More MLS action! More Power Rankings!
- 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
|RANK||TEAM||SCORE||RANK CHANGE||SCORE CHANGE|
|2||ST. Louis CITY SC||24.88||+2||+1.75|
|8||New England Revolution||18.44||—||-1.56|
|10||New York Red Bulls||15.91||+3||+2.27|
|11||Orlando City SC||15.85||—||+0.64|
|14||Real Salt Lake||12.50||+3||+3.76|
|18||New York City FC||8.92||+1||+1.71|
|20||San Jose Earthquakes||6.09||—||-0.67|
|29||Inter Miami CF||-3.54||-1||-0.60|
For starters, New England Revolution should have moved up this week, but were denied a late equalizer in a crazy entertaining match against New York Red Bulls after video review. Pro Referees have since issued a statement saying that the call was erroneous and the goal should have stood. It’s a really tough blow for New England, who have seen multiple goals called off, as well as Carles Gil suspended for a very questionable simulation call.
St. Louis City move up two spots into second, beating Toronto FC 1-0 on the road. It wasn’t the most impressive result given Toronto’s struggles, but with Nashville SC, Columbus Crew and LAFC all dropping points, it was enough to take them into second place.
LA Galaxy are this week’s big winners. They beat LAFC 2-1 at a sold out July 4 match at the Rose Bowl, and then knocked off Philadelphia Union 3-1 at home on Saturday. It’s been seven matches since their last loss and Riqui Puig is playing like one of the best in the league. If they can make these performances a regular occurrence, and maybe get creative in the summer transfer window, they could climb the table quickly. They’re only three points out of the playoff spots.
Real Salt Lake are the last team I want to touch on. They absolutely crushed Orlando City 4-0 on Saturday, getting a boost from new DP striker Chicho Arango. They’ve won five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are up to fourth place in the Western Conference. Playmaker Pablo Ruiz has a goal and five assists in his last four games, and they’ve also added U22 midfielder Nelson Palacios. Their new ownership group is ambitious and Pablo Mastroeni has his squad in great form. They’re one to watch down the stretch.