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Digging into Gooch’s Low Casterol Index — Analysis

As promised, the point of providing you with all the data behind the scenes was so that we could get into the good stuff.  At the bottom of this post is table similar to the previous ones but this time, we substitute in the player’s rank in the category, rather than the total.

Let’s start by identifying the categories in which Lucio led the other defenders.  To account for error, we’ll identify those categories in which Lucio was either first or second among our sample  and we’ll put in parentheses what Gooch’s rank was in that category.

Offensive Categories:

  • Team Goals For (3)
  • Goals (2 — Only Lucio scored a Goal)
  • Shots (5)
  • Shots on Goal (4 — none)

Defensive Categories:

  • Tackles (1)
  • Tackles Gaining Possession (3)
  • Clearances (1)
  • Recovered Balls (2)
  • Completed Clearances (2)
  • Clearance Completion Rate (2)

Possession Statistics:

  • Tackles Suffered (Fewest) (3)
  • Tackles Suffered Losing Possession (Fewest) (1)
  • Short Pass Completion Rate (6)
  • Long Pass Completion Rate (5)

Disciplinary:

  • Fouls Committed (Fewest) (5)
  • Handballs (Fewest) (5)

Now let’s reverse roles and identify those categories in which Gooch was either first or second (we’ll omit goals because we’ve already established that Lucio is the only goal scorer from the sample). And we’ll place Lucio’s rating in parentheses.

Possession Statistics:

  • Tackles Suffered Losing Possession (1)
  • Lost Balls (3)

Defensive Statistics:

  • Tackles (2)
  • Clearances (2)
  • Recovered Balls (1)
  • Completed Clearances (1)
  • Clearance Completion Rate (1)
  • Distance Covered – Not in Possession (6)

Let’s try something different.  Now we’ll identify those categories in which the top three players in our pool have the top three scores, the mid-range player (Booth) has the 4th place score, and Spector and Gooch have the lowest scores.

Interestingly, they are all offensive/possession statistics.

  • Goals  (only Lucio scored)
  • Shots
  • Shots on Goal
  • Passes
  • Short Pass Completion Rate
  • Medium Pass Completion Rate
  • Long Pass Completion Rate
  • Distance Covered — In Possession

If we try the converse, finding Gooch and Spector 1 and 2 (in some order) and the other players lower, the only two statistics are Assists (Spector is the only defender in the sample with any) and Distance Covered — Not In Possession.

So, it appears that the Casterol Index is heavily weighted toward defenders who get forward often and are on teams that focus on possession, lots of passing, and high passing accuracy.  Because Lucio also performed well in the defensive statistics, it makes sense that he would be the number one player.

What is unfortunate is that Gooch, who did so well in so many defensive categories, was punished for the role that he plays on the U.S. team.  It would seem that, at the very least, the Casterol Index should be reevaluated to the extent that teams would prefer a defender who could consistently make tackles, clearances, and recover balls over one who is a somewhat better passer.

        Lucio    A. Santos         Puyol       M. Booth       Spector     Onyewu
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6
D. Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6
Minutes 4 5 6 1 2 2
Team GF 1 2 5 6 3 3
Team GA 3 1 1 4 5 5
Yellows 5 6 1 1 3 3
FC 1 6 2 4 3 5
FS 5 1 3 6 2 4
Handball 1 1 6 1 1 5
Goals 1 2 2 2 2 2
Shots 2 1 3 4 5 5
SOG 1 2 3 4 4 4
Solo R 3 1 5 4 2 5
TS 1 5 1 4 6 3
TSL 1 6 1 1 5 1
LB 3 5 4 2 6 1
Assists 2 2 2 2 1 2
DPA 6 1 3 2 4 4
TCK 2 5 6 4 3 1
TGP 1 2 5 5 4 3
CLR 2 5 6 3 4 1
RB 1 3 6 5 4 2
CC 1 5 6 3 4 2
CCR 1 4 6 5 3 2
Passes 3 1 2 4 5 6
SPR 1 2 3 4 5 6
MPR 3 2 1 4 6 5
LPR 1 2 3 4 6 5
DC (km)  6 2 5 3 1 4
DCP (km)  3 1 2 4 5 6
DCN (km)  6 4 5 3 1 2
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