MLS Power Rankings: Matchday 17

Most MLS teams played two matches this week, so a good bit of movement in this week’s rankings. Additionally, I’ve made a slight tweet to the formula to bring points per game up to the full 30% of the model. Prior editions of the rankings erroneously had them lower, and while the change didn’t actually impact any team’s positioning, it does change the total score numbers.

As a reminder, here’s how the OPI (Overall Performance Index) model works:

  1. Points per game – 30%
  2. Goal difference – 15%
  3. Form in last five games – 15%
  4. Expected goal difference – 12.5%
  5. Strength of schedule – 12.5%
  6. Home and away form – 12.5%
  7. Goals added – 2.5%

Matchday 17 Power Rankings

RANKINGTEAMSCOREMOVEMENT
1FC Cincinnati25.88+2
2Nashville SC25.63-1
3LAFC25.32-1
4ST. Louis CITY SC23.41+1
5Philadelphia Union23.08+1
6Seattle Sounders19.77-2
7Columbus Crew18.70
8Vancouver Whitecaps16.50
9New England Revolution15.00
10Atlanta United14.93
11DC United14.04+1
12FC Dallas12.20-1
13Orlando City SC11.963
14Minnesota United11.21
15New York Red Bulls9.31-2
16San Jose Earthquakes9.19-1
17New York City FC6.15
18Austin FC4.86+4
19Toronto FC4.59+1
20Portland Timbers4.18+1
21Chicago Fire3.71-2
22Houston Dynamo3.08-4
23Real Salt Lake2.42+2
24Charlotte FC1.85-1
25LA Galaxy1.15+1
26Sporting KC0.60+3
27Colorado Rapids-0.09
28CF Montréal-0.43
29Inter Miami CF-1.44-5

FC Cincinnati take over the top spot after holding the top spot in the Supporters’ Shield race for weeks. They got another single-goal win at home over Chicago Fire at the weekend, but the real push for them was a dominant 3-1 win on the road against New York City FC, giving them an ever-so-slight edge over Nashville and LAFC.

Nashville SC drop to second, playing just one game this weekend, a 2-1 win on the road against FC Dallas. They haven’t lost a league match since April, unbeaten in eight and just behind Cincinnati for the best form in MLS.

Pushing into the top five is Philadelphia Union, who won home games against Charlotte FC and CF Montréal to move within a point of Nashville in the table. They’re firmly in the Supporters’ Shield race, and have shaken off their CCL hangover from earlier in the year.

Lastly, Inter Miami CF drop five spots into last place. They lost two home games this week, each by a single goal and having a man sent off in each, while firing head coach Phil Neville in between. Things aren’t looking good in south Florida, although until Lionel Messi officially signs somewhere else, their supporters have some faint hope to cling to.

I’ll do a much more in-depth halfway point breakdown next week, but wanted to touch on

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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