With MLS on a break from action for the World Cup, let's take a look back at our Power Rankings from week one to see how accurate the SBNation soccer bloggers were able to do with such little information.
|WEEK 1 RANKINGS||WEEK 12 RANKINGS|
|Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups||Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups|
|Columbus Crew||LA Galaxy|
|Real Salt Lake||Real Salt Lake|
|Seattle Sounders||Columbus Crew|
|LA Galaxy||Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs|
|Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs||Colorado Rapids|
|Colorado Rapids||NY Red Bulls|
|KC Wizards||Toronto FC|
|Houston Dynamo||SJ Earthquakes|
|NY Red Bulls||Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In|
|Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In||Chicago Fire|
|FC Dallas||FC Dallas|
|Chicago Fire||KC Wizards|
|NE Revolution||Houston Dynamo|
|Toronto FC||Seattle Sounders|
|Tier 4 - Teams That Should Be Relegated||Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick|
|Chivas USA||DC United|
|DC United||NE Revolution|
|Philadelphia Union||Philadelphia Union|
|SJ Earthquakes||Chivas USA|
How did we do?
For the most part, not so bad. We missed pretty badly on a couple teams, but in general, it's looking like most teams were right around where they should be.
While the top tier is now in a different order, the fact that our three current top teams L.A. Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, and Columbus Crew were all in our top tier week one means that we knew what we were doing. And at the bottom, Chivas USA, DC United, and Philadelphia Union were all right where they belong.
The teams that we missed on: Obviously the San Jose Earthquakes. Their 3-0 loss to RSL to start the year was followed up by two straight wins. And the Seattle Sounders. While some might argue that the Sounders could be legitimate Cup contenders if all their talented players can just get on the same page, right now the third tier is a much better spot for them.
Other than that, the second and third tiers have been pretty fluid all year, so I won't quibble too much about the Wizards and Dynamo being ranked too highly early on, and Toronto being ranked too low.
Overall, our early season rankings were fairly accurate. But if I do another comparison 12 weeks from now, do you think our week 24 rankings will be similar to our week 12 rankings?