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Power Ranking Averages Week 28 - Playoff ins and outs

Averages from 8 sites. Power rankings show playoff contenders with a 3-point gap between 11th-12th. Columbus and NY move up on the Season avg.

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MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 28


"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 match-up. 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:

  • ESPN (espn.go.com/sports/soccer/mls)
  • Fansided-MLS Multiplex (fansided.com/category/soccer/mls/mls-multiplex)
  • Major League Soccer (www.mlssoccer.com)
  • Oregon Live (www.oregonlive.com/timbers)
  • ProSoccerTalk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com)
  • Seattle Times Blog (blogs.seattletimes.com/soundersfc)
  • Soccer America (www.socceramerica.com)
  • Sports Illustrated (www.soccer.si.com)

Possible Dead List
Allvoices (www.allvoices.com/users/zacwassink) - (No ranking Week 22-28)
Dallas News Soccer Blog (www.soccerblog.dallasnews.com) - (No ranking Week 23-28)
Soccer by Ives (www.soccerbyives.net) - (No ranking Week 21-28)

Dead Lists
Black & Red United (www.blackandredunited.com) - No Power Rank since 6/4/14
Deseret News (www.deseretnews.com) - No Power Rank since 5/29/14
Northbank-RSL (www.northbankrsl.com) - No Power Rank since 5/1/14
Reddit/MLS (www.reddit.com/r/MLS) - No Power Rank since 5/8/14
UTN Sports (www.utnsports.com/category/soccer) - No Power Rank since 4/2/14



Weekly Power Ranking Averages
Using the "Olympic" method of dropping the highest / lowest scores, and averaging the rest.

Retroactive change for Wk 27 to include Seattle Times' unpublished list, the missing ratings were acquired from this week's list.  One position change occurred as Vancouver moved into a tie with Houston at #12.

Wk 28 Wk 27 Wk 26 Wk 25 Wk 24 Team
W28 Avg W27 Avg W26 Avg W25 Avg W24 Avg W23 Avg Low
High
Range
1
2
1
1
4
Los Angeles 1.17
2.00
1.17
1.50
3.50
5.17
3
1
2
2
1
2
2
3
Seattle 2.50
1.00
1.83
2.17
3.00
4.00
5
1
4
3
5
4
5
5
Salt Lake 3.17
4.80
3.83
4.83
4.83
1.67
4
2
2
4
4
3
3
2
D.C. 5.17
4.60
3.17
3.33
2.83
5.33
10
3
7
5
3
5
4
1
Dallas 5.83
3.60
4.83
3.50
1.17
3.50
10
4
6
6
7
9
11
7
New York 6.17
7.60
8.83
10.00
8.00
10.33
9
2
7
7
6
6
9
13
New England 7.00
5.80
7.33
9.83
13.83
16.33
9
5
4
8
8
7
8
10
Philadelphia 8.33
7.80
8.00
9.00
9.33
11.33
12
3
9
9
10
8
7
12
Portland 8.50
9.80
8.33
7.50
11.50
9.17
11
1
10
10
9
10
6
6
Kansas City 9.17
8.20
9.17
6.67
6.00
1.50
11
6
5
11
11
11
9
8
Columbus 9.67
10.80
9.50
9.83
8.33
10.50
12
8
4
12
12
13
14
16
Houston 12.83
12.60
13.00
13.67
15.67
14.17
15
12
3
13
14
14
12
9
Toronto 13.50
14.00
14.00
11.83
8.50
7.67
17
10
7
14
12
12
13
11
Vancouver 13.83
12.60
12.83
12.83
10.83
7.50
16
10
6
15
15
16
15
17
Chicago 14.83
15.40
15.83
15.00
16.17
16.83
16
13
3
16
18
18
18
19
Montreal 16.17
17.80
17.33
17.33
19.00
18.83
18
12
6
17
16
15
16
14
San Jose 16.50
15.80
14.83
15.67
14.50
14.67
18
14
4
18
17
17
17
15
Colorado 17.50
16.60
16.67
16.00
15.33
14.00
18
16
2
19
19
19
19
18
Chivas 19.00
19.00
19.00
19.00
17.67
17.17
19
19
0


Biggest Changes
Point Gaps High / Low Range
Rise
Salt Lake: +2
Montreal: +2

Fall
Dallas: -2
Vancouver: -2
Largest
CLB - 3.16 - HOU
RSL - 2.00 - DCU

Smallest
PHI - 0.17 - POR
TOR- 0.33 - VAN
0 position: CHV
2 positions: LAG, RSL, COL
3 positions: HOU, CHI
4 positions: SEA, NER, CLB, SJE
5 positions: SKC
6 positions: FCD, VAN, MON
7 positions: DCU, NYRB, TOR
8+ positions: PHI, POR



Season Average Power Ranking
Three changes on the table for Week 28.  Columbus and New York move up, Colorado drops two.

