MLS Power Rankings – How far can NYCFC and Vancouver fall as Atlanta and Charlotte climb?

Warning: The playoff race in Major League Soccer is actually narrowing.

It was about a month late, but we finally have an idea of ​​what the playoff race will be like. The bottom teams are realistically eliminated if not eliminated mathematically, and we know which teams are really fighting for a postseason spot.

In the East, the New England Revolution has a great chance to jump over the line and Inter Miami are still clinging to their puncher’s chance. In the west, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders are desperate to make their way into the playoffs and could make it.

This is the playoff race. It makes sense. It is reasonable to pursue. It doesn’t require hundreds of permutations. It’s a real fight. We finally understand what it looks like. And the whole league? Let’s classify them.

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Previous placement: 1

Next MLS game: Saturday vs. Atlanta United, 3:30 p.m. ET

Can you score just five goals to beat Orlando? you slide.


Previous placement: 2

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Another week, another comeback, this time against Columbus with a draw. But if it wanted to stop needing comebacks so often, that would probably be a good idea.


Previous placement: 3

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

LAFC lost – again. And that’s bad. But the one thing you can really take away from the Dallas loss is that getting a red card in the 13th minute isn’t a good move because it basically decided the game right there. So no more red cards in the 13th minute, okay?


Previous placement: 5

Next MLS game: Saturday vs. San Jose, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Paul Arriola was rightly praised for his clever and quick free-kick that set up Dallas’ equalizer in their 2-1 win over LAFC, but boy is Jesús Ferreira’s finish absurdly good. He’s at the point now where he handles with such ease that sometimes you miss how difficult some of them are.



Jesus Ferreira scores twice to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over LAFC.


Previous placement: 4

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. Real Salt Lake, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Remember when the Verde cemented their position as cup contenders by beating LAFC? They have since lost three straight games with an 8-1 aggregate score after Seattle treated them over the weekend. That’s not very contender-y.


Previous placement: 6

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. LAFC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Losing at Portland isn’t a concern, especially with Emanuel Reynoso out, but three straight losses – all without a goal – are.


Previous placement: 7

Next MLS game: Saturday vs NYCFC, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+

While the red-hot Union is in the spotlight, the Red Bulls are slowly gaining momentum. An extremely rare home win against the Revs gives them 13 points from their last six games.


Previous placement: 8th

Next MLS game: Saturday vs. Austin, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Clearly, NPCs have been badly beaten by the Galaxy, but sometimes teams are in great form, so the gods look upon them kindly, leaving teams with an undeserved point. Nashville is currently the proud owner of one.


Previous placement: 9

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. Austin, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The problem with being the team that conjures up wins is that sometimes you run out of power, so drag DC home.


Previous placement: 13

Next MLS game: Sunday vs. Columbus, 1 p.m. ET

Are the Timbers the team that has won four straight games and has the best results in the West? Or is the team constantly in tight games, riding an untenable streak of one-goal wins? After beating Minnesota 1-0, they are not only a playoff team, but also one with a chance to secure home field advantage and open the playoffs.


Previous placement: 10

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. Atlanta, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+

There’s no good way to lose 5-1, but they were in Philly so it was really a question of how much pain the Lions would be put through.




Previous placement: 11

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs Inter Miami, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Get a point in Montreal? Excellent. Missing a late two-goal lead? Very bad. Split the difference and the crew gets a passing grade, which their parents have made clear isn’t good enough.


Previous placement: 12

Next MLS game: Saturday vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

It was probably always too little, too late, when TFC signed Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne. Not only did it have a huge hole to the east to climb out of, the defenses certainly wouldn’t help build the ladder. And after losing 4-2 to Atlanta, we can safely say TFC is done.


Previous placement: 14

Next MLS game: Saturday vs. Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Luciano Acosta scored, which was nice, but more impressive was his three assists in the 6-0 win over San Jose that put him 18th this season.



FC Cincinnati’s Brenner finishes the game with three goals in the second half.


Previous placement: fifteen

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs Whitecaps, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Statistically, Chicharito is an unbearably bad penalty taker. A week ago, the Galaxy missed three points because of a hilarious and badly hit Panenka. What have you done this week? They made him take another. That’s why they left Nashville with one point instead of three and were able to watch the playoffs from home because they kept giving Chicahrito penalties they knew not to take.


Previous placement: 18

Next MLS game: Saturday vs Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Just when you think you’re finally out with the 2022 Sounders, they cheer Austin and suck you right back in.


Previous placement: 16

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. Columbus Crew, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Inter’s miserable away record was hit again, this time in the hostile environs of Chicago’s SeatGeek Stadium.


Previous placement: 17

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Revs’ playoff chances took a big hit with the loss to the Red Bulls, but three of their last four games are against teams that weren’t in the playoff race and the fourth is at home. Three points with four points to play and they’re the favorites? Honestly, they could be.



Lewis Morgan gave the Red Bulls the lead with a penalty in the 78th minute.


Previous placement: 20

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. DC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

There is something at SKC that is having its worst season ever under Peter Vermes, traveling to Houston for the first game since the Dynamo fired Paulo Nagamura, Jimmy Nielsen and Chris Martinez, all of whom had long histories with Vermes at Kansas City. I have no idea what that is, but that boring goalless draw SKC played for is probably one of them.


Previous placement: 22

Next MLS game: Saturday vs. Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

To be clear, Charlotte won’t make the playoffs, but there are four games left in a season where her manager basically threw the roster under the bus last season, every designated player underperforming, a Mid-season managerial changes and a complete inability to play away and after defeating NYCFC it’s still mathematically alive for the postseason. Charlotte’s kids will be playing meaningful games in the postseason. As far as disaster season goes, this one is decidedly non-catastrophic.


Previous placement: 23

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. Orlando, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The answer to the Five Stripes’ longstanding problem of “Who will be the top scorer?” is … JJ Purata? Nothing says a season of confusion like your centre-back becoming the goalscorer you’ve been looking for with a hat-trick to beat Toronto.



Juan José Purata heats up Atlanta United FC with a hat trick


Previous placement: 24

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. San Jose, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Rapids beat the Caps and confirmed they would be a pretty competitive team if they could play every game at home against non-competitors.


Previous placement: 19

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. LA Galaxy, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Kudos to the caps who haven’t been afraid to try many things this season. Players, formations, styles – they’ve tried everything. Unfortunately, none of them worked very well, just as nothing worked in a loss to Colorado.


Previous placement: 21

Next MLS game: Saturday vs Red Bulls, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+

In another edition of “It’s a shame they started the season so well because this team absolutely doesn’t deserve a place in the playoffs,” NYCFC lost to a Charlotte team that played more than half an hour with 10 men.


Previous placement: 26

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

They beat Miami and are technically still in the playoff race. That’s very good. But they also avoided playing a day later during it Chicago was flooded. That’s very good.


Previous placement: 25

Next MLS game: Wednesday vs. Colorado, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Quakes are (and have been) at a point in the season where one can only hope their losses are competitive. Well, 6-0 to Cincy isn’t competitive.


Previous placement: 27

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. Revs, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

For years, Houston versus Kansas City was a battle for a spot in the MLS Cup. On Saturday it was a chance to make a very long list of what Pat Onstad did wrong in 2022 – a list that wasn’t complete when the referee called off a goalless draw.


Previous placement: 28

Next MLS game: Tuesday vs. Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

After a draw at RSL, DC’s results under Wayne Rooney aren’t really any better than before, but it just feels better, doesn’t it? And after the start of the season, it’s all about better vibes. MLS Power Rankings – How far can NYCFC and Vancouver fall as Atlanta and Charlotte climb?

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