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Week 26 Power Ranking Averages from 15 sites

One more site dropped leaving 17 possible sites. Yet another change at the top and bottom; and a tie for 9th.

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MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 26

One more site sent to the 'dead' list, Soccer Information Network has not published a ranking since June 30th.  For Wk 26 - 15 of the remaining 17 sites 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) *No ranking for Wk 26
  • 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 In America (soccer-in-america.com)
  • MLS Fantasy Boss (mlsfantasyboss.com)
  • NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com) *No ranking for Wk 26
  • Bleacher Report (bleacherreport.com/mls)
  • Jeff Sagarin's MLS Rankings (sagarin.com/sports/soccer.htm)
  • 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; their old ratings won't be removed.

  • The Sports Network (sportsnetwork.com) *No ranking since 5-19-15, site offline 7-27
  • Soccer Information Network (soccerinformationnetwork.com) *No ranking since 6/30

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 26 Wk 25 Wk 24 Wk 23 Team
W26 Avg W25 Avg W24 Avg W23 Avg Worst
Best
Range
1
3
3
5
New York RB 1.46
2.62
3.15
4.50
3
1
2
2
1
1
1
Los Angeles 2.00
1.15
1.69
2.67
3
1
2
3
2
4
3
Vancouver 3.46
2.54
4.00
2.92
14
2
12
4
7
7
6
Dallas 5.46
7.46
6.46
5.42
9
4
5
5
8
8
8
Columbus 5.69
8.00
9.00
9.17
11
2
9
6
4
1
2
Kansas City 7.62
4.69
1.69
2.83
12
2
10
7
11
15
16
San Jose 7.69
9.77
14.46
15.33
13
1
12
8
5
5
3
D.C. United 8.31 5.85 4.54 2.92 13
5
8
9
9
9
12
New England 8.69 9.92 9.69 11.50 19
4
15
9
10
11
9
Toronto 8.69 9.38 11.23
9.25
13
4
9
11
6
6
7
Portland 9.15
6.62
6.31
7.33
12
3
9
12
12
10
13
Seattle 11.69
12.62
10.77
13.92
16
8
8
13
13
13
10
Houston 12.00
12.85
12.69
10.42
17
7
10
14
17
19
18
Colorado 14.62
17.15
18.62
17.67
18
11
7
15
15
16
14
Salt Lake 15.54
14.15
15.46
14.50
19
14
5
16
14
12
11
Montreal 15.62
14.08
11.92
11.33
20
12
8
17
16
14
17
New York FC 17.23
16.00
14.00
15.92
19
11
8
18
20
18
19
Chicago 17.69
19.62
18.54
18.25
19
11
8
19
19
17
15
Orlando 18.23
18.23
16.46
15.08
20
16
4
20
18
19
20
Philadelphia 19.00
17.31
18.62
18.92
20
14
6


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 8
4
6
2
TFC -4
SJE +1.91
MON -1.56
Soccer by Ives NR NR NR NR NR RSL +2.42
NER -2.17
Soccer America 4
8
3
5
5 @ +/-3
POR +2.14
SJE -2.68
ESPN 6
7
2
5
FCD +5/POR -5
NYFC +2.32
NER -3.12
Seattle Times 8
9
3
0
SKC +2/MON,ORL -2
NYRB +2.35
ORL -2.01
MLS GB 8
7
2
3
SKC +6
TFC +2.81
RSL -1.89
Black & Red United 2
8
4
6
SKC +5
TFC +2.96
SJE -2.78
Sports Illustrated 3
9
3
5
FCD,SKC +5/NER -5
NER +2.14
VAN -2.02
The Mane Land 7
4
5
4
DCU +4
SEA +1.57
LAG -1.68
Who Scored 3
5
4
8
NER +7
ORL +5.32
NYFC -4.28
Reddit /r/MLS
11
6
3
0
NYFC +2/MON,ORL -2
COL +1.13
CLB -1.25
Soccer In America 8
5
2
5
TFC -5
NYFC +1.71
VAN -1.24
MLS Fantasy Boss 3
11
1
6
CLB +6
TFC +3.93
NER -3.90
Pro Soccer Talk NR NR NR NR NR SKC +2.43
SJE -3.33
Bleacher Report
8
7
3
2
RSL +4
NYFC +1.89
NER -2.16
Jeff Sagarin
3
4
3
10
PHI,SJE,HOU -6
SEA +3.67
COL -4.64
Squawka
2
5
0
14
VAN +11
NER +9.26
POR -8.14
  • Most Accurate Site: (best Exact, with +1 as tiebreaker) Reddit /r/MLS with 11 exact and 6 within 1.
  • Least Accurate Site: (most 3+ with +2 as tiebreaker) Squawka with 14 off by +3.
  • Furthest Off: Squawka placed VAN 11 places worse than average.
  • Site with Worst Bias: Squawka for placing NER an average of 9.26 places worse than average.
  • Sites with Least Bias - all with bias for/against less than 2:
    • 1st - Reddit /r/MLS
    • 2nd - The Mane Land
    • Soccer In America
    • Major League Soccer


