Regular Season Review 2019


Welcome to OptaPro’s MLS regular season analytical review

Interactive and showcasing a host of detailed performance metrics, this report provides insight across the regular season, applying innovative frameworks produced from our data science division.

Now part of Stats Perform, our ongoing development and investment in technology, analytics and artificial intelligence will continue to allow teams to analyse the game in significant detail going into 2020. Automated tools, providing a new layer of insight and efficiency, will be powered by the integration of OptaPro’s data science team alongside the Stats Perform artificial intelligence division.

Within this review, we share a comprehensive breakdown of performance at the key ends of the pitch, as well as sharing detailed insight on team style, both in and out of possession. Detailed player analysis also features, with key metrics ranked across different positions.

Ben Mackriell (Product Manager), Tom Worville (Senior Data Analyst) & Brian Hail (Accounts Executive)


Expected Goals (For)


Key Points:

  • Listed alphabetically across both conferences, this table outlines teams’ performances in front of goal, from both open play and set piece situations.

  • LAFC were the highest scorers in the division from open play, and their xG output also ranks them first across both conferences (60.25). Chicago Fire rank second here, having generated an xG total (from open play) of 47.17.

  • From set plays, Colorado Rapids have been the league’s stand-out performers, ranking first for both goals scored and for xG generated. The side also ranks joint first for the number of shots the generated from these scenarios alongside D.C. United, however the Rapids scored seven more goals.

  • The xG Ratio column can provide an insight into how teams generate their goalscoring opportunities. NYCFC generated 88% of their xG output from open play, whereas this D.C. United sit at the other end of the spectrum on 68%.
Expected Goals For
Set Play : Total
Open Play
Set Play
Team xG Ratio Shots xG Goals Shots xG Goals
Atlanta United FC 0.15 377 45.28 41 122 9.14 6
Chicago Fire 0.19 354 47.17 37 121 11.93 13