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MLS Power Rankings : Week 1

Welcome to the American Soccer Show MLS Power Rankings for 2008. This is the week one rankings.

1- DC United

The two time defending supporters shield winners look for international glory this year in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

2- Houston

The two time defending MLS Cup Champions remain fairly intact and primed for another title run.

3- New England

Losing Pat Noonan hurts, but Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner understand how to locate cheap American talent

4- Chivas USA

Re-signing Panchito Mendoza was critical.

5- Kansas City

Claudio Lopez is about three times the player Eddie Johnson was.

6- Chicago

Dennis Hamlet has a good squad to choose from, but besides Blanco no standout players.

7- FC Dallas

Duilio Davino is a nice signing, but losing Carlos Ruiz leaves a big hole up front

8- LA Galaxy

The defense is a big concern, but scoring goals shouldn’t be a problem.

9- Real Salt Lake

I’m high on this team with its Argentine contingent leading the way.

10- Columbus

Boy would Zurawski have helped this side. Sigi Schmid better figure something out quickly.

11- NY Red Bulls

Osorio may be a crack manager but this teams squad stinks especially with Dane Richards out for several months. Angel cannot do it alone.

12- Colorado

Maybe Christian Gomez can turn this struggling franchise around

13- San Jose

Believe it or not, acquiring Ronnie O’Brien and Nick Garcia could really help Frank Yallop’s team compete at a higher level than expected.

14- Toronto

For those who compare MLS to the lower divisions of English Football this team is proof positive of where MLS really rates when compared to England’s lower leagues.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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One Response to MLS Power Rankings : Week 1

  1. bandeeto says:

    It’s interesting that you rate Kansas City so High, and NY so low. I happen to agree, but had been doubting my assessment because I kept reading opinions to the contrary. Anyway, I’m so excited about this upcoming season that every time I see an MLS commercial I pee a little bit… just a little bit.
    Plus SuperLiga and CCC, Olympics, and WC qualifying. This is going to be a great year for soccer fans in the US of A!

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