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Power Ranking Averages - Week 1 Overview

Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Many sports sites use "Power Rankings", and as they are always based on the opinions of their authors there is a wide range between ranks for teams. Some are near-mirrors of the league standings, while others are closer to a reflection of a team's current form. One recent Power Ranking author made the best quote I have read to date for how to interpret a league's Power Ranking:


"If two teams played tomorrow, given their current injury concerns, form, and other considerations, who is likely to win on a neutral field? This list is designed to tell you who we feel is most likely to win that matchup. All things being equal, who is the best team going forward, based on what we know now?"

-Richard Farley, NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. 3/11/14

Based on that I bring you the Power Ranking Averages for MLS Week 1.

Sites Used:

  • Soccer America (www.socceramerica.com)
  • Major League Soccer (www.mlssoccer.com)
  • Soccer by Ives (www.soccerbyives.net)
  • ESPN (espn.go.com/sports/soccer/mls)
  • ProSoccerTalk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com)
  • Sports Illustrated (soccer.si.com)
  • Fansided-MLS Multiplex (fansided.com/category/soccer/mls/mls-multiplex)
  • Allvoices (www.allvoices.com/users/zacwassink)
  • Seattle Times Blog (blogs.seattletimes.com/soundersfc)

Several sites from previous years have apparently stopped their rankings, if they do continue I will include them in relevant weeks (Goal.com, BleacherReport, Fox Sports).

If you know of a Power Ranking site that I have not included, please send it to me via this site and I will consider using it.

Weekly Power Ranking Averages

Preseason
Week 1
Team
Preseason-Ave
W1 Ave
Low
High
4
1
Real Salt Lake
3.85
1.22
3
1
6
2
Seattle Sounders
5.92
3.67
7
2
2
3
Portland Timbers
2.19
4.22
9
3
1
4
Sporting Kansas City
1.29
4.78
13
2
8
5
Houston Dynamo
8.06
5.0
8
2
14
6
Vancouver Whitecaps
12.65
5.78
12
1
3
7
Los Angeles Galaxy
3.44
7.33
15
5
9
8
Philadelphia Union
9.96
9.56
14
7
15
9
Columbus Crew
13.73
9.89
14
4
5
10
New York Red Bulls
6.83
10.33
17
5
13
11
FC Dallas
12.19
10.56
15
6
11
12
Colorado Rapids
13.73
11.67
17
9
12
13
San Jose Earthquakes
10.96
12.33
15
10
10
14
Toronto FC
10.15
12.56
17
8
19
15
Chivas USA
17.6
13.78
16
5
7
16
New England Revolution
6.83
14.11
18
9
17
17
Montreal Impact
15.25
16.89
18
15
16
18
Chicago Fire
14.02
17.11
19
14
18
19
D.C. United
15.77
18.89
19
18


High / Low Variance

This is a reflection of how similar sites are at ranking teams. After only one week there is obviously a lot of Hi/Low variance, this will level out as more games are played.
1 position: DCU
2 positions: RSL
3 positions: MI
5 positions: SS, SJE, CF
6 positions: PT, HD
7 positions: PU
8 positions: CR
9 positions: FCD, TFC, NER
10+ positions: LAG, CC, SKC, VWC, NYRB, CUSA


Season Average Power Ranking

Team
W1 Ave
Preseason-Ave
Final 2013 Ave
Real Salt Lake
1.22
3.85
4.52
Seattle Sounders
3.67
5.92
9.36
Portland Timbers
4.22
2.19
5.73
Sporting Kansas City
4.78
1.29
4.45
Houston Dynamo
5.0
8.06
7.74
Vancouver Whitecaps
5.78
12.65
10.41
Los Angeles Galaxy
7.33
3.44
5.14
Philadelphia Union
9.56
9.96
10.53
Columbus Crew
9.89
13.73
12.89
New York Red Bulls
10.33
6.83
6.38
FC Dallas
10.56
12.19
8.78
Colorado Rapids
11.67
13.73
9.79
San Jose Earthquakes
12.33
10.96
12.34
Toronto FC
12.56
10.15
16.85
Chivas USA
13.78
17.6
15.76
New England Revolution
14.11
6.83
12.35
Montreal Impact
16.89
15.25
5.32
Chicago Fire
17.11
14.02
14.27
D.C. Union
18.89
15.77
17.29
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