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WIth a few weeks of data in the books we could also compare to Pythag over at Soccermetrics (Sounders are 9th), or to Sagarin's ratings. Now over at Black and Red United they are bit surprised by Seattle's fall outside of the playoff zone, but I don't think Sounders fans will be surprised.


We have seen enough of the struggles to know that "playing well" doesn't mean points one. If you look at performance against the top 4 teams as rated by Sagarin Seattle is 5th in points earned per match for those matches only, and drops further down when expanded to the top 8 teams. Seattle hasn't been Salt Lake or Philly with a difficult schedule either.

SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings!

 

 

Team Total vote count First Tier votes Last week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
LA Galaxy 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 21 7 1
NY Red Bulls 21 7 1
Houston Dynamo 19 5 2
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
Colorado Rapids 16 2 1
SJ Earthquakes 14 0 3
KC Wizards 13 0 1
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Seattle Sounders 10 0 2
Real Salt Lake 10 0 3
Chicago Fire 9 0 2
NE Revolution 7 0 3
Chivas USA 6 0 4
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
Toronto FC 1 0 3
FC Dallas 0 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

The SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings are a collaborative effort by SBN's soccer bloggers to rank the MLS teams each week.

Week 6 rankings.  Updated 5/4/10.

No, it isn't time to panic, nor to throw in the towel, but a break out performance at home against the Galaxy would certainly move a lot of needles, and with them coming off of the Cinco de Mayo Quatro there is a chance.

It is notable that Sagarin has 6 of the top 9 teams as being from the West, as do we.

Thoughts on this week's rankings?

I personally put the Rapids over the Dynamo based on the Houston side's injuries.