Identifying some of the top statistical performers available for selection in the 2014 Expansion Draft

There are 240 players available to expansion sides New York City FC and Orlando City SC in Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft (WATCH IT LIVE HERE AT 2 PM ET).

But they only have 10 picks each to make.

How do you begin to sift through all those names? Well, we took a crack at it using statistics to help differentiate the top performers.

Below is a look at a handful of statistical categories and the Expansion Draft candidates who topped the respective charts in 2014 (minimum 500 minutes played).

ATTACKING STATISTICS

Non-penalty goals plus assists per 90 minutes
Team Players Stat
Kenny Cooper .64
Conor Casey .63
Gaston Fernandez .52
 Ben Speas .51
 Aaron Schoenfeld .48

 

Shots Per 90 minutes
Team Players Stat
 Dwayne De Rosario 3.38
 Jairo Arrieta 3.20
Soony Saad 3.08
 Alan Gordon 2.98
 Aaron Schoenfeld 2.89

 

Passing Accuracy in Final Third
Team Players Stat
Andres Escobar 81.5%
 Ned Grabavoy 80.5%
 Kamani Hill 79.2%
Lewis Neal 77.0%
 Bobby Convey 76.1%

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Tackles Per 90 minutes
Team Players Stat
Hendry Thomas 3.4
Servando Carrasco 3.2
Krzysztof Krol 3.2
 Gonzalo Segares 3.1
Andy Dorman 3.1

 

Interceptions Per 90 minutes
Team Players Stat
Norberto Paparatto 4.4
 Patrick Ianni 4.3
Matteo Ferrari 4.2
Hendry Thomas 4.2
Brandon Barklage 3.7

AERIAL PROWESS

Percentage of Aerials won (min. 50 aerials)
Team Players Stat
Norberto Paparatto 4.4
David Horst 4.3
Matteo Ferrari 4.2
 Steven Caldwell 4.2
 Bakary Soumare 3.7

 

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