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Week 9 Power Ranking Averages from 16 sites

Seattle returns as king of the hill, 4 teams tied. Now also includes Site Bias levels.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 9

Out of the 17 sites, 16 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)
  • Soccer In America (soccer-in-america.com)
  • MLS Fantasy Boss (mlsfantasyboss.com)
  • NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com) *No ranking for Wk 9
  • 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 9 Wk 8
Wk 7 Wk 6 Wk 5 Team
W9 Avg W8 Avg W7 Avg W6 Avg W5 Avg Worst
Best
Range
1
2
4
7
4
Seattle 1.50
3.00
4.67
6.50
4.67
4
1
3
2
3
6
3
5
D.C. 2.21
3.54
5.47
3.92
4.92
6
1
5
3
6
8
12
12
New England 3.21
5.38
8.00
11.50
11.17
7
2
5
4
1
1
1
2
New York RB 4.64
1.69
1.40
1.33
2.92
6
1
5
5
7
5
6
3
Dallas 5.21
7.15
5.00
6.25
3.08
7
4
3
6
4
2
2
1
Vancouver 5.64
4.38
2.20
2.50
1.33
11
2
9
7
5
3
4
7
Los Angeles 6.14
4.54
4.20
4.75
7.75
8
1
7
8
7
9
10
9
Columbus 8.71
7.15
8.20
10.25
10.17
11
6
5
8
9
10
8
8
Kansas City 8.71
10.00
9.80
7.25
7.92
11
3
8
10
10
7
5
6
Salt Lake 11.21
10.62
7.67
4.83
5.50
17
9
8
11
15
17
17
16
Toronto 11.36
14.15
17.27
16.42
15.25
17
8
9
12
12
12
9
13
San Jose 11.93
12.46
11.87
9.83
12.25
16
9
7
13
14
11
13
10
Portland 12.86
13.00
11.53
13.83
10.83
17
8
9
14
11
15
14
14
Chicago 13.14
11.77
14.53
14.42
14.17
15
11
4
15
13 14
15
17
Houston 15.29
12.85
13.72
14.50
16.67
17
13
4
16
16
13
11
15
Orlando 15.64
15.77
13.40
11.17
14.58
20
13
7
17
17
18
18
19
Colorado 15.71
17.00
17.67
17.42
19.17
18
13
5
18
18
16
16
10
New York FC 18.21
17.54
15.80 14.92
10.83
19
12
7
19
19
19
19
20
Philadelphia 19.29
19.15
18.27
18.50
19.50
20
18
2
19
20
20
20
18
Montreal 19.29
19.54
19.53
19.92
18.08
20
18
2


Site Evaluations
Each site's ranking is compared to the weekly averages above.  The best and worst # of matches is indicated.  Team bias column shows what team the site shows the highest average for/against.

Site
# Exact
1 off
2 off
3 off 4 off 5+ off
Furthest off
Team bias vs
Team bias for
Major League Soccer 6
8
4
2
0
0
CHI -3, RSL +3
SJE +2.62
CLB -2.41
Soccer by Ives 3
11
1
4
0
1
RSL +7
SJE 3.62
NER -3.74
Soccer America 5
9
2
3
1
0
POR +4
CLB +2.99
HOU -2.80
ESPN 3
12
3
2
0
0
COL -3, POR +3
NYCFC +2.69
TFC -2.18
Seattle Times 6
7
3
3
1
0
SJE +4
NYRB +4.01
TFC -4.28
MLS GB 5
9
5
1
0
0
COL -3
TFC +2.02
COL -1.45
Black & Red United 8
8
2
2
0
0
SJE -3, TFC +3
RSL +2.87
SJE -2.68
Sports Illustrated 10
8
0
2
0
0
SJE-3, SKC +3
SKC +3.54
ORL -3.24
The Mane Land 6
9
2
1
1
1
LAG -6
SKC +1.89
LAG -2.99
Who Scored 4
3
2
3
4
4
NYCFC -6, RSL +6
ORL +5.98
COL -6.14
Reddit /r/MLS
11
7
2
0
0
0
FCD -2, RSL +2
ORL +1.54
CLB -2.25
The Sports Network
2
14
3
0
0
1
TFC +6
TFC +3.36
SJE -4.25
Soccer Information Network 6
9
3
1
1
0
VAN -4
DCU +2.25
POR -4.81
Soccer In America 6
9
2
3
0
0
CHI/LAG -3, SJE +3
TFC +2.79
CHI -2.52
MLS Fantasy Boss 3
8
5
2
0
2
LAG/POR -5
SJE +4.65
NER -5.74
NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk NR
NR NR NR NR NR NR SKC +5.48
SJE 5.18
Bleacher Report
4
9
6
1
0
0
POR +3
NYCFC +5.06
NER -8.07
  • 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: Soccer By Ives with RSL seven places higher than average.
  • Site with Worst Bias: Bleacher Report for placing New England an average of 8.07 places better than their average - however as they have only published twice that should change.


Season Average Power Ranking

Team
2015
(run. avg)
W9 Avg W8 Avg W7 Avg W6 Avg W5 Avg 2014 Avg 2013 Avg
2012 Avg
LA Galaxy 3.09
4.21
3.97
3.85
3.84
3.72
6.77
5.14
2.46
FC Dallas 3.29
3.98
3.82
3.37
3.07
2.41
4.04
9.36
4.39
Seattle Sounders
3.54
3.94
4.25
4.41
4.38
4
4.04
9.36
4.39
D.C. United
5.86
5.19
5.56
5.85
5.91
6.28
12.15
17.29
9.33
New York Red Bulls 7.16
4.69
4.69
5.13 5.74 6.61 11.07 6.38 7.23
Vancouver Whitecaps 8.608
5.78
5.79
6.00
6.63
7.38
7.40
10.41
7.87
Real Salt Lake 8.611
8.46
8.12
7.74
4.38 8.39 2.94 4.52 8.40
Toronto FC 8.72
11.78
11.84
11.52
10.55
9.33
7.47
16.85
10.96
Columbus Crew SC
9.12
8.81
5.56
9.08
9.21
8.96
8.97
12.89
9.46
Sporting Kansas City 10.45
10.02
10.19
10.18
10.28
10.84
4.45
4.45
3.09
New York City FC 10.56
12.61
11.91
11.09
10.32
9.45
N/A N/A N/A
Orlando City
11.08
12.46
12.06
11.53
11.22
11.23
N/A N/A N/A
Portland Timbers
11.75
12.25
12.18
12.06
12.15 11.89 11.34 5.73 13.89
Houston Dynamo
12.44
13.70
13.50
13.62
13.57
13.39
9.48
7.74
6.29
New England Revolution 12.81 10.74 11.68 12.63 13.35 13.76 11.50 12.35 14.84
San Jose Earthquakes
12.82
11.68
11.65
11.55
11.48
11.76
14.44
12.34
4.86
Philadelphia Union
16.66
17.88
17.71
17.50
17.37
17.18
11.33
10.53
15.70
Colorado Rapids
17.13
17.25
17.44
17.49
17.47
17.49
9.66
9.79
10.06
Chicago Fire 18.06 16.09 16.45 17.12 17.56 18.13 15.61 14.27 13.07
Montreal Impact
18.19
18.67
18.59
18.45
18.28
17.95
17.67 5.32
15.74



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
15.71
19.17
Columbus Crew SC
5
12
6.38
11.38
D.C. United
2
10
2.21
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
3
17
3.21
15.69
New York City FC
4
18
6.69
18.21
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
11.21
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