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MLS Wk 7 Power Ranking Averages - NYRB retains 1st

One new site added! NYRB narrowly holds on to first place, Reddit/r/MLS most accurate.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports


MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 7

One new site for Week 7 - MLS Fantasy Boss which usually publishes late Thursday - thus their ranks will be a week behind.  I've re-listed The Examiner to the 'dead' list after missing the last 4 weeks.   Out of the remaining 16 sites, 15 are included below.

As always, if you come across any that I have not included please send me a link and I'll add it to the list.

Here's a reminder of the Power Ranking "Guidelines":

"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:

  • Major League Soccer (www.mlssoccer.com/news/power-rankings)
  • Soccer by Ives (www.sbisoccer.com/sbi-mls-power-rankings)
  • Soccer America (www.socceramerica.com)
  • ESPN (espnfc.us/major-league-soccer)
  • Seattle Times Blog (seattletimes.com/author/matt-pentz)
  • MLS GB (mlsbg.com/tag/power-rankings)
  • Black & Red United (www.blackandredunited.com)
  • Sports Illustrated (www.soccer.si.com)
  • The Mane Land (themaneland.com)
  • Who Scored 'team rating' (whoscored.com/Regions/233/Tournaments/85/USA-Major-League-Soccer)
  • Reddit MLS subreddit (reddit/r/mls)
  • The Sports Network (sportsnetwork.com)
  • Soccer Information Network (soccerinformationnetwork.com)
  • NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com)
  • Soccer In America (soccer-in-america.com)
  • MLS Fantasy Boss (mlsfantasyboss.com) *No ranking for Wk 7

Dead Lists:

  • Playing for 90 (playingfor90.com) - Published once
  • Examiner (examiner.com/topic/power-rankings) - Published 3 times

You may notice several 'team specific' sites used; yes they will at times be a bit more biased for/against certain teams, as such the averages use the Olympic Method of dropping the highest and lowest scores, and averaging the rest to compensate for possible bias.  Each week I'll also be listing the sites closest and furthest from average to show which are more biased than others.



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

Wk 7 Wk 6 Wk 5 Wk 4 Wk 3 Team
W7 Avg W6 Avg W5 Avg W4 Avg W3 Avg Worst
Best
Range
1
1
2
2
4
New York RB 1.38
1.33
2.92
2.91
6.38
2
1
2
2
2
1
3
5
Vancouver 2.00
2.50
1.33
3.36
6.62
8
1
7
3
4
7
4
2
Los Angeles 4.15
4.75
7.75
4.73
2.62
9
1
8
4
7
4
5
3
Seattle 4.69
6.50
4.67
5.45
4.31
7
3
4
5
6
3
1
1
Dallas 4.85 6.25
3.08
1.09
1.08
9
3
6
6
3
5
6
10
D.C. 5.38
3.92
4.92
5.91
10.54
10
3
7
7
5
6
7
11
Salt Lake 7.69
4.83
5.50
7.45
10.77
12
3
9
8
10
9
9
6
Columbus 8.08 10.25
10.17
9.55
6.69
12
3
9
9
12
12
14
19
New England 8.46
11.50
11.17
14.27
17.38
14
6
8
10
8
8
10
15
Kansas City 9.54
7.25
7.92
9.82
14.62
17
2
15
11
9
13
8
7
San Jose 11.69
9.83
12.25
9.18
7.23
15
7
8
12
13
10
16
13
Portland 11.77
13.83
10.83
15.00
12.38
15
6
9
13
11
15
13
12
Orlando 13.46
11.17
14.58
11.73
10.15
18
10
8
14
15
17
15
14
Houston 13.92
14.50
16.67
14.91
12.54
17
11
6
15
14
14
18
20
Chicago 14.38
14.42
14.17
17.64
19.92
17
12
5
16
16
10
11
8
New York FC 15.92
14.92
10.83
10.27
6.77
19
10
9
17
17
16
12
9
Toronto 17.31
16.42
15.25
11.18
7.77
20
14
6
18
18
19
19
16
Colorado 17.46
17.42
19.17
17.82
17.08
20
11
9
19
19
20
20
16
Philadelphia 18.38
18.50
19.50
19.82
17.08
20
17
3
20
20
18
17
18
Montreal 19.46
19.92
18.08
17.55
17.46
20
15
5


Site Evaluations
Each site's ranking is compared to the weekly averages above.  The best and worst # of matches is indicated.

