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SB Nation MLS Week 5 Power Rankings

Well the collective soccer minds of the SB Nation have once again looked at the MLS results so far and this is how they seem the teams after 5 weeks:

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
KC Wizards 19 5 1
Colorado Rapids 19 5 2
Columbus Crew 19 5 1
NY Red Bulls 19 5 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
Seattle Sounders 13 0 2
Chicago Fire 12 0 3
Houston Dynamo 12 0 2
Tier 3 - Teams On the Outside Looking In
Real Salt Lake 9 1 2
NE Revolution 7 0 3
Toronto FC 5 0 4
SJ Earthquakes 5 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
FC Dallas 4 0 3
Chivas USA 3 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 4 rankings.  Updated 4/20/10.

 

There is a little bit of controversy about the rankings, should they be based on what we believe will happen, in that case a team like RSL would be ranked much higher as most people still believe them to be a team contenting for titles this year, or should they be based on the results to date?  I tend to lean towards ranking teams based on results, reward good matches and punish bad matches but almost everyone is in agreement that it is far too early in the MLS season to be banking on anything yet.

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