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Week 19 Power Ranking Averages

With 17 of 19 sites reporting in, Kansas City still in the drivers seat, Dallas jumps, New England & RSL fall.

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports


MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 19

17 of the 19 sites published this week.

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)
  • Soccer Information Network (soccerinformationnetwork.com) *No ranking for Wk 19
  • Soccer In America (soccer-in-america.com)
  • MLS Fantasy Boss (mlsfantasyboss.com)
  • NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com) *No ranking for Wk 19
  • Bleacher Report (bleacherreport.com/mls)
  • Jeff Sagarin's MLS Rankings (sagarin.com/sports/soccer.htm)
  • American Soccer Analysis (americansocceranalysis.com/power-rankings)
  • Squawka (http://www.squawka.com/football-team-rankings#performance-score#team-stats#us-major-league-soccer)

Dead List - I'll check it periodically just in case they run one, and their old ratings won't be removed.
* The Sports Network (sportsnetwork.com) *No ranking since 5-19-15

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 19 Wk 18 Wk 17 Wk 16 Wk 15 Team
W19 Avg W18 Avg W17 Avg W16 Avg W15 Avg Worst
Best
Range
1
1
1
3
2
Kansas City 1.40
1.85
2.56
3.47
2.15
6
1
5
2
2
4
6
10
Los Angeles 2.87
2.92
5.81
6.47
9.54
7
1
6
3
5
2
2
3
D.C. 4.07
4.62
2.63
2.93
4.54
19
2
17
4
7
9
10
8
Dallas 4.27
6.85
9.00
9.13
8.23
10
2
8
5
4
6
1
1
Seattle 5.40
4.54
6.38
2.33
1.15
9
2
7
6
6
3
4
4
Vancouver 6.00
5.77
2.94
3.87
4.92
10
3
7
7
3
4
5
7
Portland 6.53
4.38
5.81
5.20
6.92
11
1
10
8
10
10
11
9
New York RB 7.53
9.77
9.13
12.60
9.08
12
2
10
9
8
7
7
5
Toronto 8.47
8.77
6.50
7.87
5.38
14
3
11
10
9
8
9
11
San Jose 10.53
9.62
7.44
8.53
10.77
20
6
14
11
11
13
13
14
Columbus 12.40
9.69
12.31
13.93
13.31
17
5
12
12
12
11
12
12
Orlando 12.53
11.31
11.38
12.67
11.69
20
10
10
13
16
15
14
13
Houston 13.87
16.08
15.44
14.07
11.85
18
7
11
14
14
17
18
17
New York FC 14.33
14.15
16.19
14.73
17.15
20
9
11
15
17
16
16
16
Montreal 14.60
16.69
15.56
14.53
17.08
18
10
8
16
18
19
20
18
Philadelphia 15.87
17.62
17.13
19.33
17.69
19
8
11
17
13
12
8
6
New England 16.27
13.62
11.94
8.13
6.00
20
9
11
18
15
14
14
15
Salt Lake 16.67
14.54
14.56
14.07
15.38
20
12
8
19
18
20
17
18
Colorado 17.13
17.62
18.88
17.67
17.69
19
12
7
20
20
18
19
20
Chicago 18.80
19.15
18.75
18.13
18.23
20
12
8


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 Furthest off
most bias vs
most bias for
Major League Soccer 5
10
3
2
MON -3, NER +3
SJE +1.93
MON -1.55
Soccer by Ives 7
8
4
1
NYFC -4
SJE +2.64
NER -2.49
Soccer America 4
4
6
6
MON -5
POR +2.95
SJE -2.72
ESPN 7
4
1
8
NER -7
FCD +2.12
NER -2.78
Seattle Times 8
6
4
2
CLB/PHI +3
NYRB +2.67
NER -1.94
MLS GB 6
4
5
5
LAG +5, RSL -5
TFC +3.21
RSL -1.62
Black & Red United 2
7
0
11
HOU/RSL -6
TFC +2.58
SJE -2.41
Sports Illustrated 3
6
3
8
NYFC -5
NER +3.41
VAN -2.40
The Mane Land 4
4
5
7
CLB +5
VAN +1.61
LAG -1.82
Who Scored 4
3
3
10
DCU +8
ORL +5.81
COL -4.92
Reddit /r/MLS
11
6
2
1
MON -3
COL +1.23
CLB -1.31
The Sports Network
NA
NA NA NA NA DEAD LIST
DEAD LIST
Soccer Info. Network NA NA NA NA NA DCU +1.52
POR -2.67
Soccer In America 11
5
2
2
LAG +4
NYFC +1.66
VAN -1.62
MLS Fantasy Boss 4
4
6
6
NER -8
TFC +4.00
NER -4.17
Pro Soccer Talk NA NA NA NA NA SKC +2.93
VAN -3.30
Bleacher Report
8
5
2
5
NYFC +5
LAG +2.75
VAN -2.12
Jeff Sagarin
3
10
4
3
COL -7
RSL +5.14
SJE -4.46
Amer. Soccer Analysis
1
6
0
13
DCU +16
DCU +15.46
TFC -8.69
Squawka
1
5
3
11
CHI -8
NER +8.92
POR -9.55
  • Most Accurate Site: (best Exact, with +1 as tiebreaker) Reddit /r/ MLS narrowly beats out Soccer In America.
  • Least Accurate Site: (most 3+ with +2 as tiebreaker) American Soccer Analysis yet again
  • Furthest Off: American Soccer Analysis with DCU 16 places higher than average.
  • Site with Worst Bias: American Soccer Analysis for placing DCU an average of 15.46 places worse than their average.  Due to their practice of using past season results for trends, it would seem that DCU's ranking isn't likely to improve greatly - they did move up 0.10 this week!
  • Sites with Least Bias - all with bias for/against less than 2:
    • 1st - Reddit /r/MLS
    • 2nd - Soccer In America
    • 3rd - The Mane Land
    • 4th - MLS


