Updated Tuesday Dec. 25

2018 Composite MLS Rankings

Calculated by aggregating computer generated power rankings from around the web and determining each team’s average ranking.

TEAM AVERAGE
RANKING
AVG
1-WEEK
MOVE
MAKE
PLAYOFFS
WIN
LEAGUE
1
Sporting KCSKC62 pts
1.67 ↑ 2 100% 0%
2
NY Red BullsNWY71 pts
2.00 ↓ 1 100% 0%
3
AtlantaATL69 pts
2.33 ↓ 1 100% 100%
4
NYCFCNYC56 pts
4.67 - 100% 0%
5
SeattleSEA59 pts
6.00 ↑ 1 100% 0%
6
LAFCLAFC57 pts
6.00 ↓ 1 100% 0%
7
PortlandPOR54 pts
8.33 ↑ 1 100% 0%
8
D.C. UnitedDCU51 pts
9.33 ↑ 2 100% 0%
9
FC DallasDAL57 pts
9.67 ↓ 2 100% 0%
10
Toronto FCTOR36 pts
11.00 ↑ 3 0% 0%
11
LA GalaxyLAG48 pts
11.00 - 0% 0%
12
ColumbusCLB51 pts
11.33 - 100% 0%
13
PhiladelphiaPHI50 pts
11.67 ↓ 4 100% 0%
14
MontrealMTL46 pts
13.00 ↑ 1 0% 0%
15
Real Salt LakeRSL49 pts
13.33 ↓ 1 100% 0%
16
New EnglandNWE41 pts
16.00 - 0% 0%
17
VancouverVAN47 pts
16.67 - 0% 0%
18
HoustonHOU38 pts
17.00 - 0% 0%
19
ChicagoCHI32 pts
19.67 - 0% 0%
20
MinnesotaMNU36 pts
20.33 - 0% 0%
21
San JoseSAN21 pts
20.67 - 0% 0%
22
ColoradoCOL31 pts
22.00 ↑ 1 0% 0%
23
Orlando CityORL28 pts
22.33 ↓ 1 0% 0%

How We Calculate: Our MLS Power Rankings are calculated by aggregating computer rankings from around the web and determining each team’s average ranking. Up or down movement within our rankings versus the previous week is provided for each team. Some of these sites also project teams’ future success. We collect this info and calculate each team’s average playoff odds and MLS Cup title odds.

Our heat chart below shows how each of the three sites we pull from ranks all 23 teams. We pull from FiveThirtyEight (538), WhoScored (WS) and Sagarin (SAG).

TEAM 538 WhoScoredWS SagarianSAG AVERAGEAVG
Sporting KCSKC 2 1 2 1.67
NY Red BullsNWY 3 2 1 2.00
AtlantaATL 1 3 3 2.33
NYCFCNYC 4 5 5 4.67
SeattleSEA 5 9 4 6.00
LAFCLAFC 6 4 8 6.00
PortlandPOR 9 10 6 8.33
D.C. UnitedDCU 15 6 7 9.33
FC DallasDAL 11 7 11 9.67
Toronto FCTOR 7 16 10 11.00
LA GalaxyLAG 12 8 13 11.00
ColumbusCLB 8 17 9 11.33
PhiladelphiaPHI 10 13 12 11.67
MontrealMTL 13 12 14 13.00
Real Salt LakeRSL 14 11 15 13.33
New EnglandNWE 16 15 17 16.00
VancouverVAN 18 14 18 16.67
HoustonHOU 17 18 16 17.00
ChicagoCHI 19 21 19 19.67
MinnesotaMNU 20 20 21 20.33
San JoseSAN 21 19 22 20.67
ColoradoCOL 23 23 20 22.00
Orlando CityORL 22 22 23 22.33

Standard deviation is a statistical tool used to measure the variance within a set of numbers. In the table below, we use standard deviation to determine which teams are ranked the most and least consistently. A low number indicates that a team is ranked consistently across the three sites we pull from. A high number indicates an inconsistently ranked team.

TEAM 538 WhoScoredWS SagarianSAG STAN DEVSTDV
Sporting KCSKC 2 1 2 0.577
MinnesotaMNU 20 20 21 0.577
Orlando CityORL 22 22 23 0.577
NYCFCNYC 4 5 5 0.577
MontrealMTL 13 12 14 1.000
New EnglandNWE 16 15 17 1.000
HoustonHOU 17 18 16 1.000
NY Red BullsNWY 3 2 1 1.000
AtlantaATL 1 3 3 1.155
ChicagoCHI 19 21 19 1.155
PhiladelphiaPHI 10 13 12 1.528
San JoseSAN 21 19 22 1.528
ColoradoCOL 23 23 20 1.732
LAFCLAFC 6 4 8 2.000
PortlandPOR 9 10 6 2.082
Real Salt LakeRSL 14 11 15 2.082
VancouverVAN 18 14 18 2.309
FC DallasDAL 11 7 11 2.309
SeattleSEA 5 9 4 2.646
LA GalaxyLAG 12 8 13 2.646
Toronto FCTOR 7 16 10 4.583
D.C. UnitedDCU 15 6 7 4.933
ColumbusCLB 8 17 9 4.933