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MLS Fantasy: Benny Feilhaber, Nat Borchers give championship performances in Conf. Championships

MLS Fantasy: RSL and SKC dominate the competition in Round 41
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Central Winger: Who's the most efficient shooter in MLS? The answer may surprise you

Central Winger: Who's the most efficient shooter in MLS?
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Di Vaio shoots for Central Winger

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Determining a player's shooting efficiency is a difficult task. Previously in this series we have explored the concept of chance quality. Using the touch-by-touch event data that Opta collects, we can make a measurement of how likely a shot is to result in a goal based on a handful of observations.

In other words, if the shot we are measuring was attempted repeatedly, how often would it result in a goal?

MLS Fantasy: How Houston Dynamo's finishing struggles could hurt your team

MLS Fantasy Warning! Be wary of Dynamo attackers on your team
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Fantasy Houston Dynamo

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Inside the Numbers: Breaking down the 50 most accurate passers in MLS in 2013

Inside the Numbers: Who are the Top 50 most accurate passers in MLS?
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Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso and Portland's Darlington Nagbe

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With the 2013 MLS regular season in the rearview mirror, it's time to take a look at some of the key data points gathered over the last eight months. Let's start with passing.

Passes can be broken down into several different categories. For instance, we can look at:

Central Winger: For Seattle Sounders, reason to be optimistic despite brutal stretch

Central Winger: Why Seattle have reason to be optimistic despite brutal stretch
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Castrol Index: Portland Timbers Donovan Ricketts' consistency lands him the top spot in the 2013 list

Castrol Index: Ricketts' dominance in Portland earns him top billing in 2013 list
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Donova Ricketts, Castol Index best of 2013

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If you're looking for a reason why the Portland Timbers have made the jump from an eight-win, second-to-last-place Western Conference club in 2012 to the pace setter in the West in 2013, you needn't look much further than goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

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