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MLS Power Rankings: Sporty KC consolidates place at the top

It’s been a wild week for Major League Soccer thanks to two full game rounds and many noticeable results in the table. In the Eastern Conference, the rampant Revolution in New England Bring some daylight between you and the hunted pack of Nashville SC, Orlando City SC and the Philadelphia Union with two impressive wins. In the West, Sporting Kansas City have shown that they are a legitimate force after surpassing the previously dominant one Seattle Sounders in a showdown at the top of the table on Sunday evening.

So let’s watch the rest of the action and see where your team is in our power rankings in week 12.


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Previous ranking: 1

Next MLS game: July 31st vs. FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

SKC drew 1-1 with San Jose before returning to their best form at the end of the week with an impressive 3-1 win over Seattle. Johnny Russell, Daniel Salloi and Cameron Duke all met and gave the Sounders their first home defeat of the year. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 2

Next MLS game: July 31st at New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN +

The Revs are back in the Victory Column with a 5-0 Inter Miami win and a tense 2-1 win over Montreal, though hopefully Adam BuksaHis head injury isn’t all that serious. Playmaker Carles Gil continued his quest to eclipse Carlos Valderrama’s assist record of 27 in a season and increase his record to 13. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 3

Next MLS game: July 31st vs. San Jose, 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN +

After hitting Austin FC, 1-0, over an incredible goal by Raul Ruidiaz and with a starting line-up that consisted of five teenagers during the week, Seattle’s second loss of the season came 3-1 to leaders Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 8th

Next MLS game:August 1st at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Last week it was goals. On Saturday it was assists for Hany Mukhtarwho benefited from some sharp runs and finishes C. J. Sapong, in Nashville’s 3-0 win over Cincinnati. After that, a weekday draw in Columbus showed that NSC continues to be a tough team to break. – Carlisle

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C.J. Sapong scores two goals and leads Nashville SC to a 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati.

Previous ranking: 10

Next MLS game: July 28th at LAFC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Minnesota’s four-game losing streak earlier this season feels like an eternity, considering it has since moved up to 6th in the Western Conference rankings. The Loons picked up three points with a 2-1 win over Portland on Saturday Chase Gasper (74 ‘) and Robin Lod (85.) scored late goals after an early deficit. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 6th

Next MLS game:July 30th at New York City FC, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Darlington NagbeThe vein of never losing to any of his former clubs remains intact after the crew sold Atlanta 1-0 on Saturday Jonathan canteen Gate. goalkeeper Eloy room also delivered some sharp saves to give Columbus a solid result on the road. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 5

Next MLS game: July 31st at Austin FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Still without Sam Vines, Jonathan Lewis and Kellyn Acosta, who fight for the Gold Cup with the USMNT, the Rapids’ four-game undefeated streak ended in a dismal 3-0 defeat Real salt lake. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 4th

Next MLS game: July 28 v Minnesota United, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

LAFC’s three-game winning streak ended abruptly with a 2-1 loss to Portland and a 2-2 draw against Vancouver. The good news for LAFC is that a new striker should be added to the squad as soon as a deal is made for Colombian Cristian Arango from Millonarios. – Bonagura

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Carlos Vela and Jose Cifuentes lead a two-goal comeback for the LAFC in a tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Previous ranking: 14th

Next MLS game: July 30 vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN +

NYCFC’s sharp game hasn’t always produced results, but this week it was rewarded with wins against Montreal and one loss to Orlando City. Jesus Medina scored his seventh goal of the season, surpassing his previous season high of six in 2018. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 7th

Next MLS game: July 31 at Inter Miami, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Montreal’s fate quickly changed when two losses to NYCFC and New England brought Wilfried Nancy’s side to the ground after a three-game winning streak. An away game in Miami looks like an excellent opportunity to get back on the road to winning. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 9

Next MLS game: August 1 against DC United, 6:00 p.m. ET

So is a point from two games this week a slip or a sign that the outflows in the off-season may appear? Manager Jim Curtin called his union good but not great, which feels right. The return of André Blake Duty of Gold Cup will surely help. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 11

Next MLS game: July 30th vs. Atlanta United, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportees

A 5-0 loss to NYCFC made for a rough look, though it has to be said that Orlando was understaffed Nani, Junior Urso and Chris Mueller among those absent Mauricio Pereyra was suspended. At least the 2-1 win over Philadelphia on the previous Thursday meant that the week was not a total loss. – Carlisle

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NYCFC takes a massive 5-0 win over Orlando City thanks to five different goalscorers.

