MLS advanced statistics: A constantly updated database on shot and goal types

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Wondering how your favorite MLS team creates chances and how frequently they should be scoring? Look no further.

The following sortable tables contain advanced statistics for the 2013 Major League Soccer season.  It will be updated weekly with 2014 statistics once the new season kicks off. These statistics break down shots, shots on target and goals for both attack and defense, based on shot location and assist type. For definitions, see the Glossary below.

All data provided by Opta.

Major League Soccer 2014 Statistics

Updated through matches of 7/13/2014

For definitions, see the Glossary below.

Attack DZS WS SoB DZSoT WSoT SoBoT %DZ %SiB %Cross %TB
Chicago Fire 76 44 93 34 11 23 35.7% 56.3% 46.1% 6.7%
Chivas USA 59 40 79 22 12 19 33.1% 55.6% 55.9% 4.5%
Colorado Rapids 65 52 114 21 23 29 28.1% 50.6% 43.1% 4.0%
Columbus Crew 85 47 104 24 16 29 36.0% 55.9% 47.1% 8.1%
D.C. United 78 40 84 29 13 20 38.6% 58.4% 51.3% 11.2%
FC Dallas 86 51 74 33 20 16 40.8% 64.9% 45.3% 10.9%
Houston Dynamo 97 47 101 32 15 25 39.6% 58.8% 54.6% 4.7%
LA Galaxy 88 44 103 32 10 30 37.4% 56.2% 38.6% 8.5%
Montreal Impact 72 45 85 29 21 22 35.6% 57.9% 41.7% 12.5%
New England Revolution 70 58 112 23 22 34 29.2% 53.3% 28.6% 10.0%
New York Red Bulls 114 35 61 49 9 20 54.3% 71.0% 48.2% 7.8%
Philadelphia Union 94 57 107 33 16 28 36.4% 58.5% 38.3% 7.4%
Portland Timbers 91 47 116 34 22 33 35.8% 54.3% 44.0% 6.3%
Real Salt Lake 74 42 88 31 18 25 36.3% 56.9% 45.9% 13.6%
San Jose Earthquakes 82 35 86 31 11 16 40.4% 57.6% 46.3% 5.7%
Seattle Sounders FC 97 42 106 52 15 27 39.6% 56.7% 44.3% 6.8%
Sporting Kansas City 100 48 103 35 17 31 39.8% 59.0% 47.0% 7.5%
Toronto FC 72 41 76 25 18 20 38.1% 59.8% 47.2% 9.3%
Vancouver Whitecaps 55 49 123 23 20 42 24.2% 45.8% 41.8% 10.5%

Defense DZS WS SoB DZSoT WSoT SoBoT %DZ %SiB %Cross %TB
Chicago Fire 85 44 73 33 15 23 42.1% 63.9% 47.1% 14.5%
Chivas USA 81 47 87 35 15 23 37.7% 59.5% 48.1% 12.2%
Colorado Rapids 83 31 80 34 13 23 42.8% 58.8% 42.2% 8.9%
Columbus Crew 78 51 98 33 21 17 34.4% 56.8% 48.7% 9.4%
D.C. United 91 46 87 34 19 21 40.6% 61.2% 50.5% 7.5%
FC Dallas 92 43 124 42 15 28 35.5% 52.1% 45.7% 5.0%
Houston Dynamo 97 50 108 39 17 35 38.0% 57.6% 41.2% 10.9%
LA Galaxy 54 43 63 19 19 16 33.8% 60.6% 51.9% 10.9%
Montreal Impact 83 35 96 29 13 35 38.8% 55.1% 55.4% 6.7%
New England Revolution 91 44 93 31 14 22 39.9% 59.2% 40.7% 7.4%
New York Red Bulls 93 49 108 25 18 40 37.2% 56.8% 38.7% 6.2%
Philadelphia Union 92 52 83 42 16 22 40.5% 63.4% 31.5% 11.5%
Portland Timbers 101 52 114 37 14 40 37.8% 57.3% 43.6% 4.7%
Real Salt Lake 103 62 103 40 27 24 38.4% 61.6% 48.5% 6.0%
San Jose Earthquakes 72 47 107 25 16 27 31.9% 52.7% 44.4% 4.7%
Seattle Sounders FC 62 55 123 16 23 33 25.8% 48.8% 43.5% 11.1%
Sporting Kansas City 56 36 66 21 13 16 35.4% 58.2% 37.5% 13.6%
Toronto FC 65 29 94 28 9 19 34.6% 50.0% 47.7% 3.8%
Vancouver Whitecaps 76 48 108 29 12 25 32.8% 53.4% 53.9% 1.8%

