DeAndre Yedlin

Jurgen Klinsmann and the Guatemala Paradox by Jared Young

The frustration with the state of the United States Men’s soccer team is at a new peak in the Jurgen Klinsmann era. After a disastrous second half of 2015 which saw them suffer historic losses to Jamaica and Panama in the Gold Cup followed by an extra time loss to rival Mexico, the Federation was hoping 2016 was a new beginning. But following another tragedy against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying on Friday, the U.S. has now failed to win its last four competitive matches where the talent gap was not obscene (apologies to St. Vincent and the Grenadines). The demons from last year are still lurking it appears. But to what can we attribute those demons?

Is it Klinsmann or the players?

What those demons are is the subject of much debate. Many claim that Klinsmann himself is the problem as questions surrounding his tactics, player selection and the positions he prefers for those players are appropriately criticized. After promises of progressing the U.S. style of play to compete with the more proactive national teams, Klinsmann has employed a more pragmatic reactive approach since before the World Cup. He likely regrets his promise as he’s since been unable to collect a midfield with enough talent to play a possession oriented style of soccer. When he trots Alejandro Bedoya and DeAndre Yedlin out to the wings, away from their preferred positions, in a World Cup qualifier he can't be expecting a cohesive midfield performance. Nor should the fans. But the team did waste too many balls in the final third attempting high risk passes. Do we blame the tactics, the players or both?

More after the jump.

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USMNT World Cup Qualifying Review: Klinsmann Stays Afloat by Jared Young

World Cup qualifying review: USMNT rebounds in opening weekend
The USMNT opened World Cup qualification for Russia with two solid, if unspectacular performances. They started with their easiest match of this round with a 6-1 home win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The second match was the most challenging, a road game against Trinidad and Tobago, and resulted in a 0-0 draw. The goalless result in a non-friendly was the first for the United States since their World Cup game against Germany last summer, a run of nine games. It was their seventh clean sheet overall in that same time.

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Gold Cup Team Preview: United States by Jared Young

On July 7th the United States Men will play their first competitive match in nearly a year, and in so doing begin their defense of the Gold Cup. A successful run through the final in Philadelphia would guarantee their place in the Confederations Cup in 2017, and confirm them as the dominant force in CONCACAF. Failure to win would not be the end of the world, but it would put a damper on the momentum the team has recently built with a positive World Cup run followed by overall strong performances in this cycle’s friendlies. In the end, a Gold Cup win keeps the U.S. on Jurgen Klinsmann’s aggressive path to improvement. An exit of any kind will start to raise doubts if the team has the talent to make a serious run this cycle.

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US Autopsy - World Cup 2014 by Matt Hartley

By Matt Hartley (@Libero_Or_Death)

Well the transfer rumors coming off the back of the United States’ World Cup are ending in a depressingly familiar half-exciting, half-exasperating muddle. A steady flow of rumors about foreign suitors for Matt Besler ended with the revelation that he could choose between the damned (Fulham) and barely spared (Sunderland). Little wonder that being a one-club legend in Kansas City was more appealing.

We can still salivate over where DeAndre Yedlin might end up, and while that is a totally valid use of your day, he will be more of a project for clubs like Roma or Lyon than an immediate contender for playing time. Just because the US went further than England doesn’t make Yedlin better than Glen Johnson, does it? Anyways, a few interesting statistical tidbits:

Goalkeeper

Howard - sure, he made a record-setting 16 saves against Belgium, but his best was the recovery to save from Eder after he misjudged Nani’s shot. That kept the score at 1-0, allowing the US to take advantage of their best 90 minutes of soccer and get the result that would see the US out of the group.

The most incongruous stat for Howard was his distribution distance of 30 meters. This was the second shortest among teams that made it out of the group stages, but was that part of the US game plan? While Jozy Altidore’s absence affected the ability to play long, if Klinsmann had instructed his players to build from the back, it didn’t quite come off, as the United States was 8th out of the 16 second round teams in passes completed per game. Things broke down too quickly when the US had the ball, leading to a rather high amount of chances for the opposition.

Center Backs

Thankfully, the US centerbacks were pretty adept at protecting the castle. In examining how the centerbacks did, CBI (Clearances+Blocks+Interceptions) nicely conveys how busy our defenders were, and we’ll look at that stat in its per90 form.

