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Most Soccer related websites posted their Power Rankings for the MLS today. None can really be taken seriously, not like the power rankings that are posted on say ESPN for NBA or College Football, but why not have some fun, right?
MLS.com put ReAL Salt Lake at the top for the second week after beating FC Dallas last week. LA made the biggest jump from 4 to 2 after their win over the weekend. ESPN's Soccernet.com Also has RSL at the top and make a note that ReAL will need to tighten up for the playoffs compared to how they played against the Rapids.
The nice thing for this ranking was Seattle at number 2. Anyone following the league knows that the Sounders should have the spot with a five game winning streak that came to an end on Saturday. These are my favorite Power Rankings.
Goal.com might be smoking something with their power rankings but hey it's for fun right. Their order: Galaxy, RSL, Red Bull and Seattle as their top four. I don't know, LA really has done nothing to be considered the "Power Team" right now. They did take home the Supporters Shield, but take a look at their results from July to October and that does not bode well heading into the playoffs, of course then I remind myself that RSL wasn't expected to do anything last year either. Soccer America Daily puts their Power Rankings for Playoff Favorites; RSL, LA, Red Bull, FC Dallas. They do make note that they are lukewarm on their choice of RSL taking the Cup but such is the game of Soccer.
On other notes, my last post mentioned Nick Rimando recording the most shut outs for this season. He was also only two shutouts away from the all time MLS record.
Via mlssoccer.com: "Nick Rimando had 14 clean sheets on the season, second to the 16 shutouts Tony Meola registered for the Kansas City Wizards in 2000. Rimando also finished with a 0.67 GAA, which second to Dallas' Kevin Hartman, who finished with a 0.62 GAA." MVP consideration for that man.
And for Kyle Beckerman, did you know he has never been on the losing side of the Rocky Mountain Cup! Winning 2 with Colorado then being traded to RSL and winning the next 4.