It was just a mini-season (8 teams, 7 games each), but my 2010 MLS replay was great fun and a great introduction to APBA Soccer.
Below is the final table at completion of the project.
Real Salt Lake won the Supporter’s Shield, going undefeated, with 17 points and the greatest goal differential in the league. Nick Rimando was terrific and the one-two punch of Saborio and Javier Morales combined for 11 goals in 7 games.
The playoffs were exciting, too. The top 6 teams qualified for the playoffs, with the top 2 earning a bye into the semi-finals.
Here are the results of the playoffs:
Real Salt Lake again dominated, scoring 8 goals against LA and Seattle. The best match of the playoffs was the Sounders v Red Bulls match, which deserves and should get its own write-up at another date. It may have been the best match I played all season.
I kept detailed statistics for every game and compiled complete stats for every player who entered a game.
Fredy Montero won the Golden Boot with 9 goals and, not-surprisingly, his teammate Freddie Ljungberg had the most assists in the league, with 4.
Though Montero’s 9 goals were tops in the regular season, only 6 of those goals came during run-of-play. Without PK goals factored in, Montero and Edson Buddle of LA tied as league-leaders.
Among those players who took 7 or more shots on the season, San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski had the highest Shot-On-Goal percentage at 68.42% (13 of 19), barely beating out LA’s Buddle and his 68.18% record (15 of 22).
I had the hardest time determining league MVP. In the end I cast my vote for Antonio Saborio. Fredy Montero was a close second and Saborio’s teammate Javier Morales wasn’t far behind, either.
Saborio had 5 goals, 2 assists, 3 Man of the Match awards, and led his team to an undefeated, first place finish.
The long-overdue review of the APBA Soccer game itself will have to wait for another day, but I’ll say this: the mini-season I just played was very satisfying, and I’m starting another immediately.