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Simple Suggestions for the 2009 MLS Season

Jeff Bradley takes the liberty of playing the numbers game for MLS teams with regard to the upcoming season, exploring a statistical approach to what key figures they need to focus on in order to find success and/or a ticket to the postseason.

Among other things, Bradley zeroes in on the surprisingly low number of wins needed to have a shot at the playoffs (10), implores the San Jose Earthquakes to score more goals than their league-low 32 goals in 30 games, and pleads with the Galaxy to give up less goals than their abominable 62.

Only Chicago, Houston and 2008 MLS Cup champs Columbus escape the wrath of Bradley's "free advice," as he goes on to call out FC Dallas' horrible home record (5 wins in 15 games), reminds attack-minded Toronto of the age-old "you can't score if you don't shoot" (more than 293 times) adage, and ribs Real Salt Lake about their disproportionate Shots to Shots on Goal ratio (429 to 178).

Read the whole story at MLSnet.com »

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