Final Update: Goals Per Game Statistics for 2011 Goats

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: JPA: Leader of the pack (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

As a companion to last week's final update on points per start statistics for Chivas USA's defenders in 2011, I thought it would be good to provide the final offensive output rates for each player who contributed a goal or assist for the Goats. The leader in the last installment of this series, at the end of September, was Juan Pablo Angel, while Nick LaBrocca was involved in the highest percentage of goals for the team. Let's see if any changes have taken place in the last part of the season.

Here's the team's record and goals scored for the 2011 season: 34 games, 36 points; Record: 8-14-12. Goals scored: 41; Assists: 45. Team goals per game rate: 1.21

The players with the best goals per game rate, in descending order, after the jump:

Juan Pablo Angel: 9 games played (9 starts). Goals: 7; Assists: 0. Goals per game: 0.78. Involved in 17% of Chivas' goals.

Jimmy Conrad: 2 games played (2 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 0. Goals per game: 0.50. Involved in 2% of Chivas' goals.

Justin Braun: 29 games played (22 starts). Goals: 8; Assists: 5. Goals per game: 0.28. Involved in 32% of Chivas' goals.

Nick LaBrocca: 34 games played (34 starts). Goals: 8; Assists: 6. Goals per game: 0.24. Involved in 34% of Chivas' goals.

Alejandro Moreno: 24 games played (22 starts). Goals: 5; Assists: 2. Goals per game: 0.21. Involved in 17% of Chivas' goals.

Marcos Mondaini: 24 games played (20 starts). Goals: 3; Assists: 2. Goals per game: 0.125. Involved in 12% of Chivas' goals.

Victor Estupinan: 9 games played (3 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 0. Goals per game: 0.11. Involved in 2.4% of Chivas' goals.

Laurent Courtois: 11 games played (3 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 0. Goals per game: 0.09. Involved in 2.4% of Chivas' goals.

Mariano Trujillo: 12 games played (0 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 2. Goals per game: 0.08. Involved in 7.3% of Chivas' goals.

Andrew Boyens: 12 games played (10 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 0. Goals per game: 0.08. Involved in 2.4% of Chivas' goals.

Ben Zemanski: 28 games played (23 starts). Goals: 2; Assists: 4. Goals per game: 0.07. Involved in 15% of Chivas' goals.

Michael Umana: 22 games played (21 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 1. Goals per game: 0.05. Involved in 5% of Chivas' goals.

Michael Lahoud: 23 games played (17 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 3. Goals per game: 0.04. Involved in 10% of Chivas' goals.

Jorge Villafana: 25 games played (24 starts). Goals: 1; Assists: 1. Goals per game: 0.04. Involved in 5% of Chivas' goals.

Ante Jazic: 28 games played (28 starts). Goals: 0; Assists: 7. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 17% of Chivas' goals.

Heath Pearce: 30 games played (29 starts). Goals: 0; Assists: 3. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 7.3% of Chivas' goals.

Blair Gavin: 18 games played (11 starts). Goals: 0. Assists: 3. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 7.3% of Chivas' goals.

Simon Elliott: 24 games played (21 starts). Goals: 0; Assists: 2. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 5% of Chivas' goals.

Francisco Mendoza: 12 games played (2 starts). Goals: 0; Assists: 2. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 5% of Chivas' goals.

Paulo Nagamura: 11 games played (6 starts). Goals: 0; Assists: 1. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 2.4% of Chivas' goals.

Gerson Mayen: 4 games played (1 start). Goals: 0; Assists: 1. Goals per game: 0. Involved in 2.4% of Chivas' goals.

So the overall rankings remained pretty much the same through the end of the season, although some of the rates and percentages changed. The biggest change was that Victor Estupinan catapulted from out of the rankings altogether to 7th place with his lone MLS goal in the season finale against the Seattle Sounders.

A few other relevant figures for perspective. As a team, Chivas finished the season 13th in goals scored (Seattle led the pack with 56 goals, although there was a lot of bunching below that, with Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls tied for second with 50 goals each). Somewhat surprisingly, however, is how well the Goats provided service to their teammates compared to other teams in the league. They finished fourth (technically tied for third), with only the New York Red Bulls (53), Seattle Sounders (50) and FC Dallas (45) getting more assists as a team than Chivas' 45. So Chivas were in the top quartile of team assists in 2011, but just above the bottom quartile in team goals. Hopefully some of the many new guys can help provide goals in 2012.

The last point I want to make is this: Chivas have shed players this offseason who combined scored 39% of Chivas' goals in 2011. If you include Juan Pablo Angel, who has not yet committed to playing for Chivas in 2012, that figure rises to 56%. Obviously, changes needed to be made in the offseason, and the expectation is that players like Casey Townsend, Miller Bolaños, Oswaldo Minda, Ryan Smith, and other new additions step in and step up, making up that rather large deficit and increasing the total number of goals for 2012. As I always say, gotta wait and see what happens on that front...

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