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2010 MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

MLS Power Rankings (05/13) – Last Week’s Rank In Parenthesis

  1. LA Galaxy (1): Get used to seeing LA here. They’ve got the points to stay for eons.
  2. Columbus Crew (3): The boys from Ohio look like they will take the East yet again.
  3. S.J. Earthquakes (4): SJE is 2010’s Cinderella so far, but can the Quakes keep scoring?
  4. N.Y. Red Bulls (2): An ugly loss to the new #3 team pushes NYRB down two spots.
  5. Houston Dynamo (5): The Dynamo stay put after losing @ home and winning away.
  6. FC Dallas (14): The Former Burn scorch up the rankings with a red hot two-win week.
  7. Real Salt Lake (10): RSL rises this week, though they had to kill PHI @ Rio Tinto.
  8. Colorado Rapids (6): Losing to a dick like Arena @ the Dick must taste bad to COL.
  9. Toronto FC (13): Another sound performance by DeRo as the Reds doused the Fire.
  10. Chivas USA (11): Jekyll & Hyde award goes to CHV for 1 win (away) and 1 loss (home).
  11. K.C. Wizards (7): KC receives the the dubious distinction of first team to lose to DCU.
  12. Chicago Fire (8): The Fire didn’t just fail @ TOR, they were torn a new one by Barrett.
  13. Seattle Sounders (9): The loss to LA was so bad the fans are receiving refunds. No joke.
  14. N.E. Revolution (12): Frankly, both of NER’s losses were ugly and quite difficult to watch.
  15. Philly Union (15): Without Sebastian, Philly just doesn’t have any hope on the attack.
  16. DC United (16): DC played twice and finally won, but also ineptly dropped one @ RFK.

STO (& MFLS) Player of the Week:

Week 7: Landon Donovan (LAG)

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 7 was very judicious for my squad, who posted the top fantasy score in the division (62) and second highest prediction tally (25). My ranking improved overall in both games as well, and I am now hovering around the Top 50 cutoff in both the Fantasy League and the Prediction League. LD may not take the pitch many more times for my fantasy squad this year, but he certainly is going out in style with his legendary 21 point week for many, many squads.

With US camp opening soon, WK 8’s drop/adds will be crucial to one’s success in MFLS.

But, before Week 8 rolls around, let’s look at my performance after Week 7:

Out of 2,751 teams, I am currently: 

#51 in the Fantasy League; and

#48 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: 

#3 in the Fantasy League; and

#4 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. Now 4-0-0 after winning first game of second round.  

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.