PST’s Major League Soccer Power Rankings – Stability-enhanced edition


Perhaps we’re buying into our own preconceptions, but last week was a relatively stable one in Major League Soccer. At least, if you see Power Rankings like these as an indication of flux, MLS’s teams are starting to play to expectations. Only two teams moved more than two spots on this week’s chart.

One of those teams, Sporting Kansas City, is in the middle of its worst slide since 2011. Even if you saw KC’s fall coming — and I don’t know anybody that did — you couldn’t have predicted it’d be this bad. Granted, Sporting still sits second in the East, but in terms of form, this team has gone from among the league’s most predictable to a mid-season question mark.

The other big mover is New England, who is on its third third major streak of the season. Five straight wins this spring vaulted the Revs to the top of our rankings, but when our list returned after a World Cup break, New England was two from the bottom, an eight-match losing streak sending Jay Heaps’ side out of the East’s top five. Now, having won four-in-a-row, New England’s climbing back toward the top, but won’t worry. There’s still time for Mr. Hyde to send the Revs back to the bottom.

Until then, here’s our updated list, with New England knocking on the door of what’s become a solid quintet at the top:

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1 LA Galaxy: Anywhere else on the chart, you want to seethat bright green “UP” in the “Up/Down” column. But when you’re at the top, nothing looks better than that thin back line – the dash that says all your challengers fell short. We were here last week, we’re here now, and in all likelihood, we’ll be here going forward. LA hopes the latter is true. (14-5-7)

2 UP 2 Real Salt Lake: After 60 minutes of dominance, RSL was in danger of dropping points against visiting Dallas, but thanks to Alvaro Saborio’s idyllic return, the Claret and Cobalt hinted at what it will be going forward: A team capable of punishing teams resting in their own third. (12-5-10)
source:  3 D.C. United: The draw at Vancouver was more than a point, particularly given the absences of Eddie Johnson (short-term) and Chris Rolfe (longer). With Sporting slumping, United has a change to lock down the East with upcoming games against New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. (14-8-5)
source:  4 DOWN 2 FC Dallas: Two spots is a severe drop for a team that only lost by one at RSL. Compared withhow United performed in Utah, Dallas looks like the better team. If it wasn’t for the Toros’ loss last week at Chicago, we’d be inclined to agree, but recent form suggests Dallas should take this step back, particularly after being so far behind the game over Saturday’s first hour. (12-9-6)
source:  5 Seattle Sounders:  Though last Wednesday was impressive, Seattle ultimately beat a nose-diving Chivas USA. It’s no reason to move up, but given how impressive the Soudners were in Wednesday’s first half, it was also no reason to move down. (16-7-3)
source:  6 UP 5 New England Revolution: Five spots is a big jump, but New England had a two-win week, with Sunday’s new set up showing Jermaine Jones will be given room to dominate. With Lee Nguyen inserting himself into MVP discussions, New England’s become the biggest threat outside our increasingly staid top five. It’s almost as if the June (and July) swoon never happened. (12-12-3)
source:  7 Philadelphia Union: It was a six-point week for Philadelphia, but wins over Toronto are becoming obligatory. If the Union were lower on this chart, those steady performances would be enough to justify a rise. At seven, though, competition above them makes it more difficult to move up. (9-9-9)
source:  8 DOWN 2 Columbus Crew:  So Columbus loses last week at Montreal and moves up, but they a win this week costs them a spot? Go figure, context is important, and whereas a strong performance by the Impact made last week’s loss understandable, the 3-0 win over Chivas USA flattered an often flat performance. Ultimately, Columbus’s ranking has been more influenced by teams New England and Kansas City than the team’s own decent results. (9-9-9)
source:  9 DOWN 1 Portland Timbers:  Portland may be the most entertaining team in the league, but at this point, that entertainment is coming at the expense of results. Not that Caleb Proter’s been willing to make that trade, but as exciting as his attack has been, his defense seems committed to preserving drama. One week after a clean sheet in Vancouver, Portland gave up three at home.  (8-8-11)
source:  10 New York Red Bulls:  Saturday’s was a great result for New York, but in terms of Power Rankings, the results were more equivocal. What is a win over a plummeting Sporting worth right now? Unfortunately, we don’t know, so instead of vaulting New York up the chart, we’ll take a wait-and-see approach. (8-8-10)
source:  11 UP 1 Houston Dynamo: Three wins in four games have renewed Houston’s playoff hopes, and while they’re still five back of a postseason spot, Power Rankings are easier to navigate. The teams below this line are all struggling to get results. Though Houston has yet to silence its doubters, the team’s still cracking the win column. While there’s a danger of being too results-based, the points serve a nice tiebreaker when things get close. (9-13-4)
source:  12 UP 1 San Jose Earthquakes:  Again: consider the form; consider what’s around them. San Jose has taken points from Real Salt Lake, Seattle, and Portland recently, and while they’ve also gone over a month without a win (over Seattle, mind you), the Earthquakes have at least shown they’re capable of troubling some of the league’s stronger teams. Right now, with the possible exception of Montreal, nobody below this point is doing the same. The record says lower. The form says here.(6-10-9)
source:  13 DOWN 4 Sporting Kansas City: A two-loss week, five more goals allowed, and Sporting has lost the benefit of the doubt. Losing at New York after Dom Dwyer, Benny Feilhaber, and Aurelien Collin returned to the lineup left them out of excuses. Right now, Sporting’s just not that good. (12-10-6)
source:  14 Vancouver Whitecaps: Much as, as in the case of Philadelphia, it’s difficult to climb once you reach a certain point in the rankings, it’s also difficult to fall too far without losing games. Vancouver has done their fair share of that of late, but with a draw on Saturday against East-leading D.C., it’s difficult to be too harsh. In the bigger picture, however, there are very few teams Vancouver seems capable of beating, at the moment – the reason why a team still on the verge of a playoff spot is so ranked so low. (7-6-13)
source:  15 UP 1 Montréal Impact:  The Impact ultimately lost this weekend, but for the fourth game in a row, Montreal gave a decent performance. The only games this team’s lost since Aug. 2 have been on the road, and with wins over Chicago and Columbus (as well as Saturday’s encouraging show in Houston), Montreal deserves this bump. (5-16-5)
source:  16 DOWN 1 Chicago Fire: A one-goal loss at New England would look a lot better if the team put more than one shot on target. Whatever progress Chicago made against Dallas didn’t make its way to New England.  (5-7-14)


