Having shared insights from the leading European leagues during the summer, Stats Perform’s latest season review focuses on the standout performers from the 2020 MLS regular season.
These reviews apply advanced metrics to deliver key performance insights, at both the team and player level. The advanced metrics used in the report are derived from event data and include Expected Goals (xG), Expected Assists (xA), Expected Goals on Target (xGOT) and Sequences and Possessions.
Key findings highlighted in the MLS review include:
– Supporters’ Shield winners Philadelphia Union and MLS Is Back Tournament winners Portland Timbers were the joint-highest scorers from open play (34), with both teams exceeding their xG output by seven and ten goals respectively.
– Newcomers Nashville SC created over 30% of their total xG from set pieces, with goals from set plays accounting for half of their total regular season output.
– Both New York teams looked to win the ball back high up the field, ranking first and second in MLS for high turnovers. This approach paid off for New York City, who scored five goals from shots resulting from a high turnover.
– New England Revolution stopper Matt Turner enjoyed a strong campaign for the second year in succession. Excluding penalties and own goals, he conceded 21 times, over eight fewer goals compared to what we would expect from the xGOT his team conceded.
– Cristian Espinoza was one of only two players to create over 40 chances following a ball carry. He scored or assisted eight times for San Jose Earthquakes after completing a carry, a combined output substantially higher than any other player.
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