Previous ranking: 12th

Next MLS game:July 30 vs. Portland 10:00 PM ET, ESPN

After the Galaxy cleared a 2-0 deficit in the middle of the week to take a point at Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy responded with a 4-0 defeat against FC Dallas, almost their worst defeat in the history of the Reach franchise. It is hard to say what to make of them as they are nowhere near full strength due to international drafts. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: fifteen

Next MLS game: July 31st at Cincinnati FC, 7:30 p.m., ESPN +

Julian Gressel was a pressing machine against the Red Bulls, and his ball-seeking nature helped build it up Ola Kamara for the only goal in the game. A comeback draw earlier this week against Chicago made it a successful week for the Black and Reds.– Carlisle

Previous ranking: fifteen

Next MLS game: July 30th in LA Galaxy, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Timbers saw two extremes last week and scored an injury goal of Felipe Mora to beat LAFC, 2-1, only to lose Minnesota, 2-1, on a pair of late goals. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 17th

Next MLS game: July 31 in Houston, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Bobby Wood scored his first MLS goal and Rubio ruby added his fifth win of the season as RSL beat Colorado 3-0 and built on a midweek draw against the Galaxy. The four points of the week have brought Salt Lake to the last playoff place in the Western Conference. – Bonagura

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Former USMNT striker Bobby Wood extends RSL’s lead over the Rapids with his first Major League Soccer goal.

Previous ranking: 13

Next MLS game: July 31st vs. New England Revolution, 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN +

After a promising draw in Toronto earlier this week and the return of Caden Clark In the starting XI, “flat” was the decisive word in a mild Atlantic Cup defeat against D.C. United, where there was only one shot on goal for the Red Bulls. –Carlisle

Previous ranking: 23

Next MLS game: August 1 v Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Toronto extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a draw against the Red Bulls and a win against Chicago. After playing both games, is the run under Javier Perez a mirage or really? Given the absence of the Gold Cup across the league, there is a chance Toronto may continue to produce results. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 20th

Next MLS game: July 31 v Minnesota United, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN +

After taking a 2-0 lead over LAFC on Saturday, it looked like the Whitecaps were going to take six points from the two LA teams in three games, but Vancouver was unable to hold onto the lead. The Whitecaps have lost only once in their last five, including a goalless draw with Houston on Tuesday. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 21

Next MLS game: July 31st in Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

At 18 years and 196 days, Ricardo Pepi became the youngest player in MLS history to score a hat trick when FC Dallas pounded the Galaxy 4-0. Dallas FC didn’t have much to celebrate this year, but the rise of 18-year-old Pepi to one of the league’s top strikers – he’s third with eight goals – definitely qualifies. – Bonagura

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Ricardo Pepi is the youngest player in MLS history to score a hat trick in a 4-0 win over LA Galaxy.

Previous ranking: 18th

Next MLS game: July 31st vs. Real Salt Lake, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

It’s been a familiar week for Dynamo, drawing with Vancouver (0-0) and San Jose (1-1), who have played eight in 15 games that year. Given that these opponents are both in the bottom three of the Western Conference standings, it was a significant missed opportunity for Houston to get closer to the playoff line. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 22nd

Next MLS game:Aug 1, Philadelphia Union, 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN +

The fire just can’t get out of the way. Chicago completely dominated Toronto over the weekend, only to lose 2-1. That was after a 2-0 lead to a midweek draw against D.C. United. It’s still head-to-hand time in the Windy City. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 19th

Next MLS game: July 31 v Colorado, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN +

Austin FC returned after a two-week hiatus to lose 1-0 to Seattle. But that wasn’t a loss for the Sounders in the traditional sense, as the guests started a league record of five teenagers in an obviously rotating line-up. – Bonagura

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Raul Ruidiaz scores from a long distance for Seattle to take a 1-0 lead against Austin at Q2 Stadium.

Previous ranking: 24

Next MLS game: July 31 v DC United, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN +

That humble streak of two games in late June is a distant memory after a home draw to Atlanta and a loss to Nashville, the FCC now have five without a win. Jaap Stam says he needs reinforcements. Even if he does get it, it is hard to see how it will be enough to turn things around. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 25th

Next MLS game:July 31 in Seattle at 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN +

A 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City is an objectively good result for a team in as bad shape as San Jose, but this SKC leveled it off late, which was an effort. The Quakes 1-1 draw with Houston on Saturday extended their winning streak to 11 games. – Bonagura

Previous ranking: 26

Next MLS game:July 30th in Orlando City, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportees

There was excitement at Saturday’s game against Columbus, and not just because Kanye West was in the house. With encouragement from interim manager Rob Valentino, Atlanta’s attack increased this week. Unfortunately, that didn’t add much to the scoreboard as the Five Stripes settled for a 1-1 draw with Cincy mid-week and lost 1-0 at home to Columbus. – Carlisle

Previous ranking: 27

Next MLS game: July 31st vs. CF Montreal, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN +

After the tie, the 1-1 draw with Philadelphia looks like two points have been lost. But after being hammered 5-0 by New England just days earlier – a game that seemed to break local commentator Ray Hudson – there is hope the Herons can only step up from here. – Carlisle

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