MLS Power Rankings Week 3
Injuries to DeRo’s mates have Houston near the bottom of the rankings for the time being/SI.com photos
A struggle versus San Jose but three points on the road makes it tough to argue.
Who are these guys? Seriously, my TASS co-host Dave Denholm had it right. When Conor Casey, Jovan Kirovski, etc come back from injury they are sitting.
3- New England
A very inconsistent start for a team that we know will be fine when Steve Ralston returns.
4- Kansas City
This team has cooled after a hot start and now hits the road.
5- Chivas USA
Sacha Kljestan as a forward? It seemed to work but one thing not working is Brad Guzan and the Chivas defense
6- Real Salt Lake
A cultured midfield that will be oh so pretty when they live the football lines of Rice Eccles behind. Can you imagine, the RSL bench is stronger than the LA Galaxy first team save Beckham and Donovan?
Now we know why Ned Grabavoy was left unprotected in the expansion draft. Eddie Gaven has to be back in the US player pool thanks to his recent form.
8- FC Dallas
Stylistically FC Dallas has been the best team in the league this year by a wide margin. Results and grit wise puts them 8th in a 14 team league.
9- DC United
The red and black have essentially taken three league games off and played hard in four international games. Professionals shouldn’t take days off even though it was for a higher cause.
Injuries have plagued this team but the point at Kansas City could be very important down the road. This team will recover but can they win MLS Cup again? It’s too early to tell.
11- Red Bull NY
I simply do not like the makeup of this team. I guess the results may win me over but I personally think despite Osorio’s gifted tactical acumen, this team isn’t going to make the playoffs.
12- Toronto FC
Somehow many are underestimating the quality Amado Guevara brings to the table. Ask the Red Bull fans if they would rather have him or Claudio Reyna?
13- San Jose
If Shea Salinas could only hit the target.
14- Los Angeles
Greg Vanney was brought in exactly for what reason? David Beckham deserves better. Can you blame him if he bails and heads to destination undesirable like Newcastle or Sunderland?