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SFPI Week 26 MLS Power Rankings

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MLS: New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A very short and sweet week in MLS as we had a holiday and an international break. Needless to say, there only being 4 matches made for very little movement. But a full week is upon us and teams are going to start eating up their games in hand. Biggest winner this week is Houston moving two spots despite not playing (making them bigger winners than Chicago who also climbed two spots but had to win on the road to do it) and the biggest loser is Montreal sliding 4 spots after dropping a second consecutive home match.

COMPONENTS OF SFPI:

PERFORMANCE SCORE: 100% based on performance on the field made up of the following.

PPG Score: Total Points Per Game added to Points Per Game over Last Five with Last Five being given more weight. Single largest component of SFPI

Goal Difference Per Game: Total Goal Difference divided by games played

Home/Away Bonus: Bonus Points added for earning results (W/D) on the road, points subtracted for dropping results (D/L) at home. Accrues over entire season.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Average Performance Score of all of a teams opponents to date. Accounts for road games by adding a percentage of a teams Home PPG to the performance score when faced on the road. Weighted at less than 100%

TOTAL SCORE: Performance Score is added to Strength of Schedule to form a teams Total Score. Teams are then ranked in order from highest to lowest.

(all times Pacific *Denotes Above Red Line)

1 *TORONTO FC (56pts 16W-3L-8D) SCORE: 12.9254 (-0.0458) PREV: 1 (NC) H1/L10

SCHEDULE: 16 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 17 (-3) (9 East) Overall Pace 70 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 7 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AT #1: 7

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (14) San Jose Sat 9/9 2pm

2 *NEW YORK CITY FC (47pts 14W-7L-5D) SCORE: 9.6999 (-0.0682) PREV: 2 (NC) H2/L12

SCHEDULE: 17 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 10 (-2) (5 East) OVERALL PACE: 61 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 8

LAST WEEK: No League Match

NEXT WEEK: vs (5) Kansas City Wed 8/6 430pm vs (6) Portland Sat 9/9 230pm

3 *SEATTLE SOUNDERS (42pts 11W-7L-9D) SCORE: 8.9937 (-0.011) PREV: 3 (NC) H3/L17

SCHEDULE: 11 (+3) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 21 (+1) (10 West) OVERALL PACE: 52 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 7

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (21) Los Angeles Sun 9/10 6pm (FS1)

4 *ATLANTA UNITED (36pts 10W-8L-6D) SCORE: 8.2108 (-0.0697) PREV: 4 (NC) H2/L12

SCHEDULE: 9 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 20 (NC) (11 East) OVERALL PACE: 51 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 10

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (15) Dallas Sun 9/10 1230pm (FS1)

5 *SPORTING KANSAS CITY (40pts 10W-5L-10D) SCORE: 7.8041 (-0.0453) PREV: 5 (NC) H2/L11

SCHEDULE: 22 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 9 (+6) (5 West) OVERALL PACE: 54 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 9

LAST WEEK: No League Match

NEXT WEEK: at (2) New York City Wed 9/6 430pm, at (7) Columbus Sun 9/10 10am (ESPN)

6 *PORTLAND TIMBERS (41pts 11W-9L-8D) SCORE: 7.7021 (-0.0038) PREV: 6 (NC) H1/L17

SCHEDULE: 14 (+1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 11 (NC) (6 West) OVERALL PACE: 49 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 6

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: at (2) New York City Sat 9/10 230pm

7 *COLUMBUS CREW (42pts 13W-12L-3D) SCORE: 7.5009 (-0.0466) PREV: 7 (NC) H1/L16

SCHEDULE: 8 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 14 (-4) (6 East) OVERALL PACE: 51 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 6

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (5) Kansas City Sun 9/10 10am (ESPN)

8 *VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (38pts 11W-9L-5D) SCORE: 7.3335 (-0.0048) PREV: 9 (+1) H8/L22

SCHEDULE: 19 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 12 (+1) (7 West) OVERALL PACE: 51 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 9

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (13) Salt Lake Sat 9/9 7pm

9 *HOUSTON DYNAMO (38pts 10W-8L-8D) SCORE: 6.941 (-0.0412) PREV: 11 (+2) H4/L17

SCHEDULE: 18 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 19 (NC) (9 West) OVERALL PACE: 49

GAMES REMAINING: 8

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (22) Colorado Sat 9/9 530pm

10 *CHICAGO FIRE (44pts 13W-9L-5D) SCORE: 6.8493 (+0.5107) PREV: 12 (+2) H1/L14

SCHEDULE: 6 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 15 (-3) (8 East) OVERALL PACE: 55 (+2)

GAMES REMAINING: 7

LAST WEEK: W 1-0 at Montreal NEXT WEEK: vs (11) New York RB Sat 9/9 1pm

11 *NEW YORK RED BULLS (40pts 12W-10L-4D) SCORE: 6.5933 (-0.5712) PREV: 10 (-1) H2/L12

SCHEDULE: 13 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 6 (-1) (3 East) OVERALL PACE: 52 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 8

LAST WEEK: D 2-2 at Dallas NEXT WEEK: at (10) Chicago Sat 9/9 1pm

12 MONTREAL IMPACT (36pts 10W-10L-6D) SCORE: 5.99 (-1.4833) PREV: 8 (-4) H6/L17

SCHEDULE: 10 (+2) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 3 (-1) (2 East) OVERALL PACE: 47 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 8

LAST WEEK: L 1-0 vs Chicago NEXT WEEK: at (16) New England Sat 9/9 430pm

13 REAL SALT LAKE (35pts 10W-13L-5D) SCORE: 5.9411 (-0.0162) PREV: 13 (NC) H13/L22

SCHEDULE: 20 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 16 (+1) (8 West) OVERALL PACE: 42 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 6

