Some games, like the recent United States vs. Mexico World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca, are so tense that even long-time fans have a hard time grasping the game objectively.
While spectacles like USA vs. Mexico are more than a simple match, on paper, it is still a game. And with the help of MLSsoccer.com's Opta Chalkboard, we can step back and strip away the emotion and fanfare to grasp the important aspects of this crucial Hexagonal match.
It was an experiment destined for failure, the critics said, an emergency stopgap who would create more holes in the US backline than he could fill.
Turns out, the critics were wrong.
On a snowy, wind-swept Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, DaMarcus Beasley spent 90 bone-chilling minutes forcing observers to reexamine why it was they thought his inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s XI was a sign of weakness – as well as calling his stopgap status at left back into question.
Surprenant deuxième du classement avec six points, Philadelphie compte en ses rangs le seul joueur de la compétition directement impliqué dans un but (en le marquant ou en donnant la dernière passe) lors de chacune des trois premières semaines de championnat : Sébastien Le Toux.
In 2012, the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC were on the opposite ends of the passing spectrum in MLS. But that doesn't tell the whole story, despite their equally opposite records last season.
By examining the passing trends of these two sides with the help of Opta's MLS Chalkboards, we can gain a better understanding of how their respective systems operated.
EDITORS' NOTE: Due to a miscalculation of MLS's 2012 stats from an outside contractor, a previous version of this article displayed some errors in the statistics, including goals per game and passes attempted. They have been corrected.