MLS Power Rankings: Matchday 8

MLS Matchday 8 saw the Cascadia teams score a casual 12 goals between them, while Caleb Porter kept his promise on the other end of the country and brought New England their first win of 2024. Let’s dive right into the power rankings.

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 8 Power Rankings

RANKTEAMSCORELAST RESULTRANK ∆SCORE ∆
1Vancouver Whitecaps20.564-0 win vs TOR+3+4.34
2New York Red Bulls19.512-1 win at CIN-1+2.28
3DC United17.081-1 draw at CLB-1+0.56
4Philadelphia Union17.032-1 win at NSH+4+1.36
5Atlanta United15.361-1 draw at NYCFC+2-0.45
6Columbus Crew15.171-1 draw vs CLB-0.65
7Real Salt Lake14.981-1 draw at MIN+2-0.45
8Minnesota United14.581-1 draw vs RSL+3+0.29
9Los Angeles FC14.302-1 win vs LA+7+3.75
10FC Cincinnati14.231-2 loss vs RBNY-5-1.89
11LA Galaxy13.831-2 loss at LAFC-8-2.50
12Inter Miami CF13.572-2 draw vs COL+1-0.34
13Houston Dynamo12.261-2 loss at CHI-3-2.73
14Charlotte FC11.700-1 loss at NE-2-2.47
15Sporting KC10.723-3 draw vs POR+2+0.27
16Colorado Rapids10.352-2 draw at MIA+2+0.07
17Seattle Sounders10.155-0 win vs MTL+8+6.48
18St. Louis City SC8.790-0 draw vs DAL+1-0.14
19Toronto FC8.610-4 loss at VAN-5-3.05
20Portland Timbers7.463-3 draw at SKC-0.36
21Chicago Fire7.422-1 win vs HOU+3+2.93
22CF Montréal6.440-5 loss at SEA-9-5.41
23New York City FC5.781-1 draw vs ATL+0.80
24Austin FC5.634-3 win vs SJ+2+2.00
25Orlando City SC5.08Bye-30.00
26Nashville SC4.311-2 loss vs PHI-5-0.78
27FC Dallas2.460-0 draw at STL-8*-7.54*
28New England Revolution1.521-0 win vs CLT+1+3.66
29San Jose Earthquakes1.143-4 loss at ATX-1-0.07
*Error in retrieving Dallas’s prior goal difference resulted in incorrectly inflated score in previous weeks

Vancouver Whitecaps take the top spot after thrashing Toronto FC 4-0 at BC Place. On top of the Western Conference standings, they’re leading MLS in points per game, have the best goal difference in MLS at +8, and are putting up elite defensive numbers. So far, Vancouver isn’t just good; they’re great.

New York Red Bulls drop a spot in the rankings after a 2-1 road win over FC Cincinnati, even though their score got a significant increase. Their drop had everything to do with Vancouver’s jump and nothing to do with their form, which has continued to take the East by surprise.

Philadelphia Union jump four spots into fourth place, grabbing a last-minute winner against Nashville SC to remain MLS’s only unbeaten team. Nashville, on the other hand, have just one win from seven matches and are putting up some of the worst underlying numbers in the league. They drop five spots into 26th place.

LAFC move up seven spots, finally cracking the top 10 after a 2-1 El Traffico win over LA Galaxy. They’ve put up elite attacking numbers (their expected goals are second only to DC United), but much of that has come in their last handful of matches. After a slow start to the season, they’re finally rounding into form.

Seattle Sounders are the biggest movers this week, climbing eight spots and increasing their score by a whopping 6.48 points with a 5-0 demolition of a road-weary CF Montréal. Their roster is too good to have been as bad as they were over the last few weeks for an entire season, and they were badly due for a breakout performance. With their roster finally getting healthy and plenty of veteran experience all throughout their organization, the sight of Seattle getting hot should terrify the Western Conference.

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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