Gordon and Meram's gaudy goals/90 mins stats

Gordon and Meram jumping up the rankings for goals per 90 minutes
Duo scoring goals for fun

Alan Gordon and Justin Meram are on a roll.

Both strikers weren’t touted as goal scoring machines heading into 2012, but they've proved their worth recently -- to San Jose and Columbus respectively – with goals flying in from all angles. 

GOAL: Meram curls in beauty

Central Winger: Piecing together Klinsmann's revolution

OPTA data shows new-look US have experimented early & often
Piecing It Together
JK's US revolution

Klinsmann - Central Winger

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While it took a handful of games for Jurgen Klinsmann to claim his first victory as the new head coach of the US national team, it didn't take him quite as long to get acclimated. From the beginning, Klinsmann introduced very different styles of play in comparison to his predecessor, Bob Bradley. After all, it’s what he was hired to do.

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Après avoir regardé les problèmes défensifs du LA Galaxy cette saison, voyons ce qui ne fonctionne pas dans son jeu offensif, où plusieurs secteurs sont en panne.

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Nous sommes au tiers de la compétition et le LA Galaxy, impérial l’an dernier, pointe en fond de classement. Mais que se passe-t-il chez le champion en titre ?

OPTA Spotlight: Has Pareja met expectations in Colorado?

Rapids manager promised possession in Colorado. Has he delivered?
OPTA Spotlight: Has Pareja lived up to billing?
OPTA Spotlight

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The refrain was admirable, if not entirely predictable.

Upon introducing Oscar Pareja as Gary Smith’s replacement in January, the Colorado Rapids declared the hire a transition away from the Englishman’s pragmatic approach to a flowing, possession-oriented style of play, one with some attacking panache that would be built upon a 4-3-3 foundation.   

Pareja preaches possession in Colorado

Central Winger: Passing graphs reveal Seattle weakness

Graphs illustrate Seattle's attacking struggles early in 2012
Central Winger: Sounders' passing fancy?
Soccer Analytics

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As the revolution in soccer statistics has spread across the globe, we have gained access to not just a larger volume of data – but also more granular data.

Perhaps one of the most useful contextual insights MLS has gained from this surge is the specific on-field locations of every attempted pass, which are elegantly graphed through OPTA's chalkboards.

Castrol Weekly Top 20: Pajoy finally breaks through

Union stumble, but Colombian youngster's brace gives hope for future
Castrol Index: Pajoy finally breaks through
Castrol Index Wk. 10

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The Philadelphia Union may not have grabbed three points against the Red Bulls last weekend, but they may have gained something more important in the long run: a forward who’s confident in front of net.

OPTA Spotlight: Is Alonso MLS' top defensive midfielder?

Sounders' Alonso is much more than MLS' best ball winner
"Honey Badger" puts himself on the radar
OPTA Spotlight

Opta: Alonso

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It’s a claim as old as the MLS incarnation of the Seattle Sounders: Osvaldo Alonso is the most underrated player in the league, a midfield pit bull overshadowed by flashier, attack-minded players.

These days that claim doesn’t hold much water, at least when it comes to labeling Alonso underrated. The 26-year-old is past flying under the radar; gone are the days when he was long on contribution and short on recognition.

Castrol Weekly Top 20: Saborio rescues Real Salt Lake

RSL hitman's brace vs. Revs the best of Week 9's slate
Sabo To The Rescue
Castrol Index Wk. 9

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This was the performance Real Salt Lake fans had been waiting for.

After several weeks of coming so, so close to breaking games open, seeing chances pushed just wide or the opposing 'keeper make a wonder save, Álvaro Saborío finally broke through. The veteran center forward produced both RSL tallies in this past Saturday's 2-1 win over New England at Rio Tinto Stadium, keeping his team in the Western Conference hunt and reminding everyone exactly why he's been one of the league's best forwards since donning the Claret-and-Cobalt.

Central Winger: Backe's adjustments pay off vs. LA

McCarty's shift to true defensive midfield role key for RBNY
Backe's adjustments pay off vs. LA
Soccer Analytics

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Sitting in the stands last month at Red Bull Arena, watching New York face New England, I had the chance to see Thierry Henry's fantastic, looping finish over Matt Reis – quickly followed by the Frenchman pulling his hamstring and being replaced in the 25th minute. While New York continued on to a victory against the Revs, consensus was that’d be the last three points RBNY picked up for quite a while.

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