There is a lot of things that come with advanced statistics. The ability to attempt to ascertain value from players that do a lot of various things. Trying to understand why exactly Sigi continues to throw Alex Caskey out into the starting XI for instance. I mean seriously, why?
I decided this past week to take a look at the contributions of Obafemi Martins during his time out on the pitch against Colorado. Of course my first instinics is to look at what Opta recorded, all 42 recorded touches.
Which, Opta, breaks his performance down to 16 of 19 passing, 1 key pass and 4 recoveries…oh and he scored a pretty important goal.
The thing is when you look at his touches they’re pretty spread out and indicating that he roamed kind of everywhere. Much in the way that we’ve seen Fredy Montero and more recently Mario Martinez.
Yet, he kept the Sounders in the mix and gave them the best shot at securing 3 points. Looking at the relay you can seem constantly working and all over the pitch.
While it’s great that we have access to Opta stats and I’ll be the first person to try and attempt to find what additional things we can learn from it. From cross positional analysis to Game state information.
The thing that I learned from looking at this game, over and over and over, is simply that you can’t find everything there is to learn about a game from a single statistic. Obafemi Martins appearance in that game was gutsy and special. There is nothing in the Opta stats that show that, but that’s what it was.