A Stats Geek's Guide to the 2010 Chivas USA Season
Now that the 2010 season is over, a quick look at the numbers has revealed some interesting statistics.
The Long Ball:
Chivas USA had 31 goals in the season’s 30 games, scoring ten of those from outside the penalty area. At over 30%, that is one of the highest ratios in MLS. Interestingly, none of the Red-and-White’s 31 goals came from a direct or indirect free kick. One of next season’s goals will surely be becoming more dangerous on set pieces.
The All-Important First Goal:
When the Goat’s scored first, they were 8-1-0 this season. Halftime score-lines were a good barometer for the 2010 Goats - they won all four games in which they led at the interval, and lost all ten in which they trailed.
Defenders Mariano Trujillo and Michael Umaña and striker Justin Braun led the squad in appearances this year, each playing in an impressive 28 of the team’s 30 MLS contests. Trujillo and Umaña both started all of their 28 games.
Espinoza’s Hot Finish:
Acquired at midseason, Mexican midfielder Roldofo Espinoza took part in each of the team’s final 14 games. Once he settled in and got used to the pace and physicality of MLS, he really found his form, tallying two assists and his first MLS goal in the final four matches. The Red-and-White will be hoping his hot streak continues in the 2011 season.
Nagamura’s Feisty Side:
Though he only played in the final fifteen games of the season, Midfielder Paulo Nagamura certainly got involved in his share of tackles. The Brazilian suffered 23 fouls (second most on the team) and committed the same number, 23. Being amongst the team’s leaders in fouls suffered and committed in so few appearances is indicative of Nagamura’s physical style. His midfield bite has long been a staple of the Chivas USA team, and will continue to be important next season.
Braun’s Big Goals:
The 22-year old led the team with 3 game winning goals and scored many others that contributed to positive results. Chivas USA was 6-2-0 when the forward from Salt Lake got a goal. Chivas USA will be counting on the burgeoning star to produce more of the same next season.