Monday, October 26, 2015

Weekly Power Rankings - End of Regular Season (Week 34)


1 - New York Red Bulls (18-10-6) - Clinched their third Supporter's Shield in six years with a 2-1 win over the Fire, but are still looking for their first MLS Cup. Last Week: 2
2 - FC Dallas (18-10-6) - Just missed the Supporter's Shield, but they'll still be Champions League bound next year AND they're getting contributions from everyone. Last Week: 1
3 - Columbus Crew (15-11-8) - Closed out the regular season with a convincing 5-0 win over DC United despite no Kei Kamara. Ethan Finlay needs to get some USMNT love. Last Week: 4
4 - Montreal Impact (15-13-6) - How many goals would Didier Drogba have scored if he played the entire season? 20? 25? Last Week: 6
5 - Portland Timbers (15-11-8) - Darlington Nagbe stepped up in a big way on Sunday. You watching, Jurgen Klinsmann? Last Week: 8
6 - LA Galaxy (14-11-9) - Blew a late lead in the Champions League which cost them the top seed in the Knockout Round AND lost to Sporting Kansas City which means they'll have to win on the road in Seattle to advance to the conference semis. Last Week: 3
7 - Seattle Sounders (15-13-6) - Clint Dempsey scored two goals and added an assist in the opening 20 minutes against Real Salt Lake. That guy needs to show up more often for club AND country. Last Week: 10
8 - Toronto FC (15-15-4) - Will get another shot at Montreal and Didier Drogba this week as the postseason gets underway. Last Week: 5
9 - New England Revolution (14-12-8) - Lee Nguyen and Charlie Davies delivered when New England needed a win. Can they duplicate last season's postseason run? Last Week: 13
10 - Vancouver Whitecaps (16-13-5) - David Ousted made it back-to-back seasons with 13 shutouts, and Vancouver set a franchise record with 16 wins. Last Week: 11
11 - DC United (15-13-6) - No momentum heading into the postseason following a 5-0 thrashing by the Crew, and that was with Kei Kamara suspended. Last Week: 7
12 - Sporting Kansas City (14-11-9) - Crushing home defeat against the Rapids followed by an impressive win against the Galaxy. Consistency is lacking, and they still look like they're running on fumes, but they're postseason bound. Last Week: 12
13 - San Jose Earthquakes (13-13-8) - Eliminated from contention on Decision Day, and you can't help but wonder what might have been if Innocent hadn't gotten hurt, or if they'd made the move for Quincy Amarikwa a bit sooner. Last Week: 14
14 - Orlando City SC (12-14-8) - Saw their 5-game winning streak snapped against the Union, but made it until the last day of the regular season before being eliminated from the playoffs in their first season. Last Week: 9
15 - Real Salt Lake (11-15-8) - Disappointing regular season, but on the bright side, they're in the knockout round of the Champions League after knocking off Municipal this week. Last Week: 15
16 - Philadelphia Union (10-17-7) - Andre Blake may be the answer in net for the Union who closed out the season with an impressive shutout win over red hot Orlando City. Last Week: 18
17 - Houston Dynamo (11-14-9) - Cubo Torres failed to score in 11 matches with the Dynamo this season after scoring 15 goals for Chivas USA a year ago. Last Week: 16
18 - New York City SC (10-17-7) - City's first MLS season draws to a close with stars Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, and David Villa, unable to deliver a playoff berth. They'll need to add some depth this offseason, but expect them to improve in 2016. Last Week: 17
19 - Colorado Rapids (9-15-10) - Mixed week as they delivered a big win against Sporting Kansas City, but then saw the wheels come off against Darlington Nagbe and the Timbers. Still, was nice to see Dominique Badji, the 67th overall pick in this year's draft, find the back of the net. Last Week: 19
20 - Chicago Fire (8-20-6) - Led the league with 20 losses a year after leading the league with 18 ties. Does this mean next year they'll lead the league in wins? Last Week: 20

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