LA Galaxy holds strong as Colorado challenges for top position

After 11 weeks, the LA Galaxy maintains the top of the Sportify Power Rankings. The Colorado Rapids are top-of-the league table but second in the rankings having extended a 7-game lossless run with a win and a draw in its two games this past week. FC Dallas climbed four positions to number 3 with its fourth ever win against the Seattle Sounders.

The biggest jump this week is Vancouver’s move from the 13th position to the 4th, where it joins the two other Canadian teams with an equal number of points. The Whitecaps defeated Toronto FC in Toronto’s second game at home since returning from an eight-game road trip. The 3-4 win for the visitors included a brace and one assist each from Kekutah Manneh and Sebastian Giovinco. Jozy Altidore missed the chance to score his first goal of the season when he saw his penalty attempt denied by goalkeeper David Ousted. Altidore’s hamstring troubles continue, as Toronto confirmed Altidore will be out for 6 to 8 weeks, including Copa América Centenario, due to an injury he suffered in Saturday’s game.

The Portland Timbers plunged eight positions after suffering a 1-2 loss at home to NYCFC. The defending champions lost the three points and their goal scorer Fanned Adi to injury. In turn, NYCFC rose five positions with its third consecutive win of the season. D.C., Houston and Chicago continue their game of musical chairs at the bottom of the rankings.

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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.