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2010 MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

MLS Power Rankings (05/04) – Last Week’s Rank In Parenthesis

  1. LA Galaxy (1): Arena’s team keeps winning, but what will happen when Donovan leaves? 
  2. N.Y. Red Bulls (2): NYRB won on the road again last Saturday, but everyone beats DCU. 
  3. Columbus Crew (3): A gritty tie on the road with the Sounders keeps Columbus @ #3. 
  4. S.J. Earthquakes (9): The week’s biggest mover & shaker (get it?) is the surprising SJE.
  5. Houston Dynamo (7): Houston blasts up the standings due to a big home win vs. KC.
  6. Colorado Rapids (4): The Rapids fall this week after looking flat on the road against SJE.
  7. K.C. Wizards (5): The Wiz also suffered a bad trip and can’t find anyone to score a goal.  
  8. Chicago Fire (6): The Fire desire time away from Toyota Park after only tying CHV there. 
  9. Seattle Sounders (8): Seattle looked sound @ home vs. CMB, but Sigi only got 1 point.
  10. Real Salt Lake (13): Rio Tinto has been magic for Kreis’ crazy clan, so they jump to #10. 
  11. Chivas USA (11): A solid tie for the Goats, but Chicago never beats anyone so CHV sits.
  12. N.E. Revolution (12): Nicol’s bunch also tied but the Revs need more points @ home.  
  13. Toronto FC (10): The Reds fall back to Earth this week after getting dominated by RSL.
  14. FC Dallas (15): Dallas (still no wins) at least got 1 point @ NER, so they move up 1 spot. 
  15. Philly Union (14): Philly got no points and falls 1 spot for getting stiff armed by the Gals.
  16. DC United (16): DCU lost @ home. Again. They are this year’s NYRB everyone! Enjoy!

STO (& MFLS) Player of the Week:

Week 6: Edson Buddle (LAG)

Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (TFC)

Week 4: Mike Chabala (HOU)

Week 3: Zach Schilawski (NER)

Week 2: Kenny Mansally (NER)

Week 1: Javier Morales (RSL)

My MFLS Update:

Week 6 was another strong one for my squad. We posted an admirable number in the Fantasy League (38) and in the Prediction League (17). ‘Twas Kinnear’s lads that again made the difference, especially Onstad in goal. GBS was the only (-) of the week, so all in all I was very successful. Missed some picks here and there, but I’m not complaining. Plus, my team is now 3-0 in the intradivision tourney and moving on. Yet, the other gents in our division are so sharp that we even fell in the overall division table. Damn. That’s cruel. You know you play with the best when they can top your’s.

So, I am probably going to go for the grand slam in WK 7 by taking guys who have two games.

Did I just write “grand slam” in a soccer post?

I must be tired. Need to sleep but roster decisions for WK 7 abound!

But, before Week 7 rolls around, let’s look at my performance after Week 6:

Out of 2,739 teams, I am currently: 

#124 in the Fantasy League; and

#76 in the Prediction League.

Here is how I stack up against the savvy managers in my historic MFLS division, USA vs. World.

Out of 30 teams, I am currently: 

#14 in the Fantasy League; and

#5 in the Prediction League.

Finally, here is my cup history for 2010:

Elite Cup: Eliminated in First Round by Ladanday Rovers FC.

Geographic Cup: Eliminated in First Round by EHS Wildcats.

MFLS Open Cup: Failed to Qualify.

Mug O’ Suds Cup: Failed to Qualify.

International Cup: In progress. Advanced to knockout rounds with 3-0-0 record.  

Previous Cups & Honors: None.

Yes, my MFLS Fantasy League trophy cabinet is still bare. I have had a little success in the Prediction League though. Last year, I finished in the Top 25 out of over 1,500 teams and in 2008 I finished in the Top 50 out of 2,250 teams. Unfortunately, my numbers in the Fantasy League have never been as good though, and I have never reached my main goal, which is to finish a season in the MFLS Top 100. I have been close though. In fact, I have just missed it a couple years in a row now, so I am hoping this is the year I can finally break through.

Please wish my squad luck. We’ll need it.