4/11 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Statistical Review

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1. MPG as a CM instead of CAM

In MPG’s first game at CM, you can see that he generally attempted fewer short passes higher up the field, and attempted more dribbles. Against the Whitecaps, he tweaked his game a bit – culminating with a short through-ball that lead to a goal.

against RSL

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MPG passing vs. RSL

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MPG dribbles vs. RSL

against Vancouver

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MPG passing vs. Vancouver

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MPG dribbles vs. Vancouver

2. The flanks

SHOTS PER GAME 2013 2014 2015 Last Start vs. Vancouver
Salinas 1.3 0.8 0.5 0 3
Nyassi 1.0 1.3 1.3 0 3

For me, Nyassi’s passing map sums him up as a whole – provides good width, but can not cross (0 for 4). With Jahn gone for the next game and Lenhart not returning for a while, this really needs to stop. On the opposing flank, Salinas was dangerous, cutting in frequently as he usually does, and letting Cato provide the width. However, the most impressive thing was the shots on goal. Salinas had one of the lowest shots/90 for wingers in the league last year (0.8), and Nyassi took only 5 shots before the Vancouver match. Against Vancouver, both took three shots each, half were on target, and one resulted in a goal. Over the past two seasons, the offense relied too much on the forwards for goals but with Innocent being converted to a winger and Salinas finally taking shots, the future looks brighter on that front.

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Nyassi’s passing

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Salinas’s passing

Average positions (note the wingers cutting inside and Wondo dropping really, really deep)

Average positions (note the wingers cutting inside and Wondo dropping really, really deep)

Player rankings:

Name Squawka Rank Whoscored Rank Average
Bingham 8 9  6.38  11  10
Wynne 11 7  7.30  5  6
Goodson 13 6  7.02  7  6.5
Bernardez 21 5  7.26  6  5.5
Cato 40 2  7.80  1  1.5
Alashe 3 10  6.96  8  9
Perez Garcia 35 3  7.77  2  2.5
Wondolowski -3 12  6.53  9  10.5
Nyassi 33 4  7.44  4  4
Salinas 48 1  7.60  3  2
Jahn -30 14  5.82  14  14
Koval 10 8  6.42  10  9
Thompson -6 13  6.04  12  12.5
Fucito 0 11  6.03  13  12

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