It seems like no one wants to be at the top in MLS these days… Although to be fair, part of Seattle’s issues were injury and absence related. But some of it was form too. Not now. Now the Sounders are definitely the most dangerous team in the league, with the heavy weaponry running at full impulse power.
After that, though, there is a group of teams with potential to be really good, but none that are great just yet. The good news, though, is we really are seeing some settling and stratification. From this point on, there will be some changes as there always are, but most of the teams have found their niche.Continue reading →
Forgive us for a moment as we take some time to go into some of our methodology a bit. Feel free to skip this if you so choose, but every once in a while, we think there is value in explaining a little of why we do things the way we do.
The nice thing is, we now have some pretty clear signs of stratification. A couple of spankings will do that. We still have some verdicts out – such as Columbus. I mean, they are beating up on teams, but they are poor teams. But New England 4, Real Salt Lake 0 is a pretty clear message. And to the Crew’s credit, they have been consistent in their whippings. Continue reading →
It was bound to happen, as it always does. Things begin to settle into place, and this last weekend saw a lot of that, especially after the craziness of the previous weekend. What is fun is next week promises to separate things even more, and will give us a good idea of how accurate we are. We do like seeing a lot of repeat placements. The games will show us if we are just believing our own press or not.Continue reading →
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More data does not necessarily mean a clear set of results. Thrown in there was the absence of almost 60 players from various rosters due to international call ups. But these games count just like every other, and it clearly shows some teams’ depth, or the lack thereof. Looking at you, Seattle.
Week Three brings us more data, although the results do not necessarily clear up a lot, other than at the top. Clearly, whatever arguments might have been made against Dallas being No. 1 are out the window with a perfect 3-0-0 record. After that, though, there was a lot of draws, if not a lot of goals.
We generally like to look at the previous four games and the upcoming two for each team to get a gauge on how they are playing and whether we have them slotted correctly. Clearly, we still have at least three more weeks to go, but we are starting to see some separation and some patterns.