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.
The Rapids had a bye during Week 15, but there were still five other MLS games. Seattle's late 3-2 win over Vancouver moved the Sounders one point ahead of Colorado and LA - which lost to Real Salt Lake - in the Western Conference. Colorado enters Week 16 in a three-way tie for 10th place on points per game in the overall in MLS standings.
Here’s how the week off affected the team's standings in each of the four Power Rankings:
MLSSoccer.com ranks the Rapids at 7 (up from 8 last week).
That last five (W-W-D-W-D) is pretty as all get out, but did you know that the Rapids have lost just once in their last 10? Clint Irwin's not the only story, by the way – Marvell Wynne has reclaimed his spot as one of the best defenders in the league, and Drew Moor is in that discussion as well.
Sports Illustrated ranks the Rapids at 10 (down from 9 last week).
Normally a reserve match between the Rapids and Harrisburg City Islanders would not carry much weight, but the game presented a huge moment for Colorado, with Jaime Castrillon seeing his first competitive minutes since undergoing offseason knee surgery. The Colombian was the team's leading scorer a season ago with eight goals and would provide a tremendous boost for a club that combated an epic brush with the injury bug in the early months of the season.
Soccer by Ives has not released week 15 rankings.
And, ESPN FC ranks the Rapids at 7 (down from 5 last week).
There was good news and bad news during the last bye week. The loss of Shane O'Neill to the U.S U-20 team certainly hurts, but at least midfielder Jaime Castrillon has returned to full training. A match against a wounded San Jose awaits.
The bye week moved the Rapids up a spot in MLSSoccer.com’s rankings and dropped them in the rest. What do you think? Should the Rapids have lost more ground in the Week 15 Power Rankings? Sound off below.