Last season Major League Soccer partnered with Audi to provide a new index…The Audi Player Index…to provide a statistical based analysis of games on a real-time basis. During MLS matches, updated Audi Index statistics (and also post-game final results) can be found in the Scoreboard section of mlssoccer.com
The Audi Player Index is described on mlssoccer.com as an innovative player performance rating system that uses a data based model to record nearly every performance relevant action on the field. 88 different components, and up to 2,000 registered and evaluated player actions per match are live collected and evaluated according to three different criteria
- Players position in the system of play
- Location of the event on the field of play
- Match-specific importance of the action
Player data is collected using Opta, one of the world’s leading live, detailed sports data providers.
The most influential play, according to the scoring model of the Audi Player Index, is when a forward scores a game winning goal from outside the box. The player earns 327 points for the goal, plus 175 points for that goal as the match determinate. Conversely, the least influential play is when a goal keeper commits an error leading to a goal and 360 points are removed from his score.
There is no ceiling for how many points (positive or negative) a player can score per game . However, previous match play experience has demonstrated that the scores of the best player vary in a range between 500 and 1600 points. The highest single game score received in the 2016 MLS season, 2701, was by Ola Kamara of the Columbus Crew on May 28th vs. Real Salt Lake.
In Portland on Saturday night, the cumulative Audi Index score for the Timbers was 4518 vs. 3582 for the Dynamo. Four of the top ten highest Audi Index scores were generated by Houston Dynamo players: Adolfo Machado (861 points), Alberth Elis (583), Romell Quioto (472) and Alex Lima (438). The lowest Dynamo scores came from substitute Andrew Wenger (-25) (lowest rated match player total) and Tyler Deric (-13). The highest rated player in the match was Portland midfielder David Guzman who scored the game winning goal (1018).
In Frisco, also on Saturday night, the cumulative scores for FC Dallas were 3139 vs. 2931 for New England. Five of the top ten highest were generated by FC Dallas players: Maxi Urruti (997) (highest rated match player total), Matt Hedges (442), Maynor Figueroa (399), Kellyn Acosta (316) and Chris Seitz (277). The lowest scores were generated by Cristian Colman (-226) (lowest rated in match-maybe partially why he was substituted at halftime) and Roland Lamah (-82).