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2010 MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

MLS Power Rankings (05/19) – Last Week’s Rank In Parenthesis

  1. LA Galaxy (1): Arena’s arsenal only managed a draw, but they are still #1.  
  2. Columbus Crew (2): Another week, another win courtesy of a GBS goal. 
  3. S.J. Earthquakes (3): A gutsy 0-0 draw on the road has SJE staying put. 
  4. N.Y. Red Bulls (4): NYRB’s wings were clipped by a surprising Seattle side.  
  5. Colorado Rapids (8): An away win is worth 3 points even if vs. lowly DC.
  6. Real Salt Lake (7): RSL loves Rio Tinto. They play so pretty @ that place.
  7. Houston Dynamo (5): Kinnear’s guys don’t like Rio Tinto, or losing 3-1 there.
  8. FC Dallas (6): The Former Burn only managed to pick up 1 point against PHI.
  9. Seattle Sounders (13): Sigi’s squad’s road woes ended at NY and now SEA rises.  
  10. Toronto FC (9): I’m harsh for dropping them for tying the Gals @ the HDC, no?
  11. K.C. Wizards (11): Kamara’s magic snuffed the Fire’s lead and got the Wiz 1 point.
  12. Chicago Fire (12): CHI stays put but would have rose if Kei had whiffed again.
  13. Chivas USA (10): They lost to CMB and now Special K will leave their breakfast table. 
  14. N.E. Revolution (14): You don’t move up this list for securing 0-0 draws @ home.    
  15. Philly Union (15): Or 1-1 draws for that matter, even if you are an expansion side. 
  16. DC United (16): At least you can’t fall farther from #16 even when you lose @ home. 

STO (& MFLS) Player of the Week:

Week 8: Alvaro Saborio (RSL)

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 8 was good for my squad (all things considered). It was a crazy week in MLS, with several road teams winning 1-0 games and two games ending in 0-0 draws. I didn’t see it coming, so my Prediction League ranking took a bit of a hit due to a paltry point total (8). I did manage to put up 20 points in the Fantasy League though and continue my climb up that majestic MFLS leaderboard. My star player in WK 8 was the one I was (ironically) most worried about: Burpo. 

Now, with US camp upon us, WK 9’s moves will be critical to every squad’s success in MFLS.

But, before Week 9 rolls around, let’s look at my performance after Week 8:

Out of 2,760 teams, I am currently: 

#34 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: 

#2 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. Now 5-0-0 after winning first two games 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.