2013 MLS Power Ranking Overview: RSL drops before Whitecaps win, Seattle stays top

Seattle makes it 2 weeks at #1 - Brad White

Each week numerous sites publish their own Power Rankings of the MLS teams, however there is often quite a bit of variation between sites. Here is the Averages for 2013's Power Rankings from as many sites as I could find.

There are many sites that publish Power Rankings for MLS, and anyone who has followed more than one has likely seen a wide range of opinions regarding teams. I have tracked the Power Rankings the entire season, and previously wrote a weekly overview for this site; lack of time prevented me from the weekly updates but here I present an update as we near the season's end.

Sites Used:
*Soccer America (socceramerica.com)
*Bleacher Report (bleacherreport.com)
*ESPN (espnfc.com/powerrankings/_/year/2013)
*Fox Sports (msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/mls)
*Goal.com (goal.com/en-us/news/1110/major-league-soccer) - stopped after week 19
*Major League Soccer (mlssoccer.com/news)
*NBC Sports (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com)
*Soccer by Ives (soccerbyives.net/sbi-mls-power-rankings) - stopped after week 19
*Sports Illustrated (sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/?eref=sinav)
*Soccer Perspectives (soccerperspectives.com/category/mls/) - stopped after week 25
*Yahoo MLS Fan Blog (contributor.yahoo.com/user/23940/zac_wassink.html) - stopped after week 24


Week 30 Average Ranking

Team
W30 Ave
W29 Ave
Week High
Week Low
Highest Ave
Lowest Ave
Seattle Sounders
1.14
1.17
1
2
1.14 (w30)
18.64 (w7)
RB New York
2.14
4.33
1
3
1.56 (w23)
15.56 (w4)
Sporting Kansas City
3.29
4.33
2
5
1.50 (w22)
8.44 (w4)
Real Salt Lake
4.14
2.33
3
5
1.00 (w28)
10.67 (w4)
Los Angeles Galaxy
5.00
5.00
3
7
1.10 (w1)
10.64 (w18)
Portland Timbers
6.57
7.83
6
7
1.18 (w17)
15.55 (w5)
Colorado Rapids
6.86
5.00
3
9
3.86 (w26)
18.6 (w2)
Montreal Impact
7.57
6.00
6
10
1.11 (w4)
10.56 (w24)
Houston Dynamo
9.00
10.00
8
10
2.64 (w5)
12.71 (w28)
New England Revolution
10.29
11.17
9
13
9.20 (w14)
18.18 (w8)
Vancouver Whitecaps
12.00
14.83
10
14
2.64 (w3)
14.83 (w29)
San Jose Earthquakes
12.57
13.83
7
15
4.22 (w4)
16.27 (w17)
Philadelphia Union
12.86
11.83
12
16
7.00 (w18)
16.30 (w1)
Chicago Fire
13.43
10.83
11
16
10.83 (w29)
19.00 (w5)
Columbus Crew
14.29
15.83
12
15
6.78 (w4)
16.78 (w23)
FC Dallas
14.86
12.17
12
16
1 (w8,w11)
15.80 (w2)
Chivas USA
17.00
16.50
17
17
5.40 (w6)
19.00 (w17)
Toronto FC
18.00
18.17
18
18
12.4 (w2)
18.17 (w29)
D.C. United
19.00
18.83
19
19
6.60 (w2)
19.00 (w10-11,13,21-22,26-28,30)

High / Low Variance

The wider the variance the more confused raters would seem to be regarding a team's performance.
0 positions: CUSA, TFC, DCU
1 position: SS, PT
2 positions: NYRB, RSL, HD
3 positions: SKC, CC
4 positions: LAG, MI, NER, VWc, PU, FCD
5 positions: CF
6 positions: CR
8 positions: SJE

Firsts and Lasts
8 different teams have held first place: LA, FCD, RSL (6 wks), MI, PT (4 wks), SKC, SS (2 wks), NYRB (1 wk)
6 different teams have held last place: DCU (18 wks), CUSA (6 wks), CF (3 wks), SS (2 wks), TFC, CR (1 wk)

