Wednesday, October 31, 2007

MLS 2007: Breakdown of Primary & Secondary Assists

I never really talk about assists on this blog, and my detailed reasons for that can be found here. Basically, it's due to the differences in MLS history on what constitutes an assist, which resulted in some ridiculous numbers in the league's early years. I also have a problem with two assists (primary and secondary, as they're known) being given out, because I believe only a direct pass should be considered an assist (MLS is getting better at that, thankfully). Primary assists are also the only fair way to compare assist numbers over the years.

So that's why I don't mention them much, because I only care about primary assists. Unfortunately, MLS doesn't publish that stat any more. They used to have a list of the leaders for both primary and secondary on MLSnet, but not in recent years. Luckily for you though, I've gone through and figured out which assists were which, and the numbers are below.


Overall Table & Percentages


Goals Assists Primary Secondary
CHI 31 24 17 7
CHV 46 51 34 17
CLB 39 46 32 14
COL 29 22 14 8
DAL 37 32 26 6
DC 56 52 35 17
HOU 43 42 34 8
KC 45 46 32 14
LA 38 33 23 10
NE 51 44 31 13
NY 47 40 27 13
RSL 31 20 16 4
TOR 25 25 19 6





Total 518 477 340 137

Somebody mentioned before the possibility of the official scorers having an impact like in baseball, and affecting the number of assists given out at certain stadiums. Don't have the data on that, but it would be something neat to look into in the future (although far down on my list of stuff I want to research).



Prm-Pct Prm/G Sec/G
CHI 70.8% 0.55 0.23
CHV 66.7% 0.74 0.37
CLB 69.6% 0.82 0.36
COL 63.6% 0.48 0.28
DAL 81.3% 0.70 0.16
DC 67.3% 0.63 0.30
HOU 81.0% 0.79 0.19
KC 69.6% 0.71 0.31
LA 69.7% 0.61 0.26
NE 70.5% 0.61 0.25
NY 67.5% 0.57 0.28
RSL 80.0% 0.52 0.13
TOR 76.0% 0.76 0.24




Total 71.3% 0.66 0.26

The first stat is the percentage of assists that were primary, followed by the number of primary and secondary assists per goal. The total average of 0.92 assists per goal I believe is the lowest number in league history.


Primary Assist League Leaders

This is the meat of this post, right? How are things affected for the league's top assist men? If you look at the MLSnet leaderboard, it shows Ralston in first followed by Donovan and Kljestan, who have one fewer. As you can see below, when you look at primary only Ralston is still in first, but he's joined at the top by Schelotto who jumps up from fourth. Kljestan looks the worst among the leaders, as 5/13 of his assists were secondary. He lead the league in the category, followed by Olsen with 4.




Primary Secondary Total
1 NE Steve Ralston 11 3 14
1 CLB Guillermo Barros Schelotto 11 0 11
3 LA Landon Donovan 10 3 13
4 CHV Sacha Kljestan 8 5 13
5 DC Christian Gomez 7 2 9
5 DC Fred 7 1 8
5 NY Dave van den Bergh 7 1 8
8 KC Davy Arnaud 6 3 9
8 CHV Ante Razov 6 2 8
8 CHI Cuauhtemoc Blanco 6 1 7
8 COL Terry Cooke 6 1 7
8 DAL Dax McCarty 6 1 7
8 KC Sasha Victorine 6 1 7


Leaguewide Breakdown of Every Player, by Team

Beckerman, Klein, Ngwenya, and Nunez had assists for multiple teams. Beckerman and Reyna were interesting because they had the most assists of any players who only had secondary. They each had 3, no primary.


CD Chivas USA


Primary Secondary Total
Sacha Kljestan 8 5 13
Ante Razov 6 2 8
Maykel Galindo 4 1 5
Francisco Mendoza 3 1 4
Jesse Marsch 3 1 4
Alex Zoctinca 3 0 3
Lawson Vaughn 2 0 2
Paulo Nagamura 2 0 2
Laurent Merlin 1 1 2
John Cunliffe 1 0 1
Orlando Perez 1 0 1
Ramon Nunez 0 3 3
Claudio Suarez 0 1 1
Jonathan Bornstein 0 1 1
Rodrigo Lopez 0 1 1


Chicago Fire


Primary Secondary Total
Cuauhtemoc Blanco 6 1 7
Calen Carr 2 0 2
Chad Barrett 2 0 2
Chris Rolfe 1 2 3
Chris Armas 1 1 2
Ivan Guerrero 1 1 2
Gonzalo Segares 1 0 1
Justin Mapp 1 0 1
Willian Oliveira 1 0 1
Wilman Conde 1 0 1
Diego Gutierrez 0 1 1
Thiago 0 1 1


Colorado Rapids


Primary Secondary Total
Terry Cooke 6 1 7
Conor Casey 3 0 3
Colin Clark 1 1 2
Heculez Gomez 1 1 2
Mehdi Ballouchy 1 1 2
Jovan Kirovski 1 0 1
Nicolas Hernandez 1 0 1
Kyle Beckerman 0 2 2
Bouna Coundoul 0 1 1
Pablo Mastroeni 0 1 1

