Sunday, March 31, 2013

MLS Team Ranking

Major League Soccer Team Ranking based on my own player rankings (right hand column). Good to bad.

1 : A CLASS ABOVE
LA Galaxy

2 : EXCELLENT
Montreal Impact, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, Sporting KC and Chivas USA

3 : TOP HALF
Vancouver Whitecaps, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union

4 : IN THE MIX
San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC, New York Red Bull

5 : OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
New England Revolution, DC United, Portland

6 : 2014
Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire

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My player rankings take easily available player stats and pull out what I find valuable (metrics/measurements not totals). From there I mix in overall team statistics, which pulls good players on good teams to the top.

For this team rank I rated each team by position (D, F, MF, GK) and place on the table to get order. I also mix in variance between positional rank (to penalize teams with weak spots).

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The Crew would have been in the EXCELLENT category were it not for the injury to Eddie Gaven, the absence of Jario Arrieta, addition of Ben Speas and the Dominic Oduro move from MF to F last week. Might not seem like it, but from this outside (comparatively with other teams) this looks like the Crew MF is not settled through just four games.

MLS Combined True Table can be found on the top right of this blog.

2 comments:

Jough Donakowski said...

I'd be curious to know how your system ranks/weights players. I've tried to do a similar player rating system based on opta stats/the mls fantasy game ratings, but it's more of a comparison against other players in the same pool so not really all that objective...

billysasquatch said...

@Jough, Digging in to your blog The Midfield Grind now. Good stuff. I'll shoot you an email