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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When it comes to MLS, one always has to expect that unexpected, a theme that was extremely apparent in Week 11.

It was hard to expect the Philadelphia Union to pick up the team’s first win in what feels like ages against a D.C. United team that was as hot as any. It was also difficult to expect a struggling Orlando City team to absolutely destroy the LA Galaxy in a 4-0 victory.

What can be expected, though, is some shakeup in the rankings, as some of the league’s bottom dwellers put on complete performances, while favorites faltered and floundered in confusing performances.

Have a look at the SBI MLS Power Rankings for Week 11 below:

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 11)

1. (Last Week- 3) SEATTLE SOUNDERS (6-3-1)

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LAST WEEK:  Defeated Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, last Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. Sporting KC on Saturday

OUTLOOK–  Despite the absence of Obafemi Martins, the Sounders put forth a virtually flawless performance against their Cascadia rivals. Chad Barrett filled in to the tune of two goals, and the backline all but limited a fearsome Whitecaps attack. The Sounders remain one of the league’s deepest teams, and that depth could be the difference between being good or being truly great.

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2. (2) NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (5-2-3)

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LAST WEEK: Tied Toronto FC, 1-1, last Saturday

THIS WEEK: at Sporting KC on Wednesday; vs. D.C. United on Saturday

OUTLOOK–  With a draw against TFC, the New England Revolution remain unbeaten in their last nine. Truthfully, the Revs were the better side against TFC, undone by a spectacular Michael Bradley goal and a strong goalkeeper performance from Chris Knopka. Despite drawing in two straight weeks, the Revs are fine, and remain a team to be reckoned with in the East.

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3. (4)  NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-5)

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LAST WEEK: Tied FC Dallas, 0-0, on Friday

THIS WEEK: vs. Philadelphia Union on Sunday

OUTLOOK– Emerging from Frisco with a point is certainly a respectable result given how well FC Dallas has played this season. Saved by a highlight reel goal-line clearance from Felipe, the Red Bulls absorbed pressure from FC Dallas to snag a draw. The Red Bulls continue to pick up points in whatever fashion required, a necessary trait to have in MLS.

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4. (1) D.C. UNITED (6-2-3)

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LAST WEEK:  Defeated Orlando City, 2-1, last Wednesday; Lost to Philadelphia Union, 1-0, last Sunday

THIS WEEK: at New England Revolution on Saturday

OUTLOOK– After picking up a come-from-behind victory over Orlando City midweek, D.C. floundered big time on a trip to PPL Park. It was the classic case of a two gameweek trap game, as D.C. fell right into the Union’s hands. Overall, not too concerning, especially since D.C. was without Luis Silva. If anything, the embarrassing loss should serve as motivation for a big clash with the Revs next time out.

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5. (5) FC DALLAS (6-2-3)

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LAST WEEK: Tied New York Red Bulls, 0-0, last Friday

THIS WEEK: at Montreal Impact on Saturday

OUTLOOK– FC Dallas will be left slightly disappointed by a scoreless draw with the Red Bulls, especially after seeing a goal cleared off the line by Felipe. Still, there are plenty of positives to take from the draw. The attack is good, that much is known, but it was the defense that stepped up most against the Red Bulls. If FC Dallas can put together consistent and complete performances on both side of the ball, watch out.

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6. (6) VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (6-4-2)

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LAST WEEK: Lost, 2-0, to Seattle Sounders last Saturday

THIS WEEK: at Colorado Rapids on Saturday

OUTLOOK– After wiping the floor with the Union the week prior, the Whitecaps were humbled a bit by the Sounders last time out. The backline was completely undone twice by Chad Barrett, a relative anomaly considering how strong the Whitecaps usually are at the back. The loss stings, sure, but should prove as a lesson that the Whitecaps still have more work to do to reach that elite echelon that the Sounders currently inhabit.

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7. (9)  SPORTING KANSAS CITY (3-2-5)

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LAST WEEK: Game against Colorado Rapids postponed due to weather last Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. New England Revolution on Wednesday; at Seattle Sounders on Saturday

OUTLOOK– Sporting KC were blessed by Mother Nature this weekend, seeing Saturday’s game postponed due to weather. SKC now enters a major double game week with fresh legs, and they will surely need them in the coming weeks. Matchups with the Revs, FC Dallas and the Sounders twice await, giving SKC one of the toughest months imaginable.

