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MLS Power Rankings, Week 16: Back to business

MLS returns to action in this week's Power Rankings.

Sporting Kansas City came out firing after the Copa break.
Sporting Kansas City came out firing after the Copa break.
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Welcome back, MLS! After a two week break for the Copa America Centenario group stages, coupled with the U.S. Open Cup and Canadian Championship, MLS teams were a bit hungover from the break in action, and for some of them it showed. Some teams were the same team that we left a couple weeks ago on vacation, while some are still showing their class among the rest of the league.

Now, we’ve reached the busy time of the calendar. We’re in the 2nd half of the season, Open Cup matches will come every couple weeks, and many teams have some midweek matches coming up, all in the heat of summer. Can teams handle the pressure? Can they get back into the swing of things? Also, the second transfer window is about to open, so only time will tell whether some teams look to either send talent abroad or bring in some international talent.

The Colorado Rapids remain at the top spot, while the Chicago Fire will keep their spot at the bottom. Your beloved D.C. United moves up a spot to 16th after the draw last weekend against Houston. But, now let's hear from you. Who in your mind is poised to be hot over the next few weeks? Who's not coming out quick on the restart? The comments are open for your thoughts!

Rank

Team

LW

Points

GP

Comment

1

Colorado Rapids

1

31

15

They pick up where they left off by beating Chicago

2

San Jose Earthquakes

4

21

15

Good game back and forth, and they leave with a draw.

3

LA Galaxy

5

21

14

Traveled to Toronto and left with 0 points.

4

FC Dallas

2

28

17

Forgot that the break was over, go down to Sporting.

5

Philadelphia Union

3

23

15

Go down to NYC on the road.

6

New York Red Bulls

7

22

15

They keep playing hot.

7

Real Salt Lake

8

24

14

Battled to a stalemate against Portland.

8

Montreal Impact

6

20

14

Listless in a scoreless draw with Columbus.

9

Portland Timbers

10

20

16

A 2-2 draw keeps them in the hunt.

10

Vancouver Whitecaps

9

21

16

Can’t let points leave with the visitor.

11

Sporting Kansas City

13

21

17

They easily dispatch Dallas.

12

Toronto FC

12

19

14

Good effort to beat LA at home.

13

Orlando City

11

17

14

Fought hard to preserve a 2-2 draw against San Jose.

14

New England Revolution

14

19

15

Travel to the far Pacific NW to beat Vancouver.

15

New York City FC

16

21

16

They won one at home! Against Philly, no less!

16

D.C. United

17

17

15

Bill Hamid is our savior.

17

Seattle Sounders

15

16

14

They got rocked by the Red Bulls.

18

Houston Dynamo

18

14

15

Couldn’t get past the Wall of Hamid in a scoreless draw with United.

19

Columbus Crew SC

19

15

14

Held to scoreless draw against Montreal.

20

Chicago Fire

20

11

13

Their losing continues.