Besler - I wrote a World Cup preview piece for Paste in which I posited that due to having the most secure spot on the backline, Besler would have to be the rock for the US. He finished with a very respectable 13.83 CBIp90, good for fourth in the tournament. In fact, finishing ahead of him was…

Omar Gonzalez, emerging from what seemed to be a long-term demotion to rack up a  15.07 CBIp90 rating, coming from an outstanding 12.14 clearances per 90. The US was certainly relying on Omar to dominate as they conceded the flanks and allowed crosses to rain in.

The third primary center back for the US, Geoff Cameron, was 11th overall for CBIp90 with 12.60. Spending time in midfield as well, Cameron is well on his way to using that versatility to become the American Phil Neville.

Main thing to touch on:

Looking at the top 20 defenders by the CBI metric, there aren’t a lot of big names there. Medel has a good background, Vlaar at Villa, Cameron at Stoke, Nigeria’s Omueruo is on the books at Chelsea, and a couple of guys in Ligue 1. Hell, there are four current MLSers in the top 20 CBIper90 rankings. If the US really wants players to move to “big” clubs, then the national team will need to start producing more performances that aren’t backs-to-the-wall, man-the-pumps nonsense. Matt Besler had a really damn solid World Cup, and his options were the 14-20 slots from the Premier League. It’s certainly a chicken and egg situation, but it makes you hope that Juventus will come in for Erik Palmer Brown so that we can see some US players grow into regular slots at teams that seriously compete for the Champions League.

Fullbacks

This can be the hardest position to judge in the game, I think. You’ve got to be all things to all people at fullback, and that can make the position difficult to analyze. For the US there seemed to be a fairly clear hierarchy going into the tournament:

    1. Fabian Johnson, the best player for all 10 outfield positions

    2. DaMarcus Beasley, well, we like him better than Chandler

    3. Timothy Chandler, the source for a million overstated concerns about   German-Americans’ Americaness

    4. DeAndre Yedlin, there for the experience.

Of course, Beasley played solid two-way ball, Johnson was a useful offensive tool while on the field, and Yedlin became one of the breakout players of the tourney. Since the United States played a very narrow midfield for large swaths of the tournament, offensive contributions from the fullbacks were always going to be vital to our success. Looking at key passes, Fabian Johnson ended up with a .90 KPp90, which was 36th among defenders, placing him behind such noted playmakers at Vincent Kompany, and oh holy crap, DeAndre Yedlin.

That’s right, our little roadrunner, with his limited minutes, contributed a very nice 2.27 KPp90, good for fourth among Squawka’s defenders, and that’s right, one place ahead of Glen Johnson. Sign him up, Brendan!

Midfield

This was the part of the field where the United States’ struggles seemed rather stark. The US ended up with 326.5 completed passes per game, which put them smack in the middle of the 32 team field, and above Brazil, Costa Rica, and Colombia. But looking at things a little more closely, the United States played in its own half 34% of the time, more than any other country, and 22% in the opposition’s half, fourth worst in the entire tournament.

Looking at individuals, Michael Bradley came in for a lot of criticism, but despite playing mostly in a new role further up the field, he managed to complete more passes per 90 (47.77) than Luka Modric (46.00), Sami Khedira (45.36), and Steven Gerrard (44.09). Sadly, this involvement didn’t translate into chance creation, as Bradley finished with 0.67 KPp90, somewhere in the 139-160 range overall. Sure, there’s where Ronaldo finished, but so did Gary Cahill.

Jermaine Jones did everything, winning 65% of his aerial duels, 54% of his take ons, and running a very competitive race for the USMNT’s “Holy crap, I can’t believe that went in” award.  Alejandro Bedoya and Brad Davis weren’t statistically significant, while Kyle Beckerman finished 14th among midfielders in the CBIp90 metric. Graham Zusi provided two assists, but otherwise seemed very forgettable. There just wasn’t a lot to hang our hat on offensively.