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8. (8) LOS ANGELES GALAXY (3-3-4)

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LAST WEEK: Lost 4-0 at Orlando City on Sunday

THIS WEEK: vs. Houston Dynamo on Friday

OUTLOOK– That was bad, very bad. The Galaxy continue to fall flat on their face without Robbie Keane, but the Irishman could have done little to stop a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Orlando City. The loss was flat out embarrassing, and perhaps the worst seen during the Bruce Arena tenure. The absence of Omar Gonzalez was clear as day, but the team as a unit needs to start doing things differently if they want to break out of this rut that has defined the early season.

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9. (7) COLUMBUS CREW (4-4-2)

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LAST WEEK: Lost, 2-0, to San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. Chicago Fire on Friday

OUTLOOK: The Crew continue to be as inconsistent as ever, falling to the Earthquakes just one week after picking up what appeared to be a season-defining victory. Mohammed Saeid’s dismissal illustrated just how badly the Crew need the return of Wil Trapp to truly play at the highest level.

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10. (12) HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-4-4)

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LAST WEEK: Defeated Portland Timbers, 3-1, on Saturday

THIS WEEK: at LA Galaxy on Friday

OUTLOOK–  A commanding win over the Timbers gives the Dynamo two straight statement wins after knocking off TFC the week prior. Giles Barnes and Will Bruin continue to torment opposing defenses, with the latter scoring four in his last five. The Dynamo seem to be rounding into form.

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11. (15) SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (5-4-2)

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LAST WEEK: Defeated Columbus Crew, 2-0 last Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. Orlando City on Sunday

OUTLOOK– Going toe-to-toe with a previously impressive Crew team, the Earthquakes emerged victorious with a big-time win. The Earthquakes always seem to show up for big games, both a promising and frustrating trend. Being up a man certainly made life a little easier, but it was certainly a big win for an Earthquakes win that is starting to rack of those types of results

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12. (10) TORONTO FC (3-5-1)

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LAST WEEK: Tied New England Revolution, 1-1, last Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. Portland Timbers on Saturday

OUTLOOK– Following the prior week’s disaster against the Dynamo, a draw against the Revs is certainly a welcome result for TFC. What is not welcome, however, is any sort of injury to Jozy Altidore, who left with a hamstring injury. A healthy Altidore and the Michael Bradley of Saturday are a scary thought, but TFC needs them both healthy and clicking at the same time to pose a true threat going forward. TFC dropped a bit in the rankings this week, but more because of what other teams did than because of anything TFC did wrong this week.

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13. (16)  ORLANDO CITY (3-5-3)

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LAST WEEK: Lost, 2-1, to D.C. United last Wednesday; Defeated LA Galaxy, 4-0, lat Sunday

THIS WEEK: at San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday

OUTLOOK– Losing at RFK Stadium is nothing to be ashamed of, especially after absolutely trouncing the LA Galaxy in response for the team’s first home win. Kaka continues to provide everything expected of him, while Cyle Larin is starting to look like the goalscorer Orlando City has needed so desperately this season.

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14. (14) CHICAGO FIRE (3-5-1)

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LAST WEEK: Tied NYCFC, 2-2, last Friday

THIS WEEK: at Columbus Crew on Friday

OUTLOOK– Up two goals and a man, the Fire capitulated at NYCFC, allowing a cheap goal just before halftime before a stoppage time equalizer effectively ruined the Fire’s night. That was exactly the type of game that needs to be put to bed with three points, something the Fire will need to learn going forward.

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15. (13) REAL SALT LAKE (3-3-5)

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LAST WEEK: Lost, 4-1, to Montreal Impact last Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. NYCFC on Saturday

OUTLOOK– RSL laid an absolute egg in Montreal last Saturday, conceding thrice in a matter of 11 minutes to lose an hope of snagging a result. Chris Schuler’s absence was particularly apparent for an RSL backlike that was torched by the Impact on everything from set pieces to counters to basic build up play. Schuler should be back in a few weeks, but RSL need to find a way to put a bandaid on things until then.

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16. (11) PORTLAND TIMBERS (3-4-4)

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LAST WEEK: Lost, 3-1, to Houston Dynamo last Saturday

THIS WEEK: at Toronto FC on Saturday

OUTLOOK– The Timbers defense proved to be a sieve on Saturday, allowing the Dynamo to attack, and score, at will. It looked like the Timbers of old, a team that just had no rhyme or reason to defensive duties. The backline has looked better this season, but the Timbers need to make sure that Saturday’s performance is more of an aberration than a return to past struggles.

