AMSTERDAM – With Jozy Altidore snapping a 29-game scoring drought on Tuesday night, we found it a good time to run some numbers on his individual performance in Sunderland's 2-1 Capital One Cup loss against visiting Stoke City.
Central Winger: What "Expected Assists" can tell us about Landon Donovan's chase for MLS assist record
In the pantheon of advanced soccer statistics, "Expected Goals" is at the top of the heap, not just because of its predictive ability but also its power to illustrate. For a longer discussion on Expected Goals (or ExG), check out the latest MLS Insider (above) – but in short, ExG measures the likelihood of a shot resulting in a goal based on numerous factors weighted by their historical significance.
It doesn't take much travel to see two extreme varieties of soccer being played in Major League Soccer so far in 2014.
While the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA share a stadium, their styles of play couldn't be any more different. Those differences, we’ll show, could go a long way toward explaining their equally opposite placing in the Western Conference standings.
Last week, the Portland Timbers' Jack Jewsbury hit a milestone: He played his 300th regular-season game in MLS.
That's impressive. Incredibly impressive. Jewsbury is the 26th player to hit the milestone – out of the 2021 who have ever made an MLS appearance.
So, first: Congrats, Jack.
En tête du championnat dont il a été un autoritaire leader pendant de nombreuses semaines, Seattle est au centre des préoccupations de notre émission de cette semaine (que vous pouvez aussi écouter ici) avec une analyse approfondie en compagnie d’Olivier Tremblay et Christian Schaekels. Parmi nos principaux sujets de discussion :
Bradley Wright-Phillips' 17 goals this season for New York would have put him in an respectable fourth place in last season's Golden Boot race.
The catch, of course, is that the Red Bulls have only played 20 matches so far this season and Major League Soccer is quickly approaching the All-Star Break. Camillo Sanvezzo, the eventual Golden Boot winner in 2013, was sitting on just 13 goals (of his eventual 22) coming into his All-Star Break after 21 matches.
Are you wondering exactly how much better or worse your team is faring in 2014 as opposed to 2013? Well, we've got you covered.
Below is a chart that shows the point differential for each team when comparing this season with 2013. Each total was calculated by taking the amount of points each team earned through the amount of games they played in 2014. So for example, Chicago has earned 19 points through 17 games in 2014. They collected 21 points through 17 games in 2013. Therefore their point differential is -2.
Tuesday night, in the 2014 World Cup semifinal, Brazil out-shot Germany 18 to 14. So given that Brazil and Germany are the two greatest footballing nations of all-time, and given that they were the two favorites heading into this tournament, and given that the game was in Brazil itself, it’d be natural to assume it was a fairly even encounter. Context, right?