In Closing

The United States failed to make the transition to a more progressive style of play this World Cup, but the US did show that they can defend fairly well. Klinsmann’s challenge will be to integrate more players comfortable with keeping and moving the ball through midfield to ally with a decent defense and a serviceable striker corps. There’s a lot of potential in the pool to meld into a strong corps for Russia 2018. I’d expect Fabian Johnson to become a full-time midfielder in the future, and see extended run-outs given to players like Julian Green, Joe Gyau, and Will Trapp. Future columns will look at the players who are making a strong case for the national team, starting with September’s friendly in Prague against the Czech Republic

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Major League Soccer by Harrison Crow

So you’re excited about the US Men’s National team breaking through the group stage? It may even be that you find yourself liking this whole soccer thing. That’s not surprising; most Americans you talk to that follow soccer, including myself, have had that specific moment that sealed commitment, a moment often from a past World Cup. Whether that be the 2002 World Cup run in South Korea or the 2010 heart break against Ghana that brought you to the “beautiful game," because of the placement that soccer has in the standings of American culture, it’s just common to have these iconic moments associated with the sport. The thing that distinguishes people like us from the rest of the excited US supporters across the nation during this time is that, once the World Cup tournament concludes, we'll still want more.

Well, fear not because there is a serious and thriving league here in the US. If you are or have ever been called a ‘Euro snob’, then you can probably stop reading now. You’re going to argue and just generally disagree with most everything I have to say. So what’s the point? I’m not trolling you and it’s great that you like soccer in Europe. But we’re to talk to these new recruits about soccer in the United States. So here we go. Here are five reasons and examples about soccer in the US, and why you should follow it after the World Cup.

 

1)   Soccer in the United States is actually good.

Once upon a time Major League Soccer was viewed as a retirement league. A place where aged stars came for one last pay day once they were out of their prime. It was viewed as such simply because it was exactly that. It wasn’t that long ago, and because of that there some pretty common misconceptions about MLS.

“It used to be that just CONCACAF [The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football] internationals and retirees came here. In 2014 Brazilians, Spaniards, Englishmen (that just miss out), Australians, Persians (Iran), and Irish all play in MLS, and they also play roles for their home countries in the World Cup, or are of World Cup quality.”

Look, most people that don’t like MLS likely have not watched more than a couple of games; which is silly considering they base all their opinions on those few games. It would be like me basing the entirety of the NBA on a Cleveland and New Orleans games or New Jersey and Phoenix. Neither of which are what we would call riveting match-ups.

The quality of MLS is improving every year. If you believe MLS still to be a ‘retirement league’ or a ‘first division with watered down depth’ you haven’t really invested any time in getting your facts straight. Truth is most people are forming opinions based on a small sample size from years ago.

Looking at numbers produced by Dave Clark and the statistician known by the handle Sidereal, one finds strong indicators that MLS has just continued to improved over the last few years. The league is gaining traction to being near par with some quality European soccer leagues.

2) MLS is on the verge of getting even better and it starts with increased wages.

“Although not often addressed, there's no question that achieving that vision will require increasing MLS player salaries to attract more top players. It's just a question of how fast, and the salaries may need to increase much sooner than 2022.”

“…”

“What could the future MLS look like? Or what would it need to look like for the Don Garber to see his vision meet reality? Let's build the reality. Let's assume by 2022 the MLS will pay their players 50% of total revenues, in line with the current Bundesliga level. MLS won't need to reach revenues of the Bundesliga to be considered a top league in the world, but they will need to be close to be paying quality players closer to market rate. Let's assume that MLS can achieve Don's dream by reaching Ligue 1 revenues but paying Bundesliga salaries. Finally, let's assume that Ligue 1 revenues grow at a modest 4% per year until 2022.”

“…”

“The target MLS revenue growth of 16% is very aggressive but Don Garber has a good amount of low hanging fruit to pick. The new rumored TV deal is for about $100M in 2015 and would increase the 2012 revenues (the basis for these numbers) by nearly 15%. The next TV deal might fetch the same 15% growth or more. MLS has also announced a five-team expansion plan which will bring at least 26% growth as the teams come on. Without doing much, MLS can get almost a third of the way to the goal according to my calculations.”

Okay, I pray that Jared will forgive me for lifting so many of his brilliant words from his article. Go read the whole piece because it’s great. Unfortunately it’s a bit of an involved article, and I just wanted to frame a great thought from his head.

