* As I will be on vacation next week with limited access to my computer/programs, there will not be a new forecast next week. I will run it for over-time-graph purposes, but the next published forecast will be on the 29th. Below are the updated season forecasts using data [...]
It was a slow week in MLS as World Cup qualifiers had many teams taking time off during the international break. Those who played did so definitively, as the week passed without a single draw as a result.
FC Dallas staked their claim to remain on top of the rankings by dismantling a dreadfully bad road team in the Portland Timbers.
Certainly, things are not completely settled, especially with teams like New England being so schizophrenic. A few of the bottom teams found a way to get big results against big teams – showing signs of life? CLASS OF THE LEAGUE 1 (5)Real Salt Lake – I am taking a risk here, but my spidey sense is tingling that this group is coming together after missing Rimando, Beckerman, etc.
A day afterclaiming an emphatic 5-0 win over the top of the table Seattle Sounders, theNew England Revolutionare the polesitters on this week's ESPN MLS Power Rankings.
The Revolution have taken wins from defending champion Sporting Kansas City (2-0), uber-talented Toronto FC (2-1) and the Sounders (5-0) in consecutive weeks, and have gone unbeaten in their last five (4-0-1).
As we head toward the final month of the MLS regular season, the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City continue to set the pace in their respective conferences, but the LA Galaxy just might be rounding into the strongest team in the league.
The Earthquakes were thoroughly impressive in out-playing Seattle in Seattle last weekend to secure a win and hit the 60-point mark.
The San Jose Earthquakes continued to lead Major League Soccer as the steamroll toward an inevitable Supporters Shield, but they aren't the only team in the midst of a serious roll toward the pre-season.
The LA Galaxy pushed their unbeaten streak to five matches, posting their fourth shutout victory in five matches, with last Friday's victory against the Colorado Rapids.
Most teams did not play over the past week due to the international break which MLS mostly respected. In the past a team that didn't play stayed stable, while those that won would move past them. The past is gone. Sporting Kansas City took a tiny step up while the Seattle Sounders took a tiny step down in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings.
The Columbus Crew are making some serious waves as the season reaches its most vital point on
The Crew's second consecutive six-point week not only catapulted them into the Eastern
Conference playoff picture, but also up a couple of spots to eighth in SBI's MLS Power Rankings as
they brace for another match Wednesday night against sputtering New England.
The wild week in Major League Soccer ended with the same group on top as the previous week.
Really the only changes after Week 24 ended was in the middle of the order as Vancouver and Salt
Lake continue to slide while Chicago makes their way upward.
The third tier also saw some changes as FC Dallas and Montreal climb closer to a playoff
It sure didn't take long for the San Jose Earthquakes to climb back atop the ladder.
More late heroics gave San Jose a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, pushing the
Earthquakes back to the No. 1 spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after they had been
dethroned the week prior by the Houston Dynamo.
Another week down in MLS and another week with plenty of changes in the Power Rankings.
After all the talk about how good the Western Conference was going into this season, the top
tier actually now has three Eastern Conference clubs in it while the rest of the top clubs in the
West fill out Tier 2.
Riding a five-game winning streak and six shutouts in their past seven matches, the Dynamo have
climbed to No. 1 in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings. Houston's latest triumph, a 2-0 result
against the New York Red Bulls, put the Dynamo on top of the Eastern Conference as well.
The US says "We won." Canada says, "We were robbed." Recaps and reaction to USWNT amazing
come-from-behind win against Canada in the Olympic semifinals. Power rankings and Generation adidas
Cup. More news.
After another full week of games and some upsets you'd expect some movement in this week's
rankings. Well, you thought wrong. Only a couple teams made some noise in the rankings. I nearly
made a new number one and almost moved a club back into the top tier but in the end decided against
Also, we have a new addition to the bottom tier as the four groups begin to get a little more
evenly laid out.
Hackworth says tonight's game against the Crew is huge, believes Jack McInerney is the key to the
Union getting goals on the scoreboard. Previews and power rankings. More on Freddy. With Perlaza
gone, Nowak's Mwanga deal means Union got nothing. River Cup raised $30k. More news.
Carli Lloyd will be signing autographs ahead of Wednesday's Union game against Columbus. Gaddis
wins PST Team of the Week honors. Adu on not starting against RSL: "It is what it is." Power
rankings. FIFA ethics investigator to look into awarding of 2018 and 2022 WC hosting. More.
"Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown."
As soccer continues it's "invasion" of American shores, I find it fit to pay tribute to the original British Invasion of the 1960s. Just like the Barclays Premier League, the Rolling Stones are synonymous with English culture.
The arrival of spring means many things to people. The days get longer, snow melts as the sun shines again after it's wintery absence, flowers begin to bloom, and the English Premier League enters the business end of the season. It is in this final stretch where legends are made and unforgettable moments occur.
With the MLS Cup Playoffs starting tonight (Chicago v Houston on NBC Sports at 6 PM Pacific) this is the final SBN MLS Cup Power Rankings. As usual we'll focus on how the Seattle Sounders and their pre-season rivals looked. Before we get into that though here's the reminder that San Jose is still number one and KC is number two (getting all but one vote at that place).
If you are tiring of the San Jose Earthquakes being at the top of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings you aren't alone. You are also quite likely to be tired for a long time. The 'Quakes, like the Sounders, haven't lost back-to-back games this year. On top of that they have one of the best offenses in MLS history, pacing for 70 or so goals.
The most notable aspect of the forthcoming SB Nation MLS Power Rankings is the ability to judge
if people are paying attention to the league as a whole, late to make adjustments or just not
believing that recent form matters. There are two teams that should show positive movement on this
front (Crew, Dallas) and there are two teams that deserve negative movement off of recent form
(Revolution and United).
Seattle's last two losses in all competitions are to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting
Kansas City. In some ways it is fitting that these are the only two teams ahead of the Sounders in
the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings. Seattle is as high as it has been since week 11. The votes they
receive are primarily for 2 or 3 with two at 4 and one at 5.
In the two weeks since the Sounders Centric Power Rankings graph there hasn't been much
movement. You can see a bit of up and down for most of the teams, except in the case of Real Salt
Lake. The one time darlings of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings are now ranked just 6th overall and
are in middle of their second multi-week slide of the 2012 season.
Despite the ESPN announcers perversely going on about Chivas making a run at the playoffs
despite a heavy loss to the Galaxy, the jockeying at this point continues to be more about seeding
than about the playoff participants. Chicago is starting to run away with the last slot in the
Rankers in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings still have doubts about the Seattle Sounders. They
are doubts that won't be answered by any singular win, or even a decent lossless streak. It will
take a run against a series of good teams. Maybe the August run of Galaxy, Sporting and Earthquakes
will be something to get that ever important * Power Rankings respect.
As much as we pretend that they don't matter, that they don't affect us, that they're utterly irrelevant, the fact is, they mean something.
No, it doesn't matter as far as actual results go. The Chicago Fire are second place in the East; even if every soccer writer in the county argued that we weren't that good of a team, that fact would remain.
The Houston Dynamo were in a bit of a tailspin mode in recent weeks, having won just one of their past seven MLS matches, but a change in formation and a well-earned victory have Dom Kinnear's squad back on track and back in the top half of the SBI MLS Power Rankings.
The Dynamo reverted to their old 4-4-2 formation in their 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution and the shift away from the 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 produce the kind of performance Houston will need to solidify their hold on a playoff spot in the East.