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Week 8 MLS Power Ranking Averages from 15 sites

Welcome to week 3 of NYRB dominance. One new site added bringing the current list up to 17!

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports


MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 8

Yet another new site for Week 8 - Bleacher Report has once again resumed their power rankings after a hiatus of over a year.  Out of the 17 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) *No ranking for Wk 8
  • Soccer Information Network (soccerinformationnetwork.com)
  • Soccer In America (soccer-in-america.com)
  • MLS Fantasy Boss (mlsfantasyboss.com)
  • NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com) *No ranking for Wk 8
  • Bleacher Report (bleacherreport.com/mls)

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 8
Wk 7 Wk 6 Wk 5 Wk 4 Team
W8 Avg W7 Avg W6 Avg W5 Avg W4 Avg Worst
Best
Range
1
1
1
2
2
New York RB 1.69
1.40
1.33
2.92
2.91
6
1
5
2
4
7
4
5
Seattle 3.00
4.67
6.50
4.67
5.45
6
1
5
3
6
3
5
6
D.C. 3.54 5.47
3.92
4.92
5.91
10
2
8
4
2
2
1
3
Vancouver 4.38
2.20
2.50
1.33
3.36
10
1
9
5
3
4
7
4
Los Angeles 4.54
4.20
4.75
7.75
4.73
8
1
7
6
8
12
12
14
New England 5.38
8.00
11.50
11.17
14.27
7
2
5
7
5
6
3
1
Dallas 7.15
5.00 6.25
3.08
1.09
9
4
5
7
9
10
9
9
Columbus 7.15
8.20
10.25
10.17
9.55
10
2
8
9
10
8
8
10
Kansas City 10.00
9.80
7.25
7.92
9.82
13
3
10
10
7
5
6
7
Salt Lake 10.62
7.67
4.83
5.50
7.45
17
8
9
11
15
14
14
18
Chicago 11.77
14.53
14.42
14.17
17.64
16
9
7
12 12 9 13 8 San Jose 12.46 11.87 9.83 12.25 9.18 17
7
10
13 14
15
17
15
Houston 12.85
13.72
14.50
16.67
14.91
16
9
7
14
11
13
10
16
Portland 13.00
11.53
13.83
10.83
15.00
16
8
8
15
17
17
16
12
Toronto 14.15
17.27
16.42
15.25
11.18
16
9
7
16
13
11
15
13
Orlando 15.77
13.40
11.17
14.58
11.73
20
13
7
17
18
18
19
19
Colorado 17.00
17.67
17.42
19.17
17.82
19
13
6
18
16
16
10
11
New York FC 17.54
15.80 14.92
10.83
10.27
19
12
7
19
19
19
20
20
Philadelphia 19.15
18.27
18.50
19.50
19.82
20
18
2
20
20
20
18
17
Montreal 19.54
19.53
19.92
18.08
17.55
20
17
3


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 8
9
1
1
1
0
DCU +4
Soccer by Ives 6
10
1
1
1
1
TFC -6
Soccer America 5
8
6
1
0
0
CLB +3
ESPN 7
10
2
1
0
0
SEA +3
Seattle Times 6
4
4
3
1
2
NYRB +5, TFC -5
MLS GB 4
8
3
5
0
0
NER/POR/VAN -3, NYRB/SEA +3
Black & Red United 8
6
3
2
0
1
SJE -5
Sports Illustrated 6
11
2
0
1
0
SKC +4
The Mane Land 5
9
5
0
1
0
LAG -4
Who Scored 2
4
2
5
2
5
RSL +7
Reddit /r/MLS
13
3
4
0
0
0
SJE -2, NER/RSL/SEA +2
The Sports Network
NR
NR NR NR NR NR
Soccer Information Network 8
7
4
0
0
1
POR -6
Soccer In America 3
12
2
3
0
0
HOU -3, SJE/SKC +3
MLS Fantasy Boss 3
4
4
3
2
4
DCU +7
NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk NR NR NR NR NR NR
Bleacher Report
6
7
4
0
3
0
HOU/NER -4, SEA +4
  • 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 RSL seven places higher than average, and MLS Fantasy Boss with DCU seven places above average.


Season Average Power Ranking

Team
2015
(run. avg)
W8 Avg W7 Avg W6 Avg W5 Avg W4 Avg 2014 Avg 2013 Avg
2012 Avg
LA Galaxy 2.95
3.97
3.85
3.84
3.72
2.71
6.77
5.14
2.46
FC Dallas 3.21
3.82
3.37
3.07
2.41
2.25
4.04
9.36
4.39
Seattle Sounders
3.50
4.25
4.41
4.38
4
3.83
4.04
9.36
4.39
D.C. United
5.94
5.56
5.85
5.91
6.28
6.62
12.15
17.29
9.33
New York Red Bulls 7.47 4.69
5.13 5.74 6.61 7.54 11.07 6.38 7.23
Toronto FC
8.32
11.84
11.52
10.55
9.33
7.85
7.47
16.85
10.96
Real Salt Lake 8.63 8.12
7.74
4.38 8.39 3.83 2.94 4.52 8.40
Vancouver Whitecaps
8.96 5.79
6.00 6.63 7.38 8.90 7.40 10.41 7.87
Columbus Crew SC
9.94
5.56
9.08
9.21
8.96
8.65
8.97
12.89
9.46
New York City FC 10.31
11.91
11.09
10.32
9.45
9.10
N/A N/A N/A
Sporting Kansas City 10.51 10.19
10.18
10.28
10.84
11.58
4.45
4.45
3.09
Orlando City
10.91
12.06
11.53
11.22
11.23
10.40
N/A N/A N/A
Portland Timbers
11.69 12.18
12.06
12.15 11.89 12.15 11.34 5.73 13.89
Houston Dynamo
12.28
13.50
13.62
13.57
13.39
12.57
9.48
7.74
6.29
San Jose Earthquakes
12.96
11.65
11.55
11.48
11.76
11.64
14.44
12.34
4.86
New England Revolution
13.07
11.68
12.63
13.35
13.76
14.40
11.50
12.35
14.84
Philadelphia Union
16.51
17.71
17.50
17.37
17.18
16.60
11.33
10.53
15.70
Colorado Rapids
17.12
17.44
17.49
17.47
17.49
17.07
9.66
9.79
10.06
Montreal Impact
18.13
18.59
18.45
18.28
17.95
17.92
17.67 5.32
15.74
Chicago Fire
18.31
16.45
17.12
17.56
18.13
19.12
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
11
20
11.77 19.93
Colorado Rapids
17
19
16.31
19.17
Columbus Crew SC
5
12
6.38
11.38
D.C. United
3
10
3.54
10.40
FC Dallas
1
7
1.13
7.15
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
6
17
5.38
15.69
New York City FC
4
18
6.69
17.54
New York Red Bulls
1
11
1.38
11.15
Orlando City
7
16
7.31
15.77
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
17.27
Vancouver Whitecaps
1
15
1.33
13.85