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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?
PRIMER: MLS Conference Championship
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:
Castrol Index: Portland Timbers Donovan Ricketts' consistency lands him the top spot in the 2013 list
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.
Central Winger: Who's the more lethal striker? Montreal's Marco Di Vaio or LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan?
Première équipe qualifiée pour la phase finale de la saison, New York fait l’objet d’une analyse en profondeur dans notre émission de cette semaine (à écouter ici) durant laquelle Christian Schaekels, de Vision du Jeu, se joint à l’équipe habituelle.