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It pays to stay until the end
by Paul Kennedy, March 16th, 2014 6:57PM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Goonie magic is spreading across MLS, it seems. Four MLS games in the first two weekends were decided in the 90th minute or second-half stoppage time, including Saturday night's San Jose-Real Salt Lake game with the inevitable equalizer from Victor Bermudez five minutes into stoppage time. As a matter of comparison, only two games in Europe's big four leagues were decided in the 90th minute or later over the same period.

Bermudez's equalizer came just four days after Alan Gordon also scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give the Quakes a 1-1 tie with Toluca in the Concacaf Champions League. The goals gave San Jose 15 stoppage-time goals since the start of the 2012 season that were winning or tying goals.

MLS is averaging 0.44 goals a game in the 90th minute or later, double any of Europe's big four leagues.



Goals in 90th+ minute, average:
0.44 Major League Soccer
0.22 Germany, Bundesliga
0.17 Italy, Serie A
0.17 England, Premier League
0.06 Spain, La Liga

Goals per game:
3.17 Germany, Bundesliga
2.94 Spain, La Liga
2.81 Major League Soccer
2.53 England, Premier League
2.39 Italy, Serie A

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:
16 games
45 goals
2.81 avg.
7 goals in 90th+minute
4 games decided in stoppage time

March 15: San Jose 3 Real Salt Lake 3.
SJ: Victor Bernardez 90+5 (Video)

March 15: Sporting KC 1 FC Dallas 1.
DAL: Matt Hedges 90 (Video)

March 9: Portland 1 Philadelphia 1.
POR: Gaston Fernandez 90+4 (Video)

March 9: Seattle 1 Sporting KC 0.
SEA: Chad Barrett 90+4 (Video)

ENGLAND, Premier League:
15 games
38 goals
2.53 avg.
3 goals in 90th+ minute
1 game decided in 90th+ minute

March 15: Everton 2-1 over Cardiff City
EVE: Seamus Coleman 90+3.

GERMANY, Bundesliga:
18 games
57 goals
3.17 avg.
4 goals in 90th+ minute

ITALY, Serie A:
18 games
43 goals
2.39 avg.
3 goals in 90th+ minute
1 game decided in 90th+ minute

March 9: Chievo Verona 2 Genoa 1.
CHI: Alberto Paloschi pen. 90+3.

SPAIN, La Liga:
18 games
53 goals
2.94 avg.
1 goal in 90th+ minute


4 comments
  1. Wayne Root
    commented on: March 17, 2014 at 8:13 a.m.
    Well at least you got Vic's name right in the statistics section. Not so in the text.
  1. Brent Crossland
    commented on: March 17, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.
    Paul - Perhaps this article - or at least the headline - should be directed to MLS defenders? ;-)
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 17, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.
    What's the point; watching aimless balls flying throughout the pitch and senseless fouling does not make the last minute goals so interesting. Stats are over-valued.
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: March 17, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.
    "Never Say Die!" ...Goonie magic. :)

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