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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 22

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MLS playoffs begin. Bethlehem out of USL playoffs. Philadelphia exits with a statistically complete performance.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 15

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Portland wins the NWSL. Bethlehem makes the playoffs but with the hardest first round match-up. Philadelphia slides a bit in power rankings for what that means.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia is officially out. Bethlehem has nearly in the playoffs though. NWSL on to the finals.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia playoff odds climb past a whole percentage point thanks to NYRB stumbles. Bethlehem stumbles put them in jeopardy of making USL playoffs. NWSL playoffs about to begin.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 24

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Philadelphia holds steady in playoff odds. Bethlehem moves closer to their playoffs. NWSL playoff teams are set with one week to go.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 17

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Philadelphia survives mathematically with a statistically lucky draw. Bethlehem inches closer to the USL playoffs. Final USOC forecast for tonights match.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 10

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Philadelphia's odds at playoffs remains above zero but barely

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 3

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Bethlehem Steel odds increase a bit. New York City FC effectively clinch playoff spot to join Toronto in SEBA 100 percent club.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 27

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Philadelphia playoffs chances edge closer to zero, Bethlehem playoff chances closer to 50/50 now, but hey, we added some historical Union plus/minus player analysis.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 24)

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While Patrick Vieira may have already conceded first place in the Eastern Conference to Toronto FC, the race to top the Western Conference remains wide open.

Sporting Kansas City's victory over FC Dallas sent a clear message that Peter Vermes' squad is ready to fight for first in the East, even without Dom Dwyer or a replacement.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 20

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Philadelphia's last-minute loss of two points continues to decline the Union's weak playoff odds. Tonight's @ Toronto match doesn't provide great odds.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 6

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The Union improve slightly in this week's SEBA updates.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 30

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Philadelphia's playoff chances actually increase a bit, but nowhere near as far as they need to. Bethlehem shows its belly and joins the fray of teams fighting for playoff slots.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 23

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Philadelphia's chances at the playoffs take a steep dive. The USMNT has a very winnable Gold Cup final, even against Andre Blake.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 16

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The USA moves on to the quarter-finals, and the U.S. Open Cup makes progress.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 9

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Philadelphia keeps pace with expectations, but still needs to over-perform to make a serious push at playoffs. Gold Cup projections are thrown in as a bonus for those interested.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 2

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New SEBA projections. Union chances improve a little, but power ranking improves a lot, as the model still tries to figure out what to think of Philadelphia.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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Toronto FC strengthened its hold on the top spot in MLS, but the Chicago Fire continue to look like TFC's best competition for standing as the best team in the league.

TFC added another Canadian Championship trophy on Tuesday, following up an impressive win against New England to continue a season that is looking more and more like one that could end with an MLS Cup.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 24

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Philadelphia's odds improve, but are still in a deep hole. Chicago stays on top.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 18

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Philadelphia's playoffs chances continue to crash. Also, the USOC chances get bleak due to unlucky draw.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 11

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Despite only a few games this week, Philadelphia's chances continue to decline a little bit.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 4

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Chicago at the top of the power rankings. Philadelphia continues declining. They'll need to pull at least 7 points from the next three home matches to improve their playoffs outlook.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 28

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Philadelphia moves up in power rankings but down in playoff chances. Toronto is back on top.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 21

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Philadelphia moves up to 7th in SEBA's power rankings. NYCFC takes the top spot overall. USOC second round is complete with the fourth round draw decided.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 14

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Philadelphia jumps up to 10th in Power Rankings. Toronto takes 1st. U.S. Open Cup 1st round is finished and the 3rd round draw is complete.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 7

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Philadelphia climbs out of last in the power rankings and moves in the right direction towards improving playoff odds.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 30

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 30. Orlando takes over 1st place in power rankings. Philly needs to bank a win before it can move out of the cellar.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 23

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 23

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

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With week eight of MLS action wrapped up, things remain at the status quo at the very top and very bottom of this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.

FC Dallas secured their top spot with gusto, dispatching their immediate competition in second-place Sporting Kansas City in a strong, defensive 1-0 win.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 16

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 16

Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 9

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Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 9

Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 2

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Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 2

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through March 26

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through March 26

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 1)

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Part of the beauty of MLS is that for all the offseason predictions, once the matches begin, anything can happen.

Just ask the Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders. The reigning MLS Cup champions had their thrones rocked by a team that finished next-to-last in 2016, as the Dynamo captured a 2-1 victory thanks to Erick 'Cubo' Torres beautiful free kick and a debut goal from Romell Quioto.

MLS Power Rankings: Week 26

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Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. The back and forth between conference leaders Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake continued this week with SKC [...]

MLS Power Rankings: Week 25

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Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. The New York Red Bulls spent just a week at No. 1 as they lost to the Columbus Crew [...]

MLS Power Rankings: Week 24

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Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. The New York Red Bulls moved into first place in the Power Rankings for the first time this season [...]

MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

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Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. Does anyone want to win the Supporters' Shield this year? The top four teams in last week's Power Rankings [...]

MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

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Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. The showdown between the top two teams in our Power Rankings lived up to the hype with Sporting Kansas [...]