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SBN Power Rankings - The Red Bull Debate

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There is a debate amongst the SBN MLS bloggers that concerns two things;

1- Are they snapshots of the current time, or attempts to predict the end of the season?

2- Is Red Bull actually any good?

My answers are for a prediction, and NO.

With New York Red Bull having a very tough schedule, their poor performance since adding their two new DPs and a historically shaky keeper I voted them in the 3rd tier with the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC. I like most voters put FC Dallas in Tier One, and had only three in Tier Two.

Tier Three for me is the one Eastern Conference Team that will finish 2nd in East and qualify.

Here's the overall rankings.

SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings!

Team Total vote count First Tier votes Last week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
LA Galaxy 24 7 1
Real Salt Lake 24 7 1
Columbus Crew 24 7 1
FC Dallas 22 6 2
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
NY Red Bulls 16 2 2
Seattle Sounders 16 0 2
Chicago Fire 13 0 3
Colorado Rapids 12 0 3
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
SJ Earthquakes 11 0 3
Toronto FC 10 0 2
NE Revolution 6 0 4
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
Houston Dynamo 2 0 4
Chivas USA 2 0 4
KC Wizards 1 0 3
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 20 rankings. Updated 8/18/10.

Where would you rate Red Bull?