There’s something inherently infuriating about MLS’s Power Rankings. The entirely arbitrary ‘rankings,’ which seem to be designed to appeal to the inchoate and quixotic logic used by college football fanatics, come out weekly and only serve to provide a premise to berate the league. This last week’s rankings put San Jose, Kansas City, Houston, New York, and Salt Lake City in that order as the top five teams in the league. The next five rankings of would-be playoff teams have Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Los Angeles, and DC in that order. What’s funny about this is that it places Chicago eighth, only ahead of the Galaxy and DC United yet the Fire are the sixth best team in all of MLS. The idea that a team given up more goals, played more games, and has less points than Chicago should be placed ahead of them is, at best, debatable (Vancouver) as is the notion that a team that has won fewer games, lost more games, and has a goal differential more than twice that of Chicago’s (Seattle).