Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Other Crew Stats

For the past couple years I've messed around with Major League Soccer team and player stats for reasons known only to scotch that fuels me. The better the scotch the deeper and more obscure the performance indicator, measurement, efficiency, metric and maybe illustration. Motivation and all that dwells within a man's vice, thus they sayeth.

Here are a few overlooked things that stick out to me right now as far as the Crew are concerned and the company they are in.

Justin Meram. It's just not normal what he has done. Sometimes you see a player get on over the course of 2 or 3 games and maybe get a brace and a goal. Maybe a hat trick in 90. But Meram's 3 goals are spread out over 197 minutes and 3 games. Here are the folks around him.

245 : 4 : Alan Gordon (hero or jerk wad? tonight at 10)
197 : 3 : Justin Meram
745 : 9 : Thierry Henry
186 : 2 : Sinisa Ubiparipovic
305 : 3 : Kamani Hill

The Crew are soft(er) this year. There I said it. As a team they are about average when it comes to fouls though. Giving or getting, Columbus is as average as your last lunch. But the Crew have a few players who are going to ground as a result of someone else's machismo... AKA The cardboard boxes:

% of Fouls Suffered to overall fouls (min. 20 fouls)
78% : Davide Chiumiento
75 : Jair Benitez
75 : Jay DeMerit
75 : Tony Beltran
74 : Martin Rivero
73 : Darlington Nagbe
73 : Milovan Mirosevic
71 : Eddie Gaven

71 : Lee Nguyen
71 : Davy Arnaud
71 : Benny Feilhaber
70 : Dax McCarty

The surprises here are the defenders... Benitez, DeMerit and Beltran. Really, fellas?

Going to look at this one from a negative stance to make a point. Columbus Crew players with more Shots per 90 minutes than Ethan Finlay

2.8 : Aaron Schoenfeld
2.7 : Justin Meram
2.7 : Emilio RenterĂ­a
2.3 : Dilly Duka
2.1 : Milovan Mirosevic
2.0 : Olman Vargas
1.3 : Nemanja Vukovic
1.3 : Tony Tchani
1.1 : Chad Marshall
1.1 : Eddie Gaven
1.1 : Shaun Francis

Josh Williams, Kirk Urso and Bernardo Anor are tied with Finlay at 1 shot per 90 minutes played.

Wish I had more time to organize these types of things, especially with the recent results in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Tournament. All I've got for now!

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