By the numbers: 2012
It wasn't the season that the players, fans, and front office had hoped for.
At the end of the day, only the results matter. But when you look ahead to the 2013 season, there are positives to take from this 2012 campaign.
The numbers tell a large part of the story.
4: Goals in consecutive games for Jack McInerney. "Jack-Mac" set this team record with his 19th minute goal at Houston on October 20th. Jack scored four goals in the Union's final six games, and led the team with 8 goals scored this season.
4: Number of positions played by Sheanon Williams this year. Who knew Philadelphia's right fullback was so versatile? He spent most of the season as right back, but filled in at left back when Gabriel Farfan was injured. After Danny Califf's trade, he was moved into central defense. He also played essentially as a wingback in Nowak's 3-5-2 scheme.
11: Goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games. The Union scored almost one-third of their goals from minute 76 to minute 90.
13: Goals scored under Peter Nowak. The Union tallied 13 goals in 13 games under former manager Nowak. That includes the 3-0 Open Cup win over Rochester, and 2-1 Open Cup win over D.C. The team's goals-per-game average under Nowak was 1.00.
14: Goals scored in the first half. The Union struggled in this category.
22: Appearances as a substitute for Antoine Hoppenot. Confirming his role as a "super sub", the rookie started just 3 times in 25 total appearances.
23: Goals scored in the second half. This was a big improvement. Philadelphia's best soccer was typically played from minute 46 to minute 65.
34: Goals scored under John Hackworth. The Union bagged 34 goals in 25 games under Hackworth. That also includes the U.S. Open Cup. The team's goals-per-game average with Hack in charge was 1.36.
36: Total points. The Union regressed from their 2011 total of 48 points, but bettered their 2010 mark of 31 points.
37: Goals scored. The Union scored 44 goals in 2011 and 35 goals in 2010.
45: Goals allowed. Philadelphia allowed just 36 goals in 2011, but allowed 49 in 2010. The Union conceded 8 goals in the final three games of the season.
112: Shots on goal. The Union were dead last in this category. In 2011, the team was second-worst in this category.
373: Total shots. The Union were second last in this category in 2012. Only Vancouver (355) attempted fewer total shots.
408: Consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. This was a Union franchise record, set back in April. Philadelphia's defense pitched 3 straight shutouts against Vancouver, Columbus, and Chivas USA. The backline allowed just 1 goal in a four game stretch that started in Chicago on March 24th.
Philadelphia's previous best shutout streak was 293 minutes from September 7th to September 23rd, 2011.
2,923: The number of regular season minutes played by Carlos Valdes. El Capitan played all but about 100 minutes of the MLS season, starting 33 of 34 total games. He was substituted just one time – that was the May 19th match in Dallas when he picked up a second-half knock. The only match in which Carlos failed to appear was the 3-1 loss to Chicago on August 12th. That was Bakary Soumare's lone appearance of the season.
If you add Valdes' two appearances with Colombia, and two appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, the Union captain played in 37 meaningful games for both club and country this year.
9-3-1: Philadelphia's record when scoring first. This was among the top half of teams in MLS.
1-15-2: Philadelphia's record when conceding first. This was last among the 19 teams in the league.
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