Thursday, August 21, 2014

Finally, Finlay

Non-Penalty Goals + Assists per 90 (with more than 900 mins played)
1.06 Fabian Espindola (DC)
0.95 Robbie Keane (LA)
0.90 Clint Dempsey (SEA)
0.87 Joao Plata (RSL)
0.85 Ethan Finlay (CREW)
0.84 Maximiliano Urruti (PDX)
0.80 Luke Mulholland (RSL)
0.79 Gyasi Zardes (LA)
0.77 Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY)
0.76 Luis Silva (DC)
0.75 Thierry Henry (NY)

I've been tracking this for a few years now and it's been a while since the Crew have had a player find their way towards the top of the NPG+A per 90 minutes played this late on in the season. What Ethan Finlay has done is certainly notable from a league perspective but for folks that have watched the team closely in recent years it has a distinctly more satisfying feeling.

From reserve games to preseason grinds, Finlay is doing it the hard way. To some of us - that is the only way. The best way.

Here are some other players over 0.60 NPG+A per 90 over 900 minutes. There are a lot of good players here:

0.73 Obafemi Martins (SEA)
0.72 Jermain Defoe (TOR)
0.71 Cristian Maidana (PHI)
0.71 Brad Davis (HOU)
0.68 Justin Meram (CREW)
0.68 Diego Valeri (PDX)
0.67 Blas Pérez (DAL)
0.67 Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
0.65 Fabian Castillo (DAL)
0.63 Luke Moore (TOR)
0.63 Tesho Akindele (DAL)
0.61 Federico Higuain (CREW)
0.61 Lamar Neagle (SEA)
0.60 Harrison Shipp (CHI)
0.60 Chris Rolfe (DC)
0.60 Pedro Morales (VAN)
0.60 Landon Donovan (LA)

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