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MLS Power Ranking Averages - Wk 1

15 sites have been found for the first week! Hopefully more get added in the next few weeks.

We’re starting out week 1 with 15 sites. I expect a few others to be added in coming weeks as more data points get added for their calculations, but we shall see. As always, if you know of a site I have not used please let me know in the comments and I’ll look into adding it!

Sites Used

You may notice the list includes several ‘analytic’ sites; they serve to function as a stable counterbalance to the rest which are based more on personal opinions, and those done by ‘team’ blogs’. There are also included sites that some will argue are really ‘prediction rankings’ - but in reality isn’t that what a Power Ranking is (see the quote at the top).

All the averages use the Olympic method (I.E. Truncated Mean value) of dropping the highest and lowest scores, and then averaging the rest to reduce bias.

The 7 year weighted average is the averages that decrease in value over time. Thus 2019 will be worth 100%, 2018 = 90%, 2017 = 80% and so on down. Thus a bad year 4 years ago won’t drag down positive recent years. For expansion teams that don’t have long histories, they are given the overall league average for that year.

2021 MLS Power Ranking Averages

Team 2020 Avg 2021 Avg Season High Season Low 5 Year Avg
Team 2020 Avg 2021 Avg Season High Season Low 5 Year Avg
Atlanta United 15.5 12.9 8.4 21.58 8.86
Austin FC * 12.68 20.6 10.25 25.91 13.84
Chicago Fire 18.66 23.3 17.29 26.33 17.13
Colorado Rapids 14.04 7.4 2.67 18 16.13
Columbus Crew 4.71 13.7 4.13 20.8 10.86
D.C. United 20.48 16.1 9.55 25.57 16.03
FC Cincinnati * 22.34 25.2 20.43 27 18.43
FC Dallas 9.94 19.9 13.38 23 10.65
Houston Dynamo 17.46 20.8 14.29 25.22 14.68
Inter Miami * 19.89 22.5 17.25 26.82 15.65
Los Angeles FC * 6.51 11.9 2.71 17.6 7.42
Los Angeles Galaxy 15.67 10.9 4.7 16.6 12.59
Minnesota United 6.86 14.1 8.64 23.7 13.82
Montreal (C.F.) 15.85 15.3 10.73 20 15.37
Nashville SC * 17.82 8.4 3.73 18 12.43
NE. Revolution 12.24 3 1 9.14 12.29
New York City FC 9.15 6.1 2.58 11.86 6.08
New York RB 13.88 14.5 9.5 21.5 9.91
Orlando City 7.92 9.2 3.17 15.91 13.22
Philadelphia Union 13.86 7.5 3.14 12.75 9.67
Portland Timbers 7.53 13.1 7.2 19.36 9.83
Real Salt Lake 15.16 14.3 10.38 23.71 14.55
San Jose Earthquakes 17.05 18.7 7.1 23.42 16.91
Seattle Sounders 4.1 2.2 1 4 6.17
Sporting Kansas City 7.64 4 1.82 11.75 7.33
Toronto FC 4.72 23.1 13.43 27 10.8
Vancouver Whitecaps 21.04 19.2 11.6 25.73 17.36

Site Bias

All sites are going to have bias, whether conscious (blogs) or due to analytic programming ( based on past performance for example). This section lets you see the extent that sites are biased for/against teams.

