I’m torn between two images for this first edition of the Major League Soccer power rankings. This one captures what rankings, oh, #2-14 look like to me:
This one, on the other hand, gets to how making each of those selections felt:
So, yeah, confidence is low, people, so low in fact that I put fairly little stock in what appears below; I blame the whole Week 1/too little information thing.
Rankings and jabbering aimed at justifying them appear after the jump. And, as always, the previous week’s ranking appears in parentheses after the current week’s rankings. This will go into the collective rankings – look for those Thursday – along with several others I have already found. Anyone is welcome to submit power rankings of their own into the comments (or to email them to me; jeffbull71[at]yahoo.com) and those will go into the collective mix as well.
Now….the rankings….accuracy, validity, hell, even intelligence, not guaranteed:
1. (4) New England Revolution
It wasn’t so much the win as the new blood blending so well with the old; I expect Nicol will crackdown on the Gambians’ exuberance in time for MLS Cup.
2. (5) Kansas City Wizards
The new guys look good here as well; plus, what else can you say when a team beats you ranked #1?
3. (1) DC United
Looks like they sacrificed Saturday for tonight’s CONCACAF Champs’ Cup semifinal (look under “The Good”); get a pass for playing JV squad.
4. (3) Chivas USA
A couple little birdies told me they really took the game to Dallas, but they dropped because the same birdies tied a fluke to their equalizer.
5. (2) Houston Dynamo
The Dynamo’s “rep” took the biggest hit in the Top 5; playing guys out of position and guys playing just out of it lays them a little low.
6. (8) Red Bull New York
Ah, the benefits of idleness…these guys only moved up because there’s something I don’t trust about everyone else’s results.
7. (6) FC Dallas
The draw took a defensive lapse (in Dallas? never!) from a rusty player. Losing the points hurts, but they held off a team nearly everyone likes…so they stick around near the top.
8. (11) Columbus Crew
Outlier (and biased) call, to be sure, but they did win. And I can’t very well rank them under the team below, not after what I wrote yesterday…
9. (10) Colorado Rapids
A win in KC this Saturday and these guys climb big. But I rated LA pretty low going into the season, so it’ll take more to impress me.
10. (9) Real Salt Lake
This feels wrong – not least because a couple places reported that RSL played pretty well – but they slip down on the strength of everyone else’s outings.
11. (7) Chicago Fire
Someone, somewhere speculated this won’t be the last time Blanco daggers the opposition. That may be true, but does Chicago want to rely on that?
12. (14) Toronto FC
I can honestly say they looked better losing this opener than they did all year.
13. (12) Los Angeles Galaxy
A couple stray snippets (like this one) make me think the Galaxy deserve the slightest benefit of the doubt. If they lose to the new boys on Thursday, however, I’m prepared to drop them to #-friggin’-16. Losing Ruiz can’t possibly help.
14. (13) San Jose Earthquakes
Just so ya know, I’m pulling for these guys on Thursday. Think I’ll miss it, as I have CONCACAF Champs’ Cup stuff to watch, but I want ’em to win.