Red Bulls Hover Around Fifth Overall in This Week's Power Rankings

18 July 8:15 am

Red Bulls Hover Around Fifth Overall in This Week's Power Rankings

By Frank Della Femina

For the most part, a lot of the sites we regularly hit for Power Rankings - MLSsoccer.com, Soccer by Ives, Sports Illustrated and ESPN - have been rather consistent from week to week. Looks like that's the case yet again for the Week 19 Power Rankings.

Let's start with MLSsoccer.com. They ranked the Red Bulls fifth overall last week and didn't feel the need to move them in either direction this time after the squad played to a 2-2 draw against Seattle Sunday evening. Although admittedly they seem to be a little dramatic in their assessment:

"At what point do we become concerned that Thierry Henry is healthy but they're not winning? Yeah, it was just one game against a pretty good Sounders team, but the Red Bulls had ample opportunity to put it away early. If their DP is struggling, they'll be hard pressed to finish in the top half of the East."

ESPN had the Red Bulls ranked third last week, but drops them to fifth this time around:

"Sebastien Le Toux scored in his Red Bull debut, but it wasn't enough to get maximum points against Seattle. New York's patchwork defense continued to leak goals in a 2-2 draw, marking the ninth consecutive game without a clean sheet."

Keeping with the trend, Soccer By Ives places the Red Bulls fifth overall as well:

"The shock acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux immediately paid dividends for New York, but the club's iffy back line couldn't hold onto a second-half lead as Seattle battled back for a point on the road. next up, this week's unusual slate brings a pair of matinees at Red Bull Arena."

And finally it's Sports Illustrated that rounds out the rankings, placing the Red Bulls sixth overall:

"Sebastien Le Toux marked his club debut with a goal, but with Hans Backe not using two of his available substitutions in hot and humid conditions Sunday, the Red Bulls will have some weary legs for their Wednesday afternoon matinee against the Fire, a game that has major table implications."

What's your take on this week's power rankings?