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In which we take a deep breath and try to do better than throwing darts to find out who’s hot and who isn’t.

MLS: Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

So here we are, 20.588% done with the season already. Why is that significant? It’s probably not, but things do seem like they’re starting to shake out a little bit. Off the top of my head, as bad as Minnesota is, it looks like they may avoid being labeled the worst team of all time, despite their astounding 3.4 goals against per game average. Which makes Philadelphia’s troubles that much more amazing. They’re on pace to hit just nine or ten points this season. That’s just... wow.

Portland? Still very good, and Dallas too. Columbus have turned some heads, and even Chicago look to be contenders, with Bastian Schweinsteiger maybe not looking like so silly of an addition after all.

So with that said, how do things stack up in the good ole Excel spreadsheet? Like this.

Week 7 Power Rankings

Rank Team Points Wins Losses Draws Trend
Rank Team Points Wins Losses Draws Trend
1 Portland Timbers 13 4 2 1
2 FC Dallas 11 3 0 2
3 Columbus Crew 13 4 2 1 up
4 Houston Dynamo 10 3 2 1 down
5 Atlanta United 8 2 2 2
6 Orlando City 12 5 4 1 up
7 Sporting Kansas City 12 3 0 3 up
8 New York City FC 10 3 2 1
9 New York Red Bull 10 3 3 1
10 Chicago Fire 11 3 1 2 up
11 San Jose Earthquakes 8 2 2 2
12 Toronto FC 7 1 1 4 down
13 New England Revolution 7 2 3 1
14 Seattle Sounders 6 1 2 3 down
15 Colorado Rapids 4 1 3 1 down
16 Vancouver White Caps 7 2 3 1
17 DC United 7 2 3 1
18 LA Galaxy 6 2 4 0
19 Real Salt Lake 7 2 3 2 up
20 Montreal Impact 6 1 2 3
21 Minnesota United 5 1 4 2
22 Philadelphia Union 2 0 4 2 down

As before, I’ve added the trend column to note that the “model” tends to have a bit of lag in it as it’s a weighted, moving average, taking into account both recent and season long performance. So Sporting Kansas City move up to seventh and likely trending higher, though the trip to Dallas may be daunting. Portland lose but don’t drop from the top. Minnesota finally out of the basement, and LA, Seattle, and Colorado seem to be fading.

Is this the year the end of the “West > East” cliche? Teams in the East are averaging slightly more points per game than teams in the West, but just barely (1.39 in the East vs. 1.34 in the West). I’d need to really dive in and see how they stack up head to head, but that could emerge as an interesting talking point this season. If you find that interesting.

Sporting wise, as mentioned, the game against Dallas is going to be a big one, so tune in next time to find out what the fallout is. Until then; courage.