Philadelphia Union lead in opportunity creation

The Philadelphia Union may be second to New York City FC in the Eastern Conference, but the team tops our team xG leaderboard. Two players represent the Union in the top 20 xG generating players in Major League Soccer; at number nine, C.J. Sapong with 6.6 xG, and at number 16, Chris Pontius with 5.1 xG.

Four other teams are represented by two players in the top 20 xG generating players, two in each conference, and all in the top 10 of the team xG leaderboard.

The New York Red Bulls have Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mike Grella in positions two and 20 with 10.5 xG and 4.5 xG, respectively, for fourth place on the team xG leaderboard.

In a curious case, the Columbus Crew, ninth in the leaderboard, are represented by League newcomer Ola Kamara in the seventh position with 7.8 xG to his name, and Kei Kamara’s contribution of 4.7 xG before his trade to the New England Revolution is still good for 19th place. Ethan Finlay of the Crew — and currently in the 21st position — may soon make the cut.

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas and Portland are the teams each represented by two top 20 xG generating players. Maximiliano Urruti (5.6 xG) and Fabian Castillo (5.3 xG) are 12th and 15th; Michael Barrios is in 22nd place with 4.1 xG, boosting the team to third place on the xG leaderboard.

The Portland Timbers, second on the xG team leaderboard, have Fanendo Adi in 5th place with 8.4 xG and Jack McInerney in 14th place with 5.4 xG.


Sportify calculates expected goals at multiple levels. The two primary values used in analysis are the raw chance quality and the raw chance quality adjusted for the context of the shot, in particular the player taking the chance. The adjustment allows for performance evaluation relative to the expectation of each individual player. The xG Leaderboard above uses the xG values generated by the team.