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MLS Preseason Power Ranking Averages

Dallas holds the lead going into Week 1.

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas
Dallas and Seattle battle again
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Welcome to another year of Power Ranking Averages! Most people either like them, hate them or are indifferent; but just about everyone can agree that it's great fodder for debate, which is the point of it after all.

I started this project back in 2012 after getting frustrated by the wide range of ranks among the various sites, as such I figured the best way to get a more accurate Power Ranking would be to just average all of the sites I could find. Most sites tend to come and go, usually lasting about half of the season; it may start with 15+ and end with 7-8, but as long as sites continue to publish their rankings I shall endeavor to average them.

Here's a reminder of one of the best Power Ranking "Guidelines" I’ve read:

"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

As we are still in Preseason, quite a few sites have done rankings, hopefully all will continue!

Sites Used

More will be added after Week 1, if you know of any I haven’t included please drop me a note in the comments, or by email (link via my byline above).

2017 Season Power Ranking Averages

Team 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Team 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ATL - - - - - 17.4
CHI 7.91 14.35 15.54 17.71 18.8 17.47
CLB 11.7 12.81 9.6 8.75 16.31 5.8
COL 12.85 9.88 11.54 17.38 5.25 16.2
DCU 7.45 17.24 7.49 5.91 13.91 10.27
FCD 12.88 8.58 6.35 4.64 2.73 1.87
HOU 6.75 7.71 12.77 13.81 16.44 10.73
LAG 8.39 5.15 5.23 4.51 3.75 11.4
MTL 13.99 5.17 17.54 15.06 7.52 14.33
MUFC - - - - - 21.4
NER 14.78 12.52 9.66 9.5 15.45 17.53
NYFC - - - 15.47 9.42 10.53
NYRB 5.58 6.52 10.05 4.68 8.11 2.93
ORL - - - 14.21 13.1 10.4
PHI 15.19 10.45 11.85 18.07 8.66 13.73
POR 15.88 5.83 11.64 9.45 9.78 5.07
RSL 3.7 4.58 4.12 12.43 7.01 14
SEA 5.07 9.38 2.86 6.07 13.75 7.53
SJE 2.61 12.38 15.2 11.14 10.94 12.6
SKC 3.07 4.48 5.64 6.35 9.12 8.73
TFC 17.85 16.83 8.97 9.75 6.21 3.53
VAN 8.95 10.33 7.98 5.09 13.65 17.73

Dallas has the lead after pre-season; can it hold after week 1?

Site evaluations, and Season Averages will begin with the Week 1 article.