Each week we will take a look at where the Colorado Rapids stand in the weekly Power Ranking on national soccer media websites SI.com, MLSsoccer.com, SoccerByIves and ESPNFC.com.
In week 11, the Rapids pulled out a gutsy 2-0 road win over the Columbus Crew, leaving the team in 4th place in the Western Conference and 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 10 (up from 12 last week), pointing to Pareja’s work as a coach.
Even without the injuries, few would have projected Colorado to be solidly in the Western Conference playoff picture. But that's exactly where they are, and we think it's where they'll stay. Put Oscar Pareja solidly into the early "Coach of the Year" balloting.
Sports Illustrated has the Rapids at 10 (up from 12 last week).
With just one loss in their last seven games, the Rapids continue to get results, and with a healthy and in-form Edson Buddle leading the line, the club has a truly reliable piece up front. More good news for the Rapids is in the form of Martin Rivero, the playmaker who started his first game of the season after a couple of appearances off the bench. Slowly but surely, Colorado's infirmary is emptying.
Soccer by Ives has the Rapids at 9 (up from 11 last week).
The Rapids just keep on delivering results. Martin Rivero is back from injury, which should provide a big boost, but Edson Buddle’s sudden revival is perhaps the most encouraging development in the team’s recent victories. What Oscar Pareja has done to this point in the season has to be applauded, but now he will have a new challenge as he integrates all the players returning from injury.
And, ESPN FC ranks the Rapids at 8 (up from 9 last week).
The Rapids' renaissance continued with a 2-0 win at Columbus that was short on possession but long on efficiency. Dillon Powers bagged his second goal of the year on a deflected effort and remains an early candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Quite a difference in where the Rapids fall but the common thread across each list is the positive swing in momentum despite the number of injuries the team has faced. Vote in our poll or weigh in below to let us know if you agree or disagree with the rankings and why.