Week 19 SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings

Continuing with the "soon to be SB Nation blog" theme, I'm going to keep doing SB Nation MLS blog-type things here at The Daily Wiz. In doing so, this may (or may not be) your first look at the weekly SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings.

"Why is it called 'SBNhanced'," you ask? Well, there a bit more to it and it's slighty different from your typical power rankings, thus being deemed enhanced. Basically, it's a power rankings poll done weekly by all of the SB Nation MLS blog leaders. (This is actually my third of fourth week participating, but the first I've posted results here for some reason.) Seeing as how there is yet to be an MLS blog on the network for every club, there are currently 7 voters. Beginning next week, there should be 9, with the additions this week of Dynamo Theory (Houston Dynamo) and Eighty Six Forever (Vancouver Whitecaps) to the network. By the way, the poll is conducted and run every week by Martin Shatzer over at Black And Red United. (DC - yack.)

Rather than a straightforward 1 through 16 ranking system, (there actually are no numerical rankings) each team's power ranking is determined by being placed into a tier that each voter believes said team fits into. Their are four tiers, and they are as follows: Teams Contending for Cups, Teams Likely in the Playoffs, Teams on the Outside Looking In and Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick. A voter can choose to put as many or as few teams in each tier as they like, all based on where they think they fall into the pecking order.

Moving right along, here is this week's poll:


Total Vote Count First Tier Votes Last Week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
Real Salt Lake 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 21 7 1
LA Galaxy 20 6 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
FC Dallas 17 2 2
New York Red Bulls 15 2 2
Seattle Sounders 15 1 2
Toronto FC 14 0 3
Tier 3 - Teams on the Outside Looking In
Colorado Rapids 11 0 3
Chicago Fire 9 0 2
San Jose Earthquakes 6 0 3
Kansas City Wizards 6 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
Chivas USA 2 0 3
Houston Dynamo 2 0 4
New England Revolution 1 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4

Thoughts? Agreeances? Disagreements? Complaints? Truly, the greatest thing about a blog on the SB Nation network is not the writing and the posts itself, (thank God for that, right?) but the broad community of sports fans it brings together and how a blog can sort of take on its own personality and feel more like a "place" than a site. Feel free to share your thoughts, because once the move happens, commenting is incredibly easier and free-flowing.

Total Vote Count First Tier Votes Last Week's Tier
Tier 1 - Teams Contending For Cups
Real Salt Lake 21 7 1
Columbus Crew 21 7 1
LA Galaxy 20 6 1
Tier 2 - Teams Likely in the Playoffs
FC Dallas 17 2 2
New York Red Bulls 15 2 2
Seattle Sounders 15 1 2
Toronto FC 14 0 3
Tier 3 - Teams on the Outside Looking In
Colorado Rapids 11 0 3
Chicago Fire 9 0 2
San Jose Earthquakes 6 0 3
Kansas City Wizards 6 0 3
Tier 4 - Teams Competing for #3 Draft Pick
Chivas USA 2 0 3
Houston Dynamo 2 0 4
New England Revolution 1 0 4
Philadelphia Union 0 0 4
DC United 0 0 4
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