As the regular season winds down I'm going to be posting a weekly summary of the some of the data and predictions we're generating, which should give you some context going into each week of games.
A very light week this time as the international break was actually observed by MLS and left only two games on the docket. But those games weren't without consequence. All four participants are jockeying for critical playoff position and the match between Sporting Kansas City and the Los Angeles Galaxy was an important one in the Supporters Shield race. It turned out the 2-2 draw was effectively a push as the Galaxy's Shield chances dropped by only 1%. If Kansas City had won (if, say, Aurelien Collin's goal hadn't been called back as offside), LA's Shield chance would be down to 68% (with Seattle at 21%). If LA had won (if, say, Frankie Hejduk hadn't gifted the Sporks with a handball in the penalty area in the final minutes), their Shield odds would be up to 88% and Seattle would be on the brink.
Playoff & Trophy Probabilities
This is each team's up to date odds of making the playoffs, winning the Supporter's Shield, and winning the MLS Cup based on simulating the remainder of the season 10000 times.
|Avg Pos||Avg Points||Playoff %||Change||Supporters
|MLS Cup %|
|Real Salt Lake||4.11||54.51||99.90||+0.69||2.79||8.34|
|Avg Pts for Playoffs||43.70|
Teams that have been eliminated by three decreasingly stringent standards. Read here for more details.
Mathematical Elimination (Unable to make the playoffs in any scenario)
Effective Elimination (Unable to make 40 points even with perfect play)
Projected Elimination (less than 1% chance of making the playoffs in simulation)
San Jose, New England, Toronto FC, Vancouver
Remaining Strength of Schedule
Using the same simulation, we can also determine remaining schedule strength by seeing how a league average team would do with each team's remaining schedule. Teams at the top have schedules against which an average team got the most PPG, meaning we think they have the easiest remaining schedule.
|Avg Team Points||Matches||Pts / Match|
|Real Salt Lake||11.439||9||1.271|
Seattle's First Round Opponent
This is the likelihood of each team being the first playoff opponent for Seattle (either in the preliminary round or — more likely — in the Conference Semifinals).
|Real Salt Lake||22.5%|
Cascadia Cup Odds
This is the % chance for each of the Cascadia teams of winning the rivalry cup.