Power Rankings--Seedling Edition

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by AriesFlame, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. AriesFlame

    AriesFlame New Member

    Nov 28, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    After tonight's slate of matches, I believe it is safe to eliminate Dallas from the power rankings and concentrate on the teams still in contention. Besides, I've run out of witty remarks.

    1) Chicago--Slump? What slump? Win at Victoria Street seems to be evidence of a recharged Fire squad primed for the playoffs. I believe the League knows where to send the Rookie of the Year award, and may be able to save on shipping costs by sending the Supporters' Shield with it.

    2) San Jose--Loss at DC may have cost them the Supporter's Shield. The Quakes cannot afford any more such hiccups as the next team is in hot pursuit.

    3) Colorado--If the Rapids were .500 the first six games of the season, they would have been Shield contenders along with the Quakes and Fire. Still not too late to overtake San Jose. The Mile High City seems to be rare air for the Rapids.

    4) DC United--Toppling the Quakes is a positive sign, but can Hudson's Men in Black become a dark horse in the playoffs?

    5) MetroStars--Divisional loss to New England may have erased any chance of catching up to Chicago. Mathis and Co. need to solve their execution problems before DC takes away the choice of field in the playoffs.

    6) Columbus--The Crew seem to have revived and not a moment too soon. Beating Dallas was good, but it should not have been as close as it was.

    7) Los Angeles--Loss at home to Chicago is a black eye the Galaxy could ill afford to suffer. The trade for Serna looks less and less worth the cost. Prospects for getting a higher seed looks more remote.

    8) Kansas City--The Wizards are skidding out of control but won't crash out of the playoff race. Coach Gansler needs to check with the pit crew immediately before they wind up retiring from the playoffs early.

    9) New England--Beating the MetroStars on the road was vital as their playoff hopes are on life support and Columbus' hands are on the plug.
  2. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    What about #10?
  3. Sanguine

    Sanguine Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Reston, VA
    10 - Dallas - Yep, they still suck.
  4. KCWiz

    KCWiz New Member

    May 8, 2003
    Manhattan, Kansas
    are the wizards ever on espn soccer saturday?
  5. WarrenWallace

    WarrenWallace Member

    Mar 12, 1999
    Beer and Cheese
    They are just not perceived as a sexy team to have on TV. They would rather show Chicago, NY, LA, DC.

    Kinda like the same reason Kansas basketball is always on TV but Kansas State isn't (nationally that it).
  6. Nutmeg

    Nutmeg Member+

    Aug 24, 1999
    [u]Team         	GP 	W 	L 	T 	Pts 	GF 	GA 	+/- [/u]
    Chicago   	24	12	5	7	43	42	31	11
    San Jose	24	12	5	7	43	35	26	9
    Colorado	24	11	9	4	37	31	32	-1
    MetroStars	23	9	7	7	34	33	30	3
    D.C. United	23	9	8	6	33	31	28	3
    Kansas City	24	7	9	8	29	37	35	2
    Los Angeles	24	7	9	8	29	28	28	0
    Columbus	24	8	9	7	31	32	33	-1
    New England	24	7	9	8	29	40	41	-1
    Dallas     	24	4	16	4	16	26	51	-25
  7. Jeremy Goodwin

    Feb 16, 1999
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just wanted to point out that the league doesn't have the Supporters' Shield (SUPPORTERS SHIELD, not LEAGUE SHIELD), and it doesn't need to be shipped anywhere.

    The Shield is already in LA, ready for presentation at the Supporters Summit, by virtue of the fact that LA won it last year.
  8. AriesFlame

    AriesFlame New Member

    Nov 28, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    I stand corrected.
  9. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As I understand the power rankings, they are supposed to rank the teams as they are right now. If that's the case, I don't see how you can rank Colorado below San Jose. Since Colorado got their first win on May 31st they have 1 more point than San Jose, and have beaten San Jose twoice, in San Jose. I'd say the teams are about even, with the edge going to the Rapids by virute of the two wins onver the E-Quakes on the road.
  10. DCUnited*Fan

    DCUnited*Fan New Member

    Jun 12, 2000
    Near Washington DC -
    You might as well put DC in the top two of the power rankings, since every year that they have been in the playoffs, they have made it to the finals (4 times), and they usually win it (3 times).

    Now they just have to hope they can keep they recent good form alive til then.
  11. Jose L. Couso

    Jose L. Couso New Member

    Jul 31, 2000
    Arlington, VA

    We shall see what Colorado is made of tomorrow night.
  12. FlashMan

    FlashMan Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, they're 8-1-1 in their last 10, so I think we've already seen what they're made of.

    If they slip up tomorrow, especially to a desperate NE at home clawing for a playoff spot, I'm not sure it proves anything either way (as far as the Rapids are concerned).
  13. Jose L. Couso

    Jose L. Couso New Member

    Jul 31, 2000
    Arlington, VA
    You are right.

    Perhaps I should have said that it is giong to be an interesting matchup in today's game and I would like to see how they handle the pressure.

    I must admit that I have not seen Colorado play in a while (and certainly not while they have been on that run, well perhaps when they beat LA in the Toolbox, but I don't recall whether that was part of the current run).

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