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MLS Cup 2013: RSL v Sporting KC statistical lineup head-to-head

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With the MLS Cup Final around the corner, it seems prudent to take a look at the starting lineups for both sides and their statistical tendencies. Without much further ado, the numbers, with a few notes. These stats include playoff numbers. For the sake of convenience, stats in which one of the two players holds a considerably greater advantage than the other are highlighted.

Rimando v. Nielsen

Stat Rimando Nielsen
Mins played 2820 3360
Saves / minutes per save 91 / 31.0 74 / 45.4
Punches / mins. per 23 / 122.6 17 / 197.6
High claim / mins. per 32 / 88.1 30 / 110.2
Error leading to goal 1 1
Clean sheet 11 14

Tony Beltran v. Chance Myers

Stat Beltran Myers
Mins played 2620 2683
Passing accuracy 77% -- 955 / 1230 76% -- 836 / 1103
Crossing accuracy 25% -- 20 / 79 27% -- 25 / 90
Key passes / mins per 27 / 97.0 31 / 86.5
Duels won / total 56% -- 151 / 268 54% -- 159 / 293
Interceptions / mins. per 76 / 34.5 77 / 34.8

Borchers and Schuler v. Collin and Besler

I've compared them as a pair because it seems the most fitting, but note: We're not comparing the pairing, but the individual players.

Stat Borchers Schuler Collin Besler
Mins played 2910 1830 2865 2370
Passing accuracy 86% -- 957 / 1108 80% -- 549 / 683 76% -- 1129 / 1483 80% -- 1094 / 1365
Tackles / mins. per 37 / 78.6 30 / 61.0 83 / 34.5 44 / 53.9
Fouls / mins. per 19 / 153.2 21 / 87.1 61 / 47.0 24 / 98.8
Duels won / total 64% -- 141 / 222 63% -- 91/145 63% -- 273/433 62% -- 156/253
Interceptions / mins. per 64 / 45.5 91 / 20.1 135 / 21.2 75 / 31.6

Chris Wingert v. Seth Sinovic

Stat Wingert Sinovic
Mins played 1985 3073
Passing accuracy 77% -- 878 / 1136 80% -- 1078 / 1353
Crossing accuracy 23% -- 6 / 26 20% -- 14 / 71
Key passes / mins. per 21 -- 94.5 23 -- 133.6
Duels won / total 56% -- 105 / 188 54% -- 162 / 300
Interceptions / mins. per 61 / 32.5 106 / 29.0

Kyle Beckerman v. Uri Rosell

Stat Beckerman Rosell
Mins played 2671 2991
Passing accuracy 82% -- 1694 / 2060 84% -- 1501 / 1792
Key passes / mins. per 32 / 83.5 23 / 130.0
Tackles / mins. per 58 / 46.1 98 / 30.5
Fouls / mins. per 30 / 89.0 72 / 41.5
Interceptions / mins. per 78 / 34.2 149 / 20.1

Ned Grabavoy v. Paulo Nagamura

Stat Grabavoy Nagamura
Mins played 2842 1655
Passing accuracy 87% -- 1126 / 1299 80% -- 574 / 719
Key passes / mins. per 51 / 55.7 8 / 206.9
Tackles / mins. per 82 / 34.7 36 / 46.0
Fouls / mins. per 41 / 69.3 25 / 66.2
Interceptions / mins. per 54 / 52.6 30 / 55.2

Javier Morales v. Graham Zusi

This is the first spot in which it gets a little bit tricky — Morales does play in a slightly different position from Zusi, with Zusi recently playing further forward, but as you'll see, their numbers do lend themselves to comparison.

Stat Morales Zusi
Mins played 2652 2657
Goals / Assists 9 / 13 6 / 9
Passing accuracy 82% -- 1598 / 1947 77% -- 908 / 1187
Key passes / mins. per 117 / 22.7 94 / 28.3
Shots / mins. per 48 / 55.3 57 / 46.6
Fouled / mins. per 84 / 31.6 61 / 43.6

Luis Gil v. Benny Feilhaber

Stat Gil Feilhaber
Mins played 2450 1964
Goals / Assists 3 / 3 3 / 5
Passing accuracy 76% -- 789 / 1036 83% -- 846 / 1023
Key passes / mins. per 23 / 106.5 40 / 49.1
Shots / mins. per 46 / 53.3 41 / 47.9
Interceptions / mins. per 24 / 102.1 33 / 59.5

A note about shooting accuracy -- we're dealing with on-target and off-target numbers; blocks aren't counted in here.

Robbie Findley v. Soony Saad

Stat Findley Saad
Mins played 1525 1396
Goals / Assists 8 / 3 4 / 4
Shots / mins. per 43 / 35.5 58 / 24.1
Shooting accuracy (on target / off target) 42% -- 18 / 32 38% -- 15 / 39
Passing accuracy 76% -- 320 / 419 77% -- 296 / 383
Subbed off / subbed on 18 / 9 11 / 10

Alvaro Saborio v. Dom Dwyer

Stat Saborio
Mins played 1545 785
Goals / Assists 12 / 2 2 / 2
Shots / mins. per 56 / 27.6 36 / 21.8
Shooting accuracy (on target / off target) 47% -- 22 / 47 40% -- 11/29
Passing accuracy 70% -- 274 / 389 71% -- 94 / 132
Subbed off / subbed on 4 / 1 8 / 11