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MLS Power Rankings, Week 15: Stuck in idle

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The lack of action this weekend in Major League Soccer left people searching for entertainment elsewhere in this week's Power Rankings.

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People who were excited at a weekend full of Major League Soccer matches, particularly after the plethora of matches over the past few weeks, probably logged onto their MLS Live accounts to find...very little.  With only 5 MLS matches last weekend, the word of Week 15 was "idle."  10 teams sat the week out, leaving the other half of the league to try and provide entertainment for fans who were already getting it from the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2015 Copa America, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers and UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers, among others.

I'll never understand this part of the schedule.  There were opportunities for teams to play games.  Only Vancouver's stadium is being used for another competition at this point (BMO Field is not being used for the Women's World Cup and the Montreal venue is Olympic Stadium), so it's kind of perplexing that half the teams in the league got to watch soccer while the other half played.  As the summer months begin, the schedule is going to have more gaps like this, and it's something that the league will need to address to maintain consistency.  You don't want to lose the casual fans by not having games on a weekend where they were probably itching to go to one.

As for the rankings, with half the league on vacation, it was only fair to rate the half that did play.  The Black & Red, fresh off their loss to Orlando, drops from the top spot and replaced by Seattle, a team who has bounced in and out of the top spot multiple times this year.  And, since Montreal let NYCFC walk all over them, they drop back down to the basement.

Now, it's your turn.  What did you think of the lack of games this weekend?  Is your new favorite word "idle?"  Is D.C. still among the top 2 teams in MLS?  Hit up the comments and let us know!

Rank


Team


LW


Points


GP


Comment


1

Seattle Sounders

2

29

15

Destruction of Dallas, tops in MLS.

2

D.C. United

1

28

17

Probably should have drew, but the loss sends them falling from the top.

3

Vancouver Whitecaps

3

26

16

Idle.

4

Sporting Kansas City

4

24

14

Idle.

5

New England Revolution

6

24

16

Smashes Chicago in a game that wasn’t really close.

6

LA Galaxy

7

22

17

LA keeps getting results, but they’re still inconsistent.

7

Portland Timbers

8

22

15

Idle.

8

San Jose Earthquakes

9

19

14

Idle.

9

FC Dallas

5

22

15

It’s official…FCD is in a free fall.

10

Columbus Crew SC

11

17

15

A nice draw of LA at home. Points will continue to come.

11

Toronto FC

10

19

12

Idle.

12

Houston Dynamo

12

20

15

Idle.

13

New York Red Bulls

13

17

13

Idle.

14

Real Salt Lake

15

18

15

Idle.

15

New York City FC

20

14

15

Whoa, some timely offense sends them climbing out of the cellar.

16

Orlando City

17

20

15

Yea, I’m still salty, so all I’ll say is…they won.

17

Philadelphia Union

18

15

16

Idle.

18

Colorado Rapids

19

14

14

Idle.

19

Chicago Fire

16

14

14

They’re not really very good at soccer.

20

Montreal Impact

14

14

11

They lost to NYCFC? Back to the cellar you go.