Albert Rusnak - Real Salt Lake - Kiss

The 2019 MLS season has wrapped up and we're taking a look back at which players led their clubs in a handful of important statistical categories.


First, some helpful definitions per Opta:


Expected Goals: Expected Goals (xG) measures the quality of a shot based on several variables such as assist type, shot angle and distance from goal, whether it was a headed shot and whether it was defined as a big chance. Adding up a player or team’s expected goals can give us an indication of how many goals a player or team should have scored on average, given the shots they have taken.


Expected Assists: Expected assists (xA) measures the likelihood that a completed pass will become a goal assist. It considers several factors including the type of pass and end-point and length of pass. Adding up a player or team’s expected assists gives us an indication of how many assists a player of team should have had based on their build up and attacking play.


Duel: A duel is an 50-50 contest between two players of opposing sides in the match. For every Duel Won there is a corresponding Duel Lost depending on the outcome of the contest.


Atlanta United

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Josef Martinez
27
Assists
Julian Gressel
12
Expected Goals
Josef Martinez
25.21
Expected Assists
Julian Gressel
7.79
Passes Completed
Miles Robinson
1,677
Duels Won
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez
223

Chicago Fire

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
CJ Sapong
13
Assists
Nicolas Gaitan
12
Expected Goals
Nemanja Nikolic
15.89
Expected Assists
Aleksandar Katai
7.47
Passes Completed
Dax McCarty
1,727
Duels Won
CJ Sapong
225

FC Cincinnati

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Allan Cruz
7
Assists
Emmanuel Ledesma
5
Expected Goals
Allan Cruz
6.02
Expected Assists
Emmanuel Ledesma
2.75
Passes Completed
Mathieu Deplagne
1,003
Duels Won
Mathieu Deplagne
164

Colorado Rapids

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Kei Kamara
14
Assists
Jack Price
11
Expected Goals
Kei Kamara
19.40
Expected Assists
Jack Price
5.18
Passes Completed
Jack Price
1,053
Duels Won
Kei Kamara
240

Columbus Crew SC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Gyasi Zardes
13
Assists
Pedro Santos
6
Expected Goals
Gyasi Zardes
15.78
Expected Assists
Pedro Santos
5.91
Passes Completed
Wil Trapp
1,482
Duels Won
Pedro Santos
240

FC Dallas

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Jesus Ferreira
8
Assists
Michael Barrios
15
Expected Goals
Jesus Ferreira
8.43
Expected Assists
Michael Barrios
8.14
Passes Completed
Reto Ziegler
1,817
Duels Won
Ryan Hollingshead
236

D.C. United

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Wayne Rooney
11
Assists
Wayne Rooney
8
Expected Goals
Wayne Rooney
11.34
Expected Assists
Wayne Rooney
6.43
Passes Completed
Junior Moreno
1,486
Duels Won
Lucas Rodriguez
243

Houston Dynamo

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Mauro Manotas
13
Assists
Alberth Elis
10
Expected Goals
Mauro Manotas
16.02
Expected Assists
Alberth Elis
6.54
Passes Completed
Matias Vera
1,289
Duels Won
Matias Vera
176

LAFC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Carlos Vela
34
Assists
Carlos Vela
15
Expected Goals
Carlos Vela
27.31
Expected Assists
Carlos Vela
10.40
Passes Completed
Eduard Atuesta
2,064
Duels Won
Latif Blessing
267

LA Galaxy

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
30
Assists
Cristian Pavon
8
Expected Goals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
23.94
Expected Assists
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
6.17
Passes Completed
Jonathan dos Santos
1,853
Duels Won
Joe Corona
211

Minnesota United FC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Darwin Quintero
10
Assists
Jan Gregus
11
Expected Goals
Darwin Quintero
13.74
Expected Assists
Darwin Quintero
5.94
Passes Completed
Jan Gregus
1,505
Duels Won
Darwin Quintero
164

Montreal Impact

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Saphir Taider
9
Assists
Saphir Taider
7
Expected Goals
Saphir Taider
11.81
Expected Assists
Saphir Taider
5.81
Passes Completed
Saphir Taider
1,464
Duels Won
Bacary Sagna
183

New England Revolution

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Carles Gil
10
Assists
Carles Gil
14
Expected Goals
Teal Bunbury
10.39
Expected Assists
Carles Gil
9.86
Passes Completed
Carles Gil
1,548
Duels Won
Brandon Bye
192

New York City FC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Heber
15
Assists
Maxi Moralez
20
Expected Goals
Heber
11.74
Expected Assists
Maxi Moralez
6.81
Passes Completed
Alex Ring
1,724
Duels Won
Maxime Chanot
171

New York Red Bulls

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Danny Royer
11
Assists
Danny Royer/Marc Rzatkowski
8
Expected Goals
Danny Royer
14.14
Expected Assists
Kaku
6.57
Passes Completed
Sean Davis
1,171
Duels Won
Sean Davis/Marc Rzatkowski
175

Orlando City SC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Nani
12
Assists
Nani
10
Expected Goals
Dom Dwyer
10.89
Expected Assists
Nani
7.69
Passes Completed
Sebastian Mendez
1,229
Duels Won
Nani
153

Philadelphia Union

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Kacper Przbylko
15
Assists
Haris Medunjanin
10
Expected Goals
Kacper Przybylko
13.74
Expected Assists
Haris Medunjanin
7.34
Passes Completed
Haris Medunjanin
2,182
Duels Won
Jamiro Monteiro
177

Portland Timbers

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Jeremy Ebobisse/Brian Fernandez
11
Assists
Diego Valeri
16
Expected Goals
Jeremy Ebobisse
10.02
Expected Assists
Sebastian Blanco
10.56
Passes Completed
Diego Chara
1,596
Duels Won
Jorge Moreira
186

Real Salt Lake

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Albert Rusnak
10
Assists
4 players tied
5
Expected Goals
Albert Rusnak
8.63
Expected Assists
Albert Rusnak
4.62
Passes Completed
Damir Kreilach
1,226
Duels Won
Damir Kreilach
236

San Jose Earthquakes

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Chris Wondolowski
15
Assists
Cristian Espinoza
13
Expected Goals
Chris Wondolowski
16.47
Expected Assists
Cristian Espinoza
9.73
Passes Completed
Jackson Yueill
1,796
Duels Won
Vako
165

Seattle Sounders

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Raul Ruidiaz
11
Assists
Nicolas Lodeiro
12
Expected Goals
Raul Ruidiaz
12.47
Expected Assists
Nicolas Lodeiro
8.86
Passes Completed
Nicolas Lodeiro
1,427
Duels Won
Cristian Roldan
194

Sporting Kansas City

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Felipe Gutierrez
12
Assists
Johnny Russell
9
Expected Goals
Krisztian Nemeth
10.60
Expected Assists
Johnny Russell
7.74
Passes Completed
Ilie Sanchez
1,515
Duels Won
Felipe Gutierrez
188

Toronto FC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Alejandro Pozuelo
12
Assists
Alejandro Pozuelo
12
Expected Goals
Jozy Altidore
11.74
Expected Assists
Alejandro Pozuelo
10.19
Passes Completed
Michael Bradley
1,859
Duels Won
Alejandro Pozuelo
154

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Stat
Leader
Number
Goals
Fredy Montero
8
Assists
Ali Adnan/Inbeom Hwang
5
Expected Goals
Fredy Montero
7.66
Expected Assists
Inbeom Hwang
3.39
Passes Completed
Inbeom Hwang
1,518
Duels Won
Ali Adnan
219