2015 Major League Soccer power rankings, Volume IV: Big swings as Seattle, KC climb high

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Just when you were ready to credit parity for the steady stream of new faces near the top, a couple of familiar faces have staked their claim to the summit of our Power Rankings.

This year, we’re only assessing the bunch every three weeks or so, which should provide more movement than a week-to-week assessment. And, with MLS being MLS, we are seeing some gigantic swings in form.

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On the positive side, Seattle, Sporting KC and Toronto FC are finding their preseason promise, while some clubs are continuing to provide plenty of head-scratching (What’s happened, Red Bulls?).

It’s also starting to look like this veritable “everybody makes the playoffs” set-up will make sure teams are in the race for a long, long time. New York City FC has won a single game this season, but is just a pair of wins from the sixth spot in the East. Only one team, Colorado, is more than a win out of the playoffs in the West. Ugh. Or Cool. Guess it depends which team you favor.

Here’s the new batch, different from the old batch. Check out the previous PR’s here.

RANKING Up/Down
source:  1 UP 4 Seattle Sounders: Looking a lot more like championship contenders after a 6-1-1 run dating back to April 18. The only blemishes? A thrilling 3-2 loss to Columbus and a draw with our No. 2 side. Gutty late win after coming back against New York this weekend. And they’ve added a new playmaker.
source:  2 UP 12 Sporting KC: A 12-place jump?!?! That takes something special, and Sporting had been drastically under-performing until recently. Was it an adjustment to the Western Conference? Maybe, but went unbeaten through four contenders including a 4-0 thumping of our last No. 1: FC Dallas. And how about Krisztian Nemeth?!?
source:  3 UP 1 Vancouver Whitecaps: Up one almost by default (see the Revs’ reasoning below for more detail). Dropped six ugly points to Seattle and Colorado before rebounding against Real Salt Lake. We’re giving credit for past performance here, but not for much longer. Winnable stretch ahead.
source:  4 DOWN 1 New England Revolution: Just four points from five matches is pretty maddening, and likely deserves a drop from No. 3, but it was a weird month at the top of the rankings. New England drew for all four of those points, including against Toronto, DC and L.A. We’ll give the reigning East champs a few weeks before dropping them. Jay Heaps wasn’t pleased with their 2-2 draw against L.A. in an MLS Cup rematch.
source:  5 DOWN 2 DC United: Stopped bleeding with a win over Philadelphia after stretch of one point through three matches. It’d be nice to see something more from Ben Olsen’s boys in the next three matches: Chicago, Toronto and Orlando.
source:  6 DOWN 5 FC Dallas: Anyone else wondering if Oscar Pareja’s bunch is destined to alternate championship and basement form for multi-week stretches in perpetuity? What did we just see against Sporting KC, Montreal and RBNY?
source:  7 L.A. Galaxy: Quality tests ahead with Vancouver and Columbus, and seven points from nine have Bruce Arena’s bunch primed for a PR jump if they can snare consecutive results (like the 2-2 draw salvaged at Foxborough this weekend).
source:  8 UP 8 Toronto FC: No Jozy, no problem. The Reds have begged us to blame their early struggles on the road-heavy start to the season, and now we’re interested in believing them. A thumping of San Jose and a take down of Portland has TFC 4-1-1 in its last six, and poised to jet up the board with a four-match run through DC (twice), Montreal and NYC. MLS Team of the Week member Sebastian Giovinco is looking like an MVP candidate.
source:  9 UP 1 San Jose Earthquakes: Just one loss in six for Dominic Kinnear’s bunch, which celebrated Chris Wondolowski’s 100th MLS goal in style. Kinnear knows how to navigate an MLS season, and it’s easy to see the Quakes continuing to improve, or at least holding their form.
source:  10 UP 1 Portland Timbers: Wins over Colorado and DC have the Timbers on an upward swing after consecutive losses. In law of averages news, the Timbers have just one draw since April. You can’t tie forever.
source:  11 DOWN 5 New York Red Bulls: That New York Derby win was fun, and hopefully the memories will last for a while, as its their only win since April 17 and came against an NYCFC team that looks quite poor.
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12 DOWN 4 Columbus Crew: Still waiting for the Crew we were promised by retaining a lot of talent. Wasting a red-hot start by Kei Kamara and largely wasting an easier stretch of schedule. Montreal and Philly are next.
source:  13 DOWN 1 Houston Dynamo: The 13 spot is simply Houston being victims of a numbers game and a nine-game stretch on the results map we find hard to ignore. Could be a swing team in our next PRs by dealing well with RBNY, Portland and Dallas.
source:  14 UP 1 Chicago Fire: Are they unbeaten or three, or winners of just one in five? Chicago looks improved, and posted a convincing 3-0 win over Montreal.
source:  15 UP 3 Montreal Impact: The Impact have played just eight matches and face a six-match June — thanks, CONCACAF Champions League — that will get the Impact closer to the rest of the pack in terms of matches played, but how about points? Looking at the opponents, you’d like to see Montreal come away with 9-10 points from June.

