Crunchy Power Rankings: Week 7

Benny Feilhaber's mustache is 40% responsible for Sporting's success - John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

As winter gives way to spring, we bring some crunch to the MLS team form conversation.

As promised, an updated power rankings as we're well into month two of MLS play.

In the first rankings in Week 4, the Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City were sitting at the top with a large gap between them and the next pack of teams in the 50s. That hasn't changed much this week with those two teams still at the top, though the next pack has improved up into the 60s. Despite a run of three winless games earlier in the season, Sporting haven't conceded a goal in 4 matches and are dominating their games statistically. The Galaxy are the only MLS team without a loss, though their schedule has been pretty light. In two weeks the teams face each other in Carson in what should be a pretty entertaining match.

Here's the full table this week:

Team Duels Box Shots Off
Pass %
Recoveries Total
Sporting Kansas City 9.06 6.81 14.3 7.72 92
(+10)
3rd 2nd 1st 1st
LA Galaxy -0.3 8.3 13.05 7.34 88
(+10)
12th 1st 2nd 2nd
FC Dallas 2.63 1.72 4.4 6.39 67
(+16)
6th 5th 6th 3rd
New York Red Bulls 0.04 4.48 9.71 0.9 66
(+9)
11th 3rd 3rd 9th
Portland Timbers 1.89 1.14 5.66 2.75 60
(+5)
8th 7th 5th 5th
Columbus Crew 15.17 0.65 -0.82 -1.62 55
(+8)
1st 8th 9th 14th
Houston Dynamo 0.84 2.95 -8.08 1.52 51
(+7)
10th 4th 17th 6th
Real Salt Lake -7.69 1.57 4.18 -0.18 49
(+7)
17th 6th 7th 10th
Chicago Fire 9.41 -3.65 -9.69 3.82 45
(+13)
2nd 16th 19th 4th
Seattle Sounders FC 2.34 -4.65 3.34 1.36 44
(-2)
7th 18th 8th 7th
San Jose Earthquakes -2.85 0.57 -8.09 1.11 43
(+2)
14th 9th 16th 8th
Vancouver Whitecaps -5.77 -3.33 8.79 -0.44 43
(-8)
15th 15th 4th 11th
Montreal Impact -2.42 -2.87 -6.82 -0.91 34
(-17)
13th 13th 14th 12th
Philadelphia Union -8.61 -0.21 -8.53 -1.84 33
(-1)
18th 10th 18th 15th
Chivas USA -13.57 -1.98 -2.92 -2.07 31
(+1)
19th 12th 11th 16th
Colorado Rapids 4.12 -1.78 -1.84 -8.57 30
(-26)
4th 11th 10th 18th
New England Revolution 1.06 -2.97 -4.53 -5.54 29
(-13)
9th 14th 12th 17th
D.C. United -7.11 -7.42 -6.67 -1.11 22
(-25)
16th 19th 13th 13th
Toronto FC 2.8 -4 -7.58 -11.43 17
(+1)
5th 17th 15th 19th

The largest absolute gain was by Dallas who gained 16 points to climb from 6th to 3rd. They haven't lost since the last update, though they've had a pretty cake schedule against Toronto and New England, two of the bottom three teams in the rankings. Their match this week against the Galaxy should be a better test. The biggest fall was by Colorado, who dropped 26 points. They picked up their first win of the season last week thanks to a penalty save by stand-in keeper Clint Irwin. They also have a rough schedule coming up at Chivas, versus Seattle, and at Houston.

The biggest deviation with the real standings is probably New York, who the CPR rate as the 4th best team but are currently out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls only have one win, but they also haven't lost by more than 1 goal all season and their schedule has been one of the more difficult in the league. That doesn't change over the next few weeks as they have two consecutive road games and then a home date with Sporting, so they should feel pretty good about treading water until May when the schedule lightens up.

In the other direction, the Seattle Sounders are at the bottom of the real standings but are rated as a mid-table team by the CPR. They're a decent team by most stats, but it shouldn't be a surprise that the one statistic that looks really bad for them is net shots in the box, where they're second to bottom in the league. The Sounders have been decent in possession and defense, but have really struggled to generate offensive chances after the loss of Fredy Montero.

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