Friday, August 9, 2019

Top 10 Right Backs in MLS

[Season start - July 26, 2019 - I round ages]

What sticks out right away with both the Right and Left Back positions in MLS is how little money is spent on these roles. None of the top 10 in the RB role top $700k and only a couple top $600k. Considering how important xG is these days and the role overlapping backs play in getting quality crosses into the box, it is surprising.

Here are the top 10 Right Backs as I have them:

Anton TinnerholmLinkoping, SwedenNYC28$581,725
Leonardo JaraCorrientes, ArgentinaDC28$560,000
Romain MetanireMetz, FranceMIN29$411,833
Jorge MoreiraVillarica, ParaguayPDX30$607,955
Kelvin LeerdamParamaribo, SurinameSEA29$600,000
Michael MurilloPanama City, PanamaNYR24$113,754
Rolf FeltscherBulach, SwitzerlandLAG29$242,650
Franco EscobarRosario, ArgentinaATL24$300,000
Aaron HerreraCasa Grande, ArizonaRSL22$86,000
Tristan BlackmonLas Vegas, NevadaLAF23$72,984

$356k: Median Wage among top 10 RBs
28: Median age

Not a who lot to call out at this position in MLS. It's a mixed back of players from all over the world. Looking at the WhoScored ratings only tells us a little bit of a different story, but not that notable.

7.22Jorge MoreiraPDX
7.10Romain MetanireMIN
7.00Michael MurilloNYR
6.99Leonardo JaraDC
6.99Rolf FeltscherLAG
6.97Julian AraujoLAG
6.94Joseph MoraDC
6.92Franco EscobarATL
6.92Tristan BlackmonLAF
6.91Steven BeitashourLAF
6.90Anton TinnerholmNYCFC
6.89Tommy ThompsonSJE
6.88Brandon ByeNER

With only a handful of players making an impact game in, game out this is most definitely a position a savvy MLS team can take advantage of. I guess Moreira is the class of the group. Metaanire and Murillo kinda stick out, if you are looking for more names. Lots of "M's."

Here are my other TOP IN MLS lists, so far:


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