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16 DOWN 7 Real Salt Lake: Can’t figure them out at all. Losers of three of four, and looking for a real boost. After Colorado on Sunday, there’s a real tough three-match stretch that could put their season in a precarious spot.
source:  17 DOWN 4 Colorado Rapids: Was it all a mirage of form? Four-straight draws and a win over Vancouver have ceded way to losses to Portland and Seattle. There’s no shame in that, but it’s still a schedule with one win since April 10’s triumph over Dallas.
source:  18 UP 1 Philadelphia Union: A two-match losing streak which included a pair of clean-sheet wins only boosts the Union two spots? Sadly yes, and with Columbus, NYC, L.A. and Seattle ahead, the Union will travel a tough road.
source:  19 DOWN 2 Orlando City SC: Unbeaten in three, and looking to use a manageable stretch of schedule to climb back into the playoff picture. This goal, however, was really nice.

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20 New York City FC: Jason Kreis has a couple ties in recent weeks, but still has just one win as NYC’s manager. With Philadelphia and Montreal on the books, Kreis and company need to manufacture some wins, but won’t have Mix Diskerud (USMNT duty).

Premier League transfer news, live! Complete list of January transfers so far

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The January transfer window is again seeing big-name imports into the Premier League, and the final hours of the window are seeing a flurry of deals take place.

Chelsea’s signed Benoit Badiashile and Andrey Santos, Newcastle’s formally welcomed Garang Kuol, and Liverpool’s reinforced its forward ranks with Cody Gakpo joining the Anfield set.

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There’s plenty of discussion about Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur making additions to deepen their squads’ top-four pushes, but nothing complete yet for either big name side.

The same is true for title-fighters Arsenal and Manchester City, though their top-end footing is a lot more stable.


Latest transfer deals developing – January 30

Weston McKennie to Leeds United is a done deal as the American midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Leeds having an option to buy him for $36 million.

Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian midfielder not playing for Brighton in the FA Cup against Liverpool amid a reported new $86 million bid from the Gunners. Anthony Gordon has signed for Newcastle from Everton for a fee believed to be around $60 million.


AFC Bournemouth

In
Dango Ouattara (Lorient)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)

Out
Ferdinand Okoh (Dorchester) Loan
James Hill (Hearts) Loan
Will Dennis (Slough) Loan
Noa Boutin (Gosport) Loan


Arsenal

In
Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia Calcio)

Out
Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry) Loan
Miguel Azeez (Wigan) Loan
Arthur Okonkwo (Sturm Graz) Loan
Ovie Ejeheri (SJK Seinajoki) Loan
Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town)


Aston Villa

In
Aaron Ramsey (loan recall)
Tyreik Wright (loan recall)
Alex Moreno (Real Betis)
Jhon Duran (Chicago Fire)

Out
Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough) Loan
Tyreik Wright (Plymouth Argyle)
Frederic Guilbert (RC Strasbourg)
Indiana Vassilev (St. Louis City SC)
Danny Ings (West Ham)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
Morgan Sanson (Strasbourg) Loan


Brentford

In
Byron Wilson (Coventry)
Conor McManus (Bray Wanderers)
Fin Stevens (loan recall)
Mads Bech (loan recall)
Beaux Booth (Dorking)
Kevin Schade (Freiburg) Loan
Paris Maghoma (loan recall)
Romeo Beckham (Inter Miami) Loan
Nathan Young-Coombes (loan recall)

Out
Myles Peart-Harris (Forest Green Rovers) Loan extension
Aaron Pressley (Accrington) Loan
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan extension
Edon Pruti (Hartlepool)
Mads Bech (Groningen) Loan
Ellery Balcombe (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Rotherham) Loan
Paris Maghoma (MK Dons) Loan
Charlie Goode (Blackpool) Loan


Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Facundo Buonanotte (Rosario Central)
Jamie Mullins (Bohemians)
Mark O’Mahony (Cork)

Out
Aaron Connolly (Hull) Loan
Reda Khadra (Birmingham)
Ed Turns (Leyton Orient) Loan
James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)


Chelsea

In
David Datro Fofana (Molde)
Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)
Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)

Out
Bashir Humphreys (Paderborn) Loan
Malo Gusto (Lyon) Loan

Chelsea transfer news
Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace

Out
Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury) Loan
Jack Butland (Man Utd) Loan
John-Kymani Gordon (Carlise) Loan
Malcolm Ebiowei (Hull) Loan
Ryan Bartley (Eastbourne Borough) Loan
David Boateng (Dover) Loan


