Colorado Rapids forward Kei Kamara scored hat trick versus Montreal

With Week 28 of the MLS regular season in the books, a clearer sense of a team’s year-over-year progress is continuing to emerge. Clubs have between three and five games remaining to write their entire script, though much of the picture is already complete.


So, what can we glean when looking at some of the trends up to this point? Let's take a look at the amount of points each team had this point in their seasons last year compared to this one.


For starters, although the San Jose Earthquakes are in a bit of a skid of late, they have still enjoyed the largest turnaround in MLS this year, already making up a 24-point gap. With new head coach Matias Almedya, they have already more-than-doubled last year’s 21 points and league-worst return.


Keeping in the Western Conference, there are also a 14-point turnaround for Supporters’ Shield leaders LAFC, while recent U.S. Open Cup finalist Minnesota United and the transitioning Colorado Rapids are also 12 points better.


The teams atop the East are also there due to improvements over last year, though more modest ones.Conference leaders New York City FC is seven points better than a year ago, while the second-place Philadelphia Union are six better.


As for those who have slumped compared to 2018? Most notably, 2018 Supporters’ Shield winners New York Red Bulls are down 18 points as compared to last year. Sporting Kansas City, are down 15 points from a season ago as they appear likely to miss the postseason for the first time in nine years.


Full table

Team
2018 Points
2019 Points
Difference
San Jose Earthquakes
20
44
24
Los Angeles Football Club
50
64
14
Colorado Rapids
24
36
12
Minnesota United FC
36
48
12
Toronto FC
33
45
12
Orlando City SC
23
36
11
New York City FC
50
57
7
Chicago Fire
31
37
6
Philadelphia Union
46
52
6
New England Revolution
35
40
5
LA Galaxy
41
45
4
Seattle Sounders
47
49
2
D.C. United
44
45
1
Real Salt Lake
45
46
1
Houston Dynamo
35
34
-1
Montreal Impact
40
37
-3
Portland Timbers
47
43
-4
FC Dallas
54
43
-11
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
43
30
-13
Columbus Crew SC
48
34
-14
Atlanta United
63
48
-15
Sporting Kansas City
52
37
-15
New York Red Bulls
59
41
-18