MLS Power Rankings: Messi’s Inter Miami takes the top spot

MLS Power Rankings: Messi’s Inter Miami takes the top spot

We have ranked the best to worst teams in the middle of the MLS season. The Power rankings are derived from a number of key season statistics, Opta data, and teams who have done a few interesting things in this campaign. Let’s take a look at the latest MLS Power Rankings.

1. Inter Miami CF

For the first time this season, Lionel Messi played on turf on Saturday and dominated the Revs in a 4-1 victory. It was a fantastic weekend for Inter Miami, with Robert Taylor and Leo Campana returning and new signing Matias Rojas making his debut.

2. New York Red Bulls

The Red Bulls have managed three draws in their last three games and are trailing just four points behind Inter Miami. It hurts to lose points at home. The Red Bulls played well against the Caps, but their 59% possession didn’t result in many opportunities. This group is still attempting to reconcile its urgent beliefs with a more methodical approach.

3. FC Cincinnati

The Canadian club are still one of the top teams across the league. The first goal by Lucho Acosta and the second goal, which came from a beautiful left-sided exchange, made Cincy’s victory over Colorado look like it was from 2023. Once more, Aaron Boupendza started this game on the bench. The Gabon international is hoping that Kevin Kelsy, the recently rumoured striker signee, will be the right partner for him.

4. LAFC

Was it possible for LAFC to win three points versus Portland? Mmm-hmm. Right now, Denis Bouanga appears inevitable, but if a guy shoots seven times in a single game, I guess most players are inevitable too. Eventually, they secured a 3-2 win vs Portland.

5. Columbus Crew

The reigning champions are looking most likely to earn the first trophy of 2024. However, Since March 23, the Columbus Crew has not won a league game other than a point.

6. Real Salt Lake

They are one of the most consistent teams. RSL defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday to eliminate the final undefeated team in the league. Real Salt Lake had a first-half advantage thanks to poor goalkeeping from the Union, but points are points.

7. Vancouver Whitecaps

Although the Caps fall a few points in the standings considering the outcomes for some of the other elite MLS teams, a road point in New Jersey is still a noteworthy achievement. However, Vancouver appears ready to keep playing because of manager Vanni Sartini’s flexible 3-4-3 formation, which places Ryan Gauld in an excellent position.

8. Philadelphia Union

Andre Blake—whoa. The Jamaican’s howler, who has always been a reliable option in the back, put Philly in a difficult situation against Real Salt Lake. The Union suffered their first league defeat of the year on Saturday as a result of playing with a step slowness for almost the whole game.

9. Atlanta United FC

Atlanta managed to score enough points to be competitive in the Windy City, but was unable to complete despite Thiago Almada’s excellent work. It’s difficult to believe that anyone in Atlanta is overjoyed with the outcome in Chicago.

10. LA Galaxy

MLS’ most storied franchise have slumped to the fourth position and have officially earned the title of being the league’s most entertaining team after their 4-3 win over San Jose.

11. Minnesota United

Another week, a new look for Minnesota United under Eric Ramsay. In their victory over SKC, the Loons played a fantastic 3-5-2 formation, starting breakout player Tani Oluwaseyi in the front line with Teemu Pukki.

12. New York City FC

They are the youngest team in MLS and have registered wins in their past three games.

13. D.C. United

Christian Benteke had a sensational start to 2024 and has already scored eight goals this season.

14. Colorado Rapids

Despite a defeat to FC Cincinnati, the Colorado Rapids showed glimpses of promise, particularly in their attacking press.

15. Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo’s loss to FC Dallas was marred by an early red card, exposing vulnerabilities in their defensive structure.

16. St. Louis City SC

St. Louis City SC had a bye week, providing an opportunity to regroup and strategize for upcoming matches.

17. Charlotte FC

It has been an impressive run under manager Dean Smith on the East Coast but their lack of goals has been concerning.

18. CF Montréal

Since the start of the campaign, Montreal are fighting an uphill battle with both strikers Matías Cóccaro and Josef Martínez out injured.

19. Toronto FC

Prince Owusu has scored in each of the past four games but the squad looks lifeless without an injured Lorenzo Insigne.

20. Orlando City

Orlando City’s struggles to create chances in attack have led to inconsistent performances, highlighted in their loss to Toronto FC.

21. Austin FC

Austin FC’s improved attacking displays provide hope for better results, despite conceding goals against the LA Galaxy.

22. Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders’ disciplinary issues and inconsistent form have contributed to their drop in the rankings, despite a recent win over CF Montréal.

23. Portland Timbers

The Portland Timbers’ defensive frailties have been exposed in recent matches, leading to a concerning run of conceding multiple goals.

24. Sporting Kansas City

They had more than 70,000 people come out to watch their game against Inter Miami.

25. FC Dallas

FC Dallas capitalized on Houston Dynamo’s early red card to secure a victory, but questions remain about their overall performance.

26. Nashville SC

Nashville were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions Cup by Inter Miami, defeated 5-0 by LAFC and with only one win on the season.

27. Chicago Fire

The Fire are still lacking goals as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Atlanta United.

28. San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes’ new DP signing Hernán López offers hope for improvement, despite missing their recent match against Nashville SC.

29. New England Revolution

The Caleb Porter era has gotten off to a slow start as the Revs have scored just seven goals in nine games.

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