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Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through March 12

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* As I will be on vacation next week with limited access to my computer/programs, there will not be a new forecast next week. I will run it for over-time-graph purposes, but the next published forecast will be on the 29th. Below are the updated season forecasts using data [...]

Updated MLS SEBA projections through March 5

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Updated SEBA rankings & projections through March 5th, 2017

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 27)

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It was a slow week in MLS as World Cup qualifiers had many teams taking time off during the international break. Those who played did so definitively, as the week passed without a single draw as a result.

FC Dallas staked their claim to remain on top of the rankings by dismantling a dreadfully bad road team in the Portland Timbers.

Union set new ratings record, Gaddis named to SI Best XI, USWNT advances to Algarve Cup final, more

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Broadcast of season opener a new ratings high. Gaddis named to SI's Best XI for Week 1. USWNT scoreless draw with Iceland enough to reach Algarve Cup final. More news.

MLS Power Rankings – August 12th

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Certainly, things are not completely settled, especially with teams like New England being so schizophrenic. A few of the bottom teams found a way to get big results against big teams – showing signs of life? CLASS OF THE LEAGUE 1 (5)Real Salt Lake – I am taking a risk here, but my spidey sense is tingling that this group is coming together after missing Rimando, Beckerman, etc.

NEST Notes: Revs Top Power Rankings

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A day afterclaiming an emphatic 5-0 win over the top of the table Seattle Sounders, theNew England Revolutionare the polesitters on this week's ESPN MLS Power Rankings.

The Revolution have taken wins from defending champion Sporting Kansas City (2-0), uber-talented Toronto FC (2-1) and the Sounders (5-0) in consecutive weeks, and have gone unbeaten in their last five (4-0-1).

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 29

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As we head toward the final month of the MLS regular season, the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City continue to set the pace in their respective conferences, but the LA Galaxy just might be rounding into the strongest team in the league.

The Earthquakes were thoroughly impressive in out-playing Seattle in Seattle last weekend to secure a win and hit the 60-point mark.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 28

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The San Jose Earthquakes continued to lead Major League Soccer as the steamroll toward an inevitable Supporters Shield, but they aren't the only team in the midst of a serious roll toward the pre-season.

The LA Galaxy pushed their unbeaten streak to five matches, posting their fourth shutout victory in five matches, with last Friday's victory against the Colorado Rapids.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Movement During Light Week

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Most teams did not play over the past week due to the international break which MLS mostly respected. In the past a team that didn't play stayed stable, while those that won would move past them. The past is gone. Sporting Kansas City took a tiny step up while the Seattle Sounders took a tiny step down in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 26

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The Columbus Crew are making some serious waves as the season reaches its most vital point on the calendar.

The Crew's second consecutive six-point week not only catapulted them into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but also up a couple of spots to eighth in SBI's MLS Power Rankings as they brace for another match Wednesday night against sputtering New England.

2012 MLS, Week 25: Power Rankings

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We're quickly coming to the last part of the regular season here in Major League Soccer. August is nearly wrapped up as we head into September. The final stretch of games is truly here.

I had a few changes in this week's rankings. One Western Conference club made a big climb in my book while a couple others continued to stumble.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 24

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There is a new team atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings, and it's a team that knows what it feels like to be in the top spot.

Sporting Kansas City has edged past the San Jose Earthquakes for the No. 1 spot after posting their third straight league win with a road shutout against Toronto FC.

2012 MLS, Week 24: Power Rankings

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The wild week in Major League Soccer ended with the same group on top as the previous week. Really the only changes after Week 24 ended was in the middle of the order as Vancouver and Salt Lake continue to slide while Chicago makes their way upward.

The third tier also saw some changes as FC Dallas and Montreal climb closer to a playoff spot.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

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It sure didn't take long for the San Jose Earthquakes to climb back atop the ladder.