17 UP 1 Colorado Rapids: Friday was a disaster, but given how it happened, the game tells us nothing new about how Colorado will play going forward. They were bad last week. They were bad against LA. If something doesn’t change, they’ll be bad next week, too. (8-13-6)
source:  18 DOWN 1 Toronto FC: After two more losses, there’s only one team in Major League Soccer we can see the Reds beating on a neutral field, right now. Thankfully for Greg Vanney, the gains Toronto made over the season’s first five months keep TFC in playoff contention. (9-11-6)
source:  19 Chivas USA:  Since drawing Vancouver at home on Aug. 16, Chivas USA has been outscored 11-2 (four games). During their nine-match winless run, six games have been decided by more than one goal. If Chivas USA is trying to finish its existence with a prolonged metaphor, mission accomplished. We get it: This franchise wasn’t that good. (6-15-6)

Tigres stun Chivas with wild comeback in five-goal thriller to win Liga MX Clausura


Tigres fought back from 2-0 down to beat Chivas 3-2 after extra time in a crazy second leg of Liga MX’s Clausura final, as Tigres were crowned Clausura champs.


Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, Chivas roared into an early 2-0 lead at Akron Stadium as Roberto Alvarado and Victor Guzman both scored inside the opening 20 minutes.

But then Tigres roared back in the second half with Andre-Pierre Gignac scoring a penalty kick with 25 minutes to go, then six minutes later Sebastian Cordova made it 2-2 to force extra time.

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When the game looked destined for penalty kicks Guido Pizarro then scored a deflected winner in the 110th minute for Tigres, as two late red cards saw Cordova sent off for Tigres and Gilberto Sepulveda sent off for Chivas.

At the final whistle it was Tigres’ players who celebrated one of the most incredible comebacks in Liga MX final history, as they secured an eight Liga MX trophy and their first since winning the Clausura in 2019.

How to watch Chivas vs Tigres live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Sunday, May 28 – 9:25pm ET 
TV Channel: Telemundo, Universo
Online: Stream via Peacock

Second leg Chivas vs Tigres video highlights – 2-3

First leg Tigres vs Chivas video highlights – 0-0

Premier League final table: Final standings for 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 delivered plenty of fun and it continued into the business end of the season.

