According to MLS, the OPTA statistical analysis of the league had a good first year. Notable for Sounders fans are that Jeff Parke was among the league leaders in winning 50/50 battles and Mauro Rosales was among the league leaders in the category of Scoring Chances Created.
Nice to see these skills quantified in a way that demonstrates the value of players beyond simply looking at basic stats such as goals and assists.
Some interesting features of the article:
1. Over 80 percent of all 50/50 chances are contested on the ground vs in the air.
2. Less than 45% of all 'he should have scored' opportunities actually result in a goal. I would like to see how the Sounders players rated in this category.
OPTA is still a young tool, but it is beginning to bear fruit.