More late heroics gave San Jose a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, pushing the Earthquakes back to the No. 1 spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after they had been dethroned the week prior by the Houston Dynamo.

2012 MLS, Week 23: Power Rankings

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Another week down in MLS and another week with plenty of changes in the Power Rankings.

After all the talk about how good the Western Conference was going into this season, the top tier actually now has three Eastern Conference clubs in it while the rest of the top clubs in the West fill out Tier 2.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

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Welcome to the top spot, Houston.

Riding a five-game winning streak and six shutouts in their past seven matches, the Dynamo have climbed to No. 1 in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings. Houston's latest triumph, a 2-0 result against the New York Red Bulls, put the Dynamo on top of the Eastern Conference as well.

USA! USA! USA! More news

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The US says "We won." Canada says, "We were robbed." Recaps and reaction to USWNT amazing come-from-behind win against Canada in the Olympic semifinals. Power rankings and Generation adidas Cup. More news.

2012 MLS, Week 22: Power Rankings

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After another full week of games and some upsets you'd expect some movement in this week's rankings. Well, you thought wrong. Only a couple teams made some noise in the rankings. I nearly made a new number one and almost moved a club back into the top tier but in the end decided against it.

Also, we have a new addition to the bottom tier as the four groups begin to get a little more evenly laid out.

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: Strike force, expected goals, WCQ call-ups, more

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A further review of weekend action and an incisive look at the numbers behind the scorelines.

News roundup: Union play it smart, rankings galore, Garber in town, more

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The Union play it smart to earn a draw and close out the opener, plenty of meaningless league rankings, local youth connections, and the USWNT play on in the SheBelieves Cup.

News roundup: Season previews and predictions, Union head to Canada, more

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Season previews, predictions, and rankings, Union head to Canada, Diskerud cut, and the rest of the day's news.

Union advance to USOC semis, league & USMNT news, Brazil-Germany blows up Twitter, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union USOC quarterfinal win. Union connections in HCI's USL PRO TOW list. Lalas on the US at the World Cup. Brazil-Germany blows up Twitter. More.

“Huge game”: Quotes, previews & more news ahead of the Crew

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Hackworth says tonight's game against the Crew is huge, believes Jack McInerney is the key to the Union getting goals on the scoreboard. Previews and power rankings. More on Freddy. With Perlaza gone, Nowak's Mwanga deal means Union got nothing. River Cup raised $30k. More news.

Gold medal at PPL, Adu on not starting, more news

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Carli Lloyd will be signing autographs ahead of Wednesday's Union game against Columbus. Gaddis wins PST Team of the Week honors. Adu on not starting against RSL: "It is what it is." Power rankings. FIFA ethics investigator to look into awarding of 2018 and 2022 WC hosting. More.

Liverpool

Premier League Power Rankings : Game Week 35

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"Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes

Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown."

As soccer continues it's "invasion" of American shores, I find it fit to pay tribute to the original British Invasion of the 1960s. Just like the Barclays Premier League, the Rolling Stones are synonymous with English culture.

Premier League Power Rankings After Gameweek 31

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The arrival of spring means many things to people. The days get longer, snow melts as the sun shines again after it's wintery absence, flowers begin to bloom, and the English Premier League enters the business end of the season. It is in this final stretch where legends are made and unforgettable moments occur.

Real Salt Lake

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Final

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With the MLS Cup Playoffs starting tonight (Chicago v Houston on NBC Sports at 6 PM Pacific) this is the final SBN MLS Cup Power Rankings. As usual we'll focus on how the Seattle Sounders and their pre-season rivals looked. Before we get into that though here's the reminder that San Jose is still number one and KC is number two (getting all but one vote at that place).

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Falling Waters

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If you are tiring of the San Jose Earthquakes being at the top of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings you aren't alone. You are also quite likely to be tired for a long time. The 'Quakes, like the Sounders, haven't lost back-to-back games this year. On top of that they have one of the best offenses in MLS history, pacing for 70 or so goals.

