SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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What happens to the SBI MLS Power Rankings when all five MLS matches end in ties? Can there be much of a change? Can there really be any change?

I say there can be. Let’s face it, not every tie is the same. There were also SuperLiga matches this week, and as those of you who read last week rankings know, those matches are considered for these rankings.

There weren’t any drastic changes this week, but a few tweaks to from last week’s MLS Power Rankings.

Here are this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings:

SBI MLS Power Rankings

1. (Last week- 1) New England Revolution (10-4-3)

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Last Week: Off in MLS, beat Pachuca, 1-0, on Tuesday and tied Chivas USA, 1-1, on Sunday in SuperLiga.

This Week: OFF

Last Five MLS Games: 3-1-1

Outlook: Unbeaten in SuperLiga (2-0-1), Revs are now in the semis in SuperLiga and U.S. Open and have just one loss in past 15 matches in all competitions.

2. (2) D.C. United (7-7-1)

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Last Week: Off in MLS (lost, 3-2, to Atlante on Tuesday, lost, 3-1, to Houston on Saturday in SuperLiga).

This Week: vs. Houston on Wednesday.

Last Five MLS Games: 4-0-1

Outlook: Looked unstoppable before SuperLiga, now injuries to Marcelo Gallardo and Gonzalo Peralta could hurt D.C. heading into second half of the season.

3. (3) Columbus Crew (8-5-4)

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Last Week: tied Kansas City Wizards, 3-3, on Thursday (ESPN) (lost, 3-1,to West Ham United on Sunday in friendly.)

This Week: at Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-1-3

Outlook: Guillermo Barros Schelotto made a good case for being the worst MLS All-Star snub in the league. The Crew defense was ripped up by a normally awful KC attack, something that should set off alarm bells.

4. (4) Houston Dynamo (4-4-8)

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Last Week: Off in MLS (lost to Chivas de Guadalajara, 1-0, on Tuesday and beat D.C. United, 3-1, on Sunday in SuperLiga.)

This Week: vs. D.C. United on Wednesday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-1-3

Outlook: Dynamo need a win tonight to close gap on current West leaders. Another tie would be extremely frustrating for Houston squad that looked so sharp in SuperLiga.

5. (5) Chicago Fire (7-5-4)

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Last Week: tied Real Salt Lake, 0-0, on Saturday.

This Week: at Kansas City on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-1-3

Outlook: Poor finishing cost the Fire yet again as defense holds up once again. Is a forward on the way now that the transfer window is open?

6. (6) Real Salt Lake (6-6-6)

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Last Week: tied Chicago Fire, 0-0, on Saturday.

This Week: vs. Toronto FC on Monday (friendly vs. Deportivo Saprissa on Wednesday).

Last Five MLS Games: 2-1-2

Outlook: RSL defense posts another shutout, but the attack still can’t find the net on the road.

7. (7) Toronto FC (6-6-4)

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Last Week: tied San Jose, 0-0, on Saturday (lost, 1-0, to Independiente in friendly on Tuesday.)

This Week: vs. Montreal Impact tonight in CONCACAF Champions League qualifier, at Real Salt Lake on Monday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-2-2

Outlook: TFC will play its biggest game in club history tonight. A win and Toronto will reach the CONCACAF Champions League.

8. (10) Kansas City Wizards (5-5-6)

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Last Week: tied Columbus Crew, 3-3, on Thursday.

This Week: vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 2-0-3

Outlook: Wizards salvaged a point thanks to Josh Wolff and now boast a five-match unbeaten streak. Could KC be poised for a second-half surge? It sure looks like it.

9. (8) Los Angeles Galaxy (6-6-5)

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Last Week: tied New York Red Bulls, 2-2, on
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This Week: at FC Dallas on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 0-2-3

Outlook: Galaxy in the midst of a five-match winless streak, but arrival of Eduardo Dominguez should help bolster a defense still struggling to find good form. The offense is good enough, but the back-line needs to get better if LA will have any chance of winning the West.

10. (9) Chivas USA (6-6-4)

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Last Week: Off in MLS (beat Santos Laguna, 1-0, on Wednesday and tied New England, 1-1, on Sunday in SuperLiga.)

This Week: OFF

Last Five MLS Games: 2-1-2

Outlook: Goats failed to reach the SuperLiga semifinals but will now have some much-needed time to get healthy.

11. (11) FC Dallas (4-6-6)

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Last Week: tied Colorado Rapids, 2-2, on Saturday.

This Week: vs. Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-1-3

Outlook: Schellas Hyndman still looking for his first win. Could it come against LA, which hasn’t won in five games.

12. (12) Colorado Rapids (6-8-3)

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Last Week: tied FC Dallas, 2-2 on Saturday.

This Week: vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-1-3

Outlook: Rapids are driving their fans completely crazy. Is there any other way to say it?

13. (13) New York Red Bulls (5-6-6)

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Last Week: tied Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-2, on Saturday.

This Week: at San Jose on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 1-2-2

Outlook: Another blown lead and more lost points for a team that has seen its defense fall short late in games far too often. Jorge Rojas looked good in his debut though, and the Red Bulls may finally have the playmaker they’ve lacked since Amado Guevara left.

14. (14) San Jose Earthquakes (3-9-5)

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Last Week: tied Toronto FC, 0-0, on Saturday.

This Week: vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Last Five MLS Games: 0-2-3

Outlook: New attacking players didn’t deliver any goals but should help San Jose be tougher in the season’s second half.

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