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Power Ranking Averages - Week 2 Overview: Houston on Top.

Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Spor

MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 2

"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

Sites Used: (Two new sites added!)

  • Allvoices (www.allvoices.com/users/zacwassink)
  • ESPN (espn.go.com/sports/soccer/mls)
  • Fansided-MLS Multiplex (fansided.com/category/soccer/mls/mls-multiplex)
  • Major League Soccer (www.mlssoccer.com)
  • Northbank-RSL (www.northbankrsl.com) *New for Wk2
  • ProSoccerTalk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com)
  • Reddit/MLS (www.reddit.com/r/MLS) *New for Wk2
  • Seattle Times Blog (blogs.seattletimes.com/soundersfc)
  • Soccer America (www.socceramerica.com)
  • Soccer by Ives (www.soccerbyives.net)
  • Sports Illustrated (soccer.si.com)

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

With the addition of two new sites the Week 1 averages changed slightly, and are reflected below (old values).

Week 1
Week 2
Team
W1 Ave
W2 Ave
Low
High
5
1
Houston 4.73 (5.0)
1.45
2
1
1
2
Salt Lake
1.27 (1.22)
2.00
4
1
8
3
Philadelphia 9.45 (9.56)
4.82
8
2
14
4
Toronto 12.55 (12.56) 5.64 11
1
4
5
Kansas City 4.73 (4.78) 6.73 14
3
3
6
Portland 4.64 (4.22) 7.27 11
5
7
7
Los Angeles 7.18 (7.33) 8.09 16
4
6
8
Vancouver 5.18 (5.78) 8.18 14
2
2
9
Seattle
3.82 (3.67)
8.36
15
5
9
10
Columbus
9.27 (9.89)
9.18
13
3
11
11
Dallas 10.55 (10.56) 9.55 13
6
15
12
Chivas 13.73 (13.78) 11.09 15
4
12
13
Colorado 12.18 (11.67) 12.45
14
10
10
14
New York
10.36 (10.33)
12.64
16
6
13
15
San Jose
12.82 (12.33)
13.00
16
7
18
16
Chicago 17.09 (17.11) 16.18 18
13
17
17
Montreal 16.73 (16.89) 16.73 18
15
16
18
New England
14.55 (14.11)
17.27
19
15
19
19
D.C.
18.91 (18.89)
18.82
19
17


High / Low Variance

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

Biggest Rise / Fall
Toronto: +14
Seattle: -7

Season Average Power Ranking

Pos
Team
W2 Ave
W1 Ave
2013 Ave
2012 Ave
1
Salt Lake
1.69
1.27 (1.22)
4.52
8.40
2
Houston 3.09 4.73 (5.00)
7.74 6.29
3
Kansas City 5.81 4.73 (4.78) 4.45 3.09
4
Portland 5.88 4.64 (4.22) 5.73 13.89
5
Seattle
6.36
3.82 (3.67)
9.36
4.39
6
Vancouver
6.70
5.18 (5.78)
10.41
7.87
7
Philadelphia 7.17 9.45 (9.56) 10.53 15.7
8
Los Angeles
7.76
7.18 (7.33)
5.14
2.46
9
Columbus
9.08
9.27 (9.89)
12.89
9.46
10
Toronto 9.39 12.55 (12.56) 16.85 10.96
11
Dallas 9.89 10.55 (10.56) 8.78 17.17
12
New York
11.52
10.36 (10.33)
6.38
7.23
13
Colorado
12.09
12.18 (11.67)
9.79
10.06
14
Chivas 12.31 13.73 (13.78) 15.76 15.15
15
San Jose
12.80
12.82 (12.33)
12.34
4.86
16
New England
15.94
14.55 (14.11)
12.35
14.84
17
Chicago 16.60 17.09 (17.11) 14.27 13.07
18
Montreal
16.98
16.73 (16.89)
5.32
15.74
19
D.C.
18.85
18.91 (18.89)
17.29
9.33


After two weeks there is some clear separation starting to take place, but given small sample size the positions will continue to fluctuate often.
Largest gap: 3.14 points between San Jose and New England
Smallest gap: .07 between Kansas City and Portland

Elite
Contenders
Could Be's
Wanna Be's
Bottom Dwellers
Real Salt Lake
Houston Dynamo
Sporting Kansas City
Portland Timbers
Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps
Philadelphia Union
Los Angeles Galaxy
Columbus Crew
Toronto FC
FC Dallas
New York Red Bulls
Colorado Rapids
Chivas USA
San Jose Earthquakes
New England Revolution
Chicago Fire
Montreal Impact
D.C. United
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