NOTE: This is long and rambling. It's 3 am. If you don't want to read it all, skip to the end, maybe the last 3 paragraphs or so. Maybe just stare at those home and away tables and glean any interesting data. Comment with your interesting data. Now, on to the FanPost.
Man, it's been a crazy year at home for the Sounders, huh? Haven't lost since the home opener against Montreal way back on March 2nd - yeah the season started that early. But the Sounders haven't been the only ones giving some love to their hometown fans this year. As of this moment (late, late, late Friday night), all but 3 teams have positive goal differentials at home. Those same three teams are also the only ones who have lost more than they've won at home. Sorry, you get no points for guessing which three teams they are.
Those same three teams are also 3/4 of the worst four teams in the league on the road, but I have a hard time feeling bad for them, when there isn't a single team in the league who has won more games than they've lost away from home this year. Sporting Kansas City has a chance to break 500 against Toronto on the 21st, but until then, we are a league of pathetic losers.
Here's the league's home record, sorted by wins, because, well, Sounders:
|Real Salt Lake||9||2||3||27||12||15|
The mean record at home for teams is roughly 7.2 - 3.1 - 3.5, for 25 points. That's good for 1.82 PPG, leaguewide. Yeah. Not bad. For the stat hungry, the median record is 8-3-3, +8 GD, for 1.93 PPG. But the Sounders are doing much better than the league average, with a whopping 2.36 PPG at home, the best in the league. Maybe a little contrast is necessary, though, to see just how good those league home numbers are? Here's the away results for each team so far this year, again, sorted by wins:
|Real Salt Lake||5||7||3||25||25||0|
First off, DC hasn't won on the road at all this year. The bottom seven teams have managed just 10 wins between them on the road, in 95 tries. Away from home, there isn't a team in the league that is "good", by any reasonable definition. Obviously, the average record is the reverse of the home record, 3.1-7.2-3.5, but that results in just 0.92 PPG. Basically, the entire league, when they're on the road, plays like Chivas (0.89 PPG right now). Median record for the league is 3-7-3, -8 GD, for 0.92 PPG. The Sounders, however, have managed to pull 1.23 PPG from their road trips this year, tied for second best in the league with New England, behind SKC. So 1.13 points per game separates the Sounders home form from their road form. That's a little higher than the league average of a 0.9 point difference in PPG.
So to sum up, because let's face it, the whole "let's look at how crazy road form is this year" idea was really just to get to a point where we can say how crazy good the Sounders are:
The Sounders are the best in the league at home on points, points per game, and wins. They are tied for most home shutouts at 7 with 6 other teams. Away from home, they are tied for first in wins, tied for second in points per game, and are 5th in total points, just 2 points back of the leaders, but with a game or two in hand on everybody above them except SKC. They have the second most road shutouts with 4, behind New England with 5. Total shutouts, they are second in the league with 11, behind New England's 12. Sounders are tied for fewest goals allowed in the league overall, are fourth best in GA away from home, and second best at home. At home, the Sounders are tied for 5th in the league on goals scored, only 2 goals behind the leaders.
Where are the Sounders not excelling? Scoring on the road. We're tied for 14th in the league on road goals with Chivas USA. We've got some road games in hand on most people, but unless we put 15 past LA next week (fingers crossed!), we are not going to be in first any time soon on that stat.
CONCLUSION: While the Sounders haven't been spectacular on the road this year like they have been in years past, they are still generally ahead of the curve, at or near the top on all the high-level stats except goals for.