Sporting KC pays for continuous failure

Sporting Kansas City is now winless in its last six games and dropped as many positions in the Sportify Power Rankings – the biggest drop of the week. A 2-0 loss to playoff nemesis Houston Dynamo added to the team’s recent frustrations. Houston snapped its own 6-game winless streak with the win over SKC and moved up in the rankings to the 18th position.

Joining Houston at the bottom of the rankings are the Chicago Fire who did not play over the weekend and D.C. United whose 0-2 home loss to New York City FC cost it four positions.

The biggest climbers after the weekend were two Canadian clubs, each stepping up three positions. Vancouver beat Cascadia Cup rival Portland 2-1 with an all-out assault against goalkeeper Jake Gleeson who made 11 saves. The Whitecaps now sit in 13th place in the rankings. Montreal drew 4-4 in Columbus where an exchange between Crew teammates Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain over who should take a penalty kick changed the momentum of the game. Montreal followed up the Crew sideshow with three goals, including the stoppage time equalizer from Dominic Oduro – his second stoppage time equalizer in three games.

Data provided by Opta


The method: The Elo rating system
Elo ratings are a calculation of performance in head-to-head competitions originally developed for chess. This method has been used to rate a variety of competitions, including soccer. For each team, the calculation considers final scores, margin of victory, home field advantage and strength of schedule.

Sportify builds on existing ELO methodology, improving the season starting rating by using a combination of a proportion of a team’s rating in the previous season and a proportion of the league’s average rating. Wins always add points and losses always deduct points. Unexpected results, such as the upset of a strong team by a lower rated team, cause a greater fluctuation in points compared to “expected” results.