Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Crew 8th on MLS True Table

With some teams hitting 7 games, we are slowing climbing our way to a better understanding of good and bad in MLS.

Here's the combined true table as of today:

2.71Los Angeles Football Club19761021516
2.67Seattle Sounders FC1665101459
2.60Houston Dynamo1354101266
2.50LA Galaxy1565011165
2.00Toronto FC1053111486
2.00D.C. United1474211275
1.86FC Dallas1374121284
1.86Columbus Crew SC137412752
1.67Minnesota United FC10631214113
1.57Montreal Impact117322811-3
1.50Sporting Kansas City962311477
1.43Philadelphia Union107313990
1.14Orlando City SC872231113-2
1.14FC Cincinnati87223810-2
1.00Chicago Fire66132810-2
1.00Atlanta United FC5512246-2
1.00Real Salt Lake77214714-7
0.83New York Red Bulls56123880
0.83New York City FC56051711-4
0.57New England Revolution47115512-7
0.50San Jose Earthquakes36105616-10
0.33Vancouver Whitecaps FC26024510-5
0.29Colorado Rapids270251119-8
0.17Portland Timbers16015617-11

What jumps out to me is the complete lack of scoring in Crew games. Also, 3 of their 7 have come from set pieces.

Combined Goals pGameTeam
4.40Toronto FC
4.29Colorado Rapids
4.17Minnesota United FC
3.83Portland Timbers
3.71Los Angeles Football Club
3.67San Jose Earthquakes
3.60Houston Dynamo
3.50Sporting Kansas City
3.43Orlando City SC
3.17Seattle Sounders FC
3.00Chicago Fire
3.00Real Salt Lake
3.00New York City FC
2.86FC Dallas
2.83LA Galaxy
2.71D.C. United
2.71Montreal Impact
2.67New York Red Bulls
2.57Philadelphia Union
2.57FC Cincinnati
2.50Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2.43New England Revolution
2.00Atlanta United FC
1.71Columbus Crew SC

The worst team in the league comes to town this weekend. Could get Columbus back on track, in terms of goals.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Posters, Posters, Posters!

Over the years I have amassed quite a lot of artwork of my own doing. On this blog alone, I have created hundreds of original pieces of art - so, about a year ago, I decided that I was going to start selling posters through a little this-and-that eBay store that I run with my wife as a neat and fun way to make a little bit of extra money (ie. daycare support!).

The store is doing well and we enjoy messing around with it. We aren't changing the world with the number of posters we have sold, but we have sold a few.

This has prompted the set-up of a mini-poster boutique site called Poster Attic, that you can visit here -

The selection is a little small right now because I'm still building it out. If you would like a wider selection of poster and prints head on over to our eBay HT Spirits store where there are over 100 unique posters to browse.

I hope you'll see something you like.


Both my wife and I have B.A.'s in graphic design and fine art. From 2001 - 2017 I worked in online distribution, assembly, and manufacturing with, Inc. and Amazon.

If you would like to follow comings and goings of our little poster biz you can follow:

Here's what the stores look like:

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Crew WhoScored Median Ratings

I don't have a lot on the Columbus Crew yet because the MLS season has yet to reach at least 5 games. Why 5? Because I've learned that these are still preseason games. You also have a wonky international break in there to start the season.

Nevertheless. Here are median WhoScored Player ratings through four games...

7.39Gaston Sauro4
7.13Pedro Santos4
6.98Gyasi Zardes3
6.97Zack Steffen3
6.83Jonathan Mensa4
6.82Federico Higuain4
6.78Wil Trapp3
6.64Harrison Afful4
6.53Waylon Francis3
6.38Justin Meram3
6.30Luis Argudo1
6.19Ricardo Clark2
6.11Hector Jimenez3
6.03Patrick Mullins1
5.98Eduardo Sosa1
5.92Joe Bendik1
5.90Jerome Williams1


1. Gaston Sauro and his two, headed set-piece goals have him in the top 10% of league performers so far (anything greater than 7.30).

2. Pedro Santos is the only other player worth noting in regards to good play. At 7.13, he's in the top 25% of performers.

3. Robinho's play has been slightly better than Meram, but not as much as many would like to think. Robinho is probably a better option at this point, but he doesn't look markedly better than Meram. The spot is up for grabs. I honestly think Jimenez should get 3 games starting there, or even Clark.

4. I still think it's going to be a tricky year for this team. There was lots of energy to start the year, but once the season settles in I think it's going to kinda get... blah.

5. Four goals in four games isn't blowing anyone's hair back. Particularly since two of them came from a central defender. 7 points in four is a gift.

I wish I had more, but there isn't much going on with this team so far. Not particularly good, but not horrible either. The East is really bad this year, however. Columbus just needs to do what it's done best over the last decade, play hard, be a tough out.