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Power Ranking Update

05 September 10:00 am

Power Ranking Update

By Sebastian Salazar

We look at where the national press puts D.C. in their latest power rankings

After going 2-2-2 in August, D.C. United find themselves entering September with work left to do if the club is to break a four-year postseason hex.  Here, we take a look at some nationwide MLS power rankings to see how the Black-and-Red stack up according to the national media.  

SBNation: Ranked 10th – last week 9th

MLSSoccer.com: Ranked 11th – last week – 11th

What they’re saying:

Probably deserved a win against the Red Bulls, but if you don’t finish your chances you leave yourself vulnerable to Conde-esque wonder goals.  So … that happened.  And then they got Rimando’d in RSL.  Lack of center forward production has simply been killing United.

FoxSoccer.com: Ranked 13th

SoccerAmerica: Ranked 10th – last week 6th

What they’re saying:

If D.C. doesn’t make the playoffs, a point out of games against New York and RSL may bear the brunt of the blame.  United led the Red Bulls, 2-1, at home on Dwayne De Rosario’s 100th MLS goal and another by rookie Nick DeLeon, but conceded an equalizer in the 88th minute.  The 1-0 loss to RSL was its third in the last six matches, yet ended a grueling stretch of five games in 14 days.

Goal.com: Ranked 11th – last week 9th

On average, these five polls have the Black-and-Red ranked as the 11th best side in MLS this week.  Leaguewide, D.C. is tenth in points per game (1.52).

What do you think? Is the national media putting United in the right spot?