- RSL has now scored 52 goals on the season in 28 matches. This comes out to be a goal every 48.46 minutes. This is the best scoring rate in the league by far. The LA Galaxy are next scoring a goal every 54.41 minutes.
- RSL has now given up 35 goals on the season or a goal every 72.00 minutes.
- The RSL midfield has now had 24 goals on the season.
- In their past 10 matches, RSL is scoring at a rate of a goal every 34.61 minutes.
- The team has now scored 25 goals on the road and 27 goals at home. They have a +17 goal differential (+15 at home and +2 on the road). This is the second best goal differential in club history.
- RSL now has six players that have scored 5 or more goals on the season and 13 players that have scored in league play. Last season the team only had two players over 5 goals and only 10 different players scored.
- Javier Morales leads the team with a +/- of +20.
- The forward pairing of Alvaro Saborio and Joao Plata have now played 361 minutes together. During that time RSL has scored 11 goals or a goal every 32.82 minutes.
- Saborio has now scored 10 goals on the season in only 13 games played. He is currently scoring .83 goals for every 90 minutes that he plays.
- Morales now has 10 assists on the season. In his seven year RSL career this is only the second time that he has had 10 or more assists. His 7 goals on the season ties him for the most he has ever had at RSL.
- Plata has 8 assists on the season. He is currently getting .52 assists for every 90 minutes that he plays which is now the best assist rate on the team.
- Ned Grabavoy now has 5 goals and 5 assists on the season. These are career high's in both categories.
What this team has done offensively this season has been amazing. The numbers are off the charts. It is even more amazing when you think how poor the offense was in the first few matches of the season. In the first nine matches of the season, RSL had only scored 7 goals or a goal every 115.71 minutes. Since that time RSL has scored 45 goals or a goal every 38.00 minutes.
On the flip side, the defense is giving up more goals. In those same first nine matches, RSL gave up 9 goals or a goal every 90.00. Since then they have given up 26 goals or a goal every 65.76 minutes.
Why is this? There are many factors involved but I think one thing that may have happened is a change in philosophy from the coaching staff. This week Coach Kreis came out and said that he would rather tie 3-3 than tie 0-0.
My thoughts are that Kreis is really encouraging the midfield to get into the attack more, even if it means defensive breakdowns. This would explain the huge increase in goals that the midfield has scored this year compared to last. But, because they are getting so far forward, they are not able to cover as much on the defensive side of the ball. This is leading to a defense that is giving up goals at a rate higher than any other RSL team since 2007. I think Kreis is okay with this as long as we continue to score four goals when the opponents only score two.