MLS Power Rankings: Week 26 – Red Bulls on top as Sporting KC slide

The 2015 regular season doesn’t have long to run in MLS and there is still so much at stake for teams across the league. Week 26 saw the drama continue as there were 31 goals scored in the 12 games for an average of 2.58 per game.

The league is averaging 2.7 goals per game, which points to great entertainment once again, despite the slow start to the season in terms of goal action.

There are just eight weeks left to go in the regular season as the playoffs draw ever closer and the MLSGB Power Rankings return this week after an unplanned break.

With four weeks having passed since our last rankings, there are no change indicators included below, but positions are what matter most, especially with the postseason approaching.

The Red Bulls have moved into top spot following their 3-0 home win over DC United, while the Philadelphia Union sit bottom after a 1-0 home loss to New England.

Sporting Kansas City continued their poor form with a 2-1 loss at Colorado and they find themselves in 12th place now, despite looking in great shape a month ago.

Here’s how the MLSGB Power Rankings look after Week 26’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 26

What do you make of our latest Power Rankings? Should the Red Bulls be top?

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MLS Power Rankings: Week 21 – FC Dallas go top as San Jose fall again

Week 21 is behind us as there were a whopping 39 goals in the nine MLS matches played over the weekend – an average of 4.3 per game.

That means the MLSGB Power Rankings have changed up once again as we have a new team topping the pile. FC Dallas move into top spot after their 4-1 win over Portland made it five on the bounce for the MLS Supporters’ Shield leaders.

Sporting Kansas City fall to third after their 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake with the Vancouver Whitecaps up into second place.

Further down the rankings are the San Jose Earthquakes as they fall once again after the 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Sunday night made it four defeats on the bounce.

Here’s how our MLS Power Rankings look after Week 21’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

MLS Power Rankings: Week 20 – LA Galaxy climb as DC United fall again

It was another week of change as far as the Power Rankings go after just one of 11 matches ended as a draw.

There were a total of 29 goals over the 11 games, with Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire facing off against each other twice during Week 20, with the Crew winning both games to climb four places in our latest rankings.

Chicago still sit bottom of the pile and their chances of making the playoffs seem to fade further away with each passing week.

At the other end, Sporting Kansas City remain in first place after their 2-1 win over Montreal ensured they still have the best points-per-game record in MLS.

DC United have fallen for the second week in a row after another loss, this time away at FC Dallas, sees them end the week in fourth. Dallas climbed to second place and now lead the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings.

Seattle Sounders fall to seventh after their disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Colorado now means they have suffered defeat in five of their last six as the chances of retaining their Supporters’ Shield crown look slim at this point.

LA Galaxy on the other hand look to be reaching their best, with new signing Giovani Dos Santos’s impending arrival only set to make them more deadly.

They beat San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 on Friday night and move into fifth place in our latest Power Rankings as a result.

Here’s how the MLSGB Power Rankings look after Week 20’s action in MLS:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 20

What do you make of the latest rankings? Should Sporting Kansas City sit top?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 19 – Sporting KC jump to top as Revs fall again

Another week of Major League Soccer action is behind us and so it’s time to look at the latest MLSGB Power Rankings.

July was always going to be a tough month for almost every club as international call-ups have left several teams decimated, but no one told Sporting Kansas City about the potential struggles.

The 2013 MLS Cup winners have climbed to the top of our Power Rankings after 19 weeks, despite still being just sixth in the Western Conference.

The reason behind their rise is that they have the best points-per-game ratio in MLS and Sunday night’s 1-0 win over Vancouver saw them move to within just five points of Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United, with four games in hand.

SKC are closely followed by DC in the latest rankings, though the Eastern Conference leaders didn’t play this weekend.

Vancouver Whitecaps still sit third as Seattle’s 1-0 loss to Chicago Fire leaves them down in fifth place for now.

At the other end, New England Revolution continued to fall as they lost their fifth-straight MLS game to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night in a 4-1 defeat.

Things aren’t looking good for last year’s runners-up and they’ll be bottom of the rankings before too long if they don’t improve quickly.

Chicago may have beaten Seattle on Saturday, but none of the four teams ahead of them in the Power Rankings lost either, so the Fire still sit in last place for now.

Here’s how the MLSGB Power Rankings look after Week 19’s action:

MLS Power Rankings – Week 19

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Should Sporting KC be at the top?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 17 – Seattle fall again as San Jose move into top six

We’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 MLS season as Week 17 is behind us, and what a week it was.

Major League Soccer celebrated the midpoint of the campaign by putting on MLS Rivalry Week in which several rivalries across the league took place.

It was also a double gameweek for 14 sides so there are numerous changes to the latest MLSGB Power Rankings once again.

DC United remain top of the pile heading into the second-half of the season, while Chicago Fire remain rooted to the bottom.

Seattle Sounders have fallen down to fifth place after losing their third straight game against Cascadia Rivals Portland Timbers on Sunday night, with the victors moving up to fourth.

The Timbers were one of nine sides to climb at least one place this week, with four teams falling.

Sides from the Western Conference still look stronger as only two of the top ten in our rankings play over in the Eastern.

Here’s how our Power Rankings look after Week 17’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 17 MLSGB

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Should Seattle have fallen to fifth?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 16 – DC back on top as RSL make huge jump

Another busy weekend of action is behind us as 25 goals were scored in the nine Week 16 games, with some surprise results changing the look of the MLSGB Power Rankings yet again.

