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Week 24 MLS Mathematical Power Rankings - Sounders & Irene Leave Destruction in Their Wakes

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In honor of all the MLS action that didn't happen this week - DC-Por, NY-LA, Phi-NE - here's a picture of a match ball waiting to be loved. Sad, i'nnit?
In honor of all the MLS action that didn't happen this week - DC-Por, NY-LA, Phi-NE - here's a picture of a match ball waiting to be loved. Sad, i'nnit?

My plan this weekend was originally a bachelor party in New York. Once it became abundantly apparent what a terrible idea that was going to be, the plan was to go crazy in the rain at RFK, singing United to victory over the Timbers and the outer bands of Hurricane Irene. That didn't work out so well, either. Luckily, I had lots of Doctor Who on the DVR and a couple of stir crazy dogs to entertain me through Saturday. So it worked out well enough.

As for the MLS action that wasn't cancelled, Seattle exposed the Crew, and somehow Chicago and Vancouver both won on the same day. Dallas made a torrential (no pun intended) comeback on the Sporks, and RSL got off the road schneid. How did this entertaining (if all too limited) round affect our Power Rankings? Let's find out.

Full Table

GP

Pts

PPG

L5

Pwr

Last Wk

thru Aug 29

Pwr

Pos

1

Los Angeles Galaxy

26

51

1.96

2.40

.690

(.690)

(1)

2

Seattle Sounders F.C.

27

48

1.78

2.00

.611

(.599)

(3)

3

F.C. Dallas

27

46

1.70

1.40

.543

(.497)

(7)

4

Columbus Crew

26

40

1.54

1.80

.535

(.600)

(2)

5

Colorado Rapids

28

41

1.46

2.00

.533

(.563)

(4)

6

Real Salt Late

24

39

1.63

1.20

.506

(.441)

(10)

7

Sporting Kansas City

26

36

1.38

1.80

.496

(.527)

(5)

8

Houston Dynamo

27

35

1.30

1.60

.457

(.520)

(6)

9

D.C. United

24

31

1.29

1.60

.456

(.456)

(8)

10

Portland Timbers

26

32

1.23

1.40

.424

(.407)

(11)

11

Philadelphia Union

24

34

1.42

0.60

.404

(.404)

(12)

12

Chicago Fire

26

27

1.04

1.60

.393

(.340)

(14)

13

Chivas USA

27

31

1.15

1.00

.370

(.443)

(9)

14

Red Bull New York

26

32

1.23

0.60

.358

(.358)

(13)

15

Toronto F.C.

28

24

0.86

1.20

.314

(.296)

(15)

16

Vancouver Whitecaps

26

21

0.81

1.20

.302

(.247)

(18)

17

San Jose Earthquakes

26

26

1.00

0.40

.283

(.267)

(17)

18

N.E. Revolution

26

23

0.88

0.60

.271

(.271)

(16)

Thoughts?

  • Top: LA didn't play, and there was no chance somebody was going to catch them atop our table, game or no. While the Bruce took good advantage of the day off to play his starters in CCL action last week, I'm sure he's going to be cursing the exacerbated schedule congestion come make-up time.
  • Bottom: Amazing what one win will do for you at the bottom of the table, isn't it? This week is the Revolution's turn in the cellar, the 'Caps having moved up with their win over Houston. While you're looking at that part of the table, check out how far the Quakes have fallen. If Yallop wasn't on the hot seat a couple weeks ago, he's got to be getting close to it now.
  • Best Team Ever Assembled (On Paper) Update: Like so many teams, New York had their game canceled by a big, mean storm. Although the Metros' numbers didn't change, the Fire still managed to leapfrog them, pushing the Jersey Boys down to 14th in the rankings.
  • Ladders: RSL and FC Dallas got moving back in the right direction, and are the biggest climbers this week. Chicago might have had the biggest psychological jump, though, moving out of the bottom five and jumping past the Red Bulls.
  • Chutes: Chivas USA fell out of the "playoff places" (i.e. our top 10) with their two losses this week and find themselves in the unthinkable position below the Red Bulls. When you lose two games in a week, that'll happen.
  • The League's Hottest Team This Week: If LA had played, I'd give it to them, but they didn't, so I'll give it to the Sounders for their 2.0 PPG mark over their last 5 and their dismantling of the East-leading Crew. Colorado and the National Weather Service get honorable mentions.

Give us your thoughts in the comments.