Week 14 was packed. Every team played on Saturday or Sunday, and as always there were the required amount of surprises. The latest edition of the Power Rankings breaks it all down.
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 14 Power Rankings
|1||New York City FC||19.20||—|
|3||New York Red Bulls||15.49||+2|
|10||Real Salt Lake||6.70||+6|
|12||New England Revolution||5.87||+3|
|19||Orlando City SC||1.88||-1|
|23||San Jose Earthquakes||-0.72||+1|
|25||Inter Miami CF||-1.39||—|
I’m not going to dive into everything this week, but there are a couple noteworthy teams this week.
Real Salt Lake have been really good at home. They’re undefeated, winning five and drawing one. Their 3-0 win over Houston Dynamo pushes them up six spots into the top ten.
LA Galaxy have bounced around a good bit. They looked set for another frustrating loss against a good Austin FC side until Dejan Joveljić came off the bench and casually dropped two goals and two assists in just over 30 minutes to win 4-1. Manager Greg Vanney has some good questions to answer about the best way to get his best players on the field in the best system, but they have the pieces to be a contender in the West.
One final note; Charlotte FC are towards the bottom of the rankings, but have shown flashes of being a decent team. They’re just two points out of the playoff spots and lost a really tight match in Seattle against the CCL winners. Which made the news of Miguel Ángel Ramírez’s departure this morning pretty stunning. He’d had a rocky relationship with the front office, who have plenty of problems of their own. There’s a lot of potential in Charlotte, and Ramírez was doing a lot with a pretty underwhelming roster. Initially, this seems like another bad decision by a front office that seems to enjoy shooting themselves in the foot.