The United States first division is growing, and growing at a substantial rate. That is due to the injection of money and the fact they can start paying players what their worth. This brings in more players from all over the place that can use the league as not just a place to end their career, but really to start it.

A new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be negotiated this year after the season is over. I get that most of us sports fan are sick of labor talks and news of player strikes. I read you loud and clear. The thing that makes this different is simply that the league gets better with increase salary caps for clubs and the increase of minimum player wages. I don’t want there to be a work stoppage, but with the increased revenue from the TV deal that MLS just signed, they owe it to the players and fans to further the cause of soccer in this country.

 

3a) It’s not just about overpaying old guys to get eyeballs, MLS is acquiring young and exciting talent…

The main example you could probably point to for young guys coming into the league is Fredy Montero. Montero has transitioned over the last 18 months from one of the MLS top scorers to being a perennial talent in Portugal. Montero, who spent four very good seasons in Seattle, had the opportunity to make mistakes in a league that pushed his abilities enough even four years ago.

Montero’s arrival was followed by an influx of young international talent.

Darlington Nagbe, for example, is an international and former collegiate star at the University of Akron. He has been a critical piece for the Portland Timbers, is one of the most creative and eccentric talents in all of MLS.

Fabian Castillo, the Columbian winger with plenty of technical prowess, passed up opportunities in Europe for a stable playing environment and a chance for consistent playing time in Dallas.

Deshorn Brown is a high-end prototypical speedster from Jamaica. In his first season with the Colorado Rapids, he lead his club in goals scored and took them to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

For every Montero, however, there will always be a player that just doesn’t work out. The examples are many. In spite of that, MLS has begun the reverse transition from retirement league to what many would call a feeder league. While many, if not most, would not purpose to spend the prime of their careers in MLS (see point: 3b), they can still make a fine career for themselves and good wages because of how the league has grown to reward these players.

More and more young players are coming here in the vein of Montero, now viewing the US as an opportunity to get on the radar of European scouts and develop a pathway to launch a more lucrative career while still having stability and having the chance to prove them in a physical league.

“The increased visibility in M.L.S. is attractive to the players, who also benefit from the league’s financial stability compared with some leagues in their home countries.” (Leander Schaerlaeckens, NY Times)

It’s true that MLS still has more players retire at the end of the year from soccer than will transfer out of its league, but the players that are being transferred out are going to better and better clubs.

 

3b) ...and some of that league talent is even in its prime.

As I said, there aren’t many who look at MLS and think “gosh, I could have a good living in the US in the prime of my career." However there are a few where the stars lined up perfectly and they've chosen to play in America rather than going abroad with their talents. Such examples are:

Diego Valeri, the creative midfielder from Argentina, has been a force since arriving in Portland. And teamed with their young budding star, Nagbe, they're a spectacular pair just to watch.

Juninho, the Brazilian, is often glossed over in terms of the whole league, but his consistency in LA and his ability to play both ways centrally is fantastic. He could be earning much more abroad but the allure of being on an iconic franchise and coached by one of the best US coaches in the business, Bruce Arena, keeps him in LA... for now.

Osvaldo Alonso is a unique case. His heroic escape from Cuba and passport situation limit his options abroad, but believe me... he has them. Yet, he loves Seattle and MLS. He's easily a top-3 midfielder in the entire league and still has a couple prime seasons left in the tank.

Matt Besler, the Sporting KC and USMNT centerback has had chances to go abroad, and yet here he is in his prime. This has happened by way of MLS introducing retention funds to pay for... well, people whom they define as worthy of using it. His salary relative to the cap has been kept manageable because of those funds and he loves playing in Kansas City. He's possibly and probably the best defender in MLS.

 

4) It’s not just about foreign talent; we have a thriving league to grow future US national team talent.

Players like Shane O’Neil (Colorado), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Benji Joya (Chicago) and DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) are just a few names that play significant roles on their MLS clubs, and they still can't drink legally in this country. You could almost have thrown Will Trapp (Columbus) on this list too, but he busted the beer-drinking landmark at the beginning of the year.

