MLS Power Rankings: Matchday 24 & 25

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 24 & 25 Power Rankings

1LAFC2-1 win at LA
2Columbus Crew2-0 win vs NSH
4-0 win vs TOR
3FC Cincinnati3-2 win at DC
6-1 win vs MIA
4Real Salt Lake3-2 win vs HOU
5-2 win vs ATL
5LA Galaxy1-2 loss at LAFC
2-1 win vs MIN
6Inter Miami CF2-1 win at CLT
1-6 loss at CIN
7Colorado Rapids2-1 win vs SKC
4-1 win vs STL
8New York Red Bulls0-0 draw at PHI25.11-1-0.10
9New York City FC2-0 win at MTL
1-2 loss at ATX
10Seattle Sounders2-0 win vs NE20.60+2+1.45
11Charlotte FC1-2 loss vs MIA18.73-1-0.73
12Portland Timbers2-3 loss at DAL
4-1 win vs NSH
13Atlanta United1-2 loss at NE
2-5 loss at RSL
14Vancouver Whitecaps3-1 win at MIN
1-1 draw at MTL
15Houston Dynamo2-3 loss at RSL
16Minnesota United1-3 loss vs VAN
1-2 loss at LA
17Orlando City SC2-1 win at TOR
5-0 win vs DC
18St. Louis City SC2-0 win vs SJ
1-4 loss at COL
19Philadelphia Union3-4 loss at CHI
0-0 draw vs RBNY
20Nashville SC0-2 loss at CLB
1-4 loss at POR
21DC United2-3 loss at CIN
0-5 loss at ORL
22Chicago Fire4-3 win vs PHI
1-0 loss at SJ
23Toronto FC1-2 loss vs ORL
0-4 loss at CLB
24Austin FC2-1 win vs NYC4.63+0.96
25FC Dallas3-2 win vs POR
2-3 loss at SKC
26Sporting KC1-2 loss at COL
3-2 win vs DAL
27CF Montréal0-2 loss at NYC
1-1 draw vs MTL
28New England Revolution2-1 win vs ATL
0-2 loss at SEA
29San Jose Earthquakes0-2 loss at STL
1-0 win vs CHI

Columbus Crew are this week’s big winners, jumping up 5.60 points into second place with dominant wins over Nashville SC and Toronto FC. Cucho Hernández, Diego Rossi and Christian Ramirez picked up five goals and six assists between them this week, and with CCL in the rearview mirror they’re firmly in the Supporters’ Shield race.

Right behind Columbus are FC Cincinnati (+5.49 points) and Orlando City (+5.44 points). Cincinnati got a solid road win against DC United and then beat the brakes off of Inter Miami, while Orlando won against Toronto before winning 5-0 against DC. Not a great week for the Black & Red.

Real Salt Lake are unlucky to drop two spots, despite their score increasing +3.07 points with wins over Houston Dynamo and Atlanta United. They improved this week, but not enough to pass Cincinnati and were overtaken by Columbus.

Seattle Sounders are a first-time entrant into the Top 10 this season after a 2-0 win over New England Revolution. They’ve steadily climbed since Matchday 19 and have won four of their last five, including their last three matches. With the West still fairly open, they could make a late push for the Top 4.

On the other end of the spectrum, Nashville SC are this week’s big losers after losses to Columbus and Portland Timbers. Their -4.28 points decreased their total score by over half, and somehow they only drop down three spots into 20th. DC United (-3.89), Toronto FC (-3.50) and Atlanta United (-2.24) round out the poor performances.

As always, stay tuned for next week’s edition, and let us know in the comments what we got wrong.

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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