Alternate MLS Standings

I was wondering the other day what the season would have looked like if MLS had a balanced schedule. I had a couple hours to spare today, so I downloaded a Soccer League Table excel template and went to work.
I built a new table under the following assumptions:

  • If the teams played a balance home-away schedule, I counted those games as is.
  • If the teams played twice in one venue, I used aggregate goals to determine a single result.
  • If the teams did not play in one venue, I duplicated the other result with the home team getting one more goal.

This is obviously not perfect, but it yielded interesting results.

*Update: Added Pts column

Position Team Pts W D L
1 Vancouver Whitecaps 63 18 9 9
2 Portland Timbers 62 17 11 8
3 LA Galaxy 60 17 9 10
4 Houston Dynamo 59 17 8 11
5 Real Salt Lake 58 16 10 10
6 Colorado Rapids 58 16 10 10
7 New York Red Bulls 57 16 9 11
8 New England Revolution 57 16 9 11
9 Sporting Kansas City 55 15 10 11
10 Seattle Sounders FC 54 16 6 14
11 Philadelphia Union 54 15 9 12
12 Montreal Impact 48 14 6 16
13 FC Dallas 48 12 12 12
14 San Jose Earthquakes 48 13 9 14
15 Columbus Crew 46 13 7 16
16 Chicago Fire 44 11 11 14
17 Chivas USA 28 7 7 22
18 Toronto FC 22 3 13 20
19 D.C. United 19 4 7 25

The most notable is that Vancouver wins the Supporters Shield and Seattle doesn't make the playoffs. I believe this is mostly due to Vancouver having a really easy home out of conference schedule. These games against easy Eastern teams would probably be wins or draws on the road. Seattle dropped mostly because of my aggregate goal formula. Their BIG losses near the end of the season cancelled out some close wins earlier on.

Additionally note the overall shift down by the Eastern Conference teams. I believe this is due to them playing DC United, Toronto, Chicago, & Columbus multiple times.

If I knew how to link the entire spreadsheet hear I would.

Also a BIG disclaimer that there could very easily be a bug in the spreadsheet, so take it with a grain of salt.

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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