If the Revs were awarded a point for every time you've heard the Jay Heaps mantra, "We Will
Attack" we'd be comfortably atop the Eastern Conference. But we're not; and the Revs standings-wise
are in no better position than 2011. Even though we find ourselves in the cold, dark and lonely
basement of the East, can we say that there has been improvement in the main area the rookie coach
sought to improve?
10 games without a win. It's the easiest stat to dwell on. And it should be dwelled on. I think
you know why.
But there are other stats from the match that are worth noting as well. From the run of play,
for example, the Revolution and the Philadelphia Union were almost even in all categories except
for two that stand out: Attempts on goal and possession.
Benny Feilhaber returned to form out on the left during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Crew.
Feilhaber assisted on Jerry Bengtson's 23rd minute tally. (Photo: Kari
It's often said that good teams prevail in one-goal games. That, somehow, whether it's squeezing
out the lone goal of a 1-0 win, or grabbing the game-winner in an offensive outburst, good teams,
more often than not, come out on top.
Saer Sene (right) has been the 7th best player in MLS this season according to the Castrol
Index. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet)
A quick glance at the MLS Castrol Index might reveal a bit of a surprise in the overall top ten:
New England Revolution striker Saër Sène. Sene, who is in a bit of a scoring drought with just
one goal since the end of May, currently ranks seventh – down from fourth last week – in the
"Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer".
When you look at the numbers of this weekend's Revolution match against Toronto FC you realize
one thing very quickly: New England dominated the hosts in just about every major stat category.
Not only did the Revs LOOK like they dominated the game, the numbers back it up too.
The Revs had possession, loads of it actually, as well as more than a healthy share of attempts
Their Words "One of my big things – a stat they don't show – is availability. Guys that are
that just in the lineup and available for a coach's selection and Matt Reis has always shown in his
career he's always ready, always available." New England coach Jay Heaps. Other Sources Jozy
Altidore: Blogs and Kisses - from The NY Times: I was never in that position.
Tara a bit Maxi!...Liverpool's last game of the 2011/2012 season
sends them into Wales for an away tie with promoted Swansea. The Swans have been a breath of fresh
air to the Premier League and have established themselves as a tougher nut to crack than some may
Injuries for Swansea mean they are without Agustien and Bodde but manager Brendan Rodgers has not
Gerrard models Tuesday night's shirt...Chelsea travel up to
Anfield on Tuesday night after their victory over the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. It's a
tough pill to swallow for the Liverpool after an Andy Carroll header nearly put them back into the
match but it wasn't to be.
Liverpool have no new injury worries for this one and Chelsea are also still without defenders Luiz
Liverpool's owners, die hard practitioners of Moneyball, pride themselves on the rigorous behind
the numbers, value for money purchases that give them a leg up in the MLB. Entering the cash on
steroids environment of the Premiership, they recruited Damien Comolli on the advice of Billy
Beane, Mr Moneyball himself and ended up throwing £120m on transfers.
If you are like me you like your stats whenever you can get them. If those stats involve the
Fire, then it's even better. Unfortunately, MLS and soccer in general is a bit behind other sports
in terms of statistics. There is no fancy Sabermetrics like MLB employs, for example. Until
recently, it was hard to find much stat-wise for MLS other than the most basic match stats.
After yesterday's posts on the highs and lows of last season, today I'm going to continue with the
season review, with a multi-part review of the players who took part in it. Rather than review
everyone at once, I'm just going to do the defence today, before hopefully moving onto the midfield
and attack later in the week.
The Chicago Fire's 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday was not a comfortable one. While
Toronto has been on the upswing, this should have been a game that was easily won. Marco Pappa's
equalizer was a huge relief. Between the last recorded shot of the first half (in the 38th minute)
and Pappa's goal (in the 64th minute), the Fire managed to record only two shots.
SUB WATCH Doubles your Fun this Holiday WeekWelcome back! Hope you enjoyed the
fireworks. When SUB WATCH signed off on Tuesday, we were looking at total substitution minutes
played (smp) by different Red Bulls—particular the current leader, one Victor Palsson.
Surely, Palsson must be a hugely productive player to get so many minutes, right?
It took 15 passes to create David Silva's goal which as it turned out would have been enough to
win the final. The illustration shows how Spain got the ball forward with laterals and back passes
kept to a minimum. Spain barely edged Italy in total ball possession with 52% to 48%, after
actually falling behind in the first half.
Yeah, so there was this game last night at the Cage. Two teams entered. One team left bloody,
battered, and bruised...but only their ego. Although, one might believe NYRB's Lade is likely to be
two of the three physically as well. The other team left with sole possession of first place in the
Eastern Conference of MLS.
Modern life can be pretty amazing. After PTI put up a photo with Felix Hernandez celebrating his
perfect game, Felixing became a thing. A thing that was so cool the George & Dragon pub suggested
that all Sounders goals scored should be celebrating by Felxing. Fredy Montero then retweeted that
OTP saw a stat that told us that there had been more player withdrawals from preliminary Euro 2012
squads than any other European Championships in history. The current figure – to which England
made a handsome contribution sits at 57. That huge glut of injuries may well be explained by the
incredible number of [.
One topic that we've covered for years here on Sounder at Heart is the outsized impact of luck
on the result of a single game of soccer. In our series on parity in the 2010 offseason we pointed
out that in terms of game parity - that is, the likelihood that a worse team will beat a better
team due to luck - soccer is rivaled among major sports only by baseball.
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Five Questions time, and we join
those congratulating Sacha Kljestan on a job well done in Belgium, consider the playoff systems in
use in Europe, and look at a stat that flatters Toronto FC. How did Sacha Kljestan react to being
asked to become a holding midfielder during RSC Anderlecht's run to the title in Belgium?