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10 interesting Atlanta United stats through 10 matches

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MLS: Atlanta United FC at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United’s season has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, and we’re not even halfway through the first season. We’ve seen snow and scorching heat (a song of ice and fire, if you will), we’ve seen goal gluts and goal droughts. We’ve seen speed and we’ve seen slog. We remember our favorite moments and try to forget our worst. But what are we left with in the end? STATS. That’s right. Here are, without a doubt, the 10 most interesting, mind-blowing stats you’ll see that recap Atlanta’s first 10 games.

I’m kidding. MLS makes it ridiculously hard to find season-long statistics of basic measurables, but here are 10 stats nonetheless.

  1. Atlanta United have been awarded a grand total of zero penalties so far this season, along with four other teams.
  2. Despite attempting the fifth fewest shots in the league, Atlanta is tied for third in goals scored this season (trailing Portland and Houston by one goal).
  3. 25% of Atlanta’s goals (5 total) have occurred within the first four minutes of either half.
  4. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez ranks 17th in dribbles per game (1.5).
  5. Atlanta ranks third in possession with an average of 55.4%, trailing NYCFC (56.8%) and Seattle (55.7%)
  6. Atlanta United has been shown three red cards this season, the most in MLS (tied with Montreal).
  7. Atlanta leads the league with 18 goals from open play.
  8. Almost half (43%) of Atlanta’s attacks have come from the left side of the field, the most in the league.
  9. Atlanta United ranks last in MLS in crosses per game (12). Seattle, which ranks first, crosses twice as often.
  10. Atlanta United have played just 3 of its first 10 matches at home, the fewest in the league.