MLS Power Rankings – Week 12 – Rivalry Week Edition.

  1. Colorado Rapids (–): Feels a little like they’ve got a Leicester City thing happening. Not scoring much, not letting in much, giving up most of the possession and still getting wins. Worst to first and just chugging along out there.
  2. FC Dallas (+1): Took on bitter rivals the New England Revolution. Tons of rivalry type stuff happened but Dallas managed to come back and rescue a W from this hotly contested affair.
  3. LA Galaxy (-1): Bitter rivals San Jose were in town and this one was tighter than a Nigel de Jong shape-up
  4. San Jose ‘Quakes (+1): Headed down to bitter rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy for a much anticipated clash. Wondolowski had one of his Wondo-Off games, missing a handful of chances from within 12 yards. Slight case of #JurgenJitters
  5. Real Salt Lake (+2): In a quintessential match up against bitter rivals from Kansas City the Salt Lakers had some clinical finishing where they pounced on the abundance of errors provided by the SKC squad.
  6. Toronto FC (-2): Do you technically lose 7-0 when a team you draw goes on to lose by that scoreline 4 days later?
  7. Philadelphia Union (+2): Top of the east and getting little to no love on these pages. It is getting harder and harder to not take them seriously even with Sebastian Le Toux’s yips in front of net.
  8. Montreal Impact (-2): I’m not one for hyperbole but it is not too often you get to see bitter rivals like Orlando and Montreal battle it out on the field. The Impact may have been undone by an offside goal in the 2-1 loss adding even more fuel to this fiery affair.
  9. Vancouver Whitecaps (-1): Hey, its rivalry week
  10. New York Red Bulls (+7): Has anyone spoken with Amnesty International about this game? I know its rivalry week but 7-0 is a little over the line.
  11. NYCFC (-1): https://youtu.be/54TQIE-DLmU
  12. Orlando City SC (+2): It is often said that matches against your bitter rivals bring out the best of your abilities. Well this Orlando game couldn’t have been more true to that, producing gems such as this from Brek Shea and this little number from Julio Baptista
  13. Sporting Kansas City (-2): I want to send heartfelt condolences to KC for this weekend’s loss to bitter rivals Real Salt Lake. I’ve had my fair share of losses like this and it takes a strong heart and a focused mind to overcome.
  14. Portland Timbers (+1): Huge win and great game from Darlington Nagbe. Timber Joey with a full serving of acetaminophens after 4 goals from his team.
  15. Seattle Sounders (-3): Would prefer to see Clint Dempsey in better scoring form heading into the Copa America. That said, you couldn’t find a happier guy in the country than Jurgen Klinsmann after Jmo Smooth went scoreless again.
  16. DC United (-3): Lost to “I-95 rivals” so now they can’t drive on that road for the next year. No doubt a rough stretch ahead for DC United traveling the Eastern Seaboard
  17. NE Revolution (-1): What a roller coaster of emotions. Nerves can get the best of you and especially in a rivalry game as meaningful as this one. Lee Nguyen couldn’t keep up with high flying Kellyn Acosta and Kei Kamara might not have been up to speed on just how big a rivalry this one is and remained scoreless for the Revs.
  18. Columbus Crew (–): What a treat we had here to watch bitter rivals Columbus and Toronto take on each other and really hold nothing back in this 0-0 draw. Defender Afful and Goalie Steve Clark did their best to give this one away and the offense couldn’t convert any of their 15 total shots.
  19. Houston Dynamo (–): It was nice of Houston to offer up their squad this week for an exhibition of Chicago’s Brazilian striker Gilberto who is in need of a goal badly. Typically not something you see in a rivalry game.
  20. Chicago Fire (–): Dan’s team to watch firmly planted at the bottom of the rankings still. This was a tough decision to keep them below Houston, but lets be honest we all know the bitter rivalry with NYRB (lost 1-0) is way more important than the bitter rivalry with Houston (won 1-0).