Expected Goals DZ G WG GoB PenG OG G G/DZS G/WS G/SoB xG
Chicago Fire 15 3 3 4 0 25 0.197 0.068 0.032 24.8
Chivas USA 12 2 2 4 0 20 0.203 0.050 0.025 20.5
Colorado Rapids 10 4 5 7 1 27 0.154 0.077 0.044 22.5
Columbus Crew 8 4 4 4 0 20 0.094 0.085 0.038 24.2
D.C. United 16 2 4 2 2 26 0.205 0.050 0.048 22.3
FC Dallas 18 2 4 4 2 30 0.209 0.039 0.054 25.8
Houston Dynamo 13 3 2 2 0 20 0.134 0.064 0.020 27.7
LA Galaxy 16 1 2 0 1 20 0.182 0.023 0.019 26.6
Montreal Impact 13 2 2 0 0 17 0.181 0.044 0.024 25.2
New England Revolution 12 4 2 3 2 23 0.171 0.069 0.018 27.2
New York Red Bulls 24 1 2 3 0 30 0.211 0.029 0.033 28.0
Philadelphia Union 17 3 4 4 1 29 0.181 0.053 0.037 28.9
Portland Timbers 17 4 6 2 1 30 0.187 0.085 0.052 27.3
Real Salt Lake 15 4 3 5 0 27 0.203 0.095 0.034 22.7
San Jose Earthquakes 9 2 2 2 1 16 0.110 0.057 0.023 22.9
Seattle Sounders FC 24 4 2 4 1 35 0.247 0.095 0.019 30.8
Sporting Kansas City 13 2 5 4 1 25 0.130 0.042 0.049 27.9
Toronto FC 14 3 4 2 0 23 0.194 0.073 0.053 23.7
Vancouver Whitecaps 9 4 8 6 0 27 0.164 0.082 0.065 22.3

Expected GA DZ G WG GoB PenG OG G G/DZS G/WS G/SoB xGA
Chicago Fire 20 1 2 4 0 27 0.235 0.023 0.027 25.8
Chivas USA 15 6 4 2 0 27 0.185 0.128 0.046 24.3
Colorado Rapids 16 3 2 1 0 22 0.193 0.097 0.025 24.5
Columbus Crew 14 5 2 1 1 23 0.179 0.098 0.020 25.2
D.C. United 14 2 2 1 0 19 0.154 0.043 0.023 27.1
FC Dallas 21 1 3 1 3 29 0.228 0.023 0.024 27.4
Houston Dynamo 25 3 2 7 1 38 0.258 0.060 0.019 30.2
LA Galaxy 6 4 1 2 0 13 0.111 0.093 0.016 18.1
Montreal Impact 15 2 7 4 1 29 0.181 0.057 0.073 24.5
New England Revolution 15 1 4 3 1 24 0.165 0.023 0.043 26.9
New York Red Bulls 10 2 9 6 0 27 0.108 0.041 0.083 27.2
Philadelphia Union 24 2 4 2 1 33 0.261 0.038 0.048 28.7
Portland Timbers 16 4 3 7 2 32 0.158 0.077 0.026 31.9
Real Salt Lake 17 2 3 2 0 24 0.165 0.032 0.029 29.1
San Jose Earthquakes 8 2 3 4 1 18 0.111 0.043 0.028 22.7
Seattle Sounders FC 4 8 6 4 2 24 0.065 0.145 0.049 23.7
Sporting Kansas City 9 0 2 5 0 16 0.161 0.000 0.030 21.3
Toronto FC 14 2 1 3 0 20 0.215 0.069 0.011 20.2
Vancouver Whitecaps 12 4 6 3 0 25 0.158 0.083 0.056 22.4

