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Week 22 MLS Mathematical Power Rankings - now with more Chart!

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Sanna Nyassi and the Rapids are the League's Hottest Team This Week, winning 4 of their last 5 (and tying the 5th).
Sanna Nyassi and the Rapids are the League's Hottest Team This Week, winning 4 of their last 5 (and tying the 5th).

Another week in the books. Big wins for DC and Colorado saw them leapfrog a few spots up the table, while a draw has left the Red Bulls facing the prospect of falling behind Toronto. Let that sink in for a minute - it'll still be hilarious. The defending champs are on an absolute tear - taking nearly 87% of the available points from their last 5 - and have to be considered the League's Hottest Team This Week. Lots of midweek games and double-slates this week, so there's the potential for a lot of movement in Week 23.

Here's your Week 22 MLS Power Rankings:

Full Table

GP

Pts

PPG

L5

Pwr

Last Wk

after games of Aug 14

Pwr

Pos

1

Los Angeles Galaxy

25

48

1.92

2.40

.680

(.680)

(1)

2

Colorado Rapids

26

40

1.54

2.60

.601

(.537)

(5)

3

Seattle Sounders F.C.

25

42

1.68

2.00

.587

(.594)

(2)

4

FC Dallas

25

43

1.72

1.60

.563

(.571)

(4)

5

Columbus Crew

24

37

1.54

1.80

.535

(.486)

(6)

6

Real Salt Late

22

36

1.64

1.20

.509

(.579)

(3)

7

DC United

22

30

1.36

1.60

.474

(.455)

(9)

8

Philadelphia Union

23

34

1.48

1.20

.470

(.475)

(7)

9

Sporting Kansas City

23

30

1.30

1.60

.459

(.459)

(8)

10

Houston Dynamo

24

31

1.29

1.60

.456

(.438)

(11)

11

Chivas USA

24

30

1.25

1.60

.446

(.449)

(10)

12

Portland Timbers

23

26

1.13

1.00

.366

(.429)

(12)

13

New York Red Bulls

25

31

1.24

0.60

.360

(.346)

(13)

14

Toronto FC

26

23

0.88

1.00

.304

(.233)

(18)

15

N.E. Revolution

24

21

0.88

1.00

.302

(.312)

(15)

16

San Jose Earthquakes

24

25

1.04

0.40

.294

(.322)

(14)

17

Vancouver Whitecaps

24

18

0.75

0.80

.254

(.262)

(16)

18

Chicago Fire

23

20

0.87

0.40

.251

(.249)

(17)

After the jump, we'll debut another feature - a chart of each team's running points total by game. I know - I'm excited, too.

The idea behind this chart is to look at each team's progress without regard for games played date - MLS' scheduling being all crazy and creating 4-game discrepancies between different teams. So it logs each game played as a win, loss or draw and then charts it accordingly. The easiest way to think about it is as a points "curve" - if Team A's curve is above/left of Team B's, that bodes well for A's chances to finish ahead of B. I'm a bit rushed this morning, so I'll leave the insights to you folks in the comments (click for a larger version).

Week_22_medium

EDIT: Quick insights into the chart. The Galaxy are running away and hiding at the head of the pack. You can see the reason for Colorado's jump in the Power Rankings - they were essentially lumped in with Houston and San Jose before winning four of five. Look who was in last place 11 games into the season - now look at the Sporks in the standings; quite the turnaround. The Eastern Conference is totally up for grabs: only 4 points separate DC from Columbus' pace-setting mark through 22 games. (We're going to ignore for the moment the fact that there are four Western Conference teams who are ahead of the Crew through the same 22-game mark.)

Let's hear it - surprised to see Colorado sitting second in the rankings? How long before the Reds hop the Red Bulls (at least on the Power Rankings)? Will anybody catch the Galaxy (in the Power Rankings or the standings)?