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.
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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.
|Team||Total vote count||First Tier votes||Last week's Tier|
|Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups|
|NY Red Bulls||21||7||1|
|Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs|
|Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In|
|Real Salt Lake||10||0||3|
|Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick|
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.