We do have some general stability at this point, with most teams being who they have been recently, but a few teams are falling apart, especially the Crew. Oh my, Columbus, what happened to you?
is not clear how much of the current run is roster changes, coaching changes, or the reintegration of internationals, but there seem to be a number of teams shifting right now.
A more settled week, although not necessarily settled lineups as there are still international absences, gives us some solid results to work with.
With the various international half-breaks and all, things have been a little up and down, but now we have some real data to dig into, including a major change at the top.
Without a full slate, it wasn’t really clear for all teams what should happen, but we definitely got some clear statements from a certain team. Not all of them were good though.
We try really hard not to knee-jerk react to any one particular result and usually, we are right not to. One result jumps off the page this week and it will be fun to see how things play out.
Between the international break and a number of games packed together, there are some significant changes in some places as we have a better feel for where some team are going.
After all of the adjustments last week, this week is more stable. Yes, there are changes but they are based on recent games. It’s interesting to see that the results are more predictable when you have a better bead on where teams are…
MLS has one of the craziest offseasons around. Teams that don’t improve usually fall behind, but beyond that, it’s the wild west in terms of what new additions will matter, which ones will take six months to get used to the league, which kind of expansion team will we get, etc.
Last week’s rankings saw some volatility as the league continues with the early season seismic results and the schedule gave us more clarifying games.