Wednesday, April 19, 2006

MLS Week 3 Power Ratings

1. Kansas City Wizards (Last week - 1) - The first two weeks showed that KC could beat you with offense, the third week proved they could also do it with defense. Holding a one goal lead for 87-minutes is a mighty good sign. Maybe they need more black cats running around on the field.

2. DC United (4) - There was no luck needed to win this one as they took hold of Houston and would not let them go. The second half showed a team hitting their stride. However, this weekend will prove if they can take this act on the road as they travel to New York for a rematch of their opening day tie.

3. FC Dallas (2) - It's not often that you can so easily point to one player as the reason your team did not get maximum points, but you can this week. They will need Clarence Goodson to loose his black cloud fast as they welcome KC to town on Sunday. Other then that, it was a good outing, but they still need some work in the midfield.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy (9) - Finally we see the LA Galaxy as the team they should be. They didn't give up and Landon came to life. There are still some holes in the midfield and defensive, but if Golden Boy stays hot, they will be hard to beat.

5. Houston Dynamo (3) - No Dwayne De Rosario equals a team without cohesion, but perhaps they can regroup at home against Salt Lake. Brian Ching still seems goal happy, so they can explode at any moment.

6. Chivas USA (5) - Oh Goats, you were playing strong and had a goal lead with 7-minutes to play, what happened? Their defense was good all game, but they could not shut down Landon late. Not every team has a Donovan, so this late defeat is not as scary as it could be (for that you need to look at New York).

7. Chicago Fire (6) - A bad penalty kick call kept them from getting maximum points, but Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp still looked good. All and all, they are playing above expectations. If they keep getting points, then they are setting themselves up for a good second half of the season.

8. New England Revolution (7) - What to say about New England? They look lost out on the field. If it wasn't for the names on the uniforms, I'd swear I was watching the reserve team. Matt Reis kept NE from getting blown away and Clint Dempsey provided their limited offense. At some point, a few of the other stars on the team need to wake up if they want to make something happen.

9. New York Red Bull (8) - Different name, same problem; this team cannot hold a lead. Salt Lake out played them, but they were still on their way to their first victory and then it slipped away in the 89th minute. If you can't hold leads late, you are in bad shape.

10. Real Salt Lake (11) - As stated above, they outplayed New York, and even when they found themselves down a goal, they did not stop. The goal in the 89th by Jason Kreis might just prove to be a season altering event. There are still many mountains to climb, but playing like that will make it much easier.

11. Colorado Rapids (10) - They did not deserve or earn the point against FCD. The Goodson implosion was a freak event and cannot be counted on as a way to win games. They really didn't offer anything in the form of good soccer.

12. Columbus Crew (11) - You fooled the ref into a pk shot, but you can't fool your way up the rankings. There was no spark on the field and, even in the MLS, you cannot count on mistakes by the ref to continuously get you goals.


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