Around MLS: A statistical look at goals and shooting success

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

An earlier article showed the goals and fouls for all teams near the mid-point of the season. I thought it would be interested to see what has changed roughly 10 games later. For length this will be split into two articles, a second will follow next week with Fouls for/against.

624 goals have been scored so far this season, which gives an average of 2.61 goals per game. 1.6 of those have been for the Home team, and 1.01 for the Away team.

D.C. United

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
15
41
298
91
338
118

G/Game GA/Game S/Game SOG/Game SA/Game SOGA/Game

0.6 1.64 11.9 31%
3.6
13.52 35%
4.72

With a net goals per game at -1.04 it's clear to see why they're in last place. A lacking offense coupled with a porous defense is not the path to success. 31% of their shots are on goal, but only 16% of those result in a goal. Their opponents Shots fare better with 35% of shots being on goal and 35% of those scoring - 2nd worst in the league.
Leading Scorer: Luis Silva, Dwayne DeRosario (3 each)

Toronto FC

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
22
34
244
79
340
106

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

0.88
1.36
9.8
32%
3.2/game
13.6
31%
4.24

A net goals per game of -0.48 is much better than DC; with 32% of their shots are on goal, but with only 28% of those going in showing why they're at the bottom with DC. Opponents have 31% of their shots on target resulting in 32% success rate.

Leading Scorer: Robert Earnshaw (6)

Chivas USA

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
24
45
248
86
397
142

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

0.96
1.8
9.9
35%
3.4/game
15.88
36%
5.68

A league low 45 Goals Against gives them a net GPG of -0.84. Teams outshoot Chivas at a phenomenal rate, and there is only so much Dan Kennedy can do when facing a barrage. While 35% of their shots are on goal, only 28% have scored, the shot imbalance results in 36% of opponents shots being on target, and the fact that only 32% of those got past Kennedy is a testament to his ability.
Leading Scorer: Erick Torres (4)

San Jose Earthquakes

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
26
28
37
328
103
328
123

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.08
1.42
12.6
31%
4/game
12.62
38%
4.73

What a difference a season makes, the goal leaders from last year currently have a net GPG of -0.34. With 31% of their shots being on goal a fairly low 27% of them have scored. Their opponents boast a 38% shots on goal ratio and 30% of those scoring.

Leading Scorer: Chris Wondolowski (8)

Columbus Crew

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
29
34
343
112
321
114

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.16
1.36
13.7
33%
4.5/game
12.84
36%
4.56

With a net GPG of -0.2 they're getting close to breaking even, but they'll have to work at it. The Crew have taken 33% of their shots on goal, but have the 3rd lowest SOG conversion at 26%. Opponents are fairly average with 36% of shots being on goal and 30% of those successful.

Leading Scorer: Federico Higuain (9)

Houston Dynamo

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
24
29
28
323
98
312
101

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.21
1.17
13.5
30%
4.1/game
13
32%
4.21

With the Dynamo we finally get a positive net GPG, even if it is a meager 0.04. A balanced 30% of their shots are on goal, and 30% scoring. Opponents take 32% of their shots on goal, but decent defense has meant only 28% got through.

Leading Scorer: Will Bruin (6)

Chicago Fire

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
24
30
34
326
120
326
107

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.25
1.42
13.6
37%
5/game
13.58
33%
4.46

Their dismal start did the Fire no favors, but they're slowly climbing with a net -0.17 GPG. An excellent 37% of their shots are on target, but they are 2nd lowest converting them at 25%. Opponents are about average with 33% on goal, and 32% succeeding.

Leading Scorer: Mike Magee (8)

Seattle Sounders

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
23
31
26
270
88
291
92

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.35
1.13
11.7
33%
3.8/game
12.65
32%
4

Seattle is making up for their weak start to the season, and with games in hand can continue to do so. Their net GPG is only 0.22; and though only 33% of their shots are on goal, they have the 2nd best SOG conversion rate at 35%. With an excellent goalkeeper, of the 32% shots on goal; only 28% have found the back of the net.

Leading Scorer: Obafemi Martins (7)

Colorado Rapids

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
26
33
27
365
110
281
103

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.27
1.04
14
30%
4.2/game
10.81
37%
3.96

As with the Sounders, Colorado is making up for their slow start, but with much less games in hand. Marginally better with a 0.23 net GPG, they are also average with 30% shots/goal, and 30% of those succeeding. Amazing goalkeeping have meant opponents succeed only 26% of the 37% of shots on goal against - tied for 3rd best in the league.

