So I sit here going through some stats through 3 weeks of the season, since only 1 game was actually available on MLS.tv this weekend (and that one started showing in the 25th minute).
Home teams have 10 wins, 6 ties and 2 losses. That’s a 72% winning percentage. That’s the highest percentage since the first year without shootouts.
Home team records by year (through 18):
2003: 2-8-8 (includes OT w/l)
2002: 9-2-7 (includes OT w/l)
2001: 9-2-7 (includes OT w/l)
2000: 11-4-3 (first year with ties)
Home teams have outscored the away teams 31-14 in 18 games for a total of 45 goals. 52 (36-16) goals were scored at the same time last year.
There have been 63 yellow cards and 3 straight red cards so far (1 every week).
There has been 25 minutes and 44 seconds of 1st half stoppage time. There has been a total of 54 minutes and 22 seconds of second half stoppage time. There has been a total of 80 minutes and 6 seconds of stoppage time.
That means 67.8% of all the stoppage time occurs in the second half of games.
There have been 510 fouls in the MLS this season (includes cards). 261 fouls in the first half, 249 in the second half.
There have been 26 first half goals and 19 second half goals.
Now, while I understand that there is more time wasting generally in the second half, that still means that the average “event” in the first half takes 5.38 seconds, or Clint Mathis’s 40 time.
For the second half, the average “event” translates into 12.64 seconds, or the amount of time it takes Mathis to drink a sixer.
Now, while i don’t doubt that there is more gamesmanship in the second half than in the first, is there really over 2 times as much gamesmanship? I know that refs generally have an inclination to more time in the second half, but over twice as much?
No game has had over 135 seconds of stoppage time in the first half, with only 4 having less than that in the second half.
Looking at games reffed by Jair Marrufo, there have been 30 events in the first half and 23 in the second half. He’s added 3 minutes and 4 seconds of stoppage time in the first half and 8 minutes and 37 seconds in the second half over 2 games.
Honestly, I don’t know what to make of these numbers, I just decided to keep track of them. Now, I am missing some “events”, like corners, goal kicks, throw ins and offsides, but MLS only keeps track of half of those, so without watching every game and charting it myself, this is probably as good as it gets.
So that smarter people than I can look at the numbers, I’m attaching a pdf and probably putting it on a shared google spreadsheet for everyone to look at.
So yeah, like I said, a I had mild thoughts, maybe like two. There rest was just numbers, but hopefully someone enjoyed it.
Google Spreadsheet version