W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 Team
W28 Avg W27 Avg W26 Avg W25 Avg W24 Avg W23 Avg
1
1
1
1
1
1
Seattle 3.09
3.11
3.19
3.25
3.29
3.31
2
2
2
2
2
2
Salt Lake
3.83
3.86
3.82
3.82
3.78
3.73
3
3
3
3
3
3
Kansas City 4.57
4.40
4.26
4.06
3.96
3.87
4
4
4
4
4
4
Los Angeles 5.83
6.01
6.16
6.36
6.56
6.70
5
5
5
5
6
7
Dallas
6.83
6.87
6.99
7.08
7.23
7.49
6
6
6
6
5
5
Vancouver 8.01
7.79
7.61
7.40
7.17
7.01
7
7
7
7
7
6
Toronto 8.14
7.94
7.71
7.46
7.27
7.22
8
8
8
8
9
9
D.C.
8.47
8.60
8.75
8.97
9.21
9.49
9
10
10
10
10
10
Columbus 10.18
10.20
10.18
10.20
10.22
10.30
10
11
11
11
11
11
New York 10.24
10.39
10.49
10.56
10.58
10.70
11
9
9
9
8
8
Colorado 10.27
10.00
9.74
9.47
9.20
8.93
12
12
12
12
12
12
New England 10.57
10.70
10.89
11.03
11.08
10.96
13
13
13
13
13
13
Portland 11.51
11.62
11.69
11.83
12.01
12.03
14
14
14
14
15
15
Philadelphia 11.85
11.98
12.14
12.30
12.44
12.58
15
15
15
15
14
14
Houston 12.51
12.50
12.49
12.47
12.42
12.28
16
16
16
16
16
16
San Jose 14.64
14.57
14.51
14.50
14.45
14.45
17
17
17
18
18
18
Chicago 15.50
15.53
15.53
15.52
15.54
15.51
18
18
18
17
17
17
Chivas 15.88
15.76
15.64
15.50
15.36
15.26
19
19
19
19
19
19
Montreal
17.79
17.85
17.86
17.88
17.90
17.85


Team High / Low
Best and worst placement for each team; added a few extra comparisons with Weekly and Season High / Low averages; and the Final Season Averages for 2012 & 2013.

Team
Weekly
Best
Weekly
Worst
Highest
Wk. Avg.
Lowest
Wk. Avg.
Season
Best
Season
Worst
Highest
Seas. Avg
Lowest
Seas. Avg
2014
Avg.
2013
Avg.
2012
Avg.
Chicago Fire
13
18
13.13
17.64
16
18
15.38
17
15.63 14.27
13.07
Chivas USA
11
19
11.00
19.00
13
18
12.53
15.88
14.52
15.76
15.15
Colorado Rapids
4
18
4.77
17.50
8
13
8.49
12.25
9.42
9.79
10.06
Columbus Crew
2
16
2.29
15.00
5
11
6.42
10.30
8.80
12.89
9.46
D.C. United
2
19
2.40
18.93
8
19
8.47
18.92
12.91
17.29
9.33
FC Dallas
1
14
1.17
13.75
3
11
5.25
10.92
7.17
8.78
17.17
Houston Dynamo
1
19
1.36
18.75
2
15
2.74
12.51
8.93 7.74
6.29
LA Galaxy
1
11
1.60
10.50
4
9
5.83
7.99
7.04
5.14
2.46
Montreal Impact
16
19
15.75
19.00
17
19
16.92
18.01
17.68
5.32
15.74
New England Revolution
1
18
1.56
17.64
9
17
9.23
16.39
11.77
12.35
14.84
New York Red Bulls
6
17
6.73
16.15
8
14
9.75
13.21
11.26
6.38
7.23
Philadelphia Union
3
18
5.57
17.89
8
15
7.75
12.92
11.25
10.53
15.70
Portland Timbers
3
18
4.00
17.77
4
15
4.00
13.74
11.33
5.73
13.89
Real Salt Lake
1
9
1.20
8.75
1
2
1.25
3.86
2.75
4.52
8.40
San Jose Earthquakes
10
18
10.00
18.00
14
17
12.54
15.34
14.36
12.34
4.86
Seattle Sounders
1
9
1.00
8.64
1
6
3.09
6.73
4.23
9.36
4.39
Sporting Kansas City
1
10
1.50
9.17
2
3
3.87
5.32
4.32
4.45
3.09
Toronto FC
2
14
2.38
14.00
4
12
5.70
11.50
7.27
16.85
10.96
Vancouver Whitecaps
2
13
2.60
13.83
4
9
5.92
8.21
7.27
10.41
7.87
  • In the weekly averages 7 teams have been ranked 1st (Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New England, Salt Lake, Seattle, Kansas City), and 4 teams have placed last (Chivas, D.C., Houston, Montreal).
  • In the season averages 2 teams have been ranked 1st (Salt Lake, Seattle), and 2 teams last (D.C., Montreal).
  • Houston has the distinction of being the only team to be ranked both first and last in the weekly rankings, with New England close behind with first and 2nd to last.  D.C. has risen from last to a high of 2nd.