Monday, April 9, 2007

Power Rankings

This Week's Power Rankings

1) Houston Dynamo
Biggest strength: Still the best "team" in MLS. They use their flanks, have a creative force in De Resario, and a solid- if reckless- backline.
Kelly Gray performed admirably in place of Ricardo Clark. Simply hard to beat.
Big question: who scores the goals once Brian Ching gets called up by the National team, or worse, gets hurt.

2) Chivas USA
Biggest strength: A dynamic midfield. Guevara, Mendoza, Marsch, Klejstan. Any team in the country would take that lineup.
Biggest question: It will be interesting to see them up against a team who will pressure their backline.

3) LA Galaxy
Biggest strength: Donovan. Every team's has to constantly track him. His glaring weakness: not finishing his chances.
Biggest question: Who steps up besides Landon? Lots of candidates- Findley, Jaqua, Quaranta?

4) Colorado Rapids
Biggest strength: the Big Johnson. Huge field, high altitude, and loyal (perhaps quiet?) fans.
Biggest question: Is either keeper up to the task?

5) DC United
Biggest strength: attacking trio of Moreno, Gomez, and Emilio.
Biggest question: their flanks. Olsen is not a solution. They have to at least miss Adu's creativity on the left flank to maintain possession with Gomez, Moreno, etc.

6) FC Dallas
Biggest strength: best forward tandem in the league in Cooper-Ruiz.
Biggest question: a shaky backline without much experience.

7) Chicago Fire
Biggest strength: Justin Mapp, enough said.
Biggest question: Forward depth. Who will finish Mapp's brilliance?

8) New England
Biggest strength: Solid core of players through the middle of the park: Reis, Parkhurst, Joseph, Dorman, Twellman.
Biggest question: Joseph's contract uncertainty, and Noonan's health. He's hurt every year, but for how long?

9) Real Salt Lake
Biggest strength: Jeff Cunningham. He just scores goals. 92 of them to be exact.
Biggest question: Nick Rimando's decision-making. Goalies get better with age and experience, but for a keeper who relies on his leaping ability, he needs to rapidly develop his mental game.

10) RB New York
Biggest strength: Reyna. They're a different team when he's on, as evidenced by his first half against the Crew. He knows how to pace the game, be in the right spots defensively, and get his teammates involved.
Biggest question: Reyna. The second half he wasn't nearly as effective after picking up a wicked knock on his thigh. The Bruce's put a lot of faith in Captain America.

11) Columbus
Biggest strength: Midfield depth. A young, talented midfield with a couple of players who look eager for a breakout year: Gaven and Grabavoy, in particular.
Biggest question: Who scores the goals.

12) Kansas City
Biggest strength: Their backline. Burciaga, Garcia, and Conrad have to be the envy of the league. They are smart and cohesive, without Houston's red card habit.
Biggest question: More than Eddie Johnson, K.C. needs a link through the midfield.

13) Toronto FC
Biggest strength: BMO field. Let's see if the Red Patch Boys, U-Sector, etc. can make it the toughest, and perhaps only, fortress in Canada.
Biggest question: the lack of creativity in the midfield, without the serves of Mr. O'Brien.

1 comment:

Blue Blooded Journo said...

Nice blog. I've always admired the Timbers Army. Speaking of which, how do you feel about the Fire fans stealing your "battle of evermore" chant?

Anyhow, I'll link to your blog if you link to mine: