Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Elias: Colorado Have Easiest Remaining Schedule

Elias Sports Bureau, the official statisticians of MLS, have crunched some numbers to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of MLS clubs' remaining schedules for the 2009 season.

In an aricle on, Peter Hirdt, Elias VP, wrote an article breaking down stats for each club and how their upcoming matches compare based on who they will face before the end of the regular season.

Based on their statistical breakdowns, according to Elias the Rapids technically have the advantage of the easiest schedule for the rest of 2009 based on their remaining opponents' performances this year to date.

The excerpted portion of the article:

"The other key factor in determining who has an inside track to a playoff position is the relative strength of each team's remaining schedule. Some of the differences are massive. Half of the teams still have to play opponents with an average winning percentage either below .480 or above .520. The lower the percentage, the easier the schedule:

• Easiest remaining schedules: Colorado, .423; Toronto FC, .448; Real Salt Lake, .451; Chivas USA, .462"

In their final six matches, the Rapids face off against San Jose (twice), Kansas City, New England, Dallas and then Salt Lake.

Read Hirdt's entire story online here.

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