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Week 10 Adjusted Standings and Offensive Team Stats

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Some things will never change
They stand there looking backwards
Half unconscious from the pain

They may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling, there is
Something that'll never change

Thanks to the Meat Puppets


This week, as in all I can remember doing this for during 2010, the Los Angeles Galaxy are #1. At the beginning of the year most people had four teams that could compete for a major trophy. One of those seems to be nearly eliminated (hey, that's our guys), but the Galaxy, Crew and Real Salt Lake are still dominant.

Team Points Played PPM GD
Los Angeles 29 11 2.64 16
Columbus 20 9 2.22 6
Salt Lake 19 10 1.90 10
San Jose 16 9 1.78 3
Colorado 16 9 1.78 3
Toronto 16 10 1.60 1
New York 15 10 1.50 -4
Houston 16 11 1.45 3
Dallas 12 10 1.20 0
Chicago 10 9 1.11 -1
Seattle 12 11 1.09 -5
New England 11 11 1.00 -4
Chivas USA 10 11 0.91 -4
Kansas City 8 9 0.89 -4
Philadelphia 7 8 0.88 -7
DC 6 10 0.60 -13

I'll be submitting my rankings this week and honestly I don't know how many teams to rank as awful now. Seattle's next two matches are against teams that are supposed to be worse than they are, but New England is on a little run after getting Sharlie Joseph back with the team.

Sagarin does have Seattle 9th overall with the third toughest schedule.


Team Offensive Data after the break

The most notable thing I discovered about the Sounders is not that they are second to last in Goals For per Match, but that they are currently so poor offensively that the following teams score more in a half than the Sounders do in a Full 90. Seattle score 0.82 Goals Per Game.

RSL scores 1.20 in the First Half of their games.
LAG score 1.09 in First Half
TFC score 1.10 in Second Half
SJE score 1.00 in Second Half
RSL score 0.90 in Second Half
ChF score 0.89 in Second Half

Source

That's not pretty. And it gets less pretty.

While yes the Sounders take a ton of shots, and they win a ton of corners, they are the worst team in the league in putting the ball on target, and they are 5th in the league in % of Goals to Shots. For this I have subtracted out Penaty Kick Goals, as a teams offense has little control over those being awarded.

Team Goals Assists A:G Ratio Shots SoG OnTarget% Goals % SOG G % Shots
Salt Lake 21 19 0.90 108 47 43.5% 44.7% 19.4%
Los Angeles 18 23 1.28 127 49 38.6% 36.7% 14.2%
Houston 14 20 1.43 108 40 37.0% 35.0% 13.0%
Chivas 13 13 1.00 126 45 35.7% 28.9% 10.3%
New England 13 11 0.85 120 51 42.5% 25.5% 10.8%
Toronto 12 9 0.75 76 37 48.7% 32.4% 15.8%
Columbus 12 8 0.67 109 40 36.7% 30.0% 11.0%
Chicago 11 16 1.45 100 46 46.0% 23.9% 11.0%
Philadelphia 10 11 1.10 78 40 51.3% 25.0% 12.8%
SEATTLE 9 12 1.33 121 37 30.6% 24.3% 7.4%
New York 9 9 1.00 107 40 37.4% 22.5% 8.4%
San Jose 8 15 1.88 104 46 44.2% 17.4% 7.7%
Dallas 8 10 1.25 133 52 39.1% 15.4% 6.0%
Kansas City 8 7 0.88 108 56 51.9% 14.3% 7.4%
Colorado 7 2 0.29 97 40 41.2% 17.5% 7.2%
DC 6 3 0.50 108 42 38.9% 14.3% 5.6%
TOTALS 179 188 1.05 1730 708 40.9% 25.3% 10.3%

The fact is should we really expect the team that is worst in the league at putting shots on target to be good at scoring goals? Probably not.

Maybe less time at practice trying to hit targets in the corner and just trying to hit the center of the net and get the late runners opportunities for clean-up?

I don't think the answer is more long distance shots. This would be like having a bad at passing NFL team try to get better at passing by running Hail Marys.