2020 MLS Site Bias

Team / Site AVG Jeff Sagarin 538 Who Scored ESPN Massey Soc. Amer MLS Sonny Moore Freeborg MLS Multiplex 3rd deg. US Soc. Players AVG Team / Site
Team / Site AVG Jeff Sagarin 538 Who Scored ESPN Massey Soc. Amer MLS Sonny Moore Freeborg MLS Multiplex 3rd deg. US Soc. Players AVG Team / Site
Atlanta United FC 15.5 -0.5 -0.97 1.57 2.83 1.9 0.28 2.19 -1.87 5.67 1.81 5.64 1.1 15.5 ATL
Chicago Fire 18.66 -0.47 -0.59 -3.66 1.09 1.01 2.9 1.34 4.59 0.26 2.84 3.34 3.94 18.66 CHI
Colorado Rapids 14.04 -0.48 1.83 -5.51 1.04 -0.24 1.74 1.59 4.4 -2.87 3.65 2.25 3.96 14.04 COL
Columbus Crew SC 4.71 4.42 -0.98 0.89 -0.21 0.09 -2.04 -1.08 4.42 1.71 -1.27 1.86 0.29 4.71 CLB
D.C. United 20.48 0.58 3.59 -0.68 0.69 2.32 0.96 3.02 -0.98 2.52 0.21 4.38 1.32 20.48 DCU
FC Cincinnati 22.34 2.72 3.06 1.86 1.99 1.33 -1.45 0.97 1.79 0.41 0.72 -0.91 -0.14 22.34 CIN
FC Dallas 9.94 -1.25 -0.01 -2.94 2.39 0.13 0.62 1.75 -2.94 -0.27 4.44 2.77 5.06 9.94 FCD
Houston Dynamo 17.46 0.79 2.67 0.47 0.29 -2.26 2.21 2.29 -1.77 -0.79 1.79 2.25 -0.06 17.46 HOU
Inter Miami CF 6.51 4.86 -0.02 -0.42 2.36 -0.22 2.55 1.74 -6.89 -2.72 4.24 2.68 2.11 6.51 MIA
Los Angeles FC 15.67 -1.88 -1.98 1.96 2.99 0.89 -0.4 1.24 -2.95 9.07 1.68 1.35 -1.11 15.67 LAFC
L.A. Galaxy 6.86 1.77 -1.67 -4.4 0.83 2.13 -2.34 2.21 0.46 4.33 1.08 -3.38 0.93 6.86 LAG
Minnesota United FC 15.85 -1.11 2.87 -4.13 3.64 -1.53 0.25 2.58 -0.23 2.06 1.08 0.71 1.14 15.85 MUFC
Montreal Impact 12.24 2.65 2.55 -1.25 -0.85 2.82 0.59 1.28 5.09 -1.02 -0.22 -0.56 -0.65 12.24 MTL
Nashville SC 9.15 1.56 1.85 2.18 -0.82 -2.95 3.18 -0.38 0.06 0.43 1.99 2.89 1.38 9.15 NASH
N.E. Revolution 13.88 4.45 1.43 0.36 -2.41 1.76 -0.24 -0.11 3.32 -1.41 -0.8 1.76 -1.84 13.88 NER
New York City FC 7.92 -0.65 0.78 3.52 0.68 -0.68 4.96 -0.15 -1.15 -2.48 1.66 -1.86 -0.95 7.92 NYFC
New York RB 13.88 1.12 0.59 -1.28 -0.46 2.52 1.34 1.18 1.81 1.95 -0.82 6.12 5.32 13.88 NYRB
Orlando City SC 7.92 -0.29 2.35 5.21 -0.92 -2.85 1.64 0.14 1.64 -2.75 -0.11 0.37 1.08 7.92 ORL
Philadelphia Union 3.86 -0.61 -0.86 3.94 0.22 -0.73 0.92 -0.3 -0.8 -1.94 0.77 1.85 1.74 3.86 PHI
Portland Timbers 7.53 -0.97 2.2 8.8 0.64 -3.53 1.03 -1.28 1.72 4.72 -0.9 -4.39 -1.13 7.53 POR
Real Salt Lake 15.16 -1.41 1.04 1.64 3.34 2.91 0.62 0.65 -1.1 1.17 1.47 0.41 1.04 15.16 RSL
San Jose Earthquakes 17.05 0.01 0.28 8.08 0.62 2.82 -0.27 1.08 2.95 2.78 0.2 -1.62 -4.25 17.05 SJE
Seattle Sounders FC 4.1 -0.79 0.9 -0.17 0.23 3.57 0.23 -0.6 -0.97 1.98 0.34 -1.24 -0.1 4.1 SEA
Sporting Kansas City 7.64 3.74 -0.51 -0.17 1.86 1.83 1.25 0.17 4.74 -0.22 -1.51 -0.21 -0.64 7.64 SKC
Toronto FC 4.42 1.46 -1.55 3.05 -0.75 4.45 -0.75 -1.48 2.58 -0.17 -1.79 -2.42 4.18 4.42 TFC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 21.04 1.59 2.43 2.36 0.04 3.89 1.4 1.27 3.4 -1.12 -1.23 -2.75 -2.64 21.04 VAN
X Team / Site AVG Sagarin 538 Who Scored ESPN Massey Soc. Amer MLS Sonny Moore Freeborg MLS Multiplex 3rd deg. US Soc. Players AVG Team / Site
  • Most Bias Against: Who Scored with Atlanta United 18.154 worse than average.
  • Most Bias For: AJC with Vancouver Whitecaps 11.39 higher than average.
  • Least Bias Against: 2 sites placed FC Cincinnati exactly on average, 2 sites placed Sporting Kansas City on average, and 9 sites placed San Jose Earthquakes on average.
  • Least Bias For: (see above)

Site Accuracy

Just a little table to show how far each site deviated from the week’s average.

2019 MLS Bias (for/vs)

Site Most Bias VS Most Bias For Least Bias
Site Most Bias VS Most Bias For Least Bias
Jeff Sagarin SJE SKC VAN
FiveThirtyEight SJE ATL CLB
Who Scored POR DCU NYFC
ESPN POR NER FCD
Massey NYRB POR NER
Soccer America POR HOU CLB
MLS Soccer DCU COL HOU
MLS Fantasy Boss MUFC SKC DCU
Reddit /r/mls RSL NYRB DCU
Dallas News MTL TFC SEA
ProSoccerUSA NYFC COL SJE
Big D Soccer DCU TFC SKC
AJC NYFC MTL CIN
Cincinnati Soccer Talk POR HOU SJE
Freeborg Power Index NYRB POR ORL
In On It MUFC SKC HOU
US Soccer Players ORL NER ATL
  • Most Accurate: ESPN with 10 exactly on average.
  • Least Accurate: Big D Soccer with 9 off by 6+ (will reduce as more weekly data is added).