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    • Only the numbers: A look at TFC through advanced measures

      After three weeks, the updated look at TFC's season through the publicly available data on MLSsoccer.com's chalkboard option.

      The numbers are blow the jump. Starting next week we will start to evaluate the numbers (when the data set is big enough) with comparables to other teams. For now, the numbers without comment.


      Positive touches measures how often a player successfully converts possession into a positive result (shot, pass to another teammate, etc).

      Player Total touches Positive touches Negative touches Positive touch percentage
      Bendik 85 26 59 30.5%
      O'Dea 108 82 26 75.0%
      Califf 83 65 18 78.3%
      Eckersley 171 123 48 71.9%
      AMorgan 123 76 47 61.7%
      Bekker 96 70 26 72.9%
      Dunfield 175 137 38 78.2%
      Hall 116 87 29 75%
      Lambe 105 84 21 80.0%
      Ephraim 155 113 42 72.9%
      TMorgan 4 2 2 50.0%
      Earnshaw 53 38 15 71.6%
      Welshman 2 2 0 100%
      Osorio 14 12 2 85.7%
      Russell 34 20 14 58.8%


      Shooting percentage (only players with a registered attempt are listed)

      Player Attempts On goal Missed Percentage on goal
      O'Dea 4 0 4 0%
      Dunfield 4 0 4 0%
      A Morgan 1 0 1 0%
      Lambe 2 0 2 0%
      Ephraim 2 0 2 0%
      Earnshaw 6 5 1 83.3%


      Dribbling

      Player Attempts Successful Failed Percentage successful
      Earnshaw 22 6 16 27.2%
      Osorio 4 0 4 0%
      Bekker 6 0 6 0%
      Lambe 31 5 26 16.1%
      Eckersley 36 3 33 8.3%
      Ephraim 21 3 18 14.2%
      O'Dea 24 4 20 16.6%
      Califf 17 0 17 0%
      A Morgan 29 0 29 0%
      Dunfield 26 6 20 23%
      Russell 10 0 10 0%
      Bostock 42 7 35 16.6%
      Hall 18 2 16 11.1%


      Defensive stats

      Name Tackles Blocks Interceptions Clearances Recoveries
      Eckersley 17 3 8 12 11
      Califf 3 3 4 26 7
      O'Dea 0 4 6 25 11
      A Morgan 3 4 3 9 9
      Dunfield 3 2 6 8 10
      Russell 3 0 1 0 3
      Bostock 0 0 1 0 5
      Hall 2 2 4 1 18
      Lambe 10 0 3 0 20
      Bekker 5 0 0 2 3
      Osorio 1 1 0 1 1
      Earnshaw 2 0 2 0 6
      Ephraim 2 0 1 2 16
      Welshman 1 0 1 0 1
      T Morgan 1 0 1 0 3
      Comments 30 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        These numbers really don't tell much of a story at this point.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Yes, it does. It tells the story of the first three games. If you aren't forming opinions at this point, you're either an idiot or one of those blind faith supporters
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Pulling #'s out of your ass? Seen O'Dea make several tackles this year
      1. Myles B's Avatar
        Myles B -
        Dunfield's are second best dribbler!?!?
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Pulling #'s out of your ass? Seen O'Dea make several tackles this year
        Vancouver: http://www.mlssoccer.com/sites/all/m...lsdGVycz0yNQ==

        Kansas City: http://www.mlssoccer.com/sites/all/m...lsdGVycz0yNQ==

        Montreal: http://www.mlssoccer.com/sites/all/m...lsdGVycz0yNQ==


        Thanks for reading.
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        Quote Originally Posted by Myles B View Post
        Dunfield's are second best dribbler!?!?
        Dunfield is arguably the biggest representation of how a fan's eyes can't be trusted -- fans see and remember outliers (big plays, both positive and negative). They don't notice efficiency.

        There is a reason Dunfield has been a consistant starter for THREE different managers and it's probably found in these numbers.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Yes, it does. It tells the story of the first three games. If you aren't forming opinions at this point, you're either an idiot or one of those blind faith supporters
        So tell us the story Mr.Insight!!!
      1. Unregisteredred's Avatar
        Unregisteredred -
        Pretty sure Duane's fudged the numbers some how, Dunfield our best player and a mariner guy... hmmm....
      1. squizz's Avatar
        squizz -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregisteredred View Post
        Pretty sure Duane's fudged the numbers some how, Dunfield our best player and a mariner guy... hmmm....
        Why not just go check the numbers on MLS's website yourself, if you're so skeptical?

        Oh, right, because you're just a keyboard warrior with an axe to grind, to whom facts are irrelevant. Silly me.
      1. mastermixer's Avatar
        mastermixer -
        Does he make accurate passes? Yes.
        Does he help move the play forward? No

        His passes almost always are back to TFC defenders, which is an easy pass and has less chance to show up in the Negative column of your chart.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I knew that Earnshaw is the only player to have scored a goal so far this season for TFC, but I didn't realize he is the only person to get a shot on net!

        My other takeaway is, Welshman for MVP!!!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        I knew that Earnshaw is the only player to have scored a goal so far this season for TFC, but I didn't realize he is the only person to get a shot on net!

        My other takeaway is, Welshman for MVP!!!
        This is exactly why this is a non-story.
      1. md2merce's Avatar
        md2merce -
        Holy Ashtone Morgan Batman.

        29 dribbling attempts (4th most) NONE successful.

        I have to confess I am not sure what a "dribbling attempt" is, but you have to think he could pull one of them off.

        On the defensive side, Eckersly (not exactly a world beater on the defensive end) is killing him in the "who call fill up the stat column" races.

        All of this to say that the numbers are backing up the subjective view I have had of his game this year - it hasn't been good enough.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        2 things surprised me:
        Of 42 dribbling attempts, Bostock has failed 35 of them.
        Of 85 touches, Bendik has made 59 negative touches.
      1. mowe's Avatar
        mowe -
        Thanks for the roundup Duane. But since most fans are unfamiliar with these stats and what exactly they mean I look forward to further articles comparing to other teams. That will provide some much-needed context.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Duane Rollins View Post
        Dunfield is arguably the biggest representation of how a fan's eyes can't be trusted -- fans see and remember outliers (big plays, both positive and negative). They don't notice efficiency.

        There is a reason Dunfield has been a consistant starter for THREE different managers and it's probably found in these numbers.
        *Or* perhaps the statistics displayed aren't telling the story of his true effectiveness.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        thanks CSN for this info. while soccer is a game of opinion, having objective quants really helps us as fans when the emotional aspects of the game can affect our judgement on what is and has happened on the field of play. a lot of this is eye opening stuff...thanks-looking forward to more as the season progresses...jmo
      1. Brenton's Avatar
        Brenton -
        Quote Originally Posted by mastermixer View Post
        Does he make accurate passes? Yes.
        Does he help move the play forward? No

        His passes almost always are back to TFC defenders, which is an easy pass and has less chance to show up in the Negative column of your chart.
        The same criticism is often levelled at Busquets, but if you (the general you, not you in particular) don't think he's a phenomenal player and integral to Spain and Barcelona's success you are either blind or insane or both.

        I'm not a fan of Dunfield, for what it's worth. At all. Routinely make fun of him, etc.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        i'll trust what my eyes see on the field over any other sort of computer thing that clearly has missed tackles
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        This is exactly why this is a non-story.
        The Welshman comment I made was obviously a joke, but no team should have only one player hitting the net with a shot in a 3 game span. The sample space on Welshman is very small, but SOMEBODY has to have hit the net.

        At any rate, you are right, this isn't a story... it's stats.
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