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MLS Tactics, La Liga TV Money, Player Stories, MLS Draft Info

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FIFA Club World Cup Bracket
Qualifier Semifinals
 Al-Wahda(UAE) >>> >>>
 Hekari Utd(Oceania)  Seongnam(Asia)  Internazionale(UEFA)
 Mazembe(Africa) >>>
 Pachuca(CONCACAF)  Internacional(COMNEBOL)
Dec 8-18 in Abu Dhabi

Interesting Reads

  • Fullback Tactics: Out Wide Or In The Box? -Don’t know if it would work, but would like to see some team try it.


Make Believe 2014 USMNT World Cup Roster

Waiting for the weekend MLS playoff games. The announcement of the roster for the upcoming USMNT friendly in South Africa got me to dreaming a bit. So here is my make believe roster of outfielders for the 2014 US Men’s World Cup team.

Forwards: Altidore, Agudelo, Bunbury
also in consideration: Wondolowski, Braun

Midfielders: Bradley, Edu, Dempsey, Donovan, Diskerud, Holden, Torres, Bedoya, Shea, Jones
also in consideration: Pontius, Cameron, Feilhaber, Cruz, Convey

Defenders: Gonzalez, Ream, Agbossoumonde, Lichaj, Bornstein, Goodson, Opara
also in consideration: Pearce, Orozco-Fiscal, Wynne, Parkhurst, Siriboe, Spector

Just having some fun.


A Bit of This and That

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MLS Player Scoring

Hanging around waiting for the MLS semifinals, I cobbled together the following lists of player scoring performances for the 2010 season. It’s a simple metric with goals counting for 2 points and assists counting for 1 point, then calculating points per 90 minutes. I picked the 700 minute minimum because it allowed for the inclusion of players that signed mid-season. For the rookies, I picked 600 minutes minimum because no rookie was in the 500-600 range.

Take what you want from the information. For me, a few things… Danny Mwanga is the only rookie in the overall top 20. That just reinforces the argument that he deserved the Rookie of the Year award over Andy Najar(at least from the offensive viewpoint).

No rookies were in the top 20 last year. Nine players, however are repeaters from 2009. They are: Angel, Casey, Ching, Cummings, Cunningham, DeRosario, Donovan, Montero and Wondolowski.

Players with 700 minutes minimum – Top 20
 Team  Player  Minutes  Goals  Assists  Points  Pts per 90
 LA  Edson Buddle  2,109   17   2   36   1.536 
 SJ  Chris Wondolowski  2,308   18   1   37   1.443 
 DAL  Jeffrey Cunningham  1,464   11   1   23   1.414 
 PHI  Sebastian Le Toux  2,520   14   11   39   1.393 
 TFC  Dwayne DeRosario  2,226   15   3   33   1.334 
 RSL  Alvaro Saborio  1,988   12   4   28   1.268 
 LA  Landon Donovan  2,141   7   16   30   1.261 
 COL  Conor Casey  2,289   13   6   32   1.258 
 DAL  Milton Rodriguez  835   5   1   11   1.186 
 CLB  Emilio Renteria  857   5   1   11   1.155 
 SEA  Fredy Montero  2,353   10   10   30   1.147 
 COL  Omar Cummings  2,471   14   3   31   1.129 
 PHI  Danny Mwanga  1,461   7   4   18   1.109 
 HOU  Brian Ching  1,425   7   3   17   1.074 
 NY  Juan Pablo Angel  2,593   13   4   30   1.041 
 SEA  Steve Zakuani  2,285   10   6   26   1.024 
 KC  Kei Kamara  2,418   10   6   26   0.968 
 DAL  David Ferreira  2,699   8   13   29   0.967 
 SEA  Blaise Nkufo  931   5   0   10   0.967 
 LA  Jovan Kirovski  932   4   2   10   0.966 
2 points per goal, 1 per assist
Rookies with 600 minutes minimum
 Team  Player  Minutes  Goals  Assists  Points  Pts per 90
 PHL  Danny Mwanga  1,461   7   4   18   1.109 
 KC  Teal Bunbury  1,441   5   2   12   0.749 
 NE  Zack Schilawski  1,261   5   0   10   0.714 
 DAL  Eric Alexander  1,054   2   3   7   0.598 
 SJ  Ike Opara  914   3  &nb
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 6   0.591 
 DC  Andy Najar  1,983   5   1   11   0.499 
 LA  Michael Stephens  1,884   1   8   10   0.478 
 CHV  Blair Gavin  1,369   3   1   7   0.460 
 SJ  Steven Beitashour  640   1   0   2   0.281 
 CHI  Steven Kinney  963   1   1   3   0.280 
 NY  Tony Tchani  1,610   1   3   5   0.280 
 CLB  Shaun Francis  993   0   1   1   0.091 
2 points per goal, 1 per assist
Designated Players
 Team  Player  Minutes  Goals  Assists  Points  Pts per 90
 LA  Landon Donovan  2,141   7   16   30   1.261 
 NY  Juan Pablo Angel  2,593   13   4   30   1.041 
 SEA  Blaise Nkufo  931   5   0   10   0.967 
 LA  David Beckham  466   2   1   5   0.966 
 SEA  Alvaro Fernandez  475   2   1   5   0.947 
 NY  Thierry Henry  859   2   3   7   0.733 
 SJ  Geovanni  777   1   3   5   0.579 
 CHI  Fredrik Ljungberg  2,432   2   10   14   0.518 
 NY  Rafael Marquez  783   1   1   3   0.345 
 TFC  Mista Martinez  544   0   1   1   0.165 
 TFC  Julian de Guzman  2,014   0   2   2   0.089 
 CHI  Nery Castillo  487   0   0   0   0.000 
2 points per goal, 1 per assist

