More stats for us geeks to look at and find meaningless conclusions about!
I was reading the review of Portland's 2012 season posted on the MLS website and saw they had a look at the Opta stats. In the Opta stats article they had a link to download the Timbers' passing matrix, and so I did. I wanted to show you some observations I found and see what everyone else thought about the matrix.
* I am not sure what the numbers in the parenthesis mean and I am trying to track down an answer
Also of note, Diego passed it backwards (to keepers and Defenders) 40.2% (432/1072), forward or square (to midfielders) 52.4% (562/1072) and far forward 7.2% (78/1072)
The defenders all used Troy Perkins as a safety valve but did not pass it as often to Donovan Ricketts. Of course this could be skewed by the smaller amount of games Ricketts played compared to Perkins.
The highest passing accuracy belonged to Darlington Nagbe at 87.25%, followed by Diego Chara at 86.04%
The overall team passing accuracy was 73.48%