Season Total Average Ranking


W20 W21 W22 W23 W24 W25 W26 W27 W28 W29 W30 Highest Lowest
Spt. Kansas City 5.03 4.86 4.71 4.68 4.58 4.53 4.56 4.54 4.51 4.51 4.47 2.7 (w1)
5.36 (w5)
Montreal 3.79 3.93 3.95 4.09 4.35 4.52 4.55 4.55 4.55 4.6 4.7 3.65 (w 18)
11.17 (w1)
Real Salt Lake 5.94 5.77 5.63 5.5 5.34 5.24 5.1 4.96 4.82 4.74 4.72 2.98 (w1)
7.56 (w13)
LA Galaxy 5.41 5.42 5.5 5.55 5.6 5.58 5.46 5.33 5.28 5.27 5.26 2.62 (w9)
5.6 (w24)
Portland 7.42 7.2 7.03 6.87 6.74 6.56 6.45 6.46 6.47 6.51 6.52 6.45 (w26)
14.65 (w5)
New York 8.64 8.53 8.36 8.08 7.9 7.78 7.76 7.73 7.7 7.58 7.41 7.41 (w30)
12.46 (w6)
FC Dallas 4.7 4.97 5.28 5.65 5.99 6.35 6.67 6.95 7.11 7.27 7.52 4.35 (w18)
12.52 (w2)
Houston 6.47 6.58 6.74 6.82 6.93 6.96 7.1 7.2 7.39 7.48 7.53 4.16 (w8) 7.53 (w30)
Seattle 10.89 10.93 10.98 10.95 10.85 10.84 10.69 10.49 10.24 9.94 9.66 6.8 (w1) 13.49 (w10)
Vancouver 9.65 9.46 9.39 9.31 9.18 9.17 9.21 9.31 9.46 9.64 9.72 5.45 (w3) 10.34 (w16)
Phil. Union 10.67 10.55 10.4 10.4 10.34 10.26 10.28 10.28 10.27 10.32 10.4 10.26 (w25) 16 (w1)
Colorado 12.63 12.49 12.25 11.95 11.68 11.41 11.13 10.95 10.78 10.59 10.47 10.47 (w30) 16.4 (w5)
San Jose 11.7 11.85 11.95 12 12.09 12.13 12.2 12.27 12.31 12.36 12.37 6.42 (w4) 12.37 (w30)
Columbus 11.08 11.3 11.53 11.75 11.89 11.99 12.13 12.28 12.43 12.54 12.6 8.98 (w9) 12.6 (w30)
New England 13.6 13.59 13.53 13.54 13.58 13.56 13.45 13.35 13.23 13.16 13.07 13.07 (w30) 15.32 (w1)
Chicago 15.66 15.55 15.46 15.31 15.13 15.07 14.97 14.88 14.8 14.67 14.63 11.63 (w1) 16.57 (w7)
Chivas 14.42 14.53 14.65 14.82 14.97 15.11 15.18 15.24 15.29 15.33 15.39 11.07 (w9) 16.93 (w1)
DC United 15.74 15.89 16.03 16.11 16.2 16.28 16.38 16.48 16.56 16.64 16.72 8.43 (w3) 16.72 (w30)
Toronto 16.4 16.46 16.49 16.49 16.51 16.53 16.58 16.62 16.65 16.7 16.75 15.26 (w7) 17.54 (w1)

*Over the last 15 weeks the season table has separated into distinct clusters.
*Kansas City, Salt Lake, Portland, New York, Seattle and Colorado have risen significantly.
*Montreal, Dallas, Houstion, Chivas, and D.C. have declined significantly.
*All other teams have had little change.

Dallas and Houston remain high on the list only due to their strong start to the season, while Chicago, Colorado and Seattle remain low due to their weak start.

Firsts and Lasts

3 teams have held first place: MI (13 wks), LAG (12 wks), SKC (5 wks)
4 teams have held last place: TFC (17 wks), CF (10 wks), CR (2 wks), CUSA (1 wk)

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