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MLS Power Rankings: Opening Day 2022

MLS Opening Day is almost here, but before the games begin, we decided to rank the entire league from top to bottom:

1. Portland Timbers

The MLS Cup finalists return much of the same core from their 2021 run. Expect the veteran leadership of players like Sebastian Blanco and Diego Chara to lead the Timbers deep again.

2. Philadelphia Union

Last season the Union were one win away from the MLS Cup, all without eleven of their players. This roster is loaded with talent, especially that of Paxten Aaronsen, the younger brother of RB Salzburg’s Brendan Aaronsen.

3. New England Revolution

The return of Carlos Gil will be huge for this Revolution side that won the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2021. New England should be very competitive in a generally weaker Eastern Conference.

4. Seattle Sounders

Seattle is one of the league’s perennial powers. They enter 2022 as one of the best attacking squads in the league, with talents such as Jordan Morris, Raul Ruidiaz, and Albert Rusnak. We would rank them higher if not for the lack of depth on defense.


The defending MLS Cup champions had plenty of luck to thank for last season’s success. Now, they are tasked with having big holes to fill since losing Jesus Medina, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, and James Sands.

6. Colorado Rapids

7. Nashville

8. Sporting KC

9. LA Galaxy

10. Minnesota United

11. Columbus Crew

12. Orlando City

13. Real Salt Lake

14. New York Red Bulls

15. Montreal

16. Vancouver Whitecaps

17. Toronto FC

18. DC United

19. LAFC

20. Atlanta United

21. Houston Dynamo

22. Inter Miami

23. Chicago Fire

24. FC Dallas

25. San Jose Earthquakes

26. Austin FC

27. FC Cincinnati

28. Charlotte FC

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