Rankers in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings still have doubts about the Seattle Sounders. They are doubts that won't be answered by any singular win, or even a decent lossless streak. It will take a run against a series of good teams. Maybe the August run of Galaxy, Sporting and Earthquakes will be something to get that ever important * Power Rankings respect. While the Open Cup won't directly relate to rankings it is nearly impossible to remove all influences of non-league matches. Seattle does have wins, what they don't have are signature wins. By Sagarin they are 1-2-3 against top 5 teams and 2-3-5 against top 10 teams. Those performances against quality are dragging them down. Of top teams in MLS they and Real Salt Lake are both struggling against quality, but as RSL has proven you can tie your way to a championship.
Salt Lake is winning more games against the middle of the table though and so have settled into a fairly stable second ranking. Yes, Red Bull or a Sporting will pop into the #2 spot on occasion, but the West is commanding the top of the ranking with the Earthquakes and RSL. Like last week the LA Galaxy are climbing. Their current form is strong, though they still have the same questions they had at the beginning of the year. They aren't as bad as they were for so long, but they also aren't as good as their last half dozen games show them.
Cascadia sees two teams as pretty decent. The Vancouver Whitecaps are ranked in a space where they don't necessarily have holes, but aren't great either. Are rankers overlooking their (and the Houston Dynamo) record against good teams? Almost certainly. Both are teams that do well against quality opponents. And then theirs the Timbers. Portland is the only team to fire their coach and get even worse. "This is MLS" indeed. It is a league that seems much better than their talent acquisition and coaching staffs understood. If there is an organization more thrilled by the lack of relegation in America is would be the Portland Timbers.
|Playoffs by Power Ranking|
- Red Bulls