Last week, we talked about PDO…a lot. We likely will continue to talk about PDO and monitor it through the season. After games played this past weekend here are the up-to-date rankings. I know that Matthias usually just updates his page on Monday, but I’m actually going to make these a post so that when I want to do a week-by-week investigation later on this off-season, it saves me time. Because it’s all about me.
|New England Rev.||75||16||0.21||0.79||72||22||0.31||0.490||24||18||1.33||1092|
|Real Salt Lake||87||18||0.21||0.79||112||32||0.29||0.563||37||20||1.85||1079|
|New York Red Bulls||83||24||0.29||0.71||79||29||0.37||0.488||31||20||1.55||1078|
|Seattle Sounders FC||73||20||0.27||0.73||61||21||0.34||0.455||24||17||1.41||1070|
|Sporting Kansas City||56||19||0.34||0.66||92||29||0.32||0.622||33||20||1.65||976|
|San Jose Earthquakes||105||32||0.30||0.70||84||21||0.25||0.444||24||21||1.14||945|
|CD Chivas USA||107||35||0.33||0.67||63||17||0.27||0.371||14||19||0.74||943|
This week you see Montreal continue to sit somewhere rather neutral in the luck department. Interesting situation after reading Richard Whittall’s weekly analytic piece on the Canadian club yesterday. Even more-so when considering some of the screaming by the press and cries about replacing possibly replacing Marco Schallibaum at the helm…in fact I kind of think it’s down right crazy. I wouldn’t considered the Impact to be a Supporter Shield contender—that’s just me—but it also doesn’t mean they won’t be. Their points-per-match total is third in MLS, and they still have one-two games in hand on the clubs ahead of them.
Speaking of the East. The New York Red Bulls continue their rise up the luck charts. Something to consider after defeating the Impact 4-0 this week and all the talk about “finally coming together”. Remember this graphic is about luck, not about talent. That is to say, be careful about high and lofty dreams, east siders. I can see the Red Bulls struggling to retain that first place position.
Another riser, this one out west, is Vancouver. They are on their way up with the recent performances of Kenny Miller, Camilo and Brad Knighton. Their 1.68 points-per-game average have them quietly (or, of late, not so quietly) contending for a top-3 playoff position ahead of Dallas, LA and Seattle. Something to take note and see whether they are truly overachieving and just on a hot-streak, or finally hitting a much-needed groove.
Lastly, on the subject of FC Dallas, I think it’s interesting how they’ve held pretty firm with a PDO over 1000. Expect them to continue to regress over the next few weeks. The number of shots that they are allowing to reach Raul Fernandez is quiet surprising, and the fact that they are producing an above average save% makes me question how much longer they’ll stick around. Though, admittedly, much of that has been due to George John being MIA. His return from the hamstring strain will be crucial to stopping attacks before they get to the keeper.