Welcome to Spreadsheet Warriors. This is an attempt to be a semi-objective player power rankings. Each week, one of us will watch every moment of the game and assign grades for penetration and possession. The scale is [-2]  . Scores of -2 or 2, are reserved for definite and obvious actions. Example: Asprilla’s shot against Dallas at home is without a doubt, universally obvious, thus would rate 2. Grades of 1 and -1 are reserved for more contextually dubious actions. 0 is even.
Penetration: defined as any direct and significant advancement into enemy territory. 0 being even in this scale, points are not rewarded for maintenance passes.
Possession: defined as losing or maintaining possession in extraordinary circumstances. 0 being even in this scale, points are not rewarded for simply having the ball.
Actions around the ball are divided into three categories: Attack, Defense, and Possession.
Attack: Finishing, Attacking Pass, Attacking Run, Crossing, Distribution.
Defense: Clearance, Defensive Positioning, One on One Defending, Fouls, Aerial Wins.
Possession: Unforced Turnover, Keeping Possession Under Duress, Touch.
Impact Score & Efficiency Score
Impact: The total of negative and positive actions.
Efficiency: The total of negative and positive actions divided by total # of actions. Perfect = 1.
|Player||Impact Score||Efficiency Score||+ Attacking||- Attacking||+ Defense||-Defense||+Possession||- Possession|
What’s the deal with Asprilla’s Score?
When sorting the final tally I was a little surprised at Asprilla’s low score but it didn’t seem to be completely undeserved. After listening to #RCTID’s podcasts and reading the analysis of the game, the score really started to stick out like a sore thumb. I decided to go back and rescore the game in regards to Asprilla. The first aspect to consider is this, I can’t really account for intent. For example, let’s say the Timbers wanted to use Asprilla as a release valve and placed him in more difficult situations than his counterparts, should he be graded on a curve? Ideally, the scale wouldn’t be -2  +2, it would be weighted by importance. The problem is establishing the correct numerical value for said importance.
Weaknesses in the model aside, I graded Asprilla with the same score as I did in the first watch. I’ve provided GIF’s of the reason why so you can decide for yourself.