Season Average Power Ranking

Team
2015
(run. avg)
W19 Avg W18 Avg W17 Avg W16 Avg W15 Avg 2014 Avg 2013 Avg
2012 Avg
Seattle Sounders 3.45
3.38
3.26
3.19
2.99
3.05
4.04
9.36
4.39
FC Dallas 3.87
5.30
5.09
4.98
4.74
4.48
7.09
8.78
17.17
LA Galaxy 4.50
5.87
6.05
6.23
6.25
6.24
6.77
5.14
2.46
D.C. United
5.16
4.25
4.27
4.25
4.35
4.52
12.15
7.29
9.33
New York Red Bulls 6.10
6.11
6.03
5.81
5.61
5.15
11.07 6.38 7.23
Vancouver Whitecaps 7.06
5.50
5.47
5.46
5.62
5.77
7.40
10.41
7.87
Columbus Crew SC 9.16
9.89
9.75
9.75
9.59
9.30
8.97
12.89
9.46
Real Salt Lake 9.37
11.30
11.02
10.81
10.58
10.37
2.94 4.52 8.40
Sporting Kansas City 9.38
6.87
7.16
7.47
7.79
8.06
4.45
4.45
3.09
Toronto FC 9.99
10.26
10.33
10.43
10.68
10.82
7.47
16.85
10.96
New England Revolution 10.81
9.33
8.94
8.66
8.45
8.48
11.50 12.35 14.84
Portland Timbers 11.74
10.55
10.77
11.15
11.48
11.85
11.34
5.73
13.89
San Jose Earthquakes 11.83
10.57
10.59
10.65
10.85
10.96
14.44
12.34
4.86
Orlando City 12.11
12.93
12.94
13.04
13.14
13.15
-- -- --
New York City FC 12.72
15.11
15.15
15.21
15.14
15.17
-- -- --
Houston Dynamo
12.94
13.53
13.52
13.37
13.25
13.19
9.48
7.74
6.29
Chicago Fire 17.07
16.66
16.55
16.39
16.24
16.11
15.61
14.27
13.07
Colorado Rapids 17.12
17.24
17.25
17.22
17.12
17.08
9.66
9.79
10.06
Philadelphia Union
17.46
18.06
18.18
18.22
18.28
18.17
11.33
10.53
15.70
Montreal Impact
18.16
17.55
17.70
17.76
17.90
18.11
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
15
19
15.29
19.17
Columbus Crew SC
5
14
6.38
13.31
D.C. United
1
10
2.21
10.40
FC Dallas
1
10 1.13
9.13
Houston Dynamo
7
17
8.38
16.67
LA Galaxy
1
11
1.69
10.79
Montreal Impact
15
20
14.53
19.92
New England Revolution
3
17
3.21
15.69
New York City FC
4
20
6.69
20.00
New York Red Bulls
1
11
1.38
12.60
Orlando City
7
16
7.31
16.00
Philadelphia Union
16
20
14.62
19.69
Portland Timbers
3
17
4.38
16.57
Real Salt Lake
5
18
4.69
16.67
San Jose Earthquakes
7
19
7.33
18.23
Seattle Sounders
1
6
1.06
6.31
Sporting Kansas City
1
15
1.85
14.53
Toronto FC
3
17
3.31
17.27
Vancouver Whitecaps
1
15
1.33
13.85