Red Bulls Climb a Few Spots in Week 23 Power Rankings

14 August 3:46 pm

Red Bulls Climb a Few Spots in Week 23 Power Rankings

By Chester Baker

The Red Bulls rose in all Power Rankings this week as a result of Friday night's 2-0 win over the Dynamo. New York has been placed in the top four of all rankings, including three that place the Bulls third overall. The rise comes just a week after the team had fallen in all rankings, dropping as low as sixth.

The shot upwards in the rankings comes due to the effort displayed in the win over Houston, in which Tim Cahill assisted both goals during his MLS home debut.

The team will look to continue its winning ways when the Portland Timbers come into town Sunday, as New York carries its 8-0-3 home record into the match.

Let’s take a look at what everyone is saying about the club in this week’s rankings.

ESPN ranks New York in the number three position, up two spots from last week.

“Thierry Henry challenged his teammates to be more competitive, and they heeded his advice, turning the tables on Houston 2-0 after falling to the Dynamo last week. Tim Cahill looks to be settling in nicely as he assisted on both goals.”

New York saw its biggest improvement in the Sports Illustrated rankings, as the Red Bulls are back in the top-three just one week after falling out of the top-five.

“The Red Bulls flipped the script on the Houston Dynamo a week after being trounced in Texas, but even more notable was the performance of Tim Cahill, whose infectious energy was influential in helping deliver the result. Along with the Dynamo, the Red Bulls are the last remaining unbeaten team at home (though, to be fair to San Jose, its one home loss came at AT&T Park and not at Buck Shaw Stadium).”

MLSsoccer.com gives the Red Bulls their lowest ranking of the week, placing them fourth overall. Still, they see some major positives in the team including the play of Dax McCarty, who returned from his yellow-card suspension in the win.

“Is it too much to give Dax McCarty some MVP love? He deserves the same praise and acclaim that guys like Ozzie Alonso and Kyle Beckerman have gotten in recent years since he's doing the exact same job at an extraordinarily high level.”

What do you think of this week’s rankings? Feel free to fire up the conversation in the comment below.