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October 26, 2011 at 7:52 AM

My Major League Soccer power rankings — the final edition

LA Galaxy Logo.jpgThis 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?


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