All four have been featured in U-23 matches gearing up for the Olympics, just two short years away, and all look to be prominent members of future World Cup teams. There are others worth mentioning also, but the point here is that MLS is starting to become a facilitator of growing US talent. That’s important.

That doesn’t even highlight players such as Gyasi Zardes or Jack McInerney, who are both big-time names in the league and may not qualify as members of the Olympic roster. It also doesn’t include 19-year old striking sensation Diego Fagundez, who just graduated from high school two weeks ago and just entered his fourth season as a member of the New England Revolution. Sadly enough, he is still technically not a US citizen…yet.

 

5)  There is parity, and possibly more so here than in any other relevant league in the world.

“The three factors above were weighted equally and assigned a standard deviation (either + or -) for each league and each metric. Add them up and MLS is indeed the most competitive league in this 15-league sample. Interestingly, Brazil was not far behind. Of course, there are multiple ways one can measure parity and competitiveness, and this is just one of many approaches.”  - Alex Olshansky

 

“This consistency, when combined with MLS’s overall lower variation, results in a lower proportion of the MLS’s points variation resulting from actual talent differences. The overall impact is that MLS table results are nearly a 50/50 split between talent and luck.” - Zach Slaton

Everyone hates the Yankees and yet wants to be them. It’s one of the greatest catch-22’s in sports. We all hate the winner---unless, of course, it’s us. MLS has developed a single entity program that just doesn’t lend itself to helping clubs that win, but it helps those that do not. In fact it’s worse to finish middle of the pack in the league than to finish at the back.

The league subsidies the salary cap of certain teams based on the order in which the teams finished. Teams towards the bottom get certain stipend (called allocation money) that assists in pay down contracts for cap purposes. Teams at the top also are awarded this money as a means of deepening the team for international competition in CONCACAF Champions League. This enables them to compete against the Mexican League teams that often tend to be superior in talent depth.

This all creates an environment on a yearly basis that creates volatility in casting predictions and makes the whole process rather difficult. A team can be good and have bad luck (see: LA Galaxy) or it can be mediocre with good luck (see: Real Salt Lake, according to Matthias), or it can have best of both worlds (see: Seattle Sounders). The beauty is that teams are never that far out of it, and never that far ahead.

The team that serve as the best example of this anything-can-happen league is DC United. Our readers had predicted prior to the season that they would miss the play-offs and would be generally sit near the bottom. In fact 15% thought they would end up dead last, opposed to the less than 1% that thought they would win the conference. Currently sitting nearly halfway through the season, they are in good position to fight for that very chance. And last year, this is the same club that nearly set all types of records for being anemic and generally pathetic in their overall performance.

There are few, if any, instances in which you can point to a club going from worst to best in a single season. The 1990 Atlanta Braves come to mind for me, but thinking abroad in the world of soccer, that seems improbable if not all together impossible. In MLS, it's a yearly event.

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These are just a few reasons on why you should turn your attention to Major League Soccer after the World Cup. I'm sure others could add to this list, and generally speaking I know I missed things that others would include. But in talking with so many people down here in the South, I felt compelled to at least try to provide a this motivation to get involved in a dynamic league right here in the United States.

MLS Rookies: Some thoughts by Drew Olsen

Tomorrow during our podcast we'll be talking a bit about rookies, some of our thoughts on their various seasons at this juncture, and how we rack and stack them. Here are a few short profiles on the ones we'll be talking about...

CARLOS ALVAREZ, MIDFIELDER - CHIVAS USA

Alvarez does a lot of things really well. He's rotated through a few different positions in the midfield for El Chelis this season and his accumulated stats kind of reflect that.

Though interesting enough, for as up-and-down as the attack is, Alvarez hasn't touched the ball as much as you think. At only 8.62% of his teams touches, he hasn't been as involved in the total care of the ball.