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: at (8) Vancouver Sat 9/9 7pm

14 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (36pts 10W-11L-6D) SCORE: 5.8721 (-0.0093) PREV: 14 (NC) H5/L17

SCHEDULE: 21 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 5 (-2) (3 West) OVERALL PACE: 45 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 7

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: at (1) Toronto Sat 9/9 2pm

15 *FC DALLAS (37pts 9W-7L-10D) SCORE: 5.6622 (+0.1165) PREV: 15 (NC) H1/L15

SCHEDULE: 2 (+3) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 22 (-1) (11 West) OVERALL PACE: 48 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 8

LAST WEEK: D 2-2 vs New York RB NEXT WEEK: at (4) Atlanta Sun 9/10 1230pm (FS1)

16 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (32pts 9W-12L-5D) SCORE: 5.1728 (+0.1403) PREV: 16 (NC) H5/L18

SCHEDULE: 7 (-3) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 1 (NC) (1 East) OVERALL PACE: 41 (+2)

GAMES REMAINING: 8

LAST WEEK: W 4-0 vs Orlando NEXT WEEK: vs (12) Montreal Sat 9/9 430pm

17 DC UNITED (28pts 8W-15L-4D) SCORE: 4.3892 (-0.0673) PREV: 17 (NC) H8/L22

SCHEDULE: 5 (-2) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 7 (NC) (4 East) OVERALL PACE: 35 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 7

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (19) Orlando Sat 9/9 4pm

18 PHILADELPHIA UNION (31pts 8W-12L-7D) SCORE: 4.0978 (-0.1421) PREV: 18 (NC) H6/L22

SCHEDULE: 3 (-1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 18 (NC) (10 East) OVERALL PACE: 39 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 7

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: at (20) Minnesota Sat 9/9 5pm

19 ORLANDO CITY SC (31pts 8W-12L-7D) SCORE: 3.0283 (-0.5953) PREV: 19 (NC) H2/L19

SCHEDULE: 1 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 13 (+3) (6 East) OVERALL PACE: 39 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 7

LAST WEEK: L 4-0 at New England NEXT WEEK: at (17) DC United Sat 9/9 4pm

20 MINNESOTA UNITED (25pts 7W-14L-4D) SCORE: 2.4679 (-0.0019) PREV: 20 (NC) H19/L22

SCHEDULE: 4 (+3) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 8 (+1) (4 West) OVERALL PACE: 34 (NC)

LAST WEEK: No League Match NEXT WEEK: vs (18) Philadelphia Sat 9/9 5pm

21 LOS ANGELES GALAXY (26pts 7W-14L-5D) SCORE: 2.0751 (+0.5967) PREV: 21 (NC) H3/L21

SCHEDULE: 15 (-5) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 2 (+2) (1 West) OVERALL PACE: 34 (+3)

LAST WEEK: W 3-0 vs Colorado NEXT WEEK: at (3) Seattle Sun 9/10 6pm (FS1)

22 COLORADO RAPIDS (22pts 6W-16L-4D) SCORE: 0.6964 (-0.5234) PREV: 22 (NC) H17/L22

SCHEDULE: 12 (-1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 4 (+2) (2 West) OVERALL PACE: 28 (-1)

LAST WEEK: L 3-0 at Los Angeles NEXT WEEK: at (9) Houston Sat 9/9 530pm

PREDICTIONS:

Last week the SFPI went 3-1 (75%), only missing Chicago beating Montreal to bring season total to 105-131 (44.5%)

Kansas City at New York City: NEW YORK

New York RB at Chicago: CHICAGO

San Jose at Toronto: TORONTO

Portland at New York City: NEW YORK

Orlando at DC: DC

Montreal at New England: DRAW

Philadelphia at Minnesota: DRAW

Colorado at Houston: HOUSTON

Salt Lake at Vancouver: VANCOUVER

Kansas City at Columbus: COLUMBUS

Dallas at Atlanta: ATLANTA

Los Angeles at Seattle: SEATTLE

PLAYOFF PICTURE:

If predictions are 100% tables will look like:

(*clinched playoff ** Clinched home game *** Clinched Bye #Eliminated)

EAST

1 *Toronto 59

2 New York City 53

3 Chicago 47

4 Columbus 45

5 New York RB 40

6 Atlanta 39

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7 Montreal 37

8 New England 33

9 Philadelphia 32

10 DC 31 (Total wins)

11 Orlando 31

WEST

1 Seattle 45

2 Vancouver 41 (Total Wins)

3 Houston 41 (Goal Difference)

4 Portland 41

5 Kansas City 40

6 Dallas 37

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7 San Jose 36

8 Salt Lake 35

9 Los Angeles 26 (Goal Diff)

10 Minnesota 26

11 Colorado 22

TIMBERS ROOTING INTEREST:

Assuming a Timbers Win, what games to watch and how to root

Kansas CIty at New York City: NEW YORK

San Jose at Toronto: TORONTO

Colorado at Houston: COLORADO

Salt Lake at Vancouver: DRAW

Kansas City at Columbus: COLUMBUS

Dallas at Atlanta: ATLANTA

Los Angeles at Seattle: LOS ANGELES

If the week breaks 100% for the Timbers this is how the table would look

1 Portland 44

2 Seattle 42

3 Kansas City 40

4 Vancouver 39

5 Houston 38

6 Dallas 37

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7 Salt Lake 36 (Goal Diff)

8 San Jose 36

9 Los Angeles 29

10 Minnesota 26

11 Colorado 25