- Toronto FC is clearly the class of the league, while the LA Galaxy continue to hit unusual lows in a harrowing season. In the middle sits the intrigue.
The timing of the international break meant that this was a jam-packed week of MLS action, with most teams playing midweek and on the weekend in an effort to squeeze as many games in as possible. That alone would have been hard enough for most teams. But on top of that, the league designated this week to be “Rivalry Week”–or the time when all of the league’s biggest grudge matches happen.
The timing of the theme week may be questionable considering how many players are simply hoping to stay fit for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but the end result wasn’t so bad, as nobody suffered major injuries. Instead, Rivalry Week heralded an end, of sorts: It’s the last real break most MLS players will have before the stretch run of the season truly begins. Week 25 saw Toronto FC reassert its dominance at the top of the table, while the names in the cellar also stayed more or less the same. The real intrigue sits in the middle, where a handful of teams are making pushes that could lead to playoff berths once summer turns to fall.
Here's how MLS stacks up entering September: