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MLS Adjusted Standings and Sounders Statistics at the Break

Do the stats say this is the Best XI? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Do the stats say this is the Best XI? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The standings in a points per match method still have the Sounders on the outside looking at the Playoffs and the Galaxy are still almost certain to claim the Supporters Shield. In fact they've almost locked up a Playoff spot being 76% of the way to a 42 point total (the general assumption of what the 8th place team will have).

Two through five is a tight race at the break with East and West pretty even at that level. But that's where the "evenness" ends.  Three of the four teams earning less than a point a match are in the East. And for another year it looks like the East will only have three representatives in the Playoffs.

Team Points Played PPM GD
Los Angeles 32 13 2.46 18
Salt Lake 23 12 1.92 11
Columbus 21 11 1.91 5
Colorado 20 11 1.82 4
New York 21 12 1.75 -2
San Jose 17 11 1.55 1
Toronto 17 11 1.55 1
Dallas 15 11 1.36 2
Chicago 14 11 1.27 0
Houston 16 13 1.23 -1
Seattle 15 13 1.15 -3
Kansas City 12 11 1.09 -2
New England 11 12 0.92 -7
Chivas USA 10 12 0.83 -5
DC 10 12 0.83 -12
Philadelphia 7 10 0.70 -10




After the jump we'll have the Sounders statistics in three parts - Starters, Rotationals and Reserves as it seems to have broken out that way this year.

The Starters: I'm listing Hurtado here for now, as that was what he was during the first 13 matches.  There are really only 10 regular starters, as there has been so much flux with the 11th man this season. It will likely surprise some, but Montero has been the best player by pretty much any measure.

Player  Min  G  A  Pts  PP90 CS  Raw +/-  +/- Per 90 
Montero 945 5 4 14 1.33 3 1 0.10
Zakuani 1001 4 2 10 0.90 3 -4 -0.36
Evans 965 1 3 5 0.47 3 -2 -0.19
Gonzalez 931 1 1 3 0.29 4 0 0.00
Alonso 667 0 2 2 0.27 2 -1 -0.13
Marshall 1080 1 1 3 0.25 4 -3 -0.25
Ljungberg 1059 0 2 2 0.17 4 -5 -0.42
Riley 1069 0 1 1 0.08 3 -5 -0.42
Hurtado 810 0 0 0 0.00 3 -2 -0.22
Keller 1125 0 0 0 0.00 4 -3 -0.24

The Reserves: There are seven guys that have gotten significant minutes and/or started more than once. Three are at Forward/Right Wing, three at Center Mid and Jeff Parke as the new starting Centerback. It is notable that the attacking players aren't scoring or getting assists (Sturgis got his taken away).

Player  Min  G  A  Pts  PP90 CS  Raw +/-  +/- Per 90 
Noonan 469 0 1 1 0.19 2 -1 -0.19
Levesque 307 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.59
Parke 270 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.33
Nyassi 350 0 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.26
Ianni 515 0 0 0 0 1 -3 -0.52
Vagenas 425 0 0 0 0 2 -5 -1.06
Sturgis 282 0 0 0 0 0 -4 -1.28

The Reserves: These are the guys that we will see a ton of in Open Cup play, but there are really the ones that are getting all those minutes against Kitsap, Crossfire, Portland U-23s and the local universities. There they are getting big numbers, but the club is no longer releasing full game notes on these matches.

Player  Min  G  A  Pts  PP90 CS  Raw +/-  +/- Per 90 
Fucito 19 1 0 2 9.47 0 1 4.74
Scott 90 0 0 0 0 1 2 2.00
Estrada 87 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.03
Jaqua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Graham 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Boss 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Montano 75 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1.20
Wahl 135 0 0 0 0 0 -3 -2.00

 

With Jaqua likely to be starting again (and up top since Ljungberg's been great as a right wing in the Arrow) the standard XI will be straightforward, except for the strong chances that there will be two games a week for most of July/August/September. Oops forgot that Blaise Nkufo guy. The lineup will be as shifty as the tectonic plates in the Pacific Rim.

Who do you want to see more of? Who less?

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