Big PMP’ing

I apologize for the late and short today. Busy week for me. I updated the Plus/Minus chart to reflect the Columbus loss. I also added a points column. Just like in hockey, I award a player one point per goal and assist.

The Sounders have 11 total points for the season, five goals and six assists. Obafemi Martins accounts for a whopping third of them with two assists and a goal. This, coupled with his +2, shows that Oba is integral to the team, as if you needed stats to know that. Cooper is tied with Dempsey for second with 2 points, a goal and assist each. I’d rank Cooper above Dempsey considering his team-leading plus/minus of +3. Dempsey is at 0 plus/minus, one behind the pace of the team, but he has missed the last two games.

If you take the sum of the plus/minus and points for each player, you have a good idea of the Sounder’s best contributors. Ideally, the points stat represents goal creation and plus/minus accounts for overall play, offensive and defensive actions are roughly considered. I’ll call this statistic PMP (plus/minus, points). The Sounders PMP leaderboard:

Obafemi Martins: 5

Kenny Cooper: 5

Gonzo Pineda: 3

Lamar Neagle: 3

Clint Dempsey: 2

Chad Barrett: 2

Not too surprising. With Dempsey back in the lineup at Portland, hopefully we’ll be big PMP’ing.

  • Friar Tuck

    I like the addition of points to the plus minus, it helps add another dimensions to diversify the players’ scores, but it seems like this scoring is more for weighing the effectiveness of strikers and midfielders, and not so much for defenders.
    A guy like chad marshall will never show up on this leader board (unless he starts putting away set pieces like it’s going out of style) but that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t contributing for the team.

    • Tuck,

      I absolutely agree. The more I tweak this stat, the more it seems to implicates only offensive-minded players. Let’s hold the course for a while and see what happens.

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