MLS – Playing with Numbers

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Wondo really was a sniper this year. Over half his shots were on goal and half of his shots on goal went in.

PLAYER TEAM GP SHOTS SOG SOG % GOALS G/SHOTS G/SOG
 Chris Wondolowski  SJ  28   68   36   52.94%   18   26.47%   50.00% 
 Conor Casey  COL  27   69   28   40.58%   13   18.84%   46.43% 
 Dwayne De Rosario  TOR  27   72   36   50.00%   15   20.83%   41.67% 
 Edson Buddle  LA  25   96   43   44.79%   17   17.71%   39.53% 
 Omar Cummings  COL  29   76   37   48.68%   14   18.42%   37.84% 
 Juan Pablo Angel  NY  30   98   40   40.82%   13   13.27%   32.50% 
 Kei Kamara  KC  29   91   33   36.26%   10   10.99%   30.30% 
 Fredy Montero  SEA  29   91   34   37.36%   10   10.99%   29.41% 
 Sebastien Le Toux  PHI  28   90   48   53.33%   14   15.56%   29.17% 
G/SHOTS=Goals % on Shots Taken — G/SOG=Goals % of Shots on Goal

DC United, FC Dallas, Houston, New England, Philadelphia, Seattle and Toronto are the teams that lost more than once when scoring the first goal.

Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake are the only teams not to have won when surrendering the first goal.

DC United and Houston lost more than once when leading at the half. Los Angeles led at the half 15 times. Chivas USA led at the half just 4 times.

Houston, Philadelphia and Toronto won more than once when trailing at the half. Philadelphia trailed at the half 12 times. FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake trailed at the half just 4 times.

There was no ‘World Cup’ boost in attendance as these numbers demonstrate.

pre cup during cup pre/during thru cup after cup thru/after overall
GP Avg GP Avg +/- GP Avg GP Avg +/- GP Avg
 1998   82   14,894   23   15,827   6.27%   105   15,098   87   13,363   -11.49%   192   14,312 
 2002   45   16,483   25   13,011   -21.06%   70   15,243   70   16,398   7.58%   140   15,821 
 2006   60   16,057   40   13,198   -17.81%   100   14,914   92   16,142   8.24%   192   15,502 
 2010   93   16,472   24   17,227   4.58%   117   16,627   123   16,721   0.56%   240   16,675 

MLS 2010 Statistics

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