Everton

In
Ellis Simms (loan recall)
Nathan Broadhead (loan recall)
Niels Nkounkou (loan recall)

Out
Salomon Rondon (released)
Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich)
Tom Cannon (Preston) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne) Loan
Sebastian Quirk (Accrington Stanley)
Tyler Onyango (Forest Green) Loan
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)


Fulham

In
Anthony Knockaert (loan recall)

Out
Idris Odutayo (Maidenhead) Loan extension
Anthony Knockaert (Huddersfield) Loan
Ibane Bowat (Den Bosch) Loan


Leeds United

In
Max Wober (RB Salzburg)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)

Out
Mateusz Klich (MLS pending)
Alfie McCalmont (Carlisle) Loan
Leo Hjelde (Rotherham) Loan
Max Dean (MK Dons)
Cody Drameh (Luton) Loan
Joe Gelhardt (Sunderland) Loan


Leicester City

In
George Hirst (loan recall)
Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
Tete (Lyon)

Out
George Hirst (Ipswich) Loan
Ben Nelson (Doncaster) Loan
Jakub Stolarczyk (Hartlepool) Loan


Liverpool

In
Cody Gakpo (PSV)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan recall
Max Woltman (loan recall)
Jakub Ojrzynski (loan recall)
James Balagizi (loan recall)
Fidel O’Rourke (loan recall)
Rhys Williams (loan recall)

Out
Jake Cain (Swindon Town)
Jarell Quansah (Bristol Rovers) Loan

Liverpool transfer news
Cody Gakpo photo vis twitter.com/LFC

Manchester City

In
Liam Delap (loan recall)
Maximo Perrone (Velez Sarsfield)

Out
Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Coventry) Loan
Liam Delap (Preston) Loan
Kayky (Bahia) Loan


Manchester United

In
Jack Butland (Crystal Palace) Loan
Wout Weghorst (Burnley) Loan

Out
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Shola Shoretire Loan (Bolton Wanderers)
Charlie Savage (Forest Green) Loan


Newcastle United

In
Amadou Diallo (free) 
Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)

Out
Garang Kuol (Hearts) Loan
Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) Loan
Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton) Loan


Nottingham Forest

In
Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)
Danilo (Palmeiras)
Alex Mighten (loan recall)
Chris Wood (Newcastle United) Loan

Out
Loic Bade (loan recall)
Dale Taylor (Burton Albion) Loan
Aaron Donnelly (Port Vale) Loan


Southampton

In
Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
James Bree (Luton)

Out
Dynel Simeu (Morecambe) Loan
Dan Nlundulu (Bolton) Loan
Nico Lawrence (Torquay) Loan


Tottenham

In
Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal) Loan


West Ham United

In
Luizao (Sao Paulo)
Armstrong Okoflex (loan recall)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Out
Thierry Nevers (Bradford) Loan
Craig Dawson (Wolves)
Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland)
Darren Randolph (AFC Bournemouth)
Will Greenidge (Colchester) Loan


Wolverhampton Wanderers

In
Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Joe Young (loan recall)
Louie Moulden (loan recall)
Theo Corbeanu (loan recall)
Christian Marques (loan recall)
Lewis Richards (loan recall)
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)
Craig Dawson (West Ham)
Dan Bentley (Bristol City)
Ki-Jana Hoever (loan recall)

Out
Leo Bonatini (released)
Joe Young (Telford) Loan
Goncalo Guedes (Benfica) Loan
Theo Corbeanu (Arminia Bielefeld) Loan
Leonardo Campana (Inter Miami)
Connor Ronan (Colorado Rapids)
Fabio Silva (PSV) Loan
Matija Sarkic (Stoke) Loan
Ki-Jana Hoever (Stoke) Loan
Jackson Smith (Walsall) Loan

Premier League transfers
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Cunha  (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis

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Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.


Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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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 is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.


Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.


Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – January 23

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Weston McKennie joins Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star?

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USMNT star Weston McKennie has signed for Leeds United from Juventus.

“Leeds United States of America” continues to grow with McKennie to join fellow Americans Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson playing for Jesse Marsch and newly-appointed assistant Chris Armas.

Who will be next to turn up at Elland Road, Christian Pulisic?

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Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed that Juventus and Leeds have completed the deal and that the USMNT midfielder will not be available to play for the Italian giants against Monza on Sunday.

“There’s an agreement ready between clubs to sell McKennie. He won’t be available tomorrow,” Allegri said.


Would a move to Leeds be a good fit for Weston McKennie?

Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.

He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.

It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.

McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.

However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.

McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.

The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.

Weston McKennie
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