Monday, November 03, 2008

MLS Goal Details 2008

Taken from the game guide pdfs on MLSnet. The numbers were off by one on a couple categories when comparing for and against, which I believe was due to Chivas' stats on the goal allowed against Houston two weeks ago (The DeRo penalty). I corrected it, and everything now matches up. I haven't checked the accuracy other than that as it would take too long.

MLS should really promote these stats as they are very detailed and interesting and just get buried in the game guides. Also check out the 2007 goal details.


Totals

Goals 591 100.00%



Right Foot 319 53.98%
Left Foot 159 26.90%
Headers 109 18.44%
Other 4 0.68%



Open Play 306 51.78%
Cross 110 18.61%
Corner 40 6.77%
Rebound 36 6.09%
Penalties 36 6.09%
Direct From FK 17 2.88%
FK (indirect) 30 5.08%
Own goals 16 2.71%



Inside Goal Area 125 21.15%
Inside Penalty Area 359 60.74%
Outside Penalty Area 107 18.10%


Team Breakdowns: Offense


CHI CHV CLB COL DAL DC HOU KC LA NE NY RSL SJ TOR
Goals 44 40 50 44 45 43 45 37 55 40 42 40 32 34















Right Foot 23 19 29 27 27 26 24 13 35 22 23 21 13 17
Left Foot 15 19 7 7 11 10 11 15 10 9 12 13 10 10
Headers 6 2 14 9 7 7 9 9 9 9 7 5 9 7
Other 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0















Open Play 22 27 24 18 23 19 23 14 33 19 21 28 17 18
Cross 12 5 9 10 11 7 8 9 11 6 8 3 5 6
Corner 2 2 5 5 3 3 1 5 1 4 4 2 3 0
Rebound 3 3 1 2 0 8 4 1 2 4 1 1 4 2
Penalties 3 1 4 5 4 4 2 4 4 1 2 1 1 0
Direct From FK 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 2 0 4
FK (indirect) 2 1 5 2 3 2 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 3
Own goals 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 0 1















Inside Goal Area 9 8 14 9 10 8 12 10 10 12 7 4 6 6
Inside Penalty Area 25 25 25 31 26 30 28 25 31 21 26 29 21 16
Outside Penalty Area 10 7 11 4 9 5 5 2 14 7 9 7 5 12


Team Breakdowns: Defense


CHI CHV CLB COL DAL DC HOU KC LA NE NY RSL SJ TOR
Goals 33 41 36 45 41 51 32 39 62 43 48 39 38 43















Right Foot 18 20 19 27 19 29 18 18 33 21 28 23 21 25
Left Foot 7 13 12 12 9 14 8 10 20 14 8 10 10 12
Headers 7 8 5 4 13 7 6 11 9 8 12 6 7 6
Other 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0















Open Play 13 28 17 23 19 32 17 20 33 21 22 21 17 23
Cross 8 7 4 5 12 10 5 6 11 8 13 7 9 5
Corner 3 1 4 2 4 1 4 4 5 2 5 1 1 3
Rebound 2 0 2 4 1 3 4 0 7 4 2 1 3 3
Penalties 0 3 2 4 2 0 0 3 4 3 2 4 3 6
Direct From FK 0 1 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 3 2 2
FK (indirect) 5 1 3 5 1 2 2 3 1 2 3 1 1 0
Own goals 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 1















Inside Goal Area 15 6 7 8 14 11 9 7 10 8 12 6 7 5
Inside Penalty Area 12 28 20 32 21 28 19 24 40 29 29 26 22 29
Outside Penalty Area 6 7 9 5 6 12 4 8 12 6 7 7 9 9


Some interesting stats:

1) Columbus was strong in the air. They led the league in headers scored and were second in headers allowed.

2) The Crew, however, were only the third best team at converting corner kicks. Kansas City led the league, while Toronto failed to score from one. Here's a corner kick breakdown:




Corners Goals PCT
1
KC 144 5 3.47%
2
COL 155 5 3.23%
3
CLB 173 5 2.89%
4
NE 144 4 2.78%
5
NY 145 4 2.76%
6
DAL 117 3 2.56%
7
SJ 154 3 1.95%
8
DC 165 3 1.82%
9
CHV 118 2 1.69%
10
CHI 123 2 1.63%
11
RSL 148 2 1.35%
12
LA 110 1 0.91%
13
HOU 160 1 0.63%
14
TOR 124 0 0.00%









Total 1980 40 2.02%

Last year, KC was last and Houston was first. In 2006, KC was first again. Hmm.

You may think 2% rate of conversion is pretty low, but it almost exactly matches the average for 2004-07 (the years which I have the data).

3) Kansas City was the only team with more left-footed goals scored than right-footed. Chivas was evenly split.

4) Los Angeles allowed 7 goals off rebounds, the most in the league by 3. Think they're gonna have a new starting keeper next year?

5) A very high percentage of Chicago's goals allowed (45%) came from inside the 6-yard box, way more than any other team.

See anything else worth mentioning?

Comments on "MLS Goal Details 2008"

 

Anonymous Stryker1sf said ... (4:33 PM, November 03, 2008) : 

Toronto didn't score a goal off of a penalty (only one not to do so), but yielded 6, the most in the league

 

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