CARLOS ALVAREZ, MIDFIELDER – CHIVAS USA
DISTRIBUTION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+Pass 0 0 5 22 29 0 39 23 118 26.22
-Pass 0 0 2 16 7 0 7 13 45 10.00
Through ball 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ Flick on 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0.67
- Flick on 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lay off 0 0 0 1 1 0 7 2 11 2.44
Header 0 0 1 7 1 0 3 6 18 4.00
+ Cross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
- Cross 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 0.89
Key Pass 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0.67
Assist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SHOTS Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Goal 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.22
SonT 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 0.89
SoffT 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 0.67
blocked shot 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0.67
headed SOT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
headed SoffT 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.22
SET PIECES Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Corners into box 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
short corners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
freekick cross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct free kick on target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct freekick off target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ throw in 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
- throw in 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
DEFENSIVE Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
tackle won 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 5 1.11
tackle lost 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0.67
defender block 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.22
interception 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 0.89
clearance 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 5 1.11
blocked cross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
recovery 0 0 1 13 8 0 9 6 37 8.22
corner conceded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.44
POSSESSION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+ dribble 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 7 1.56
- dribble 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 5 1.11
lost possession 0 0 2 20 10 0 12 16 60 13.33
fouls won 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 1 7 1.56
FOUL Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
fouls conceded 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 0.67
offside 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0.44
yellow card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
red card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Misc Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Total Touches 0 0 16 90 69 0 95 85 355 78.89
Total Team Touches 0 0 669 853 790 0 1035 773 4120 915.56
Minutes 0 0 45 90 90 0 90 90 405 57.86
TotalPass% 72.39%
Team Touch% 8.62%
PLUS 224
MINUS 131
OVERALL 93
o/p90 20.67

ANDREW FARRELL, RIGHT BACK - REVOLUTION

Farrell hasn't been as conscientious as Yedlin with taking care of the ball, as his 68% passing rating is a bit low, and even more so he hasn't been very successful with his crosses. His 2 key passes are also the least among the four-some rookies.

That said he averages 25 overall plus/minus (opm) per 90 minutes and has the highest percentage of team touches 10.9%, which shows he's involved and trusted with the development of the attack. But it  also helps that he leads all the rookies in interceptions (35) and recoveries (40), too.

ANDREW FARRELL, RIGHT BACK – NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
DISTRIBUTION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+Pass 0 26 31 28 31 0 20 42 178 30.23
-Pass 0 13 18 16 13 0 11 13 84 14.26
Through ball 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ Flick on 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
- Flick on 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.17
Lay off 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Header 0 2 4 1 2 0 1 2 12 2.04
+ Cross 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.34
- Cross 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 0.85
Key Pass 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.34
Assist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SHOTS Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week2 Total Total=per90
Goal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SonT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SoffT 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.17
blocked shot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
headed SOT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
headed SoffT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SET PIECES Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week2 Total Total=per90
Corners into box 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
short corners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
freekick cross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct free kick on target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct freekick off target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ throw in 0 7 8 7 9 0 6 1 38 6.45
- throw in 0 2 4 7 1 0 3 1 18 3.06
DEFENSIVE Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week2 Total Total=per90
tackle won 0 2 1 3 3 0 1 2 12 2.04
tackle lost 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0.51
defender block 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
interception 0 7 5 4 5 0 10 4 35 5.94
clearance 0 2 5 7 5 0 3 5 27 4.58
blocked cross 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.34
recovery 0 10 4 6 4 0 8 8 40 6.79
corner conceded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.17
POSSESSION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week2 Total Total=per90
+ dribble 0 7 0 4 7 0 0 1 19 3.23
- dribble 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 2 8 1.36
lost possession 0 16 21 18 16 0 13 17 101 17.15
fouls won 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 5 0.85
FOUL Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week2 Total Total=per90
fouls conceded 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.34
offside 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
yellow card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
red card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Misc Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Total Touches 0 100 107 105 102 0 79 103 596 101.21
Total Team Touches 0 856 915 995 880 826 975 5447 924.96
Minutes 0 90 80 90 90 0 90 90 530 75.71
TotalPass% 67.94%
Team Touch% 10.94%
PLUS 372
MINUS 222
OVERALL 150
o/p90 25.47

DESHORN BROWN, FORWARD - COLORADO RAPIDS

Brown is an exceptional and exciting talent. He does a lot of things to help the Rapids win, but unfortunately he also does things that aren't helpful. He's had a hard time holding on to the ball in the final third, despite scoring twice and adding an assist.

One thing that stands out for me is the fact that, despite his amount of time and general placement on the field, he has yet to get an off-sides call against him.