SB Nation Power Rankings Week 25: Fire fall to 8th place? But How?

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So a big win for the Chicago Fire on Sunday night, knocking off the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to move into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Surely that would be enough to see the Men in Red leapfrog their orange rivals in the Week 25 MLS Power Rankings, right?

Well, apparently not.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Are You Watching?

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The most notable aspect of the forthcoming SB Nation MLS Power Rankings is the ability to judge if people are paying attention to the league as a whole, late to make adjustments or just not believing that recent form matters. There are two teams that should show positive movement on this front (Crew, Dallas) and there are two teams that deserve negative movement off of recent form (Revolution and United).

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Striking Distance

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Seattle's last two losses in all competitions are to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. In some ways it is fitting that these are the only two teams ahead of the Sounders in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings. Seattle is as high as it has been since week 11. The votes they receive are primarily for 2 or 3 with two at 4 and one at 5.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Rivals Falling

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In the two weeks since the Sounders Centric Power Rankings graph there hasn't been much movement. You can see a bit of up and down for most of the teams, except in the case of Real Salt Lake. The one time darlings of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings are now ranked just 6th overall and are in middle of their second multi-week slide of the 2012 season.

State of the MLS Run In: 11 Weeks To Go

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Previous Week

Despite the ESPN announcers perversely going on about Chivas making a run at the playoffs despite a heavy loss to the Galaxy, the jockeying at this point continues to be more about seeding than about the playoff participants. Chicago is starting to run away with the last slot in the East.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Beat The Mighty And Rise

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Rankers in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings still have doubts about the Seattle Sounders. They are doubts that won't be answered by any singular win, or even a decent lossless streak. It will take a run against a series of good teams. Maybe the August run of Galaxy, Sporting and Earthquakes will be something to get that ever important * Power Rankings respect.

Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire fall to fifth in Week 30 MLS Power Rankings

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Ah, Tuesdays.

Ah, power rankings.

As much as we pretend that they don't matter, that they don't affect us, that they're utterly irrelevant, the fact is, they mean something.

No, it doesn't matter as far as actual results go. The Chicago Fire are second place in the East; even if every soccer writer in the county argued that we weren't that good of a team, that fact would remain.

Union Freekicks, Should Zac MacMath sit out?

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Talking Philly Union, young goalkeepers and tricky spots

Prosoccertalk asks if Zac MacMath should be sat after a few games of sloppy play.

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Power rankings for this week.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-3 Fire

The highest rating given out was a seven, which went to the referee.

The Rest

PASL Power Rankings by The Indoor Expert - Week 1

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For those of you who follow the PASL, here is an excellent ranking by The Indoor Expert: The Indoor Expert: PASL Power Rankings: Week 1

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 30

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The Houston Dynamo were in a bit of a tailspin mode in recent weeks, having won just one of their past seven MLS matches, but a change in formation and a well-earned victory have Dom Kinnear's squad back on track and back in the top half of the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

The Dynamo reverted to their old 4-4-2 formation in their 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution and the shift away from the 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 produce the kind of performance Houston will need to solidify their hold on a playoff spot in the East.

Union Freekicks - Wednesday, August 22nd

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Analysis & player ratings: DCU 1-1 Union

Player ratings and thoughts on D.C. United game.

Philadelphians Abroad: Locals vie for USL Championship

Recaps of the week for Philadelphia raised soccer players abroad.

Union newcomer Danny Cruz enjoys surreal return to RFK

Danny Cruz made a return to RFK stadium just days after leaving D.

Union Freekicks - Time for MacMath to become a leader

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Apologies for not putting one up yesterday, but when i woke up to submit it my internet was out. I just added those links to today's so enjoy.

Zac MacMath: Leadership and emotions

MacMath needs to start being a leader on an extremely young back-line. Something that is lacking since Danny Califf was shipped out.