Another new USL Season is upon us and one game is in the books. That means it’s time to look at the numbers. However, things are different this year as we have a treasure trove of Opta stats to look through, which as far as I am concerned is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. Let’s dive in.
3 – Consecutive season openers that has seen Sacramento travel to Seattle
6 – Consecutive wins by Sacramento Republic over Seattle Sounders 2
4 – Shutouts recorded in those matches
29 – Goals scored in 2016 by the trio of new Republic strikers Sammy Ochoa (11), Trevin Cesar (10) and Tyler Blackwood (8).
29 – Shots taken by Sacramento in their season opener
7 – Number of those shots taken by Blackwood
11.9 – Shots taken by Republic per game on average in 2016
9 – Shots on goal by Republic in the season opener
4.9 – Shots on goal taken by Republic per game on average in 2016
11 – First half chances created by Republic against S2.
11 – Second half chances created by Republic against S2.
4 – Created chances by Sounders 2 over the entire game
1 – Number of those chances that came in the final 55 minutes of the match
5 – Outfield players for Sacramento who were not on average in Seattle territory for the entire match, including substitutions.
With a plethora of new information and new players, we are sure to have even more fun down the road. Please check back each week for more By the Numbers, and if anything here piques your interest head on over and check out Opta stats for a more in-depth understanding about how the Republic season progresses.