Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fouls In MLS: 2007 Individual Leaders

Anyone can go on MLSnet and see that Juan Toja committed the most fouls this season, and that Alejandro Moreno suffered the most. But looking at those two categories only scratches the surface when it comes to stats on fouls in MLS. A better way to look it would be to figure out the number of FC (fouls committed) and FS (fouls suffered) per 90 minutes. Then, Moreno and Toja only rank 3rd and 7th respectively.

Of course I didn't stop there.

What follows is a list of the top tens for eight foul statistics in MLS this season. You'll also see the top ten in each category all time. All were calculated per 90 minutes. Also, a player must have played 20% of the season to be eligible. That's the standard I used for every season. This year that would be 540 minutes.

For detailed data on previous years, see my post on the subject back in May here.

Most Fouls Committed

1 Roberto Brown COL 4.01
2 Andrea Lombardo TOR 3.97
3 Marcelo Saragosa DAL 3.71
4 Danny Dichio TOR 3.52
5 Bakary Soumare CHI 3.44
6 Atiba Harris RSL 3.22
7 Juan Toja DAL 3.13
8 Eddie Robinson HOU 2.88
9 Maurice Edu TOR 2.68
10 Adam Cristman NE 2.60

All time top ten

1 Roberto Brown 4.01 2007
2 Andrea Lombardo 3.97 2007
3 Matt Okoh 3.97 2001
4 Marcelo Saragosa 3.88 2006
5 Paulo Dos Santos 3.87 1999
6 Marcelo Saragosa 3.71 2007
7 Jesse Marsch 3.70 2004
8 Atiba Harris 3.69 2006
9 Raul Palacios 3.66 2002
10 Paul Keegan 3.59 1997


Least Fouls Committed

1 Terry Cooke COL 0.197
2 Michael Parkhurst NE 0.205
3 Wade Barrett HOU 0.37
4 Mike Randolph LA 0.43
5 Jeff Cunningham RSL/TOR 0.44
6 Jack Stewart RSL 0.45
7 Cobi Jones LA 0.48
8 Ramon Nunez DAL/CHV 0.50
9 Taylor Twellman NE 0.51
10 Scott Sealy KC 0.53

All time top ten

1 Terry Cooke 0.14 2006
2 Michael Parkhurst 0.19 2005
3 Terry Cooke 0.20 2007
4 Michael Parkhurst 0.20 2007
5 Clyde Simms 0.21 2005
6 Gerell Elliot 0.25 1998
7 David Patino 0.31 1997
8 Carlos Valderrama 0.31 1997
9 Kelly Gray 0.34 2004
10 Billy Thompson 0.35 1996


Most Fouls Suffered

1 Cuauhtemoc Blanco CHI 4.45
2 Guillermo Barros Schelotto CLB 3.64
3 Alejandro Moreno CLB/HOU 3.55
4 Jose Cancela COL 3.54
5 Adam Cristman NE 3.23
6 Laurent Merlin CHV 3.13
7 Denilson DAL 3.12
8 Andrea Lombardo TOR 2.98
9 Danny Dichio TOR 2.91
10 Jozy Altidore NY 2.77

All time top ten

1 Onandi Lowe 5.22 2001
2 Jose Cancela 5.04 2003
3 Cuauhtemoc Blanco 4.45 2007
4 DaMarcus Beasley 4.39 2003
5 Jose Cancela 4.35 2006
6 DaMarcus Beasley 4.35 2002
7 Andy Williams 4.27 2002
8 Alejandro Moreno 4.24 2005
9 Jaime Moreno 4.15 2001
10 Giuseppe Galderisi 4.08 1996


Least Fouls Suffered

1 Bobby Boswell DC 0.18
2 Carlos Mendes NY 0.21
3 Ezra Hendrickson CLB 0.24
4 Wade Barrett HOU 0.31
5 Aaron Pitchkolan DAL 0.32
6 Clyde Simms DC 0.36
7 Willis Forko RSL 0.36
8 Patrick Ianni HOU 0.37
9 Kelly Gray HOU/LA 0.38
10 Ty Harden LA 0.39

