The midway point of the 2010 W-League season marks the debut of the SNA W-League Power Rankings, featuring the Top 10 teams in the league. Seven clubs remain unbeaten for the season with very impressive defensive records for most of the division leaders.
We start with the top spot going to longtime league power Vancouver reclaiming its former glory after the 2009 season finish below second (fifth) for the first time in team history. The Whitecaps became the first team to hand the defending two-time league champion Pali Blues a loss in their three-year history, claiming a 2-1 victory in California. They also boast a 1-1 draw on the road against the Colorado Rush as the Western Conference has three teams in the Top 10. Pali, fourth on the list, only has the one loss. While the Rush may only have one win in four, their draws against Vancouver and Pali (2-2) are impressive enough to keep them in the mix for now.
The Midwest boast the second and third-best teams at this point with the Buffalo Flash at number two and Chicago Red Eleven at three. Buffalo has not allowed a goal in five games this season while Chicago has only given up one, ironically to last-place Cleveland. The two have squared off just once, finishing in a scoreless draw in Chicago.
The unbeaten Great Lakes duo are in position to move up the table as the season continues, but at this point the fact that they have not faced one another yet has them in the second half of the list.
The SNA W-League Power Rankings
1 – Vancouver Whitecaps (4-0-2): Win at Pali; Draw at Rush; 4 goals allowed
2 – Buffalo Flash (3-0-2): Zero goals allowed; 0-0 draw at Chicago
3 – Chicago Red Eleven (4-0-2): One goal allowed; 0-0 draw against Buffalo
4 – Pali Blues (2-1-2): Draw at Rush; Loss to Vancouver; 6 goals allowed
5 – Washington Freedom Futures (5-0-1): Win at Hudson Valley; Draw at Wildcats; 4 goals allowed
6 – Colorado Rush (1-0-3): Draws versus Vancouver and Pali; 3 goals allowed
7 – Hudson Valley QLB (5-1-0): Only loss 1-2 to Washington; 4 goals allowed
8 – Ottawa Fury (4-0-1): Win at Laval; 2 goals allowed
9 – Toronto Lady Lynx (3-0-3): Draw versus Laval; 3 goals allowed
10 – Atlanta Silverbacks (5-1-1): Four goals allowed; Only loss was to Charlotte, who has allowed just 2 goals