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Power Ranking Averages - Week 2

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With 17 sites used, Red Bulls edge Dallas for 1st

MLS: Colorado Rapids at New York Red Bulls
Red Bulls edge Dallas
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The second week is now in the books, and another good showing on sites; 17 out of 18 published!

"If two teams played tomorrow, given their current injury concerns, form, and other considerations, who is likely to win on a neutral field? 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

  • Who Scored (whoscored.com)
  • Jeff Sagarin’s MLS Rankings (sagarin.com/sports/soccer)
  • Sports Club Stats (sportsclubstats.com/USA/MLS)
  • Sports Illustrated (SI.com/planet-futbol)
  • ESPN (ESPNFC.com/major-league-soccer/19/index)
  • Soccer America (socceramerica.com)
  • MLS Soccer (mlssoccer.com/series/power-rankings)
  • MLS Multiplex (mlsmultiplex.com)
  • Soccer By Ives (sbisoccer.com)
  • Reddit Computer Rankings (from a Reddit user)
  • Reddit MLS (reddit/r/MLS)
  • MLS Fantasy Boss (mlsfantasyboss.com)
  • The Score (thescore.com/mls/news)
  • In On It (inonit.com/mls-playoffs-odds/power-rankings)
  • Once A Metro (onceametro.com)
  • Five Thirty Eight (projects.fivethirtyeight.com/soccer-predictions/mls)
  • Goal.com (goal.com/en-us)
  • NBC Sports (soccer.nbcsports.com/tag/major-league-soccer/) - No ranking Wk 2

You may notice the list includes several ‘analytic’ sites; the analytic sites function as a counterbalance to the rest which are based more on personal opinions. All the averages use the Olympic method of dropping the highest and lowest scores, and then averaging the rest to remove potential bias.

2021 MLS Power Ranking Averages

Avg 27 Avg 28&29 Avg 30 Team Best Worst St. Dev 2021 Avg S/High S/Low
Avg 27 Avg 28&29 Avg 30 Team Best Worst St. Dev 2021 Avg S/High S/Low
11.64 11.64 10.2 Atlanta United 6 14 2.54 13.5 8.5 21.58
24.64 24.45 24.8 Austin FC 21 26 1.9 19.8 10.25 25.91
23.91 23.27 24.2 Chicago Fire 16 26 3.35 23.6 17.29 26.33
5.27 6 4.8 Colorado Rapids 4 7 1.15 7.9 3.33 18
18.82 18.82 18.4 Columbus Crew 14 21 2.67 13 4.13 20.8
10.73 10 10.8 D.C. United 8 18 3.46 16.2 9.55 25.57
26.18 26.73 27 FC Cincinnati 25 27 0.76 24.8 20.43 27
20.82 21.64 21.6 FC Dallas 19 22 1.11 19.5 13.38 23
22.36 23.27 23 Houston Dynamo 22 25 1.07 20.2 14.29 25.22
22.18 22.91 22.8 Inter Miami 21 27 2.48 22.4 17.25 26.82
15.64 17 17.6 Los Angeles FC 8 19 3.78 11.4 2.71 17.6
14.82 16.55 16.6 Los Angeles Galaxy 12 21 3.6 10.1 4.7 16.6
9 11.45 14.6 Minnesota United 12 15 1.11 14.5 8.64 23.7
12.27 11.73 11.8 Montreal (C.F.) 10 17 2.29 15.1 10.73 20
3.73 4.45 4.8 Nashville SC 4 8 1.46 9 3.73 18
1.09 1.09 1.2 NE. Revolution 1 2 0.49 3.4 1.09 9.14
7.27 9.09 8.8 New York City FC 7 14 2.69 5.7 2.58 11.86
16.09 13.27 11.6 New York RB 7 17 3.64 15.3 9.58 21.5
15.91 12 12.6 Orlando City 9 19 3.87 8.5 3.17 15.91
7.91 6.64 5.8 Philadelphia Union 4 7 1.11 7.9 3.14 12.75
8.82 7.45 7.2 Portland Timbers 5 12 2.37 13.7 7.2 19.36
14.18 14.91 12.8 Real Salt Lake 8 16 2.51 14.4 10.38 23.71
17.45 19.55 19.4 San Jose Earthquakes 16 21 1.57 18.3 7.1 23.42
2.55 2.09 2 Seattle Sounders 1 3 0.58 2 1 4
3.55 3.09 3 Sporting Kansas City 1 3 0.76 4.3 1.82 11.75
25.73 23.73 24.8 Toronto FC 20 26 2.06 22.7 13.43 27
16.73 15.64 16.6 Vancouver Whitecaps 9 18 3.04 20.5 15.44 25.73

2017 Season Average

Team 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Team 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ATL - - - - - 14.65
CHI 7.91 14.35 15.54 17.71 18.8 15.315
CLB 11.7 12.81 9.6 8.75 16.31 7.01
COL 12.85 9.88 11.54 17.38 5.25 18.395
DCU 7.45 17.24 7.49 5.91 13.91 12.56
FCD 12.88 8.58 6.35 4.64 2.73 2.07
HOU 6.75 7.71 12.77 13.81 16.44 8.91
LAG 8.39 5.15 5.23 4.51 3.75 12.755
MTL 13.99 5.17 17.54 15.06 7.52 21.72
MUFC - - - - - 14.255
NER 14.78 12.52 9.66 9.5 15.45 17.97
NYFC - - - 15.47 9.42 8.415
NYRB 5.58 6.52 10.05 4.68 8.11 2.505
ORL - - - 14.21 13.1 10.6
PHI 15.19 10.45 11.85 18.07 8.66 13.97
POR 15.88 5.83 11.64 9.45 9.78 4.105
RSL 3.7 4.58 4.12 12.43 7.01 15.605
SEA 5.07 9.38 2.86 6.07 13.75 11.28
SJE 2.61 12.38 15.2 11.14 10.94 7.755
SKC 3.07 4.48 5.64 6.35 9.12 9.11
TFC 17.85 16.83 8.97 9.75 6.21 4.55
VAN 8.95 10.33 7.98 5.09 13.65 18.15
Kreg Asay

I’m working on a new spreadsheet to simplify the Site Bias ratings; it will be ready by next week.