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MLS Power Rankings / Team of the Week 4

Posted on: March 30, 2013 11:09 am
 
Okay, so a 44 hour work week has pushed back my usual entries and the USA/MEX recap (I've watched the game twice, once live, once on the DVR, I'm working on it...) but in the mean time, before you watch MLS all day, here's the Week 4 Rankings and TotW.

1. [LW1] MTL Impact – (4W-0L-0D, 12 pts, 1st East / W vs. NY 1-0)

2. [2] LA Galaxy – (2-0-1, 7 pts, 3W / W vs. COL 1-0)

3. [3] HOU Dynamo – (2-1-0, 6 pts, 3E / W vs. VAN 2-1)

4. [6] Columbus CREW – (2-1-1, 7 pts, 2E / W @ DC 2-1)

5. [8] FC Dallas (3-1-0, 9pts, 1W / W vs. RSL 2-0)

6. [9] SJ Earthquakes – (2-1-1, 7pts, 4W / W vs. SEA 1-0)

7. [7] Sporting KC – (1-1-2, 5 pts, 5E / D @ NE 0-0)

8. [4] VAN Whitecaps – (2-1-0, 6 pts, 5W / L @ HOU 1-2)

9. [13] Chivas USA – (2-1-1, 7 pts, 2W / W @ FIRE 4-1)

10. [5] Real Salt Lake – (1-2-1, 4 pts, 6W / L @ DAL)

11. [10] PHI Union – (2-1-0, 6 pts, 4E / Idle)

12. [10] DC United – (1-2-1, 4 pts, 6E / L vs. CREW 1-2)

13. [11] SEA Sounders – (0-2-1, 1 pt, 9W / L @ SJ 0-1)

14. [15] NE Revolution – (1-1-1, 4 pts, 7E / D vs. KC 0-0)

15. [14] Toronto FC – (1-2-0, 3 pts, 8E / Idle)

16. [16] POR Timbers – (0-1-2, 2 pts, 7W / Idle)

17. [17] NY Red Bulls – (0-2-2, 2 pts, 9E / L @ MTL 0-1)

18. [18] COL Rapids – (0-3-1, 1 pt, 8W / L @ LA 0-1)

19. [19] Chicago FIRE – (0-3-1, 1 pt, 10E / L vs. CHV 1-4)


TEAM OF THE WEEK #4

Captain’s Armband – MID Ben Speas (Columbus CREW) – Call me sentimental, but in just his fourth start, Speas scores his first MLS goal, which was dedicated to his former UNC and Crew teammate Kirk Urso, who died last year of a heart defect.

Coach of the Week – Robert Warzycha (Columbus CREW) – I’ve given up trying to figure out the Crew. They’re consistently good yet everyone forgets about them in the preseason and they just ended an 18-game unbeaten streak for DC United at RFK.

GK Andy Gruenebaum (Columbus Crew) – Until yesterday, I didn’t think it was possible to out Bill Hamid, Bill Hamid (while playing against Bill Hamid no less!). But Gruenebaum did just that with several spectacular saves, including a point blank save to deny Dwayne De Rosario an equalizer late in the second half.

Honorable Mentions (GK) – Bill Hamid (DC United), Troy Perkins (MTL Impact), Clint Irwin (COL Rapids)

FOR Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA) – I don’t know if Agudelo can keep this form heading into June, but if he does, he should find himself in the USMNT camp for the June qualifiers.

FOR Macro Di Vaio (MTL Impact) – The Impact don’t need many chances to score goals, especially if Di Vaio is on the end of them.

FOR Chris Wondolowski (SJ Earthquakes) – He scores goals. Impressive goals. That usually win games.

MID Edgar Mejia (Chivas USA) – Two moments of brilliance for the opening goal and an assist on Chivas’ second

MID Patrice Bernier (MTL Impact) – I’m just thinking out loud, but a Bernier/Arnaud center midfield pairing in the MLS All-Star game seems like a pretty good idea right now.

MID Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas) – His usual dangerous self on the left hand side, it’s almost easy to forget that Brek Shea used to roam that side of the field for FC Dallas.

DEF Joaquin Velazquez (Chivas USA) – Velazquez had the eventual game winner as Chivas put a second half hurting on the Chicago Fire but he wouldn’t have even been playing if his red card from last week wasn’t (properly) overturned by MLS.

DEF Aurelien Collin (Sporting KC) –I have to give credit for that 0-0 draw in New England, and with the windy day at New England, Collin’s overall defensive efforts, especially in the air were a reason why Sporting KC left Gillette Stadium with a solid road point.

DEF Kevin Alston (NE Revolution) – On the other side, Alston took a beating for 90 minutes (5 fouls suffered for a defender is ridiculously high) trying to mark CJ Sapong and get upfield in the Revs attack. Helped the Revs get a point in lousy home conditions for their home opener.


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