A full weekend of MLS action showed just why Major League Soccer may be the most unpredictable league in the world. Several surprising results make for plenty of movement in the power rankings.
As a reminder, the rankings use an all new model I’ve obnoxiously titled the Overall Performance Index. Click here for a full breakdown of how the model works.
Week 11 Power Rankings
|1||New York City FC||15.78||+3|
|3||New York Red Bulls||14.60||+1|
|16||New England Revolution||2.98||-1|
|17||Orlando City SC||2.86||+1|
|20||Real Salt Lake||1.96||+1|
|23||San Jose Earthquakes||-1.83||+1|
|25||Inter Miami CF||-4.07||+2|
Portland move up six spots after a 7-2 demolition of Sporting KC, who drop three spots to last place. Sporting KC’s -5.35 is the worst score to date in 2022.
New York City take over the top spot after a 2-0 win against Columbus. They’ve bounced back from their post-CCL hangover and have some of the best underlying numbers in the league. They’ve gone five matches unbeaten (seven including CCL and Open Cup), and are trending heavily up.
Similarly, CF Montréal have steadily moved up the rankings and find themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference table. After another hard stretch in CCL, they’ve begun to find their league form. They’re unbeaten in their last eight league matches, taking an astonishing 20 of 24 possible points. Their ranking is still somewhat recovering from a tough road-heavy stretch to start the season, but they’re climbing quickly. The one major knock is that they concede a lot. Their 19 goals allowed are the seventh most in the league. That needs to be shored up.
Nashville drop out of the Top 10 after a dismal loss in Houston. They still only have had two home matches, clearly impacting their underlying numbers, but they’ve struggled to create chances on the road. They’re still strong defensively, but they have a packed schedule over the next couple weeks, and questions around squad depth, they’ll need heir core players to really step up.
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