All time top ten

1 Kris Kelderman 0.15 1998
2 Brian Johnson 0.15 2000
3 Zak Ibsen 0.17 2002
4 Bobby Boswell 0.18 2007
5 Daouda Kante 0.20 2003
6 Kelly Gray 0.21 2006
7 Hong Myung-Bo 0.21 2004
8 Carlos Mendes 0.21 2007
9 Kenny Cutler 0.21 2005
10 Robin Fraser 0.21 2004

FC vs FS

(that is, the players with the most fouls committed compared to fouls suffered per 90 minutes)

1 Roberto Brown COL 2.59
2 Bakary Soumare CHI 2.01
3 Ryan Cochrane HOU 1.84
4 Marcelo Saragosa DAL 1.80
5 Bobby Boswell DC 1.74
6 Atiba Harris RSL 1.64
7 Juan Toja DAL 1.58
8 Aaron Pitchkolan DAL 1.34
9 Ezra Hendrickson CLB 1.22
10 Brian Carroll DC 1.20

All time top ten

1 Raul Palacios 3.01 2002
2 Esteban Arias 2.60 2005
3 Roberto Brown 2.59 2007
4 Brian Namoff 2.42 2001
5 Geoff Aunger 2.41 1999
6 Curt Onalfo 2.22 1996
7 Scott Vermillion 2.21 2001
8 Diego Walsh 2.21 2003
9 Arley Palacios 2.17 1999
10 Ricardo Iribarren 2.10 2000


FS vs FC

(that is, the players with the most fouls suffered compared to fouls committed per 90 minutes)

1 Cuauhtemoc Blanco CHI -3.87
2 Jose Cancela COL -2.65
3 Guillermo Barros Schelotto CLB -2.36
4 Dax McCarty DAL -1.91
5 Scott Sealy KC -1.73
6 Justin Mapp CHI -1.67
7 Gavin Glinton LA -1.65
8 Denilson DAL -1.63
9 Ramon Nunez DAL/CHV -1.59
10 Eddie Johnson KC -1.51

All time top ten

1 Jose Cancela -4.02 2003
2 Cuauhtemoc Blanco -3.87 2007
3 Jose Cancela -3.31 2006
4 Onandi Lowe -3.13 2001
5 DaMarcus Beasley -3.07 2000
6 Jose Cancela -2.90 2004
7 Jose Cancela -2.85 2005
8 Brian McBride -2.76 2002
9 Tab Ramos -2.71 2001
10 Jason Moore -2.70 1999


Most FC + FS

1 Andrea Lombardo TOR 6.94
2 Danny Dichio TOR 6.43
3 Adam Cristman NE 5.83
4 Marcelo Saragosa DAL 5.63
5 Alejandro Moreno CLB/HOU 5.61
6 Eddie Robinson HOU 5.51
7 Roberto Brown COL 5.43
8 Laurent Merlin CHV 5.25
9 Jozy Altidore NY 5.21
10 Cuauhtemoc Blanco CHI 5.04

All time top ten

1 Onandi Lowe 7.31 2001
2 Paul Keegan 7.18 1997
3 Andrea Lombardo 6.94 2007
4 Evans Wise 6.71 1998
5 Brian Ching 6.64 2005
6 Diego Serna 6.60 2001
7 DaMarcus Beasley 6.58 2003
8 Diego Serna 6.56 1998
9 Atiba Harris 6.52 2006
10 Diego Serna 6.44 2000


