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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crunching the Numbers- Philly

By Charles Barnard

RSL's unbeaten streak continued with a 2-2 draw in Philadelphia. I don't think that anyone truly expected the team to still be undefeated at this point in the season. RSL now returns home where they will play 4 out of their next 6 matches.

The team is now 17% of the way through their season. While it is still early, trends are starting to form in the data. It is important to remember though that the sample size is still pretty small.
  • RSL has scored 10 times so far this season. That averages to scoring a goal every 54 minutes. That is just shy of last year's mark of a goal every 53.6 minutes, which was a club record.
  • The team has given up 6 goals or a goal every 90 minutes; second best record in club history.
  • 70% of RSL goals have come in the first half of matches this season. Last season they only scored 38% of their goals in the first half.
  • The team has scored 3 goals this season in the first 15 minutes of play. In all of last season, they only scored 6 total goals in the first 15 minutes of matches.
  • When Luke Mulholland is on the field RSL is scoring a goal every 43 minutes. When he is not playing, RSL is scoring every 65 minutes. Remember that first number would be even lower if you were to account for the goal that was taken away from him.
  • With the 2 goals scored against RSL, the team is now giving up a goal every 120 minutes that Chris Schuler plays which is second best on the team. In the 161 minutes that Aaron Maund has played this season the team has only given up 1 goal.
  • 50% of the goals that RSL has given up on the season have come in the final 15 minutes of play.
  • 50% of the goals that RSL has given up have come on set pieces. 
I find the amount of goals that RSL has scored in the first half of matches very interesting. The traditional thought is that you will see a lot more goals scored in the second half of matches than the first. So far this season RSL has scored 7 goals in the first half. All of last season only 22 goals were scored in the first half. In 2012 only 17 goals were scored in the first half. I am very curious to see if this trend will continue.

On the opposite end of the spectrum I do have to say I am a bit worried with RSL's late game defending. Again, I would expect for the team to give up more goals in the final minute of matches than at other times. That is the nature of soccer. But, to have given up 3 goals already in the final 15 minutes is a little concerning. By comparison, in 2013 we gave up 13 goals in the final 15 minutes and in 2012 that number was only 9.

Goals off set pieces will be another interesting number to watch this year. RSL has given up 3 goals on set pieces this season. I don't have historical data for previous seasons on this statistic, but I think many fans would say it has been a problem in the past. On the other hand, only giving up 3 goals during the run of play in 6 matches is pretty impressive.

1 comment:

  1. Out of the goals given up on set pieces how many were from saborio's missed mark?