MLS Power Rankings: Week 30
With the playoffs finally looming, there's little change atop Mt. Power Rankings. The Rocky Mountain champs are still tops here too, despite nearly falling flat in Colorado. The Sounders and FC Dallas, meanwhile, took some lumps before the final whistle blew on the season, while New York drop in at No. 3.
Being favored in the playoffs is something new for this organization, but we can't help but think they're salivating at a cold-weather MLS Cup final.
(15-4-11, 56 pts.) Last: Beat Cruz Azul, 3-1 (CCL), Tied COL, 2-2 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at DAL
Arena's boys needed that lift from last-day win over FCD. They may do just enough to win. But that's all they'll need in postseason.
(18-7-5, 59 pts.) Last: Beat DAL, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Sunday at SEA
Think cozy Buck Shaw Stadium will remind Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez of an early-round Copa del Rey road game?
(15-9-6, 51 pts.) Last: Beat NE, 2-0 [WATCH] Next: Saturday at SJ
Donovan and Beckham, Halloween in Seattle, 40,000-plus fans at Qwest Field. Anyone got an extra ticket?
(14-10-6, 48 pts.) Last: Lost to Saprissa, 2-1 (CCL), Lost to HOU, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Sunday vs. LA
That 19-game unbeaten streak is now a two-game winless streak. Will consistency beat out momentum for Hoops?
(12-4-14, 50 pts.) Last: Lost to LA, 2-1 [WATCH] Next: Saturday vs. RSL
The Hebrew Hammer. Get to know him. The focus falls on Andy Gruenebaum beginning Thursday.
(14-8-8, 50 pts.) Last: Beat Joe Public, 4-1 (CCL), Beat PHI, 3-1 [WATCH] Next: Thursday at COL
There are two ways Colorado can go after such a jaw-dropping collapse against RSL. Will it be persistence or panic?
(12-8-10, 46 pts.) Last: Tied RSL, 2-2 [WATCH], Next: Thursday vs. CLB
Chris Wondolowski scored Quakes' final 10 goals. Suggestion for Red Bulls: Stop Wondo.
Day late and a dollar short for Birahim Diop. Still, we give Peter Vermes a thumbs-up for helping to change culture in KC and build for the future.
If Carlos de los Cobos sticks around, expect a completely different team at Bridgeview next year.
(9-12-9, 36 pts.) Last: Beat CHV, 4-1 [WATCH]
The rebuilding project is officially on in Toronto. We're curious to see who's in the plans, but three words: keep De Ro.
(9-13-8, 35 pts.) Last: Beat A. Unido, 1-0 (CCL), Beat DC, 3-2 [WATCH]
Don't be fooled by the final result. The Union seem to be doing things right, and could be the Earthquakes of 2011.
(8-15-7, 31 pts.) Last: Lost to CLB, 3-1 [WATCH] Next: End of season
For the first time in a long time, there's an argument whether Shalrie Joseph was Best XI material.
(9-16-5, 32 pts.) Last: Lost to NY, 2-0 [WATCH]
The Dynamo finish strong, but they have some work to do in the offseason.
(9-15-6, 33 pts.) Last: Beat SEA, 2-1 [WATCH]
See comment for Chicago. Replace Martin Vasquez for de los Cobos, Carson for Bridgeview.
(8-16-4, 28 pts.) Last: Lost to CHI, 4-1 [WATCH]
Ben Olsen's candid take on a brief coaching spell assured us he'll be back in the ranks somewhere, someday.
(6-20-4, 22 pts.) Last: Lost to TOR, 3-2 [WATCH]
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