We’re just one week away from the midpoint of the regular season and the rankings are still changing drastically on a weekly basis as inconsistency is costing several sides across the league.

The Seattle Sounders looked as if they’d made top spot theirs to keep but a 2-0 home loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, coupled with a DC United win against the New England Revolution sees DC return to the top of the Power Rankings this week.

Seattle fall to second place, with Vancouver climbing into third after a second consecutive away win as they won 2-1 at the New York Red Bulls.

Western Conference sides dominate the top ten in the rankings at this stage, with just two Eastern sides making it into the top half.

Real Salt Lake were this week’s biggest movers, climbing five places into tenth from last week’s rankings.

Chicago Fire remain rooted to the bottom of the league, and also bottom of the Power Rankings. Though New York City FC and Montreal Impact rose out of the bottom three this week after both earned impressive 2-0 victories.

Here’s how the MLSGB Power Rankings look after Week 16’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 16

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Should DC United be back at the top?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 15 – Seattle return to top as Orlando rise again

There were only five games in Week 15 but the results mean the Power Rankings have changed yet again.

Seattle won their ninth game of the year on Saturday night as they piled more misery on FC Dallas with a 3-0 win at CenturyLink Field. That victory moves them back to the top of the Power Rankings as we approach the midpoint of the season.

DC United drop away from the top after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Orlando City on Sunday night. That loss saw DC lose back-to-back games for the first time in 2015 and they need to regroup quickly ahead of a tricky game with New England Revolution next time.

Orlando will be delighted with their win against DC and they continue to climb the Power Rankings on a weekly basis. The Lions are now up to 12th and look set to move into the top ten sooner rather than later.

Fellow expansion franchise New York City FC won their second consecutive game against Montreal Impact on Saturday and now look to be on a much better path than the one they were on a few weeks back.

They are off the bottom of the Power Rankings for now as Chicago Fire fall to last place following a third-straight defeat as they lost 2-0 to New England at Gillette Stadium.

18 teams will be in action next weekend, while the US Open Cup will keep teams busy during the week.

Here’s how the MLSGB Power Rankings look after Week 15:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Do Chicago Fire deserve to be in last place?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 14 – Sporting KC up to second as Crew suffer big drop

Week 14 was another busy one in MLS. International games saw teams lose key players across the league but the entertainment was still there for the most part (let’s forget Sunday night).

There were 34 goals in the 13 games this week and a few surprise results as teams that were struggling are starting to pull things together.

Montreal Impact won back-to-back games in their double gameweek, taking them within two points of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, while over in the Western Portland won their third straight MLS game for the first time in franchise history.

Both those teams climb in this week’s Power Rankings along with Orlando City, Toronto, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, DC United and Sporting Kansas City.

SKC have now gone seven games without defeat and Saturday’s 1-0 win against the Seattle Sounders was a big one. They are now third in the Western Conference and are up to second in our latest Power Rankings.

One team not so happy is the Columbus Crew. They lost twice in four days this week; firstly to the Philadelphia Union in that 3-0 defeat on Wednesday and then lost 2-1 at home to the Montreal Impact.

They fall six places in the rankings this week and are one of eight clubs to have dropped at least a place.

Here’s how the MLSGB Power Rankings look after Week 14’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Should Sporting KC be second?

MLS Power Rankings: Week 13 – Seattle go top as Sporting KC rise too

Week 13 of the 2015 MLS season is done after a round of 13 matches with a total of 36 goals scored. We may be more than a third of the way through the campaign but both conferences continue to change by the week.

Teams across MLS are struggling to find consistency as the quality of play has improved this year, but the Sounders have been steadily picking up wins and now sit at the top of the MLSGB Power Rankings after back-to-back wins against Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls this week.

They were one of six sides to play twice in Week 13, with the Portland Timbers the only other side to pick up six points this week, moving them into a playoff position and up into 11th in our rankings.

Sporting KC were another Western Conference outfit on the rise after beating FC Dallas 4-0 on Friday night. SKC have not lost in sixth and are slowly climbing the standings.

Over in the Eastern DC United, Chicago Fire and Toronto FC were the only sides to win this week as the bottom three in our rankings remain the same as Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and New York City FC make up the last places.

Here’s how our Power Rankings look after Week 13’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 13

What do you make of the latest Power Rankings? Do Seattle Sounders deserve to be top? 

MLS Power Rankings: Week 12 – DC return to top as Portland fall again

Week 12 of the MLS season is done and it was another surprising one as the likes of Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union won their second consecutive games against strong opposition to shake up this week’s Power Rankings.

There were 24 goals in the 11 games this week, including six in the midweek game between Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution, with SKC winning 4-2.

Sporting KC then drew 0-0 at Seattle Sounders on Saturday night and move up to seventh in this week’s Power Rankings as a result.

The Revs were top in last week’s rankings but defeat in Kansas City, followed by a draw against DC United sees them fall down to second.

DC move back into top spot following that draw, as the top nine clubs from last week’s rankings all failed to win this weekend.

At the bottom end of the rankings, Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union both won their second games in a row against strong opponents in FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls respectively.

New York City lost again though and sit rock bottom after 12 weeks, with just the one win so far in 12 games.

Portland Timbers are also struggling for wins as they have only won one of their last five and suffered a second consecutive defeat at the hands of Toronto FC on Saturday night.

Here’s how our MLS Power Rankings look after Week 12’s action:

MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

What do you make of the latest MLS Power Rankings? Do DC United deserve to be top again?