Power Rankings Week 13: ESPNFC moves Rapids up to 7th overall

A look at the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites

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Each week we will take a look at where the Colorado Rapids stand in the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites SI.com, MLSsoccer.com, SoccerByIves and ESPNFC.com.

In week 13, the Rapids defeated Chivas USA 2-0, holding the team in 5th place in the Western Conference and moving the Rapids to 9th in the overall in MLS standings.

Here’s how that result affected the team's standings in each of the four Power Rankings:

MLSSoccer.com has the Rapids at 8 (up from 9 last week), this time asking all of Pareja’s detractors for apologies.

All those Rapids fans who were calling for Oscar Pareja's blood last year need to stand up and apologize. Not only is this turning into one of the deepest and toughest teams in the league, but they're starting to score some delicious "team" goals.

Sports Illustrated has the Rapids at 9 (up from 11 last week).

Nathan Sturgis and Atiba Harris provided offense, and unheralded goalkeeper Clint Irwin posted yet another shutout in the Rapids' 2-0 win over Chivas USA, one that extended the club's unbeaten streak to five games. Unfortunately for Colorado, the club is no stranger to injuries; the latest one to Martin Rivero appeared to be an aggravation of the broken foot he dealt with during the winter. That would be a setback, but as manager Oscar Pareja has shown, he has depth to turn to in times of crisis.

Soccer by Ives – not updated for week 13.

And, ESPN FC ranks the Rapids at 7  (up from 8 last week).

The Rapids continued their good run of form, dispatching Chivas USA 2-0. But just when it looked like Colorado was shedding the injury bug, Martin Rivero was felled by what looked to be a recurrence of a foot injury.

Of course, now we know that Martin Rivero’s injury was.