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2012 MLS Player Shot +/- Stats So Far

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In seasons past we've generated shot +/- stats for players to illuminate how teams play with certain players on the field. We've been a little remiss in waiting this long into the season to get the 2012 stats out, but with the international break it's a good time.

As a refresher, we count the net shots a team generates with a player on the field (so their team's shots minute shots allowed) and normalize it to 90 minutes. Players with a very high percentage of minutes played for their team will regress to the overall team value, so it's particularly useful for comparing rotational players who've played around 30-80% of a team's minutes. And it can be dominated by a team value. For example, the 2nd through 12th ranked players in the league are all Sporting Kansas City players — basically their entire starting roster, because their team value of 5.7 net shots a game is better than even the top player on nearly every other team. So it's more useful looking at comparisons between players on the same team.

The top two players per team with at least 240 minutes and the full list of Seattle Sounders is below the jump:

Player Team Minutes Net Shots Net Shots/90
Kamani Hill Colorado Rapids 341 30 7.9178885630499
C.J. Sapong Sporting Kansas City 846 64 6.8085106382979
Bobby Convey Sporting Kansas City 840 60 6.4285714285714
Joao Plata Toronto FC 660 38 5.1818181818182
Patrick Ianni Seattle Sounders FC 559 32 5.1520572450805
Khari Stephenson San Jose Earthquakes 816 46 5.0735294117647
Adrian Cann Toronto FC 471 26 4.968152866242
Alex Caskey Seattle Sounders FC 385 21 4.9090909090909
Steven Lenhart San Jose Earthquakes 804 42 4.7014925373134
Colin Clark Houston Dynamo 383 20 4.6997389033943
Paulo Jr. Real Salt Lake 474 24 4.5569620253165
Andrew Wenger Montreal Impact 297 15 4.5454545454545
Kalif Alhassan Portland Timbers 447 20 4.0268456375839
Rafael Robayo Chicago Fire 381 17 4.0157480314961
Andrew Baptiste Portland Timbers 352 14 3.5795454545455
Marco Pappa Chicago Fire 897 30 3.0100334448161
Sebastian Velasquez Real Salt Lake 337 11 2.9376854599407
Nick DeLeon D.C. United 791 25 2.8445006321113
Brian Ching Houston Dynamo 745 23 2.7785234899329
Emiliano Dudar D.C. United 462 14 2.7272727272727
Sanna Nyassi Montreal Impact 791 21 2.3893805309735
Tony Cascio Colorado Rapids 1040 25 2.1634615384615
Juninho LA Galaxy 996 22 1.9879518072289
Benny Feilhaber New England Revolution 786 17 1.9465648854962
Pepe Moreno New England Revolution 338 7 1.8639053254438
Landon Donovan LA Galaxy 943 17 1.6224814422057
Paolo Cardozo Chivas USA 249 3 1.0843373493976
Fabian Castillo FC Dallas 695 6 0.77697841726619
Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls 764 3 0.35340314136126
Brek Shea FC Dallas 757 2 0.23778071334214
Chad Marshall Columbus Crew 651 1 0.13824884792627
Omar Salgado Vancouver Whitecaps 385 -2 -0.46753246753247
Matt Watson Vancouver Whitecaps 556 -3 -0.48561151079137
Olman Vargas Columbus Crew 651 -4 -0.55299539170507
Roy Miller New York Red Bulls 810 -11 -1.2222222222222
Ryan Smith Chivas USA 661 -18 -2.4508320726172
Porfirio Lopez Philadelphia Union 346 -10 -2.6011560693642
Keon Daniel Philadelphia Union 719 -23 -2.8789986091794

Again, it's pretty team driven. The top two Union players are the worst two players on the table and in general the team pairs are pretty closely clumped. The big exception is Colorado, where Kamani Hill is much better than #2 Tony Cascio. And in Montreal Andrew Wenger is also the clear leader.

Here's the full list of qualifying Sounders:

Player Team Minutes Net Shots Net Shots/90
Patrick Ianni Seattle Sounders FC 559 32 5.1520572450805
Alex Caskey Seattle Sounders FC 385 21 4.9090909090909
Zach Scott Seattle Sounders FC 757 40 4.7556142668428
Jeff Parke Seattle Sounders FC 985 51 4.6598984771574
Brad Evans Seattle Sounders FC 793 38 4.312736443884
Leonardo Gonzalez Seattle Sounders FC 399 19 4.2857142857143
David Estrada Seattle Sounders FC 1011 48 4.2729970326409
Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC 1030 47 4.1067961165049
Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 1144 49 3.8548951048951
Michael Gspurning Seattle Sounders FC 608 25 3.7006578947368
Eddie Johnson Seattle Sounders FC 693 28 3.6363636363636
Adam Johansson Seattle Sounders FC 516 20 3.4883720930233
Bryan Meredith Seattle Sounders FC 609 23 3.3990147783251
Alvaro Fernandez Seattle Sounders FC 570 21 3.3157894736842
Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC 622 21 3.0385852090032
Marc Burch Seattle Sounders FC 920 31 3.0326086956522
Andy Rose Seattle Sounders FC 407 10 2.2113022113022
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Seattle Sounders FC 830 3 0.32530120481928

Ianni is the leader, and it's worth remembering that he was playing more at the beginning of the season when the team seemed unbeatable. Some of that is probably coincidence, but then again it may reveal something about Ianni versus, say, Hurtado. Caskey being #2 really says something when you consider that he's played more recently during the rough stretch.