Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Late Bueno Rankings

Just realized I never got around to making my weekly MLS rankings... Sorry about that...

1. D.C. United (16-6-6). Trying not to take foot off accelerator because if they do...
2. Chivas USA (15-6-6). ... this team will win Supporters' Shield.
3. New England (14-7-7). Road loss understandable given USOC final win.
4. Houston (14-8-6). But what excuse does Houston have?
5. Chicago (9-10-9). Blanco for MVP campaign officially kicks off.
6. FC Dallas (13-11-4). Hoops trying different approach: play inconsistent soccer in regular season in attempt to avoid Rapids in first round.
7. New York (11-11-6). Prime example of backing into playoffs: New York loses at Toronto, falls to 0-3-2 over last five but still punches postseason ticket.
8. Los Angeles (8-13-6). Win rest of games and they're in... but hasn't it been like that since Day One?
9. Kansas City (10-11-7). Wizards trying desperately to choke away third consecutive playoff spot; this team, though, might not let that happen.
10. Colorado (8-12-8). Poster children for making change to playoff system: the 2007 Colorado Rapids still have postseason hopes this late in the year.
11. Columbus (7-11-10). Is the Sigi Schmid Era nearing and end?
12. Toronto FC (6-16-6). Followed up stunning 2-1 result with a now-that's-more-like-it 1-0 loss.
13. Real Salt Lake (5-14-9). Relegation-worthy side.

3 comments:

JT (Chicago) said...

I agree with your rankings LB but I'm curious to know how many teams you think have a real shot to win the MLS Cup?

I think there's only three ChivasUSA, Houston, & DC.

I'd like to include Chicago but a true goal scoring striker has yet to emerge and we only have two more matches for him to step forward.

L.B. said...

I definitely agree with your three. I'd put New England and Chicago beneath them for sure.

The thing with Chicago is that we don't know how good that team can be. They haven't played together for that long so they still a bit of an unknown.

What they have going for them is players like Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Paulo Wanchope who know how to play in tournaments and big games, but especially Blanco. He can put a team on his back and carry them in big games.

I'd rather Chicago finish fourth in the east ahead of Kansas City and see Chivas USA-Kansas City in the first round. How great would a Chivas USA-Chicago final be?

DC fans might not exactly agree...

The Manly Ferry said...

Ah, Luis, I couldn't roll your wisdom into this week's collective rankings. Probably not a huge deal, though, given that your calls lack the "wacky" required for them to be of much use for this week's theme.