PDO: Week 20 Update / by Drew Olsen

Last week, we talked about PDO...a lot. We likely will continue to talk about PDO and monitor it through the season. After games played this past weekend here are the up-to-date rankings. I know that Matthias usually just updates his page on Monday, but I'm actually going to make these a post so that when I want to do a week-by-week investigation later on this off-season, it saves me time. Because it's all about me.

Team SA GA GA% Sv% SF GF SH% TSR Points Games PPG PDO
Portland Timbers 83 18 0.22 0.78 93 30 0.32 0.528 33 19 1.74 1106
New England Rev. 75 16 0.21 0.79 72 22 0.31 0.490 24 18 1.33 1092
Real Salt Lake 87 18 0.21 0.79 112 32 0.29 0.563 37 20 1.85 1079
New York Red Bulls 83 24 0.29 0.71 79 29 0.37 0.488 31 20 1.55 1078
Seattle Sounders FC 73 20 0.27 0.73 61 21 0.34 0.455 24 17 1.41 1070
Houston Dynamo 76 19 0.25 0.75 76 22 0.29 0.500 29 19 1.53 1039
Vancouver Whitecaps 81 26 0.32 0.68 91 32 0.35 0.529 32 19 1.68 1031
FC Dallas 105 27 0.26 0.74 96 27 0.28 0.478 31 20 1.55 1024
Colorado Rapids 81 22 0.27 0.73 80 23 0.29 0.497 27 20 1.35 1016
Philadelphia Union 88 30 0.34 0.66 93 32 0.34 0.514 30 20 1.50 1003
Columbus Crew 90 23 0.26 0.74 89 23 0.26 0.497 23 19 1.21 1003
Montreal Impact 91 29 0.32 0.68 97 31 0.32 0.516 31 18 1.72 1001
Sporting Kansas City 56 19 0.34 0.66 92 29 0.32 0.622 33 20 1.65 976
L.A. Galaxy 70 24 0.34 0.66 100 30 0.30 0.588 30 20 1.50 957
San Jose Earthquakes 105 32 0.30 0.70 84 21 0.25 0.444 24 21 1.14 945
CD Chivas USA 107 35 0.33 0.67 63 17 0.27 0.371 14 19 0.74 943
Toronto FC 77 27 0.35 0.65 59 17 0.29 0.434 13 18 0.72 937
Chicago Fire 77 28 0.36 0.64 91 20 0.22 0.542 21 18 1.17 856
DC United 81 29 0.36 0.64 56 8 0.14 0.409 10 19 0.53 785

This week you see Montreal continue to sit somewhere rather neutral in the luck department. Interesting situation after reading Richard Whittall's weekly analytic piece on the Canadian club yesterday. Even more-so when considering some of the screaming by the press and cries about replacing possibly replacing Marco Schallibaum  at the helm...in fact I kind of think it's down right crazy. I wouldn't considered the Impact to be a Supporter Shield contender---that's just me---but it also doesn't mean they won't be. Their points-per-match total is third in MLS, and they still have one-two games in hand on the clubs ahead of them.

Speaking of the East. The New York Red Bulls continue their rise up the luck charts. Something to consider after defeating the Impact 4-0 this week and all the talk about "finally coming together". Remember this graphic is about luck, not about talent. That is to say, be careful about high and lofty dreams, east siders. I can see the Red Bulls struggling to retain that first place position.

Another riser, this one out west, is Vancouver. They are on their way up with the recent performances of Kenny Miller, Camilo and Brad Knighton. Their 1.68 points-per-game average have them quietly (or, of late, not so quietly) contending for a top-3 playoff position ahead of Dallas, LA and Seattle. Something to take note and see whether they are truly overachieving and just on a hot-streak, or finally hitting a much-needed groove.

Lastly, on the subject of FC Dallas, I think it's interesting how they've held pretty firm with a PDO over 1000. Expect them to continue to regress over the next few weeks. The number of shots that they are allowing to reach Raul Fernandez is quiet surprising, and the fact that they are producing an above average save% makes me question how much longer they'll stick around. Though, admittedly, much of that has been due to George John being MIA. His return from the hamstring strain will be crucial to stopping attacks before they get to the keeper.