DESHORN BROWN, STRIKER – COLORADO RAPIDS
DISTRIBUTION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+Pass 14 7 10 16 14 6 11 0 78 11.78
-Pass 6 11 6 1 9 3 5 0 41 6.19
Through ball 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ Flick on 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 5 0.76
- Flick on 2 2 1 0 4 1 3 0 13 1.96
Lay off 6 1 4 0 3 0 5 0 19 2.87
Header 4 4 4 3 4 1 3 0 23 3.47
+ Cross 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.30
- Cross 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0.60
Key Pass 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0.45
Assist 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.15
SHOTS Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Goal 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.30
SonT 2 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 8 1.21
SoffT 2 3 2 0 2 0 5 0 14 2.11
blocked shot 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0.45
headed SOT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
headed SoffT 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 6 0.91
SET PIECES Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Corners into box 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
short corners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
freekick cross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct free kick on target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct freekick off target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ throw in 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.15
- throw in 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
DEFENSIVE Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
tackle won 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5 0.76
tackle lost 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
defender block 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
interception 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.30
clearance 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.15
blocked cross 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.15
recovery 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 0 8 1.21
corner conceded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
POSSESSION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+ dribble 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 6 0.91
- dribble 3 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 8 1.21
lost possession 11 18 8 4 12 5 9 0 67 10.12
fouls won 0 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 8 1.21
FOUL Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
fouls conceded 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 9 1.36
offside 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
yellow card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
red card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Misc Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Total Touches 90 62 48 37 59 21 62 0 379 57.23
Total Team Touches 1094 1012 681 766 887 751 839 0 6030 910.57
Minutes 83 90 80 90 90 76 87 0 596 85.14
TotalPass% 65.55%
Team Touch% 6.29%
PLUS 172
MINUS 179
OVERALL -7
o/p90 -1.06

DEANDRE YEDLIN, RIGHT BACK - SOUNDERS FC

Another exciting and pacey star, Yedlin doesn't do everything right, but he does more things right than wrong. While that sounds like a back-handed compliment, his speed is electric and game-changing.

He gets involved in the flow of the game and is constantly involved with the attack, as well as helping on defense to win the ball back.

DEANDRE YEDLIN, FULLBACK – SEATTLE SOUNDERS
DISTRIBUTION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+Pass 54 27 40 30 60 23 0 0 234 39.00
-Pass 11 13 13 12 19 11 0 0 79 13.17
Through ball 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.17
+ Flick on 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
- Flick on 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lay off 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.50
Header 4 2 4 4 1 3 0 0 18 3.00
+ Cross 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 5 0.83
- Cross 2 1 2 2 3 1 0 0 11 1.83
Key Pass 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0.50
Assist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SHOTS Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Goal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SonT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SoffT 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.50
blocked shot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
headed SOT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
headed SoffT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
SET PIECES Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Corners into box 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
short corners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
freekick cross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct free kick on target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
direct freekick off target 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
+ throw in 6 5 3 4 8 7 0 0 33 5.50
- throw in 2 4 4 2 2 2 0 0 16 2.67
DEFENSIVE Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
tackle won 3 2 3 5 3 4 0 0 20 3.33
tackle lost 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.67
defender block 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 0.83
interception 7 8 7 2 4 3 0 0 31 5.17
clearance 0 3 4 4 4 3 0 0 18 3.00
blocked cross 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2.17
recovery 6 5 7 2 9 7 0 0 36 6.00
corner conceded 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0.50
POSSESSION Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
+ dribble 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 5 0.83
- dribble 1 1 1 5 3 2 0 0 13 2.17
lost possession 14 15 14 20 25 13 0 0 101 16.83
fouls won 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
FOUL Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
fouls conceded 1 1 3 2 2 2 0 0 11 1.83
offside 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.17
yellow card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
red card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Misc Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 Week8 Total Total=per90
Total Touches 118 92 112 101 149 83 0 0 655 109.17
Total Team Touches 1169 953 1047 876 1238 955 0 0 6238 1039.67
Minutes 90 90 90 90 90 90 0 0 540 77.14
TotalPass% 74.76%
Team Touch% 10.50%
PLUS 425
MINUS 241
OVERALL 184
o/p90 30.67