Monday, April 10, 2017

April 9th, 2017

The biggest win of the week goes to Real Salt Lake for their 3-0 victory over Vancouver at home. The win nets RSL a 22 point boost in the Elo Ratings, moving them from dead last to 19th in one performance. The basement now belongs to Philadelphia, who suffered a 1-3 defeat at home to Portland which saw them slide 21 points.

With 10 points from 4 games, Dallas sits atop the ratings and are currently favored by the Monte Carlo simulation to win the Supporters Shield. Despite good seasonal performances by Portland and Orlando, shades of last season prevent them from topping the Elo Ratings as of yet. At 13 points from 6 games and +56 rating points on the season, Portland currently sit at 4th overall in the rankings. At 9 points from 4 games, Orlando has only netted a total of 17 rating points this season, putting them in a middling 10th place overall. This is because all three of their wins have been by a one goal margin, and their loss to Columbus negated about one and a half of those wins. Speaking of seasonal movement, the expansion clubs have both moved quite a bit so far. Atlanta is hot on Portland's heel at +53 for the season, while Minnesota has unquestionably had the worst season so far with -68 rating points total. Here is a summary of the biggest movers on the season so far:

(+56) Portland Timbers
(+53) Atlanta United FC
(+36) FC Dallas
(+35) Sporting Kansas City

(-68) Minnesota United FC
(-39) Vancouver Whitecaps FC
(-38) Philadelphia Union
(-34) New York Red Bulls

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