Good/Bad on Both Sides of the Ball
|This past week we've taken a look at the year by year rankings for offenses and defenses in MLS. Looking a little more closely, I've made a list of which teams were truly great or horrible based just on those rankings. The following lists are those teams which were in the top or bottom three in both offense and defense.|
The 2002 Galaxy are the only champions to be ranked in the top three in both categories. It's interesting also to see which teams make it on here and which are left out. Both of the Earthquakes' triumphs miss out, and yet the 2002 team makes it? 1999 for the Fire? The worst team on here is the 1997 Dallas Burn, who actually had a losing record (13-14-5 w/no shootouts).
Thanks again to the 2006 Rapids, who showed us how unfair the MLS playoff system is. Teams like that don't deserve to be one game away from the championship. I don't believe any of the others here advanced past the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards' championship was surrounded by two horrible years, although they did make the playoffs in 2001. Actually, they only finished two games under .500 that year, but still had a -20 goal differential. The worst goal differential to make the playoffs is Miami 1998 (-22). The best team on this list was the 2000 Rapids.