Monday, June 30, 2008

Halfway Point

After the win over LA, DC United has officially reached the halfway point in the regular season schedule. This is the traditional point in baseball to double your stats and see where you are. I figure, if it's good enough for baseball...

Projected 2008 Full Season Stats (2007) Difference

Goals
Emilio 20 (20) 0
Moreno 12 (7) +5
Gallardo 8 (N/A)
Quaranta 4 (N/A)
Simms 4 (0) +4
Fred 2 (7) -5
Martinez 2 (N/A)
Namoff 2 (0) +2
Peralta 2 (N/A)
Dyachenko 1 (1) 0
Burch 0 (1) -1
Olsen 0 (7) -7

Assists

Moreno 14 (6) +8
McTavish 8 (0) +8
Fred 6 (8) -2
Gallardo 6 (N/A)
Quaranta 6 (N/A)
Burch 4 (3) +1
Dyachanko 4 (0) +4
Emilio 4 (1) +3
Simms 4 (3) +1
Cordeiro 2 (N/A)
Martinez 2 (N/A)
Niell 1* (N/A)
Olsen 0 (7) -7

* No longer with team

United also would be at 44 points which would place them solidly in the playoffs. If they were to improve their second half record to 11-0-4 (W-D-L) they would net 33 points and would be at 55, exactly the pace for an average Supporter's Shield. So that's the target. Eleven wins and 33 more points.

2 comments:

Shatz... said...

Nice way to look at it. Two players stand out to me in this post...

1. Moreno is having a fantastic year in the twilight of his career after so many people (so many fans even) wrote him off. I've said before that one thing that none of us considered when we dropped Gomez in favor of Gallardo was how much that would have a positive impact on Moreno's stats.

2. Despite his energy, Fred is in a bit of a sophomore slump and needs to pick it up.

JCM said...

Agreed, Moreno has been great. I think the withdrawn forward he has been playing is the right way to go. But remember, four of those goals are from the spot.

I often wonder if we are too hard of Fred. He is on pace for 6 assists instead of the 8 he had last year. Do United really expect their wings to score goals when there is a 20 goal scorer on the field? I think you can assume a total of 30 goals from Emilio, Moreno, and Gallardo. Then you need another 20 from everyone else. If Fred scored 3 goals and had 8 assists, I'd be happy. He's clearly more comfortable in the center and he's playing out on the wings as he is asked. I think he will only get better and if Quaranta, Burch, or Dyachenko were having the season Fred is having, we would be thrilled.