I like doing things backwards. I must. I do it so frequently that it can some times even infuriate myself, let alone whoever else is working on that same project as me. I let things out like “Oh, I should have done that first.” Well, no duh there Sherlock. Well, I started out this morning working at gathering some basic historical trends.Taking a look at what the Sounders had scored when it comes to goals and at what week they scored. So I recorded and below is a little chart of when and where they accumulated their goals.
And again, only in a nice little picture.
The thing to remember about this is that it’s not a predictive measurement of how the Sounders will finish the season. Goal’s aren’t a good indicator for the ability short or long term to continue scoring or not scoring goals. Which, in turn doesn’t tell us a lot about how the Sounders will finish this season, obviously.
What it does tell us is that there are long periods in which this team has struggled to score goals in the past. That didn’t deter past squads from failing to make the playoffs and it shouldn’t with this club. I’m hard pressed to believe Dallas FC, Chivas USA or Real Salt Lake are clubs that will continue to play at such a high level. Not because they don’t have good players but because of a lot of various factors.
Looking at tempo-free soccer and Alex latest post “2013 MLS Neutral Power Rankings (Good Offense + Bad Defense)”, it currently has the Sounders ranked 12th ahead of FC Dallas and just behind RSL. If you look at some more advanced stats, that are more indicative of future success, you can see there are holes in each team that sits ahead of Seattle.
I’m not saying that this season is guaranteed to get back on track–we’ve got our own set of problems–but the with the parity between clubs so close, the Sounders are going to have opportunities when other clubs take their swoons.
The chances are going to be there, the question is will the Sounders have the personnel healthy and not out with the Mens National team to take advantage of them. Be patient rave green supporters.