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Team-by-team 2019 MLS statistical leaders

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


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