MLS Power Rankings: Matchday 23

Another wild week of MLS action saw Columbus Crew continue their elite form. Could they be a late contender for the Supporters’ Shield?

For a detailed breakdown of how our OPI model works, check out this explainer from 2022. Here’s the shortened version:

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  • Points per game – 30%
  • Goal difference – 15%
  • Form in last five games – 15%
  • Expected goal difference – 12.5%
  • Strength of schedule – 12.5%
  • Home and away form – 12.5%
  • Goals added – 2.5%

Matchday 23 Power Rankings

RANKTEAMRESULTSCORERANK ∆SCORE ∆
1LAFC3-0 win vs COL35.02+4.21
2Real Salt LakeBye29.78+0.45
3FC Cincinnati1-0 win at DAL28.32+0.63
4Columbus Crew5-1 win at NE28.29+2+3.13
5Inter Miami CF2-1 win at NSH27.58-1+0.47
6LA Galaxy3-0 win at SJ26.74-1+1.14
7New York Red Bulls2-2 draw vs DC25.21+0.54
8Colorado Rapids0-3 loss at LAFC21.42-1.66
9New York City FC4-2 win vs ORL20.03+1+1.42
10Charlotte FC0-1 loss at HOU19.46-1-0.76
11Atlanta United2-1 win vs TOR19.38+1.04
12Seattle Sounders2-1 win vs CHI19.15+1.22
13Portland Timbers3-2 win vs MIN16.75+4+3.12
14Houston Dynamo1-0 win vs CLT16.33+1.62
15Vancouver Whitecaps4-3 win vs STL15.45+1.47
16Minnesota United2-3 loss at POR14.64-3-2.41
17Nashville SC1-2 loss vs MIA12.26+1-0.63
18Philadelphia Union2-4 loss at MTL11.68-2-2.11
19DC United2-2 draw at RBNY9.99-0.80
20ST. Louis CITY SC3-4 loss at VAN8.31+1+0.18
21Toronto FC1-2 loss at ATL8.19-1-0.52
22Orlando City SC2-4 loss at NYC6.01-1.23
23FC Dallas0-1 loss vs CIN4.07+1-0.85
24Austin FC0-2 loss at SKC3.67-1-1.70
25Chicago Fire1-2 loss at SEA3.65-0.93
26Sporting KC2-0 win vs ATX1.89+1+2.88
27CF Montréal4-2 win vs PHI1.87-1+1.99
28New England Revolution1-5 loss vs CLB-3.95-2.62
29San Jose Earthquakes0-3 loss vs LA-7.33-2.66

Columbus Crew move up into fourth place after a 5-1 thrashing of New England Revolution on the road. They’ve won six of their last seven and are sixth in the points-per-game table with just 18 games played. I’m picking them to make a late run for the Supporters’ Shield.

It’s going to be tight, though. Three teams are averaging at or above 2.0 points per game. Inter Miami picked up another win without their stars, beating Nashville SC on the road thanks to two set-piece goals. LAFC continue to dominate the power rankings, and are just four points off of Miami’s Supporters’ Shield lead after Mateusz Bogusz’s hat trick over Colorado. And my personal Supporters’ Shield favorite FC Cincinnati grinded out a 1-0 win on the road against FC Dallas.

Just a tier down, LA Galaxy kept pace with a 3-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes and are close to getting Riqui Puig back to full health. Their defense is generally bad, but it doesn’t matter then they’re scoring two goals a game. New York City FC bounced back after three-straight losses with a dominant 4-2 win over Orlando City, unfortunately losing stellar rookie Malachi Jones for the year with a broken leg in a collision that saw Orlando goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar suffer a similar injury.

At the bottom, Sporting KC and CF Montréal both picked up wins. Sporting beat a bad Austin FC 2-0 at home, while Montréal clobbered Philadelphia Union 4-2, thanks to a standout showing from Bryce Duke.


Which teams should be ranked differently? Let us know in the comments.

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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