MLS Power Rankings going into Week 23

A Clint Dempsey hat-trick against Orlando City SC last Sunday gave the Seattle Sounders a five position boost to #12 in the Sportify Power Rankings. Thanks to one assist from Tyrone Mears and two more from 21-year-old Jordan Morris, Dempsey now has six goals on 4.85 xG (19th best in the league) for Seattle this season.

FC Dallas are back on top with the second best xG difference (+5.82 net), followed by the LA Galaxy with +4.93 net xG for fourth best in the league. Sporting Kansas City is first in net xG with 9.03.

Week 23 starts tonight at 11 p.m. PST as the Vancouver Whitecaps host the San Jose Earthquakes. Watch live on UniMás in the US, TSN in Canada.

Here is the full list for Week 22:

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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.