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ProSoccerTalk’s weekly MLS rankings – Part II of III

May 22, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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12. Colorado Rapids – Things aren’t going to move in the right direction around Dick’s Sporting Goods Park until speedy center back Marvell Wynne returns – or until management finds a better fill-in center back than Tyrone Marshall, who simply isn’t cutting it. Witness the goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home with Sporting Kansas City.

11. New England Revolution – From forward Ryan Guy following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Houston: “I think it’s great to be disappointed with a draw. I think last year we would have been satisfied with a draw, and this year we’re absolutely not.” Sounds like a team moving in the right direction.

10. Chivas USA – When putting a dent in the Galaxy’s dominance in the Home Depot Center derby is darn near reduced to sidebar status, you know a lot is going on. Danny Califf and Juan Agudelo, two pieces in the league’s big trade news last week, had their debuts in the 1-0 win over Los Angeles.

9. Vancouver Whitecaps – Good sides close out matches when holding a late lead at home. The Whitecaps are a young organization, still in growth mode, of course. So now reason to fret too much over conceding a late equalizer Saturday to rival Seattle – but let’s not make that a recurring bit, eh, guys?

8. Chicago Fire – A few Fire men were grumbling about the small field in Portland. And we get it; they really do need a few more square yards on the one-bedroom apartment of a surface area – but that’s not the only reason Frank Klopas’ men fell at Jeld-Wen, 2-1. The good news for Chicago: there Toyota Park field is plenty spacious, and they’ll be on the big spread for Wednesday’s home match against Dallas.

7. Sporting Kansas City – After three losses, a draw at Colorado might help Peter Vermes’ previous high-fliers get back on high-flier track. Then again, they did lose a two-goal lead in that one, and that won’t make anyone happy around Livestrong Sporting Park. Defender Aurelien Collin can help the cause by regaining April form.

  1. sir1389 - May 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Anyone who complains about smaller (FIFA regulation size) fields is just a whiner (and based on the Chi-Port game a flopper at that). You don’t hear baseball players complain about the Green Monster in Fenway or the 30 different variations of outfield walls in the MLB. You know what you are going into months before hand, complaining that is why you lost seems pretty childish and unprofessional.

  2. bobinkc - May 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Sporting’s second half performance did not leave me the least bit happy Saturday night. The boys seem to be taking a page from the other sports teams book here: play DOWN to the level of the competition. I love most of the guys on the team, but how do you blow a two point lead in the second half? Only if you sit back and group-think, “Wow, we have a two-goal lead. Now we can coast home for our 3 points.”

    And good Lord help us all, Grahm Zusi was up to his usual tricks of undercutting the ball when he does get a rare chance to shoot and overshooting on his corner kicks. If the ball flies wildly over the goal on the former and wildly hooked past the goal on the latter, you have to wonder why Vermes thinks he is so great. I’m sure he wonders why he is so roundly booed when his name is announced or his picture displayed onscreen in Livestrong.

    • dreadpirate82 - May 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      My biggest concern in the second half (really from about the 25 minute mark) was tactical. Why did SKC stop pressing? Not having Espinoza certainly didn’t help, but it felt like they gave Colorado way more time and space once the second goal was scored. Taking the foot off the gas should scare every SKC fan, as we saw what happened late in games last year when they sat back to hold off the opposition.

      In very limited time, Peterson Joseph showed that he might be able to inject some life from the bench. Other than Bunbury/Sapong, no bench players had shown anything to this point in the season. Olum looked confident as well. Depth will be more important over the next month or two.

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