In this debut edition of the SNA PDL Power Rankings we find ourselves at the midpoint of the 2010 season for most clubs. With the leaders at the top of each of the division tables fairly close in a majority of situations and quite a few clubs possessing less than two defeats on the year, selecting and picking the order of the Top 25 at the current moment was a difficult process. In the end, most assuredly this list will look different at the close of the regular season.
At the top, it was an easy selection for Number 1 as the Portland Timbers U23 development team is absolutely dominating play. Perhaps inspired by having been edged in US Open Cup qualifying via tiebreakers after finishing 4-0-0, the Timbers have yet to lose, avenging that loss in tiebreakers by beating the qualifying club Kitsap in a 3-0 thumping. The fact the club also has only given up two goals in nine games is also quite impressive.
With their only blemish coming at the hands of the Timbers, Kitsap was a natural second choice as half of the six goals allowed on their 7-1-0 slate were given up in Portland. Staying in that position may be difficult as they have Victoria on the agenda Friday evening.
The Southeast is a tough lot with four clubs finding it difficult to defeat one another. Baton Rouge and Mississippi with unbeaten records and great goals against ratios were eye-catching despite the division’s rare prominence in the postseason.
See the notes below for more on the Top 10 as well as the complete list of the Top 25 in the SNA PDL Power Rankings.
1 – Portland Timbers U23s (9-0-0): Only perfect record; Wins over Victoria and Kitsap by 7-0 aggregate; Only 2 goals allowed
2 – Kitsap Pumas (7-1-0): Only loss is to the perfect Timbers; 6 goals allowed
3 – Baton Rouge Capitals (5-0-3): Draws versus Atlanta and Mississippi; 8 goals allowed
4 – Mississippi Brilla (4-0-3): Three road draws at Central Florida, Baton Rouge and Atlanta; 6 goals allowed
5 – Ottawa Fury (6-0-2): Two wins over Albany; 3 goals allowed
6 – Orange County Blue Star (8-0-3): Seven consecutive wins, but have not played Hollywood or Ventura County
7 – Reading United (7-1-1): Only loss to Ironbound; 4 goals allowed
8 – Forest City London (4-1-2): Win over Cincinnati and draws against Dayton and Michigan; Only loss to Chicago; 6 goals allowed
9 – Chicago Fire (7-2-1): Both losses to Cincinnati; 5 goals allowed
10 – Dayton Dutch Lions (4-1-5): Only loss to Indiana
The Rest of the Best: 11 Long Island Rough Riders; 12 MPS Portland Phoenix; 13 Central Florida Kraze; 14 Cincinnati Kings; 15 Michigan Bucks; 16 DFW Tornados; 17 Atlanta Blackhawks; 18 Victoria Highlanders; Albany BWP Highlanders; 20 West Texas United Sockers; 21 Thunder Bay Chill; 22 Rochester Thunder; 23 Real Colorado Foxes; 24 Ironbound Express; 25 Hollywood United Hitmen