PDO: Major League Soccer Table 7/12/13 / by Drew Olsen

We had a light introduction of the statistic of PDO last evening, and as promised, here is the corresponding table as it exists for Major League Soccer.

Team Games PPG TSR PDO
New England Rev. 17 1.41 0.497 1101
Portland Timbers 18 1.67 0.530 1100
Seattle Sounders FC 16 1.50 0.469 1071
FC Dallas 19 1.63 0.474 1060
Real Salt Lake 19 1.79 0.569 1049
Montreal Impact 17 1.82 0.522 1039
New York Red Bulls 19 1.47 0.480 1039
Houston Dynamo 18 1.44 0.493 1034
Vancouver Whitecaps 18 1.61 0.525 1016
Colorado Rapids 20 1.35 0.497 1016
Columbus Crew 19 1.21 0.489 1012
Philadelphia Union 19 1.42 0.520 975
L.A. Galaxy 19 1.58 0.594 967
Sporting Kansas City 19 1.58 0.603 965
San Jose Earthquakes 20 1.05 0.432 945
Toronto FC 17 0.76 0.460 940
CD Chivas USA 18 0.78 0.384 937
Chicago Fire 17 1.24 0.551 864
DC United 19 0.53 0.382 802

If you're trying to figure out what to look at, there are a couple of things that may, possibly, jump out at you. The first being the New England Revolution sandwiched between the two best teams in MLS, Portland and Montreal. Admittedly, the club has been on a sort of hot streak but it a large percentage of their PDO comes from the lack of goals they've conceded. Opposing clubs have the worst conversion rate of Goals/Shots against New England.

Similarly, you see Sporting Kansas City sitting 15th in PDO and can't help but be a little bit scared of what could come in the second half should there be positive regression. Considering all the head scratching that the media and supporters have concerning Seattle's early exploits, Sporting has gone largely unnoticed with an underwhelming start. Yet, the TSR (explanation linked--we'll get into this more down the road) is very much there and so are the points. An interesting out come for a club that (deservedly) had the hype machine cranked to full.

Oh, and DC United is definitely still a combination bad and unlucky. Sorry, Drew.