AP Power Rankings: Week 8
It's been another week of shocking draws, surprising losses, and continued dominance for teams in the National Top 10. And this week, the Regional Top 10 makes it's debut.
First, since the goal of the Power Rankings is to draw more attention to more teams, the Regional Top 10 has been created so teams that play in the regional, state and city USASA Elite Leagues have a home. It's hard to measure how good a team in a regional league is compared to teams in a national league, (or from one national league to the next) so the Regional Top 10 will fill that gap. At the end of everyone's season, we'll also do a year Regional and National Top 10, and then a Combined Top 10. So go score lots of goals, defend like mad, and get as many points as you can!
Most of this weeks Power Rankings remain unchanged from last week, with a few notable exceptions. LA Wolves moved up to Number 3, thanks to a massive win, while a draw sees FC Arizona fall to Number 4. Riverside Coras picked up a big win as well and are back up to Number 2. Strikers FC continue their reign at Number 1, and California Victory rounds out the Top 5.
Moreno Valley moves up to 6 as a loss sees Santa Ana fall to 7. Orange County FC are looking good, courtesy of a 0-0 draw with FC Arizona. CD Aguiluchos hold on to Number 9, and Colorado Springs FC make their debut at Number 10, thanks to a weekend victory and Rush loss.
And now, onto the debut of the Regional Top 10! Same rules apply here as they do to the National Top 10. Must play 3 games to be considered. Currently, since they already in mid-season, the Regional Rankings will not include teams from the Cosmopolitan Soccer League in NYC. They would be dominating the list, so we'll have to add them in once they start their new season.
What do you think? Any ideas for improvement, things we missed or should change? Let us know in the comments below!