Least FC + FS

1 Michael Parkhurst NE 0.61
2 Wade Barrett HOU 0.68
3 Carlos Mendes NY 0.84
4 Willis Forko RSL 1.00
5 Terry Cooke COL 1.02
6 Kelly Gray HOU/LA 1.05
7 Dan Gargan COL 1.14
8 Chad Marshall CLB 1.15
9 Jack Stewart RSL 1.25
10 Thiago CHI 1.27

All time top ten

1 Michael Parkhurst 0.61 2007
2 Clyde Simms 0.64 2005
3 Wade Barrett 0.68 2007
4 Leo Cullen 0.74 1998
5 Michael Parkhurst 0.78 2005
6 Leo Cullen 0.79 2001
7 Leo Cullen 0.84 2005
8 Carlos Mendes 0.84 2007
9 Frank Yallop 0.86 1996
10 David Patino 0.88 1997

Yearly Category Leaders


Most FC Least FC Most FS Least FS
1996 Jose Vasquez Billy Thompson Giuseppe Galderisi Richard Weiszmann
1997 Paul Keegan David Patino Damian Joey Martinez
1998 Paul Keegan Gerell Elliot Diego Serna Kris Kelderman
1999 Paulo Dos Santos Kevin Knight Jason Moore Leo Cullen
2000 Matt Okoh Carlos Valderrama DaMarcus Beasley Brian Johnson
2001 Matt Okoh Robert Fraser Onandi Lowe Edson Buddle
2002 Raul Palacios Richard Farrer DaMarcus Beasley Zak Ibsen
2003 Carlos Ruiz Jesus Ochoa Jose Cancela Daouda Kante
2004 Jesse Marsch Kelly Gray Davy Arnaud Hong Myung-Bo
2005 Brian Ching Michael Parkhurst Alejandro Moreno Kenny Cutler
2006 Marcelo Saragosa Terry Cooke Jose Cancela Kelly Gray
2007 Roberto Brown Terry Cooke Cuauhtemoc Blanco Bobby Boswell



FC vs FS FS vs FC Most FC + FS Least FC + FS
1996 Curt Onalfo Giuseppe Galderisi Alberto Naveda Frank Yallop
1997 Cle Kooiman Damian Paul Keegan David Patino
1998 Cle Kooiman Gilmar Evans Wise Leo Cullen
1999 Geoff Aunger Jason Moore Paulo Dos Santos Leo Cullen
2000 Ricardo Iribarren DaMarcus Beasley Diego Serna Eric Denton
2001 Brian Namoff Onandi Lowe Onandi Lowe Leo Cullen
2002 Raul Palacios Brian McBride Alejandro Moreno Richard Farrer
2003 Diego Walsh Jose Cancela DaMarcus Beasley Chris Brown
2004 Simo Valakari Jose Cancela Andy Williams Kelly Gray
2005 Esteban Arias Jose Cancela Brian Ching Clyde Simms
2006 Marcelo Saragosa Jose Cancela Atiba Harris Terry Cooke
2007 Roberto Brown Cuauhtemoc Blanco Andrea Lombardo Michael Parkhurst

Comments on "Fouls In MLS: 2007 Individual Leaders"

 

Anonymous m@ said ... (2:54 PM, October 25, 2007) : 

Great number crunching!

Question: Under Least Fouls Committed, why is Parkurst at .205, but for the all time top 10, Parkhurst's 2007 number is.19?

 

Blogger scaryice said ... (12:07 AM, October 27, 2007) : 

I mistakingly switched the years for Parkhurst. 2005 should be .19 and 2007 should be .20. It's been edited.

 

Blogger Allen said ... (8:24 PM, October 29, 2007) : 

As always I love the stats. But how do they change when we have some minimal number of games tto have been played. The reason I ask is that 1/2 way - 2/3 of the way through this season Toja was on pace to set an all time records for total number of fouls committed in a season.

 

Blogger RobinFiveWords said ... (8:35 PM, October 29, 2007) : 

Yet another reason I'm looking forward to seeing Parkhurst wearing the red, white, and blue as often as possible.

 

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