Wednesday, May 03, 2006

MLS Week 5 Power Ratings

1. DC United (Last week - 1) - Yet again, DC looked great. Adu is slowly living up to all the off season (and past seasons) hype and Olsen was showing off his power, however, they just could not find that second goal thanks to the great goal work of FCD's Dario Sala. Still, play like this and you will get points 9 times out of 10.

2. FC Dallas (2) - Two weeks in a row they were out played by an Eastern team and two weeks in a row they walk away with points. Dallas showed they know how to hold teams and that they have a solid keeper in Sala. They were also able to get a goal in a hostile environment for the tie. As with DC, play like this and you are going to get points.

3. Kansas City Wizards (3) - Their defense was able to hold strong when Columbus did come on, and they just did not stop coming at the Crew till they found net, but overall, the offense was weak. They did not make the most of their chances and if you don't finish goals, you will have trouble.

4. Houston Dynamo (4) - Dwayne De Rosario should be getting some flowers from Brian Ching today as he had a lot to do with getting Ching his early goals. Still, this week's goal by Ching was earned all by himself. The defense needs a little more tone.

5. Chicago Fire (7) - What can you say about a team that goes into New England, goes down a goal and then finds a way to get 2 of their own. If Chris Rolfe keeps finding defensive mistakes and Thiago keeps his foot, they will ride out this long road trip.

6. Los Angeles Galaxy (6) - Landon Donovan is LA. Yes, Chris Albright and Cobi Jones made things happen, but that was more because of Donovan then their own abilities.

7. Chivas USA (5) - The good news for the Goats, they have a hell of a keeper in Brad Guzan. The bad news, their defense is still hurting and their offense has trouble making things happen. It seems every week some part of the team fixes itself only to have another part fall to pieces.

8. New England Revolution (8) - I wanted to drop NE down in the ratings, but I couldn't. Not because the Revs showed something to keep them up but because the other teams were just so bad. Twellman did finally break the goal scoring ice, but they could not hold balls nor could they get a full, constant attack to knock the Fire off their game. So much confusion for this team.

9. New York Red Bull (11) - As with Chivas, the game proved they have a good keeper in Tony Meola, but they need to find a way to keep him from having to prove it so often. They were much more together this week, but still were lost on the pitch.

10. Columbus Crew (9) - If it wasn't for a late mistake, the Crew would have got a points for three matches in a row. All and all, the Crew were able to put together some offense and the defense had its moments, however, mistakes will be made but good teams are able to keep them from becoming goals.

11. Colorado Rapids (12) - Since the other team didn't surrender an own goal, the Rapids did not get points. Joe Cannon was strong in net, but there were too many errors to not drop the game.

12. Real Salt Lake (10) - It has finally happened, Real has fallen to the bottom of the list. With even Eddie Pope looking less then great, the team had no hope. It says more about LA that Real got a second goal then it does about Salt Lake. More play like this and they will beat last year's record, but not in the good way.


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