Ratios TSR SiBR DZR SoTR SiBoTR DZoTR GR xGR
Chicago Fire 0.513 0.482 0.472 0.489 0.484 0.507 0.481 0.490
Chivas USA 0.453 0.436 0.421 0.421 0.405 0.386 0.426 0.458
Colorado Rapids 0.544 0.506 0.439 0.510 0.484 0.382 0.551 0.479
Columbus Crew 0.510 0.506 0.521 0.493 0.426 0.421 0.465 0.489
D.C. United 0.474 0.463 0.462 0.456 0.442 0.460 0.578 0.451
FC Dallas 0.449 0.504 0.483 0.448 0.482 0.440 0.508 0.485
Houston Dynamo 0.490 0.495 0.500 0.442 0.456 0.451 0.345 0.478
LA Galaxy 0.595 0.576 0.620 0.571 0.525 0.627 0.606 0.595
Montreal Impact 0.486 0.498 0.465 0.483 0.543 0.500 0.370 0.507
New England Revolution 0.513 0.487 0.435 0.541 0.500 0.426 0.489 0.503
New York Red Bulls 0.457 0.512 0.551 0.484 0.574 0.662 0.526 0.507
Philadelphia Union 0.532 0.512 0.505 0.490 0.458 0.440 0.468 0.502
Portland Timbers 0.488 0.474 0.474 0.494 0.523 0.479 0.484 0.461
Real Salt Lake 0.432 0.413 0.418 0.448 0.422 0.437 0.529 0.438
San Jose Earthquakes 0.473 0.496 0.532 0.460 0.506 0.554 0.471 0.502
Seattle Sounders FC 0.505 0.543 0.610 0.566 0.632 0.765 0.593 0.565
Sporting Kansas City 0.614 0.617 0.641 0.624 0.605 0.625 0.610 0.567
Toronto FC 0.501 0.546 0.526 0.529 0.538 0.472 0.535 0.539
Vancouver Whitecaps 0.495 0.456 0.420 0.563 0.512 0.442 0.519 0.499

Major League Soccer 2013 Statistics

For definitions, see the Glossary below.

Attack DZS WS SoB DZSoT WSoT SoBoT %DZ %SiB %Cross %TB
Chicago Fire 182 88 230 78 33 65 36.4% 54.0% 42.9% 6.4%
Chivas USA 116 56 158 44 19 46 35.2% 52.1% 48.3% 4.9%
Colorado Rapids 167 86 204 50 33 50 36.5% 55.4% 59.3% 3.9%
Columbus Crew 149 98 223 56 29 53 31.7% 52.6% 45.6% 8.3%
D.C. United 130 53 214 40 22 56 32.7% 46.1% 54.6% 6.1%
FC Dallas 158 94 174 66 35 44 37.1% 59.2% 41.8% 7.3%
Houston Dynamo 188 97 182 57 38 38 40.3% 61.0% 54.8% 9.7%
LA Galaxy 197 91 193 79 23 52 41.0% 59.9% 43.7% 6.5%
Montreal Impact 152 83 178 61 41 56 36.8% 56.9% 44.7% 9.7%
New England Revolution 136 69 188 69 23 48 34.6% 52.2% 31.6% 7.3%
New York Red Bulls 179 85 138 73 31 34 44.5% 65.7% 43.6% 7.6%
Philadelphia Union 187 76 196 76 29 43 40.7% 57.3% 49.2% 4.8%
Portland Timbers 163 84 195 71 31 49 36.9% 55.9% 42.3% 9.4%
Real Salt Lake 154 73 215 77 26 55 34.8% 51.4% 42.2% 8.9%
San Jose Earthquakes 209 75 153 81 20 31 47.8% 65.0% 45.9% 2.8%
Seattle Sounders FC 177 49 181 66 17 39 43.5% 55.5% 53.7% 8.9%
Sporting Kansas City 191 86 221 66 26 57 38.4% 55.6% 42.9% 3.5%
Toronto FC 131 62 149 43 17 43 38.3% 56.4% 42.7% 1.8%
Vancouver Whitecaps 145 74 213 53 32 59 33.6% 50.7% 37.2% 6.1%

Defense DZS WS SoB DZSoT WSoT SoBoT %DZ %SiB %Cross %TB
Chicago Fire 181 93 197 67 37 46 38.4% 58.2% 54.1% 7.6%
Chivas USA 205 102 209 86 38 52 39.7% 59.5% 49.3% 10.0%
Colorado Rapids 150 68 169 52 29 48 38.8% 56.3% 54.0% 7.0%
Columbus Crew 160 106 175 65 32 58 36.3% 60.3% 36.9% 8.2%
D.C. United 188 96 177 81 31 44 40.8% 61.6% 49.5% 4.2%
FC Dallas 175 82 178 74 33 51 40.2% 59.1% 41.7% 7.5%
Houston Dynamo 168 74 181 60 27 43 39.7% 57.2% 36.9% 9.2%
LA Galaxy 114 59 152 48 21 45 35.1% 53.2% 41.2% 6.8%
Montreal Impact 183 70 236 73 26 60 37.4% 51.7% 43.7% 3.9%
New England Revolution 153 77 186 50 27 49 36.8% 55.3% 47.1% 5.9%
New York Red Bulls 141 71 231 58 20 55 31.8% 47.9% 44.0% 7.4%
Philadelphia Union 170 79 184 62 32 49 39.3% 57.5% 41.2% 7.4%
Portland Timbers 146 85 195 57 29 43 34.3% 54.2% 54.1% 2.8%
Real Salt Lake 181 68 139 74 27 43 46.6% 64.2% 45.9% 4.7%
San Jose Earthquakes 172 65 197 73 24 50 39.6% 54.6% 47.1% 5.1%
Seattle Sounders FC 162 73 194 65 22 40 37.8% 54.8% 40.7% 4.1%
Sporting Kansas City 112 50 139 38 23 36 37.2% 53.8% 43.8% 11.0%
Toronto FC 173 70 223 67 17 51 37.1% 52.1% 49.1% 5.6%
Vancouver Whitecaps 177 91 243 56 30 55 34.6% 52.4% 47.5% 6.6%

