 1-7-3 but climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference, completing a worst-to-first turnaround.
4. (8) Houston Dynamo 12-9-13
Midfielder Brad Davis finished with a league-high 16 assists, but is it enough to win MLS MVP?
5. (4) Philadelphia Union 11-8-15
Sebastien Le Toux has been great, but can he do it alone? No one else on the team has more than five goals.
6. (6) Real Salt Lake 15-11-8
Cohesiveness and experience will help them overcome a six-game winless streak before the playoffs.
7. (5) FC Dallas 15-12-7
Sounds like injured star David Ferreira is unlikely to make it back in time for postseason.
8. (9) Colorado Rapids 12-9-13
The uncertain future of coach Gary Smith has made the start of the playoffs somewhat awkward.
9. (10) Chicago Fire 9-9-16
Finished the season on a red-hot 7-2-1 run, but it wasn’t quite enough to make the playoffs.
10. (7) Columbus Crew 13-13-8
Coach Robert Warzycha’s team has overachieved, but has a minus-1 goal differential.
11. (12) New York Red Bulls 10-8-16
Struggles had them last into the 10-team postseason field, but still a side no one wants to play.
12. (11) Portland Timbers FC 11-14-9
Disappointed to miss the playoffs, but there’s a lot to be excited about after a solid Year 1.
13. (17) San Jose Earthquakes 8-12-14
Forward Chris Wondolowski tied for the MLS lead in goals (16) and only one was via penalty kick.
14. (13) D.C. United 9-13-12
Will playing for a losing team cost Dwayne De Rosario (16 goals, 12 assists) the MVP award?
15. (14) Chivas USA 8-14-12
Forward Juan Pablo Angel revived his career with the Goats, but will he stay on for 2012?
16. (15) Toronto FC 6-13-15
Didn’t finish as the worst Canadian team, but is 0 for 5 when it comes to making the playoffs.
17. (16) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6-18-10
Year 1 was tough, but new coach (Martin Rennie) and stadium (BC Place) is cause for optimism.
18. (18) New England Revolution 5-16-13
The Steve Nicol era has come to an end. The coach and team agreed to part ways after 10 years.
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What do you think, either about this week’s or reminiscing about Week 1?