MLS Power Ratings – LAFC, Philadelphia Battle of the Shield; Ponder the grim playoff for the Revs, the Sounders

take a deep breath. It’s time for the international break, and everyone (except for the LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, FC Cincinnati, and Seattle Sounders—surprise!) is about to unwind.

Let’s review our situation: Six athletic teams were eliminated from the playoff competition, six teams took playoff places, LAFC snatched the top seed in the West and three teams have a chance to win the cheerleader’s shield.

This leaves only a few hundred permutations in the roads until the season is over. This break could not have come at a better time, but before we all try to reset our weary brains, let’s sort some of the difference.


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Previous order: 1

Next MLS match: October 1 vs Charlotte, 5:30 p.m. ET

Hmm…didn’t… score? Is this allowed? Of course, they also kept a clean sheet, so they came back from Atlanta with a point.

Previous order: 2

Next MLS match: October 1 against the capital, 7:30 p.m. ET

It shouldn’t be hard to beat Chicago and New England, but we’re at “Wow, didn’t you win more while you grabbed the second seed?” Montreal Rise Stage. Let’s quickly jump into the playoffs and see these guys cook.

Previous order: 3

Next MLS match: October 2 against Portland, 3 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN Sports

Draw in Minnesota and win over Houston puts the Black and Gold in pole position for the Shield two weeks ago, but would you trust them to win the last two weeks and put off Philly?

Previous order: 5

Next MLS match: October 1 vs Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET

They limited Hani Mokhtar to just one goal this time around and got a point for their efforts.

Previous order: 4

Next MLS match: October 19, 1 for 100 AD. Colorado, 3:30 p.m.

After a season full of games in which he dominated things but couldn’t close them for full points, Dallas went to San Jose and stole a game point in his wake. Look at Dallas adding a fun new tool to his belt.

Previous order: 8

Next MLS match: October 2 vs Houston, 8:30 p.m. ET

Nashville will feel it deserves three points, not one, against Austin, but that point is good enough to make him in position for a playoff match at home. Open the shiny gates of GEODIS Park for a playoff game and warm up the venue a bit.

Previous order: 7

Next MLS match: October 1 v Columbus, 7:30 p.m. ET

The atmosphere at Yankee Stadium was too much for the MLS top road team.

Previous order: 10

Next MLS match: October 2 vs LAFC, 3PM ET, ABC/ESPN Deportes

Santiago Moreno’s 95th-minute goal was a burst of euphoria however the Timbers are still likely to miss the playoffs as they are with a play-off. How not every Portland fan is permanently exhausted?

Previous order: 6

Next MLS match: October 1 against San Jose, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN +

A draw against LAFC and a loss to SKC extended the no-win streak to six. Playing San Jose and Vancouver to finish the season should solve those problems, but it could also be the path to permanent unraveling.

Previous order: 11

Next MLS match: October 2 vs New York City, 1 p.m. ET

If they could turn the score around and beat Atlanta and then lose to Toronto, they would have done it, but three is three.

Previous order: 14

Next MLS match: September 27 vs. Seattle, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN +

They won in Salt Lake and may have had another win of the week when the USMNT called up Jordan Morris, but they left Brandon Vasquez at home for their September 27 meeting with Seattle.

Previous order: 9

Next MLS match: October 1 vs Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. ET

The loss to Austin and Sensei is a major blow to their playoff hopes, but they are still three points away from Portland, which they played on the final day of the season. All we cling to is that it is an actual game in the playing field and pure chaos.

Previous order: 12

Next MLS match: October 1 against Red Bull, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Crew has conceded 26 goals this season, and after allowing a late win for Miami and an injury-time draw against Portland, 15 of them came from the points position after the 75th minute. That’s the season, right there.

Previous order: 17

Next MLS match: September 30 against Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Were their victories over Columbus and DC beautiful? Not really, but with the charm of doing it all, and the hard work of Gonzalo Higuain, they are in a position to go through the playoffs.

Previous order: 15th

Next MLS match: September 24 against San Jose, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN +

The galaxy was smoked in Vancouver but beat out Colorado, so where does that leave them? They control their fate in the supplement, with the end of the season against Dynamo. horrifying.

Previous order: 19

Next MLS match: October 2 vs. Seattle, 5 p.m. ET

They beat DC and Minnesota 7-1. The core of William, Agada, Eric Thomey, Gadi Kinda and Alan Pulido next season looks great at the moment, but does the salary cap allow it? Someone launched QuickBooks and found out.

Previous order: 13

Next MLS match: September 30 against Miami, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

The problem with being a team without a defense is sometimes the offense doesn’t travel to Orlando and you lose 4-0 to get an athlete out of the playoffs.

Previous order: 23

Next MLS match: October 1 vs. Austin, 10 p.m. ET

Well, well, well, if it wasn’t for the smell of cold pizza in the morning after beating L.A. and Seattle to keep your playoff hopes alive.

Previous order: 16

Next MLS match: September. 27 vs Cincinnati, 10 p.m. ET ESPN +

The loss to Vancouver ended the Cascadia Cup, and if the Sounders missed the playoffs, it could be because they lost just three points from their regional rivals.

Previous order: 21

Next MLS match: October 1 against New England, 1:30 p.m. ET

Adding to the rules: If you hold Philly without points, you get three points even if you don’t score yourself. Congratulations to Atlanta on those three points, to line up with three points in the middle of the week after beating Orlando.

Previous order: 20

Next MLS match: October 1 vs Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

They won the road game! It was against the catastrophic fire, but you don’t feel vigilant about how you won third place.

Previous order: 22

Next MLS match: October 1 against Dallas, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Beat San Jose, slammed by the galaxy. Rapids shows exactly where it lies in the MLS hierarchy – bad, but not that bad.

Previous order: 24

Next MLS match: October 2 vs. Orlando, 1 p.m. ET

Nick Cushing finally had something to celebrate after winning the Campion’s Cup and the Hudson River Derby.

Previous order: 16

Next MLS match: October 19, 1 for 100 AD. Atlanta, 1:30 p.m.

Bruce Arena was special until it wasn’t. The Revs’ rise in the second half turned into a free fall after losing to Montreal (fine) and Houston (kind of unjustified).

Previous order: 27

Next MLS match: October 2 vs Nashville, 8:30 p.m. ET

Dynamo may not be very good in actual football, but it does look good in Penalty Fest, a new game they and the Revs invented in the middle of the week. Three penalties total, three points over Houston, before losing to LAFC at the weekend.

Previous order: 26

Next MLS match: September 24th vs Galaxy, 10pm ET, ESPN +

A loss in Colorado and a draw against Dallas isn’t a relatively bad week, but Houston had the audacity to win a game and bring down Earthquakes in the west basement. harsh.

Previous order: 25

Next MLS match: October 1 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. ET

A month ago they were in the playoffs. After losing to Montreal and Charlotte, they were athletically eliminated from the post-season and it’s surprising that it took so long.

Previous order: 28

Next MLS match: October 1 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET

SKC and Inter losses? bad. Are there only two games left in this cursed season? Good.