Leading Scorer: Deshorn Brown (7)

New England Revolution

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
34
24
279
105
309
96

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.36
.96
11.2
38%
4.2/game
12.36
31%
3.84

The Revolution have the league low Goals Against of 24, making their net GPG a respectable 0.4. They take 38% of their shots on goal, with a success rate of 32%; coupled with their low Goals Against rating, opponents take 31% of their shots on goal, but only 25% going in - 2nd best in the league.

Leading Scorer: Diego Fagundez (8)

FC Dallas

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
26
36
38
321
118
333
132

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.38
1.46
12.3
37%
4.5/game
12.81
40%
5.08

Dallas had an excellent start, but it has all come crashing down - their net GPG has fallen to -0.08. With 37% of their shots on goal that's tied for 3rd best, but they still have an average 31% conversion rate. Conversely, opponents have a league high 40% of their shots on goal, and 29% of those making it in is slightly better than average.

Leading Scorer: Blas Perez (10)

Sporting Kansas City

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
26
36
26
401
121
226
79

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.38
1
15.4
30%
4.7/game
8.69
35%
3.04

KC has a healthy 0.38 net GPG, and boast the most shots of any team in the league. In other respects they are average - 30% of shots are on goal, and 30% succeed. Opponents are more successful taking 35% on target, and 33% of those making it in.

Leading Scorer: Claudio Bieler (9)

Vancouver Whitecaps

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
36
33
319
114
375
105

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.44
1.32
12.8
36%
4.6/game
15
28%
4.2

It is testament to their defense/goalkeeping that they have faced the 2nd most shots against, but have only given up 33 goals. A net GPG of 0.12 isn't great, but better than many. With 36% of their shots on goal, the Caps also have a slightly better than average conversion rate of 32%. While opponents take less of their shots on goal (league low 28%), 31% of those have been successful.

Leading Scorer: Camilo Sanvezzo (14)

Philadelphia Union

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
26
37
37
353
122
330
116

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.42
1.42
13.6
35%
4.7/game
12.69
35%
4.46

Inconsistent Philly have a net GPG of 0. Tied for 5th in Goals For shows they can strike well, but they're tied for 4th worst at goals given up. An excellent 35% of their shots are on goal, but only an average of 30% go in. Opponents also take 35% on target - and succeed 32% of the time.

Leading Scorer: Jack McInerney (10)

Portland Timbers

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
37
26
331
119
325
108

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.48
1.04
13.2
36%
4.8/game
13
33%
4.32

The Timbers have a respectable 0.44 net GPG. They have the 3rd lowest SOG-Against, and the 3rd highest SOG total; 36% of their shots are on target, but their conversion rate is still only an average 31%. Where they excel has been vs opponents - while 33% of the shots against have been on target, thanks to Donovan Ricketts a league low 24% have resulted in a goal.

Leading Scorer: Ryan Johnson (8)

New York Red Bulls

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
26
38
34
303
106
341
116

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.46
1.31
11.7
35%
4.1/game
13.12
34%
4.46

With 3 leading scorers it's no wonder they've scored the 4th highest number of goals with a league high 36% SOG conversion rate, but a meager 0.15 net GPG shows their defensive weakness.

Leading Scorer: Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Fabian Espindola (7 ea)

Los Angeles Galaxy

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
25
40
32
372
126
244
89

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.6
1.28
14.9
34%
5/game
9.76
36%
3.56

The Galaxy have the lowest Shots Against in the league, their offense is also ticking along nicely giving a net GPG 0.32. With 34% of their shots on goal, and a conversion slightly better than average at 32%. The dark side is their defense/goalkeeping to date, with opponents being able to take 36% on goal - and a league high 36% of those succeeding.

Leading Scorer: Robbie Keane (10)

Montreal Impact

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
24
41
35
306
131
354
117

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.71
1.46
12.8
43%
5.5/game
14.75
33%
4.48

While 2nd on goals scored, they've also given up the most of the top 5 on this list; that drops their net GPG 0.25. The Impact boast a league high 43% SOG ratio, but conversion is merely an average 31%. Fortunately opponents are also about average with 33% on target and 30% success rate.

Leading Scorer: Marco Di Vaio (15)

Real Salt Lake

Played
Goals
Against
Shots
On Goal
Against
On Goal
27
48
33
369
144
328
129

G/G
GA/G
S/G
SOG/G
SA/G
SOGA/G

1.78
1.22
13.7
39%
5.3/game
12.15
39%
4.78

With the highest Goals For and GPG, they've reached a league high 0.56 net GPG. They have the 2nd highest SOG ratio at 39% and 3rd best conversion at 33%. This is coupled by the Great Wall of Rimando - even with a league high 39% of opponents shots being on goal, only 26% have found the net, tied for 3rd best in the league.

Leading Scorer: Alvaro Saborio (9)

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