Season Average Power Ranking

Team
2015
(run. avg)
W26
Avg
W25
Avg
W24
Avg
W23
Avg
W22
Avg
2014
Avg
2013
Av
g
2012
Avg

Seattle Sounders 3.72
5.58
5.34
5.03
4.78
4.37
4.04
9.36
4.39
FC Dallas 4.13
4.94
4.92
4.82
4.75
4.72
7.09
8.78
17.17
LA Galaxy 4.71
4.91
5.03
5.19
5.34
5.46
6.77
5.14
2.46
D.C. United
4.87
4.32
4.16
4.09
4.07
4.12
12.15
7.29
9.33
New York Red Bulls 6.11
5.69
5.86
5.99
6.12
6.19
11.07 6.38 7.23
Vancouver Whitecaps 6.55
4.98
5.04
5.15
5.20
5.30
7.40
10.41
7.87
Sporting Kansas City 8.47
5.90
5.83
5.88
6.06
6.20
4.45
4.45
3.09
Columbus Crew SC 9.32
9.63
9.78
9.86
9.89
9.93
8.97
12.89
9.46
Real Salt Lake 9.88
11.98
11.84
11.74
11.58
11.45
2.94 4.52 8.40
Toronto FC 10.01
9.96
10.01
10.03
9.98
10.01
7.47
16.85
10.96
New England Revolution 10.44
10.01
10.06
10.07
10.08
10.02
11.50 12.35 14.84
Portland Timbers 11.21
9.68
9.70
9.83
9.98
10.11
11.34
5.73
13.89
San Jose Earthquakes 11.70
11.16
11.30
11.37
11.23
11.04
14.44
12.34
4.86
Orlando City 12.56
13.76
13.58
13.39
13.26
13.17
-- -- --
Houston Dynamo 13.15
13.33
13.38
13.40
13.43
13.57
9.48
7.74
6.29
New York City FC 13.38
15.16
15.08
15.04
15.09
15.05
-- -- --
Chicago Fire 17.09
17.31
17.29
17.20
17.14
17.09
15.61
14.27
13.07
Colorado Rapids 17.20
17.14
17.24
17.24
17.18
17.16
9.66
9.79
10.06
Philadelphia Union
17.70
18.22
18.19
18.23
18.21
18.18
11.33
10.53
15.70
Montreal Impact
17.84
16.41
16.44
16.54
16.74
16.99
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
14
20
14.62
19.17
Columbus Crew SC
5
14
5.69
14.20
D.C. United
1
10
2.13
8.31
FC Dallas
1
10 1.14
9.40
Houston Dynamo
7
18
8.73
16.67
LA Galaxy
1
11
1.67
10.93
Montreal Impact
9
20
10.85
19.54
New England Revolution
3
17
3.21
16.86
New York City FC
4
20
6.92
20.00
New York Red Bulls
1
11
1.38
12.80
Orlando City
7
19
7.58
18.23
Philadelphia Union
16
20
14.83
19.69
Portland Timbers
3
17
4.23
16.57
Real Salt Lake
5
18
4.69
16.64
San Jose Earthquakes
7
19
7.13
18.27
Seattle Sounders
1
13
1.00
13.92
Sporting Kansas City
1
15
1.21
14.36
Toronto FC
3
17
3.36
17.27
Vancouver Whitecaps
1
15
1.33
13.73