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MLS Power Rankings, Week 9: Draws & Ties

Many teams settled for draws in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

SKC and LA split hard-earned points this week.
SKC and LA split hard-earned points this week.
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When people look back on the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season and want to define certain weeks of league play, they can file this week under the "Nobody Wanted To Win" category. Eight of the 13 matches played this week ended with both teams splitting points. Only the New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers, New York City FC and the Seattle Sounders notched victories last weekend. For the others, it was a series of slugfests that yielded very few points added to the Supporters Shield standings.

This is the time of year where teams really start to separate themselves. By now, you probably have a good idea of who the good teams are. You're only wondering which of those teams is going to make a run. With the 2016 Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 fast approaching, teams will want to gather some more precious points before they lose key players in a couple weeks for upwards of a month. Draws are okay for now, but pretty soon fans will want their teams adding 3 points to their total and not just one.

Most of the Top 10 remains relatively unchanged this week, with the LA Galaxy remaining at number one. Our beloved D.C. United fall a spot this week to #15, while the new basement dwellers is the Houston Dynamo. And now, it's your turn to give us your thoughts. Who's slotted too high? Who's too low? Where do you place the Black-and-Red? Hit up the comments and let's hear ya!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

LA Galaxy

1

15

8

Hard fought draw against KC.

2

Colorado Rapids

2

17

9

Drew in Montreal, now atop the Supporters Shield standings.

3

Real Salt Lake

5

17

8

Sneak out a victory against Houston.

4

San Jose Earthquakes

4

15

9

Drew against Philly. Last year that would be a bad thing…this year, not so much.

5

FC Dallas

3

17

10

They got everything terrible handed to them in their loss in Harrison, but still among the best in MLS.

6

Montreal Impact

6

14

9

Two draws this week: @NYC and home against the Rapids.

7

Sporting Kansas City

7

14

10

Two 1-1 draws against Vancouver and LA.

8

Philadelphia Union

9

13

8

Battled San Jose to a stalemate.

9

Portland Timbers

13

12

9

Held off Toronto to get the victory at home.

10

Toronto FC

8

11

8

Not a bad loss against Portland, but probably wanted that draw.

11

Vancouver Whitecaps

10

11

10

Drew KC and then lost to NYC.

12

Orlando City

11

10

8

They got the draw in New England.

13

New York Red Bulls

17

9

9

A complete dismantling of Dallas…they’re heating up now.

14

New England Revolution

12

10

10

Frustrating match against Orlando and they finish with the tie.

15

D.C. United

14

10

9

Shouldn’t have left Chicago with only 1 point.

16

New York City FC

18

10

9

Wild victory against the ‘Caps and a draw of l’Impact at home.

17

Seattle Sounders

19

10

8

Got the W at home against Columbus.

18

Chicago Fire

20

7

7

Held DC to a draw in terrible weather conditions.

19

Columbus Crew SC

15

8

8

Went to Seattle and left with another loss.

20

Houston Dynamo

16

5

8

Fewest points in MLS right now, so they inherit the deuce-zero spot.