Expected Goals DZ G WG GoB PenG OG G G/DZS G/WS G/SoB xG
Chicago Fire 33 3 6 3 2 47 0.181 0.034 0.026 49.0
Chivas USA 20 1 6 1 2 30 0.172 0.018 0.038 30.9
Colorado Rapids 25 6 9 3 2 45 0.150 0.070 0.044 42.5
Columbus Crew 23 7 5 6 1 42 0.154 0.071 0.022 42.3
D.C. United 9 3 7 2 1 22 0.069 0.057 0.033 35.3
FC Dallas 32 6 5 3 2 48 0.203 0.064 0.029 43.0
Houston Dynamo 24 6 7 3 1 41 0.128 0.062 0.038 49.8
LA Galaxy 34 4 8 6 1 53 0.173 0.044 0.041 53.2
Montreal Impact 29 10 7 4 0 50 0.191 0.120 0.039 43.4
New England Revolution 35 4 6 3 1 49 0.257 0.058 0.032 42.2
New York Red Bulls 36 10 7 3 2 58 0.201 0.118 0.051 45.0
Philadelphia Union 33 5 4 0 0 42 0.176 0.066 0.020 46.0
Portland Timbers 37 4 9 3 1 54 0.227 0.048 0.046 44.8
Real Salt Lake 36 8 6 6 1 57 0.234 0.110 0.028 44.5
San Jose Earthquakes 22 4 6 2 1 35 0.105 0.053 0.039 49.1
Seattle Sounders FC 32 2 2 3 3 42 0.181 0.041 0.011 41.6
Sporting Kansas City 31 5 6 4 1 47 0.162 0.058 0.027 47.9
Toronto FC 19 2 5 2 2 30 0.145 0.032 0.034 35.1
Vancouver Whitecaps 27 9 11 6 0 53 0.186 0.122 0.052 42.2

Expected GA DZ G WG GoB PenG OG G G/DZS G/WS G/SoB xGA
Chicago Fire 28 10 8 3 3 52 0.155 0.108 0.041 48.7
Chivas USA 44 7 10 5 1 67 0.215 0.069 0.048 54.3
Colorado Rapids 17 5 10 6 0 38 0.113 0.074 0.059 37.7
Columbus Crew 30 3 8 5 0 46 0.188 0.028 0.046 45.3
D.C. United 40 6 4 5 4 59 0.213 0.063 0.023 49.3
FC Dallas 36 7 4 2 3 52 0.206 0.085 0.022 46.3
Houston Dynamo 24 8 5 2 2 41 0.143 0.108 0.028 44.0
LA Galaxy 30 2 6 0 0 38 0.263 0.034 0.039 34.6
Montreal Impact 28 8 8 4 1 49 0.153 0.114 0.034 46.9
New England Revolution 20 3 10 3 2 38 0.131 0.039 0.054 42.1
New York Red Bulls 27 1 4 7 2 41 0.191 0.014 0.017 42.2
Philadelphia Union 33 5 4 1 1 44 0.194 0.063 0.022 44.1
Portland Timbers 20 4 5 4 0 33 0.137 0.047 0.026 39.6
Real Salt Lake 31 3 3 4 0 41 0.171 0.044 0.022 45.2
San Jose Earthquakes 32 3 4 3 0 42 0.186 0.046 0.020 43.6
Seattle Sounders FC 24 10 6 2 0 42 0.148 0.137 0.031 41.4
Sporting Kansas City 20 4 5 1 0 30 0.179 0.080 0.036 31.1
Toronto FC 30 3 10 3 1 47 0.173 0.043 0.045 45.1
Vancouver Whitecaps 23 7 8 3 4 45 0.130 0.077 0.033 46.4

