April 14, 2009

MLS rankings: week 4

Time for some super official rankings. This is the exact order of how good the teams are at this moment.

I guarantee it. You get a refund if I'm wrong (not you ad people, just the readers who enjoy this complimentary product).

I did confer with fellow rankers -- ESPN, Goal.com, SBI and The Touchline -- to put this together. Surprisingly they didn't grill the Sounders too bad, but without Kasey Keller in goal for the Chivas USA game, things might change...

Without further ado.

1. (2) Chicago Fire 2-0-2
Three of Chicago's games have been on the road, so to be unbeaten at this point is mighty impressive. Brian McBride had a class goal this weekend and the Fire has three of its next four games at home. Watch out.

2. (4) Chivas USA 3-0-1
I wanted to give Chivas the No. 1 spot, considering I'd probably underranked them all season. But a 0-0 draw in your home stadium (even though it was technically an away game) against L.A. isn't gonna cut it.

3. (1) Seattle Sounders FC 3-1-0
Despite playing without their top 'keeper and -- oh yeah -- a man short, the Sounders still played well and created chances in the second half. The magic ride had to end some point, but that have to bounce back fast: Chivas USA is next.

4. (3) New England Revolution 2-0-1
They didn't play so I don't really have much to add. The Revs are at DC United and at Real Salt Lake in the next couple games, so we should learn a bunch about them in the near future.

5. (8) Real Salt Lake 2-1-0
Solid win against D.C. this weekend. I kinda like this team. They got good balance and they're giving my boy Raphael Cox some PT in his rookie campaign. Could they stumble at New York this weekend?

6. (7) Colorado Rapids 2-1-1
Conor Casey is now in the driver's seat for the Golden Boot as he netted a late equalizer at Columbus to earn the 1-1 draw. Not sure if I believe in this team yet, a road win at Houston this week would help.

7. (9) Kansas City Wiz 2-2-0
That's two nice wins in a row for the Wizards, though I can't give them too much credit for a 1-0 win against a short-handed opponent. Had I not seen the game I might've ranked them higher. At Chicago this week could be interesting.

8. (6) D.C. United 1-1-2
A road loss to Real Salt Lake probably isn't the world result of all time. Though I am starting to wonder if this team will ever put it together. Christian Gomez has been a bust so far.

9. (10) San Jose 'Quakes 1-2-1
Well, they got the goals this week. Three against Chicago is more than I expected from them. Unfortunately the defense gave up just as many. Hopefully we see a complete performance this week against L.A. at home.

10. (5) Toronto FC 1-1-2
A draw at home to Dallas? Very bad. I expected more offensive creativity from this bunch. Very disappointing. That's one point in two games at home now at a supposed tough park. They're at Dallas next.

11. (12) Houston Dynamo 0-2-2
Still no wins for the Orangeman. Only a worse showing by Columbus moves them up in the rankings. No goals in about 240 minutes is a concern. But -- oh yeah -- so is the ZERO WINS in four games.

12. (11) Columbus Crew 0-2-3
Kind of sad to see this fall from grace. One spot ahead of the Galaxy, ugh. That's bad. Columbus has scored one goal in each game this year, at least it's consistent. It might not get better having to play No. 1 Chicago this week.

13. (13) L.A. Galaxy 0-1-2
Not the best debut by Gregg Berhalter, but the showing by MLS player of the week Donovan Ricketts in goal was a positive. Two points in three home games to start the year is very discouraging. Could life on the road be worse?

14. (15) F.C. Dallas 0-3-1
That's two nice road performances in a row. So yes, I'm moving them up out of the basement. At least Dallas has scored three goals. New York has zero of their own -- only an own goal from New England -- this season.

15. (14) N.Y. Red Bulls 0-2-2
Got a point in a roadtrip to Houston, so I guess that's a positive. I don't care if you have two points, not having put the ball in the net for 360 minutes is unacceptable. Enjoy the basement.

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