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August 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Timbers the most improved MLS team so far

As part of Portland Week, in the buildup to Sunday’s 7 p.m. rivalry game at CenturyLink Field, I wrote about the Timbers for Saturday’s paper.

The main point is that under first-year coach Caleb Porter, Portland is the most improved team in the league compared to last year.

The title comes in an improvement in average points per game, as seen in the chart below:

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Team 2012 PPG 2013 PPG Change
Portland 1.00 1.63 +0.63
Philadelphia 1.06 1.52 +0.46
Montreal 1.24 1.65 +0.41
Colorado 1.09 1.50 +0.41
New England 1.03 1.38 +0.35
FC Dallas 1.15 1.44 +0.29
Vancouver 1.26 1.50 +0.24
Toronto FC 0.68 0.83 +0.15
Houston 1.56 1.57 +0.01
L.A. Galaxy 1.59 1.54 -0.05
Real Salt Lake 1.68 1.62 -0.06
Sounders FC 1.65 1.55 -0.10
N.Y. Red Bulls 1.68 1.56 -0.12
Chivas USA 0.88 0.75 -0.13
Chicago 1.68 1.42 -0.26
Columbus 1.53 1.21 -0.32
Sporting K.C. 1.85 1.50 -0.35
San Jose 1.94 1.32 -0.62
D.C. United 1.71 0.54 -1.17

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