MLS Power Rankings: Matchday 30

A full double game week of MLS action wrapped things up before the international break, and there was a good bit of movement throughout, including in the top 10. The projected standings are finalizing, too, giving a good look at where teams can expect to finish when the season ends in October.

As a reminder, here’s how the OPI model works:

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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 30 Power Rankings

1FC Cincinnati – x30.23-0.96
2Columbus Crew28.35+2+1.67
3Philadelphia Union27.36+2+2.63
4ST. Louis CITY SC26.38-2-1.24
6Vancouver Whitecaps23.26-0.21
7New England Revolution23.11+0.10
8Orlando City SC22.35+2+1.87
9Seattle Sounders21.47+0.69
10Atlanta United20.01-2-0.84
11Nashville SC18.13+1+0.49
12Minnesota United17.47-1-0.46
13Houston Dynamo16.75+0.31
14DC United13.56+1+2.62
15FC Dallas12.25+1+1.37
16Real Salt Lake12.10+1+1.73
17New York Red Bulls11.17-3-1.60
18Sporting KC8.77+4+1.61
19New York City FC8.49-1+0.07
20Austin FC8.47-1+0.30
21LA Galaxy7.53-1-0.16
22San Jose Earthquakes7.50-1+0.29
23CF Montréal4.21-0.80
24Portland Timbers1.46+1+0.24
25Chicago Fire0.72-1-2.49
26Charlotte FC0.51-0.19
27Inter Miami CF-0.97+1.75
28Toronto FC-4.11
29Colorado Rapids-7.59-1.83

FC Cincinnati officially clinched a playoff spot with a fantastic comeback win against Atlanta United midweek, but their score dropped by nearly a point after a losing 1-0 to Orlando City on Saturday. Their first loss at home in MLS this season won’t impact their final place in the table much, and they still have a commanding lead in the rankings. However, it may hurt their shot at setting the single-season points record. More on that later.

Columbus Crew climbed two spots into second place. Despite a 2-0 loss on the road to Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, they bounced back with a dominant 4-2 win in Wildfried Nancy’s return to CF Montréal. Their 54 goals scored are the most in MLS, and they continue to play the most attractive brand of football in the league. At this point, it’s hard to make an argument that they’re not one of the two or three favorites for MLS Cup.

Orlando jumped two spots into eighth with their win in Cincinnati and draw on the road against Charlotte FC. Philadelphia Union also jumped two spots into third, even with a shock 3-1 loss away to Toronto FC, thanks to a dominant 4-1 win over New York Red Bulls.

LAFC drop two spots into fifth after their 3-0 loss to Inter Miami at BMO Stadium. Miami’s score increased by 1.75 points, the third-biggest increase of the week, which also included a 0-0 draw against Nashville SC midweek. Miami are no longer the worst-ranked team in MLS, and at this pace will push for the top 10 by the end of the season.

Lastly, Sporting KC are the biggest movers of the week, climbing from 22nd into 18th with wins over Chicago Fire and St. Louis City. They’re just two points out of the playoff spots, and after struggling for much of the season, Alan Pulido is firing and SKC look incredibly dangerous.

Table projections

Cincinnati are the first side to officially clinch a playoff spot. Philadelphia, New England, and Orlando are projected to round out the Eastern Conference top four. Columbus is projected to finish fifth with 56 points, while Nashville and Atlanta are trending towards 51 points each, battling for sixth and seventh.

DC United are now projected to grab the final play-in spot with 42 points. Miami are currently trending towards 34 points and and a 14th place finish, but that number is increasing weekly. They’re now projected to finish just eight points out of the playoff spots, and they’re closing that gap quickly and have the most games in hand in the conference.

In the West, St. Louis are on track for a handy first place finish, projected to win the conference byeight points ahead of second-place LAFC. RSL and Houston are on pace to finish in third and fourth, with San Jose and Dallas in the play-in spots.

LA Galaxy have played the fewest games in the West, and are slowly climbing the projections. After looking dead in the water earlier in the year, they’re currently just four points out of the playoff spots. Don’t sleep on the Galaxy.

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


  1. still dying at Vancouver, who will probably miss the playoffs, being listed at #6. this model is broken. xG difference cannot play this big of a role this late in the season. early in a season, yes, it can mean ‘they’re not fully clicking, but hey, once they do – they’ll be a monster.

    with like 7 matches left in the season? No, it means this is who they are. there is no universe where Vancouver is the #6th best team in the league right now, the model is rewarding them for failure.

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