Did you guys hear that Clint Dempsey is tired and using this little weekend off to get some time off? Or that Andy Rose has been spelling Gonzalo Pineda because the latter is getting pretty worn down? Did you notice the Sounders' second CB is a competition between old, older, and ineffective? As the MLS Cup Playoffs loom, the toil of months of games between regular season, the US Open Cup, and CONCACAF Champions League starts to add up on the old, weary legs of players.
But something that's concerned me this past season is that the core group of contributors for the Sounders seem to be fairly old, and by old I mean "currently at or past their prime." So I was curious about exactly how old, and I don't mean the average age of all the players, I wanted to know how old the average Best XI were, to get the average age for the average minutes played (really, it's best X as I only included outfielder players in this. No goalies were included whatsoever).
There were some maths involved, I won't lie. It got pretty tedious, but I persevered. What I found out was that the average age of the average minute contributed by a Seattle Sounders play in the MLS this season (as of September 8th) is approximately 29 years, 6 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days old.
Great. Math kicked out a number that passes the sniff test. But just that number alone doesn't tell me anything. If I wanted to know if Seattle is an "old" team, I needed to find out the average age of the average minute contributed for all teams. So I did.
|New England Revolution||26.415|
|Sporting Kansas City||27.101|
|Real Salt Lake||29.196|
|L'Impact de Montréal||29.221|
|San Jose Earthquakes||29.703|
|New York Red Bulls||30.723|
Three huge caveats:
- The date I used to determine the age for each player was September 8, 2014.
- No goalkeepers were included in this data, only outfield players.
- I used the stats from MLS players page and each respective teams' players page, which means if a player cannot be found on either, they're not included (essentially this means retired players or players who were sold out of the league before I could get their minutes).
- The average age for the average minute played in MLS this season is 28 years, 3 months, and 2 days old.
- The average for the Eastern Conference is 27.99 years old.
- The average for the Western Conference is 28.55 years old.
- NYRB's average player is more than a year older than the 2nd oldest team (2.07σ).
- The average for Eastern teams in playoff position is 27.31 years old.
- The average for Western teams in playoff position is 28.89 years old.