Around the world’s best Soccer leagues, the average amount of goals per game year to year has been higher than MLS.
In the English Premier League, the average tally is exactly 2.8 per game before Sunday’s matches. La Liga from Spain is averaging 2.72 goals per game before Sunday’s matches.
MLS has had difficulty in past years getting above 2.5 goals per game.
More Slow Goal Scoring In MLS
Every year, MLS goal-scoring starts slow. This year is no different. After 17 games, there have been 40 goals scored, averaging 2.35 per game.
Less than a half a goal average difference from the other leagues may not seem like too much, but it is. Taking into consideration an entire MLS season, it can equal up to 150 goals. If the difference is only one quarter (.25) of a difference, it can amount to missing 75 goals.
Generally speaking, the number is more than likely in the ballpark of 100 goals less per season compared to other leagues.
Goal-scoring is the single most important aspect to watching Soccer. Fans can handle 0-0, 1-0, and 1-1, but after so many of them, any fan would agree it’s also nice to see a 3-2 or 3-3 game.
Offensive breakouts are entertaining to watch, surprising, and unpredictable. They can smooth over those weeks of futile goal-scoring efforts.
Offenses for all the American team sports don’t seem to click into high gear until after a few times out competing. Even Vegas usually puts game totals lower at the beginning of the season.
So, there’s nothing rare for what’s happening in MLS; in fact, it’s quite ordinary. That’s the problem.
Scoring will improve as the season wears on, but the first few weeks of a season make a big impression on fans.
One thing is certain. MLS can’t afford to miss an additional 100 goals per season when lack of goals is already the problem for why casual sports fans can’t turn the television on to watch. They don’t have the patience to sit and not see goals scored.
Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com