Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

June 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Week 14 in MLS: Alan Hinton’s power rankings, plus some World Cup thoughts

In a weekly feature, local legend Alan Hinton, who coached the old NASL Sounders and did broadcast work for many season for the MLS team, has offered to provide his thoughts on the action leaguewide. This week is special as he included some notes on the World Cup.

Here was Hinton’s Week 13 post. Posted below is his latest offering, including power rankings:

*     *     *

Greetings from beautiful Mykonos!

The Sounders, with 10 wins  from 15 games, deserve a seven-point lead in MLS. It has been entertaining play with loads of goals. Good to see Lamar Neagle, a talented Federal Way kid with two excellent feet, scoring the game-winning goal at Chicago.

I am impressed with Brad Evans, who must be devastated by being released from U.S. World Cup squad, playing so well and showing great leadership and character for the Sounders. Sigi Schmid always thrives on tough choices.

It will be interesting to see the Sounders’ starting lineup when Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin return. My prediction: Seattle will break its team scoring record of 56 goals in 2011. I say 60-plus?

In the World Cup, I’ll select Argentina as Messi needs to win a WC to challenge Pele as the greatest player ever. Good luck to U.S. and England; both need to get out of their groups.  I will be in Rome for England versus Italy on Saturday. Wish me luck!

Alan Hinton’s MLS power rankings

1. Seattle Sounders
2. Toronto FC
3. Vancouver Whitecaps
4. Real Salt Lake
5. D.C. United
6. New England
7. Sporting Kansas City
8. LA Galaxy
9. Portland Timbers
10. Colorado Rapids
11. New York Red Bulls
12. FC Dallas
13. Columbus Crew
14. San Jose Earthquakes
15. Houston Dynamo
16. Chicago Fire
17. Philadelphia Union
18. Chivas USA
19. Montreal Impact

| More in MLS, Power rankings, Sounders FC, World Cup

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►