Manchester City chased down Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.

Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. And here’s how the table looked when all was said and done.

Premier League final table – End of season

Premier League standings

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Leicester relegated despite final day win over West Ham


Leicester City has been relegated to the Championship despite getting the win it needed to have hope of survival: a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Championship Sunday.

Leicester entered the day two points back of Everton for 17th place on the Premier League table and got goals from Harvey Barnes and Wout Faes to secure three points, but Everton outlasted Bournemouth 1-0 to match the Foxes and keep them below the dreaded line.


Leicester finishes its season with 34 points in 18th place on the Premier League table.

West Ham, on the other hand, will be forgiven for focusing on the Europa Conference League Final but fought hard for an equalizer even though it only found a Pablo Fornals marker after Leicester had gone ahead two. The Irons finish 14th with 40 points.

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Too little, too late for Foxes

“Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season.

Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work.

Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli: Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that.

There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better.

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings: Stars of the Show

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings

Harvey Barnes goal video: Leicester lifeline!

Wout Faes goal video: Foxes double the lead

Pablo Fornals goal video: Irons pull one back

How to watch Leicester vs West Ham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: SYFY
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Key storylines & star players

Leicester would love to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi pass fitness checks, but Dean Smith will have rested and ready Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in a bid to score more goals than the Irons.

West Ham could be seeing the penultimate appearance of Declan Rice in an Irons shirt, as the big-money midfielder is being linked to several big clubs in the Premier League.

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf), Wilfred Ndidi (thigh), Caglar Soyuncu (thigh), Ryan Bertrand (other)

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Gianluca Scamacca (knee)

Leeds relegated from Premier League as Harry Kane hits 30-goal mark


Leeds (31 points – 19th place) have been relegated from the Premier League after they were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham at Elland Road on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

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Harry Kane scored twice more to complete his second 30-goal season, as Tottenham (60 points – 8th place) missed out on the Premier League’s final European place with Aston Villa beating 6th-place Brighton to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Now, a painfully pivotal summer of hirings and signings awaits for Spurs.

It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles.


New half, same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle.

Leeds gave themselves a faint hope when he slotted home after Georginio Rutter picked him out between two defenders in the 67th minute, but Kane answered just two minutes later with his second of the day and the 280th — and potentially final — goal of his Tottenham career.

Leeds United relegation reaction

Club statement:

“Everyone connected with Leeds United is deeply disappointed by the club’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship, after three seasons in the Premier League.

“Relegation is painful, and we apologize to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped.

“However, Leeds United remains in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season.

“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.

“Thank you for your unwavering support for the players and the badge, our objective is to continue to build the club into the one you deserve.”

Stars of the show

Leeds vs Tottenham

Leeds vs Tottenham, final score: 1-4

2nd minute – Harry Kane hammers home Tottenham’s opening goal

47th minute – Pedro Porro places a pinpoint strike inside the far post for 2-0

67th minute – Jack Harrison gives Leeds a late lifeline

69th minute – Harry Kane answers immediately with his 30th goal of the season

90th minute +4 – Lucas Moura adds to Leeds misery with Spurs’ 4th goal

How to watch Leeds vs Tottenham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30 am ET, Sunday
TV channel: CNBC
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Key storylines & star players

Leeds have had plenty of time opportunities to drag themselves out of the bottom-three and away from the relegation scrap as a whole, but they are now winless in their last eight games (0W-2D-6L) and have won just three of their last 24. Their biggest problem? The Premier League’s worst defensive record in 2022-23 — 74 goals conceded in 37 games. In each of the last four seasons, the side to concede the most goals has been relegated.

With another summer of uncertainty (from the manager to most of the first-team squad) on the cards for Spurs, Sunday could be the final time Harry Kane pulls on the white shirt of Tottenham, following reports this week that he will ask — or perhaps has already asked — to leave the club if a fair offer is made. Kane’s 278 goals make him the club’s all-time record goal scorer, and his departure could signal a full-blown tear-down and rebuild for the incoming manager still to be hired.

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Luis Sinisterra (ankle – out for season), Patrick Bamford (thigh)

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Cristian Romero (undisclosed), Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Hugo Lloris (hip), Eric Dier (hernia), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (undisclosed)

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