Site
# Exact
1 off
2 off
3 off 4 off 5+ off
Team(s) furthest off
Major League Soccer 7
5
7
1
0
0
SJE +3
Soccer by Ives 6
5
3
5
1
0
SJE +4
Soccer America 8
5
1
5
1
0
CLB +4
ESPN 8
6
2
4
0
0
CHI/DCU -3, NYC/POR +3
Seattle Times 3
8
7
2
0
0
RSL +3, TFC -3
MLS GB 6
8
4
2
0
0
NER -3, SEA +3
Black & Red United 9
5
3
1
2
0
FCD +4, SJE -4
Sports Illustrated 7
6
5
1
0
1
NER +5
The Mane Land 7
8
5
0
0
0
ORL +2, CHI/LAG/NER/PHI -2
Who Scored 6
0
3
2
2
7
COL -7
Reddit /r/MLS
11
8
1
0
0
0
CLB -2
The Sports Network
6
5
4
3
1
1
LAG +6
Soccer Information Network 3
5
7
2
1
2
POR -6
NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk 1
8
5
4
0
2
SKC +7
Soccer In America 9
7
2
1
1
0
SJE +4
MLS Fantasy Boss NA NA NA NA NA NA
  • Most Accurate Site: (best Exact, with +1 as tiebreaker) Reddit /r/MLS
  • Least Accurate Site: (most 5+ with +4 as tiebreaker) Who Scored
  • Furthest Off: Who Scored with COL at seven places higher than average, and NBC Sports with SKC at seven places above average.


Season Average Power Ranking

Team
2015
(run. avg)
W7 Avg W6 Avg W5 Avg W4 Avg W3 Avg W2 Avg 2014 Avg 2013 Avg
2012 Avg
Los Angeles 2.81
3.88
3.84
3.72
2.71
2.02
1.73
6.77
5.14
2.46
Dallas 3.11
3.33
3.07
2.41
2.25
2.58
3.31
4.04
9.36
4.39
Seattle 3.89
4.43
4.38
4
3.83
3.23
2.62
4.04
9.36
4.39
D.C. 5.99
5.84
5.91
6.28
6.62
6.90
5.16
12.15
17.29
9.33
Toronto 7.81
11.51
10.55
9.33
7.85
6.52
5.62
7.47
16.85
10.96
New York RB 7.87
5.12
5.74
6.61
7.54
9.13
10.69
11.07
6.38
7.23
Salt Lake 8.71 7.76
4.38 8.39 3.83 9.79 9.35 2.94 4.52 8.40
Columbus 9.20
9.05
9.21
8.96
8.65
8.25
8.88
8.97
12.89
9.46
Vancouver 9.41
5.97
6.63
7.38
8.90
10.60
12.54
7.40
10.41
7.87
New York FC 10.08
11.12
10.32
9.45
9.10
8.65
9.54
N/A N/A N/A
Kansas City 10.55 10.17
10.28
10.84
11.58
12.23
11.08
4.45
4.45
3.09
Orlando 10.74
11.54
11.22
11.23
10.40
9.97
9.39
N/A N/A N/A
Portland 11.63 12.10
12.15 11.89 12.15 11.31 10.93 11.34 5.73 13.89
Houston 12.11
13.62
13.57
13.39
12.57
11.83
11.38
9.48
7.74
6.29
San Jose 13.14
11.51
11.48
11.76
11.64
12.42
14.96
14.44
12.34
4.86
New England 13.28
12.65
13.35
13.76
14.40
14.54
13.31
11.50
12.35
14.84
Philadelphia 16.34
17.51
17.37
17.18
16.60
15.57
14.93
11.33
10.53
15.70
Colorado 17.07
17.47
17.47
17.49
17.07
16.89
16.77
9.66
9.79
10.06
Montreal 18.06
18.45
18.28
17.95
17.92
17.94
18.12
17.67 5.32
15.74
Chicago 18.57
17.10
17.56
18.13
19.12
19.57
19.39
15.61
14.27
13.07



Team High / Low
Best and worst placement for each team in weekly, avg rank total.

Team
Weekly
Best
Weekly
Worst
Best
Wk. Avg.
Worst
Wk. Avg.
Chicago Fire
14
20
14.17 19.93
Colorado Rapids
17
19
16.31
19.17
Columbus Crew SC
5
12
6.38
11.38
D.C. United
3
10
4.08
10.40
FC Dallas
1
7
1.13
6.38
Houston Dynamo
7
17
8.38
16.67
LA Galaxy
1
7
1.69
7.75
Montreal Impact
18
20
17.60
19.92
New England Revolution
9
17
8.46
15.69
New York City FC
4
16
6.69
15.92
New York Red Bulls
1
11
1.38
11.15
Orlando City
7
15
7.31
14.58
Philadelphia Union
16
20
14.62
19.69
Portland Timbers
10
15
10.83
14.69
Real Salt Lake
5
11
4.69
10.67
San Jose Earthquakes
8
19
7.33
18.23
Seattle Sounders
1
6
1.23
6.31
Sporting Kansas City
6
15
7.46
14.53
Toronto FC
3
17
3.31
16.62
Vancouver Whitecaps
1
15
1.33
13.85