MLS Week 5 Standings, Stats

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One of the problems with traveling to an away match is trying to catch up on the week's action. Instead of that here are some fancy tables. It's about 14% of the season and things are looking decent for Sounders FC.

Seattle Sounders FC are now 5th in the Western Conference and 8th in the Supporters' Shield race. These are handy places to be. They are within striking distance, and unlike Chicago, New York, Portland, Montreal and San Jose they don't have zeroes in their win column.

Here are the conference standings as per MLSSoccer.com (that means not by PPM, but by the tie-breakers per MLS rules);

Western Conference

# Club PTS GP PPG W L T GF GA GD HG HGD RG RGD
1 FC Dallas 13 5 2.6 4 0 1 13 6 7 8 4 5 3
2 Real Salt Lake 9 5 1.8 2 0 3 8 4 4 4 3 4 1
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 5 1.6 2 1 2 8 5 3 7 3 1 0
4 Colorado Rapids 7 4 1.75 2 1 1 7 5 2 4 1 3 1
5 Seattle Sounders FC 7 5 1.4 2 2 1 9 8 1 3 -1 6 2
6 Chivas USA 5 5 1 1 2 2 6 10 -4 4 -2 2 -2
7 LA Galaxy 4 3 1.33 1 1 1 4 2 2 0 -1 4 3
8 Portland Timbers 3 5 0.6 0 2 3 7 10 -3 6 0 1 -3
9 San Jose Earthquakes 1 3 0.33 0 2 1 4 6 -2 4 -1 0

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One of the intriguing things that can start to happen is that we can start seeing what type of team Sounders FC is. That team is intriguing. It plays through the middle, avoids long balls and has a couple great players in the attack. The first table is from WhoScored.com.

R Team LB% Total Passes SpG Possession% Pass Success% Own Half Middle Opposition Half
1 Toronto FC 19.4% 248 12.5 37.1 70.1 34% 45% 21%
2 New England Rev. 18.0% 400 12.4 48.2 75 27% 42% 30%
3 Chicago Fire 17.6% 353 13.2 45.4 72.1 29% 44% 27%
4 Montreal Impact 15.6% 418 18.2 49.3 76.3 24% 46% 30%
5 L.A. Galaxy 15.3% 470 18.3 52.6 84 24% 48% 29%
6 FC Dallas 15.0% 367 9.2 51.4 79 30% 46% 24%
7 Real Salt Lake 14.8% 345 10.6 51.6 78.4 32% 46% 23%
8 San Jose Earthquakes 14.7% 401 16.3 47.3 76.7 27% 44% 29%
9 DC United 14.7% 450 10.8 50.8 76.2 25% 46% 28%
10 Colorado Rapids 14.6% 410 13.5 47.1 79 27% 47% 26%
11 Portland Timbers 14.5% 393 15.4 52 77.8 28% 44% 27%
12 Sporting Kansas City 14.3% 447 15.6 57.1 79.7 25% 46% 29%
13 CD Chivas USA 14.3% 364 10.2 44.3 73.2 25% 47% 27%
14 Vancouver Whitecaps 13.5% 443 11.4 49.9 78.6 28% 46% 25%
15 Seattle Sounders FC 13.0% 455 14.2 51 79.6 27% 47% 26%
16 Philadelphia Union 12.7% 433 12.2 50.9 76.4 26% 46% 28%
17 Houston Dynamo 12.6% 398 15.5 49.3 74.7 27% 44% 29%
18 New York Red Bulls 12.2% 474 11 55 79.9 25% 47% 28%
19 Columbus Crew 12.0% 573 12.8 58.5 83.5 27% 46% 27%
Sounders' Rank 15th 4th 7th 8th 5th 8th 2nd 14th

Clint Dempsey is tied for 1st in goals coring (Sanchez, Torres). That's true even if you remove penalties from the leader board he is still tied for first (Bruin, Watson, Defoe). Clint is only 2nd in Goals per 90 among players with at least one start.

Obafemi Martins is in first for assists. He's only 16th for key passes. Both have two big chances created, good for second in the early season.

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