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Which teams are most improved since 2018? Year-over-year points explain

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
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