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A Stat Nerd's View Of The Union

[Editor's Note: Great work on this fanpost. Enjoy folks.]

With three shutout wins and two goals allowed through the first five games, Faryd Mondragon is at the top of nearly every positive goalkeeping stat list.  After a season plagued with cautions and ejections, the Philadelphia Union have seen just thirteen yellow cards (Carlos Ruiz, Amobi Okugo, Danny Califf, and Danny Mwanga are the only players with more than one) and one ejection (Jack McInerney).  We're finally starting to get a few Major League Soccer tidbits out of Opta's US-based Twitter account, but if you're like me, you're thirsty for more than one Union fact every month.

Hit the jump for some Union-related stats that seem to stand out...

Overall Union Stats After 5 Games:
3 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw - 10 points
4 goals scored, 2 goals against, 37 shots taken, 13 shots on goal
75 fouls committed, 72 suffered, 0 PKs for, 0 PKs against
12 shots on goal faced, 9 saved, 1 hit Danny Califf in the face

Reported Attendance Totals for the Teams That Have Played 3 Home Games:
Seattle Sounders: 108,870
Philadelphia Union: 52,767
New York Red Bulls: 48,954
Houston Dynamo: 46,608
Chivas USA: 44,534
FC Dallas: 43,428
Columbus Crew: 32,440
San Jose Earthquakes: 29,729 * stadium only holds 10k
New England Revolution: 27,998 * stadium only holds 69k

Union Players in MLS Top 50 in Shots Taken:
Sebastien Le Toux (10) - only 2 were on goal
Carlos Ruiz (7) - 4 were on goal and 2 scored

Union Players That Have Played Every Minute (450 min):
Danny Califf
Sebastien Le Toux
Carlos Valdes
Faryd Mondragon

Union Players Yet To Play (8 out of 25 on roster)
Juan Diego Gonzalez
Chris Agorsor
Michael Farfan
Zac MacMath
Zach Pfeffer
Levi Houapeu
Thorne Holder
Ryan Richter

Union's Most Frequent Foulers
Stefani Miglioranzi (9)
Sheanon Williams (9)
Danny Califf (8)
Carlos Ruiz (8)
Danny Mwanga (7)
Carlos Valdes (7)

Union's Most Frequently Fouled
Sebastien Le Toux (8)
Kyle Nakazawa (8)
Carlos Ruiz (8)
Sheanon Williams (8)
Carlos Valdes (7)

Total Corner Kicks Taken:
New York Red Bulls: 34
Seattle Sounders: 32
Vancouver Whitecaps: 32
Chicago Fire: 31
Houston Dynamo: 31
FC Dallas: 28
Chivas USA: 26
Los Angeles Galaxy: 24
DC United: 23
New England Revolution: 23
Columbus Crew: 23
Portland Timbers: 21
Real Salt Lake: 21
Sporting Kansas City: 19
Toronto FC: 18
San Jose Earthquakes: 17
Colorado Rapids: 16
Philadelphia Union: 7

Think the U can maintain their position at the top of the Eastern Conference while creating so few scoring opportunities?  Surprised to see Williams leading in both foul-related categories?  Looking for stats on how many times assistant / goalkeeper coach Rob Vartughian stands up to make a funny face at the opposing bench during the game?  Got an excuse for the Revs' lack of attendance?  Let's hear it!

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