Ratios TSR SiBR DZR SoTR SiBoTR DZoTR GR xGR
Chicago Fire 0.515 0.496 0.501 0.540 0.516 0.538 0.475 0.501
Chivas USA 0.390 0.359 0.361 0.382 0.337 0.338 0.309 0.363
Colorado Rapids 0.541 0.537 0.527 0.508 0.506 0.490 0.542 0.529
Columbus Crew 0.516 0.481 0.482 0.471 0.467 0.463 0.477 0.483
D.C. United 0.463 0.392 0.409 0.431 0.356 0.331 0.272 0.417
FC Dallas 0.495 0.495 0.474 0.479 0.486 0.471 0.480 0.482
Houston Dynamo 0.525 0.541 0.528 0.506 0.522 0.487 0.500 0.530
LA Galaxy 0.597 0.625 0.633 0.575 0.596 0.622 0.582 0.606
Montreal Impact 0.458 0.482 0.454 0.498 0.507 0.455 0.505 0.481
New England Revolution 0.486 0.471 0.471 0.526 0.544 0.580 0.563 0.501
New York Red Bulls 0.476 0.555 0.559 0.509 0.571 0.557 0.586 0.516
Philadelphia Union 0.515 0.514 0.524 0.509 0.528 0.551 0.488 0.511
Portland Timbers 0.509 0.517 0.528 0.539 0.543 0.555 0.621 0.531
Real Salt Lake 0.533 0.477 0.460 0.523 0.505 0.510 0.582 0.496
San Jose Earthquakes 0.502 0.545 0.549 0.473 0.510 0.526 0.455 0.529
Seattle Sounders FC 0.487 0.490 0.522 0.490 0.488 0.504 0.500 0.502
Sporting Kansas City 0.623 0.631 0.630 0.606 0.601 0.635 0.610 0.607
Toronto FC 0.423 0.443 0.431 0.433 0.417 0.391 0.390 0.438
Vancouver Whitecaps 0.458 0.450 0.450 0.505 0.497 0.486 0.541 0.476

Glossary

The shot locations are based on my Shot Matrix shot locations, the map is displayed to the right. Penalties are not included in shots.

Shot_matrix4DZS: Shots from the danger zone, which is zones 1-3, the close and central areas of the box.

WS: Shots from the wide areas of the 18-yard-box, zones 4-5.

SoB: Shots from outside the 18-yard-box, zones 6-8.

DZSoT: Shots on target from the danger zone (1-3).

WSoT: Shots on target from the wide areas of the 18-yard box (4-5).

SoBoT: Shots from outside the box on target (6-8).

%DZ: Percentage of shots taken from the danger zone.

%SiB: Percentage of shots taken from inside the 18-yard box.

%Cross: Percentage of shots from the danger zone assisted by crosses.

%TB: Percentage of shots from zones 3-5 assisted by through-balls.

DZG: Goals scored from the danger zone.

WG: Goals scored from the wide areas of the 18-yard box.

GoB: Goals scored from outside the box.

PenG: Goals scored from penalties.

OG: Goals scored from own goals.

G/DZS: Goals scored per shot taken from danger zone.

G/WS: Goals scored per shot taken from wide areas of the 18-yard box.

G/SoB: Goals scored per shot taken from outside the box.

xG: Expected goals scored based on shot type, assist type and shot location. For the explanation of the components of xG, see my first three shot matrix articles: Shot Matrix I, Shot Matrix II, Shot Matrix III.

A disclaimer on xG: These are not meant to be definitive. I have published the component numbers in shots, shot type, shots on target and goals precisely so that you can make your own judgments. The game of football is irreducibly complex, and I do not mean to suggest I have finally reduced it to a single number. But I think xG, even if this simple form, remains a useful and interesting figure. I will be working to improve my xG statistics (in a fully open way) over the next several months.

TSR: Total Shots Ratio, ratio of shots taken to shots allowed.

SiBR: Shots inside the Box Ratio, ratio of shots taken from inside the box to shots allowed from inside the box.

DZR: Danger Zone Ratio, ratio of shots taken from the Danger Zone to shots allowed from the danger zone.

SoTR: Shots on Target Ratio, ratio of shots on target taken to shots on target allowed.

SiBoTR: Shots inside the Box on Target Ratio, ratio of shots on target taken from inside the box to shots on target allowed from inside the box.

DZoTR: Danger Zone Shot on Target Ratio, ratio of shots on target taken from the Danger Zone to shots on target allowed from the danger zone.

GR: Goals Ratio, ratio of goals scored to goals allowed.

xGR: Expected Goals Ratio, ratio of expected goals scored to expected goals allowed.

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