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17. (18) MONTREAL IMPACT (1-3-2)

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LAST WEEK: Defeated Real Salt Lake, 4-1, on Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. FC Dallas on Saturday

OUTLOOK– What a performance from the Impact. Riding an attack that was absolutely dominant, the Impact thrashed RSL to pick up the team’s first league win of the season. Andres Romero was clinical, while Ignacio Piatti and Dilly Duka pulled some big-time strings. If the Impact can attack like that week in, week out, they have a real chance to recapture some of that CONCACAF Champions League magic in MLS play.

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18. (17) COLORADO RAPIDS (1-2-7)

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LAST WEEK: Game against Sporting KC postponed due to weather last Saturday

THIS WEEK: vs. Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday

OUTLOOK– The Rapids are winless in five games, a streak that the team will have to wait a little longer to tackle following Saturday’s postponement. The Rapids are still riding four straight draws, meaning the goal continues to be finding the ability to snag victories every now and then.

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19. (19) NEW YORK CITY FC (1-6-4)

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LAST WEEK: Tied Chicago Fire, 2-2, last Friday

THIS WEEK: at Real Salt Lake on Saturday

OUTLOOK– In a draw that felt as much like a win as any, NYCFC showed real character and fight to emerge with a point while in such a rut. Down a man and two goals, David Villa led the way to snag a point that could be quite the turning point. The winless streak remains at 10 games, but it’s hard not to feel a little bit better about NYCFC after Friday’s result.

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20. (20) PHILADELPHIA UNION (2-7-3)

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LAST WEEK: Defeated D.C. United, 1-0, on Sunday

THIS WEEK: at New York Red Bulls on Sunday

OUTLOOK– Not only did the Union pick up an absolutely much-needed win, they did so against one of the league’s best teams. Despite fan protests and overall unrest, the Union played smart, calculated and, perhaps for the first time this season, as a team. That challenge now lies in replicating that performance, but the Union have plenty to smile about after a big victory.

Comments

  1. I totally give it up to the players for stepping it up when their backs were against the wall. Hopefully we’ll see it with a healthy and present bench. What this team is and should be are just a Sugarman and Sakiewicz resignation away. Yes I am constantly beating this drum because the danger to the MLS franchise we’ve ALL been working more than a decade for is in clear and present danger!! The stinging indictments are viral now and a constant talking point when the Union are on national TV. In my opinion the name Sakiewicz has become synonymous with questionable decision making and failure! If I’m wrong in my assessment of all things Sakiewicz then I apologize however, when it comes to our MLS team he needs to not just talk about it,but be about it!!
    Sell this franchise to a competent and financially competitive ownership!!
    FREE THIS FRANCHISE!!!

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    • The Union have a beautiful little stadium on the water, a great supporters group in the Sons of Ben, can tap into a great city like Philladelphia AND they have an Algerian GK!!! What’s not to like? Quit your crying!

      BTW — I wonder if NS owns more of the Union than Jay Z owned of the Brooklyn Nets,….0001%? Don’t kid yourself,…he is not going to cash out w/o a fight.

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  2. There is just no excuse for the staff to have the Galaxy as high as #8. At this point they could go club baby seals, steal lunch money from preschoolers and dump raw sewage into the nation’s water supply and they’d still be ranked in the top 10.

    Quit ranking teams on how you expect them to perform and start ranking them on how they ARE performing. How can they not drop at all after laying that egg in Orlando? What have they done that makes anyone think they can compete with decent competition right now?

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    • Well,…for starters, Tommy Hilfiger is their coach. The weather in LA is always pleasant. They have an openly gay athlete playing for them. It’s LA and it’s LA. Ronaldo could play for them some day. Lastly,…it’s LA.

      That should cover it.

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  3. Glad to see Dynamo break into top Ten, I wonder what will happen if they walk away with a point from LA.
    SKC should switch places with SJ, and as usual LA doesn’t really seem to earn its spot.

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  4. Other thoughts:

    – NYC game did NOT seem like a win for them. Chicago is not good, but they are better than NYC
    – San Jose is better than 11th, Dom is the man
    – KC, too high
    – Can’t believe NYR belongs in the top 6 with the other great teams, but they do.

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  5. I was guessing that they wouldn’t have a PowerRankings because it was too hard to overrate LA. LOL.

    8th, that had to be hard to do.

    Go Sounders.

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    • Power rankings don’t mean squat, they don’t put stars above the crest.

      But I agree, the Galaxy are way overrated.

      First to Five

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