MLS Power Rankings: Matchday 9

Another weekend of MLS action, another edition of the Power Rankings. Keeping things short and sweet this week.

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 9 Power Rankings

1New York Red Bulls0-0 draw vs CHI18.72+1-0.79
2Vancouver Whitecaps1-3 loss vs LA18.38-1-2.18
3Philadelphia Union2-2 draw at ATL16.87+1-0.16
4LA Galaxy3-1 win at VAN16.39+7+2.56
5Atlanta United2-2 draw vs PHI15.760+0.40
6Inter Miami CF3-2 win at SKC15.69+6+2.12
7Real Salt Lake0-0 draw vs CLB15.330+0.35
8DC United2-3 loss vs ORL15.18-5-1.90
9Columbus Crew0-0 draw at RSL14.61-3-0.56
10LAFC2-2 draw at POR14.59-1+0.29
11Houston Dynamo2-1 win at MIN13.81+2+1.55
12Charlotte FC3-2 win vs TOR13.76+2+2.06
13Minnesota United1-2 loss vs HOU13.70-5-0.88
14FC Cincinnati1-2 loss at MTL12.68-4-1.55
15Colorado Rapids3-0 win at SJ12.50+1+2.15
16ST. Louis CITY SC1-0 win vs ATX11.30+2+2.51
17Seattle Sounders0-0 draw vs DAL10.770+0.62
18CF Montréal2-1 win vs CIN9.48+4+3.04
19New York City FC2-0 win vs NE9.24+4+3.46
20Sporting KC1-3 loss vs MIA8.98-5-1.74
21Chicago Fire0-0 draw at RBNY7.830+0.41
22Orlando City SC3-2 win at DC7.62+3+2.54
23Toronto FC2-3 loss at CLT7.58-4-1.03
24Portland Timbers2-2 draw vs LAFC7.19-4-0.27
25Nashville SCBye4.31+10.00
26Austin FC0-1 loss at STL3.91-2-1.72
27FC Dallas0-0 draw vs SEA2.820+0.36
28San Jose Earthquakes0-3 loss vs COL-0.53+1-1.67
29New England Revolution0-2 loss at NYCFC-0.78-1-2.30

LA Galaxy and Inter Miami are this week’s big winners, moving up seven and six spots, respectively. LA Galaxy went to last week’s top-ranked Vancouver Whitecaps and were dominant in a 3-1 win, while Miami beat a good Sporting KC 3-2 in front of 70,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sporting KC, DC United and Minnesota United are the big losers this week, each dropping five spots after losing at home. New England Revolution had the biggest score decrease, dropping 2.30 points and taking home last place this week after a 2-0 loss against NYCFC to compound their horrid start to the season.

Check back in next week for more, including a special Matchday 10 edition where we divide all of MLS into tiers.

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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