I dropped the ball a bit last week not updating the tables. Here is how they look as of this past weekend’s results.
|New England Rev.||85||19||77.65%||84||22||26.19%||0.497||30||21||1.43||1038|
|New York Red Bulls||92||27||70.65%||88||29||32.95%||0.489||35||22||1.59||1036|
|Seattle Sounders FC||80||22||72.50%||76||21||27.63%||0.487||28||19||1.47||1001|
|San Jose Earthquakes||109||33||69.72%||87||21||24.14%||0.444||27||22||1.23||939|
|CD Chivas USA||118||37||68.64%||69||17||24.64%||0.369||17||21||0.81||933|
Again, Portland, even with their loss, retains their title as the luckiest club in MLS by PDO*. Meanwhile, New England continues to mystify as they pretty much pulled that win together with duct tape, spit and some wood glue. Is Jay Heaps really Macgyver? I’m going to guess no, though as we talked about on the podcast, home field advantage not only helps to place pressure on the ref, but it may also encourage more aggression from the home side. One can only wonder if Jay Heaps is able to simulate this effect with a stirring pep talk prior to the match against a terrible team on the road.
However, just like how Chivas and Toronto have been largely unaffected this season, likely due to some terrible play and a limited talent base, you have to wonder if we are seeing many of these clubs performing at their true rates. I don’t think you can completely attribute RSL’s finishing success to luck when defensively they have some great pieces and offensively they, again, have some great pieces.
As we watch the year unfold it’s going to be rather interesting to see where these clubs end up with playoff spots at seasons end.
*PDO here is based on shots on target, not total attempts.