MLS Power Rankings Week Ten: Fit to Be Tied
Week 10 of the 2009 MLS season brought us an abundance of draws. Thankfully, only one of these matches was a goalless draw. Further complicating the rankings is the fact that none of the top nine lost a match this week. But, thanks to some impressive results, we had to shuffle things around a little bit.
Seattle dropped out of the top five for the first time all season, while Houston and Toronto appear to be on the rise thanks to matching 3-1 victories.
Last week's rankings in parentheses
1. Chivas USA (1)
Chivas continued their impressive form with a 1-1 draw on the road against a tough Kansas City club. Next week's match against Chicago will offer their first major test of character.
2. Chicago Fire (2)
After a draw-filled start to the season, Chicago has enjoyed two straight shutout victories. Will they be able to keep the streak going next week in their titanic clash against Chivas? More importantly, will they be able to remain undefeated?
3. DC United (3)
United is unbeaten in seven as they seem to have found the key to success in MLS: bend, but don't break. They conceded twice against Chivas last week but hung on for a draw. This week? Didn't score any, but the defense held up their end of the bargain and kept a clean sheet.
4. Houston Dynamo (5)
Is anybody surprised that Houston's recent hot streak has coincided with Brian Ching's personal hot streak? They're poised to overtake Seattle if current trends continue, but start a tough three-game stretch against Toronto, Chicago, and Chivas.
5. Toronto FC (7)
Which Amado Guevara are we going to get, the prima donna or the brilliant offensive machine? Guevara scored twice, including a gorgeous strike from 20 yards that's an early candidate for Goal of the Year. Toronto looked nearly flawless against New England.
6. Seattle (4)
Seattle has slowed down a little bit, drawing in each of their last four matches, but they're still competitive. They still have the third-best defense in MLS at their disposal, and have matches against Columbus and San Jose in the near future. They'll pick up the pace once again.
7. Kansas City (6)
Kansas City continues to impress me, but Toronto was slightly more impressive this past week. Still, KC has only lost twice since the beginning of April and are getting consistent contributions from Josh Wolff and Claudio Lopez.
8. Colorado Rapids (8)
Colorado had victory within their grasp but had to settle for a draw after a late Nate Jaqua strike. Conor Casey continues to make a splash, which begs the question, how long can Bob Bradley continue to ignore him?
9. Los Angeles Galaxy (11)
Not a great result for LA, but they reap the benefits of a miserable New England performance. All Los Angeles did on the weekend was pull a Chelsea...take a one goal lead, gain a man-advantage, and then end up settling for a draw.
10. New York Red Bulls (10)
Surprisingly enough, New York doesn't have the most impotent offense in MLS, it just seems like it most weeks. Of course, take out the four-goal outburst against bottom-feeders San Jose and they DO have the worst offense. At least fans can look forward to the new stadium.
11. New England Revolution (9)
Last time we checked in on the Revs, they were winless in five. Make that six. How can a team with Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, and Shalrie Joseph be so bad? They're MLS' answer to Newcastle United.
12. Columbus Crew (12)
Columbus was mercifully idle this week.
13. Real Salt Lake (13)
Real Salt Lake have not won since April 11th. Seven straight games without a victory. Luckily, they get a chance to right the ship this weekend with a game against San Jose.
14. FC Dallas (15)
FC Dallas only moves up a spot by virtue of San Jose's poor performance, not by any brilliance on their own part.
15. San Jose Earthquakes (14)
As they say in Wrigleyville, "Wait 'till next year!" If San Jose even comes close to a playoff spot, it'll be a miracle.
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