Columbus Crew


Primary Secondary Total
Guillermo Barros Schelotto 11 0 11
Eddie Gaven 5 2 7
Alejandro Moreno 4 3 7
Duncan Oughton 2 2 4
Frankie Hejduk 2 1 3
Ned Grabavoy 2 1 3
Andy Herron 2 0 2
Stefani Miglioranzi 2 0 2
Marcos Gonzalez 1 0 1
Ricardo Virtuoso 1 0 1
Brad Evans 0 1 1
Danny O'Rourke 0 1 1
Joseph Ngwenya 0 1 1
Robbie Rogers 0 1 1
Rusty Pierce 0 1 1

DC United


Primary Secondary Total
Christian Gomez 7 2 9
Fred 7 1 8
Jaime Moreno 5 1 6
Ben Olsen 3 4 7
Brian Carroll 2 2 4
Clyde Simms 2 1 3
Marc Burch 2 1 3
Guy-Roland Kpene 2 0 2
Nicholas Addlery 2 0 2
Facundo Erpen 1 1 2
Josh Gros 1 0 1
Kasali-Yinka Casal 1 0 1
Bobby Boswell 0 2 2
Luciano Emilio 0 1 1
Troy Perkins 0 1 1


FC Dallas


Primary Secondary Total
Dax McCarty 6 1 7
Abe Thompson 3 1 4
Arturo Alvaerz 2 1 3
Pablo Ricchetti 2 1 3
Carlos Ruiz 2 0 2
Dominic Oduro 2 0 2
Kenny Cooper 2 0 2
Marcelo Saragosa 2 0 2
Ramon Nunez 2 0 2
Chris Gbandi 1 1 2
Clarence Goodson 1 0 1
Ricardinho 1 0 1
Juan Toja 0 1 1


Houston Dynamo


Primary Secondary Total
Richard Mulrooney 4 1 5
Stuart Holden 4 1 5
Corey Ashe 3 1 4
Brad Davis 3 0 3
Joseph Ngwenya 3 0 3
Dwayne De Rosario 2 2 4
Brian Mullan 2 1 3
Ricardo Clark 2 1 3
Brian Ching 2 0 2
Eddie Robinson 2 0 2
Nate Jaqua 2 0 2
Wade Barrett 2 0 2
Craig Waibel 1 1 2
Chris Wondolowski 1 0 1
Kelly Gray 1 0 1


Kansas City Wizards


Primary Secondary Total
Davy Arnaud 6 3 9
Sasha Victorine 6 1 7
Eddie Johnson 5 1 6
Carlos Marinelli 3 2 5
Jose Burciaga 3 1 4
Michael Harrington 3 1 4
Jack Jewsbury 3 0 3
Scott Sealy 1 1 2
Eloy Colombano 1 0 1
Nick Garcia 1 0 1
Kerry Zavagnin 0 2 2
Ryan Raybould 0 2 2


Los Angeles Galaxy


Primary Secondary Total
Landon Donovan 10 3 13
Cobi Jones 4 1 5
Pete Vagenas 2 3 5
Chris Klein 2 1 3
David Beckham 2 0 2
Abel Xavier 1 0 1
Kyle Martino 1 0 1
Mike Randolph 1 0 1
Josh Tudela 0 1 1
Kyle Veris 0 1 1


New England Revolution


Primary Secondary Total
Steve Ralston 11 3 14
Khano Smith 4 2 6
Adam Cristman 4 0 4
Shalrie Joseph 3 2 5
Pat Noonan 3 1 4
Taylor Twellman 3 0 3
Jeff Larentowicz 1 3 4
Andy Dorman 1 1 2
Matt Reis 1 0 1
Avery John 0 1 1


New York Red Bulls


Primary Secondary Total
Dave van den Bergh 7 1 8
Dane Richards 5 1 6
Josmer Altidore 3 1 4
Juan Pablo Angel 2 3 5
Clint Mathis 2 0 2
John Wolyniec 2 0 2
Dema Kovalenko 1 0 1
Francis Doe 1 0 1
Hunter Freeman 1 0 1
Markus Schopp 1 0 1
Sinisa Ubiparipovic 1 0 1
Taylor Graham 1 0 1
Claudio Reyna 0 3 3
Seth Stammler 0 2 2
Jeff Parke 0 1 1
Jon Conway 0 1 1


Real Salt Lake


Primary Secondary Total
Alecko Eskandarian 2 1 3
Andy Williams 2 1 3
Chris Wingert 2 0 2
Fabian Espindola 2 0 2
Freddy Adu 2 0 2
Javier Morales 2 0 2
Atiba Harris 1 0 1
Carey Talley 1 0 1
Chris Klein 1 0 1
Jack Stewart 1 0 1
Chris Lancos 0 1 1
Kyle Beckerman 0 1 1


Toronto FC


Primary Secondary Total
Carl Robinson 3 1 4
Ronnie O'Brien 3 1 4
Marvell Wynne 3 0 3
Chris Pozniak 2 1 3
Edson Buddle 2 0 2
Andy Welsh 1 2 3
Andrew Lombardo 1 0 1
Danny Dichio 1 0 1
Jeff Cunningham 1 0 1
Kevin Goldthwaite 1 0 1
Maurice Edu 1 0 1
Andrew Boyens 0 1 1

Comments on "MLS 2007: Breakdown of Primary & Secondary Assists"

 

Anonymous tps said ... (5:17 PM, November 01, 2007) : 

Great work. I agree, the "secondary assist" is baloney.

 

Blogger eboe said ... (1:41 PM, November 07, 2007) : 

I've personally seen at least one goal this season that should have had a secondary assist. I cannot rememebr who whipped a pass in to Migloranzi, who headed it close to the ground and then I think Moreno redirected Migs' header with a header of his own.

 

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