STATS CORNER | Steady Hands

Miami FC's Daniel Vega has a league-best 0.73 goals against average
NASL Staff (@naslofficial} | Jun 15, 2017

Miami FC is heading into a key clash with Jacksonville Armada FC in Week 13. All eyes may be on the club's rampant attack, but goalkeeper Daniel Vega has been doing his part.

Here are some key stats heading into the weekend:

Chances All Around/Pass, Pass, Pass

Miami continues to rise to the challenge in 2017, winning nine of its last 11 games in all competitions. The club hasn’t been shy in front goal, recently planting three in Major League Soccer (MLS) side Orlando City SC’s net thanks to a Stéfano Pinho hat trick. In league play, veteran forward Vincenzo Rennella has carried the goalscoring mantle. The former La Liga front man has scored five times in league play so far.

Miami, which has scored more goals than any other NASL side, has far outperformed any other club in the creation of chances. Miami has created 140, while the next best side, Puerto Rico FC, has created 105. Dylan Mares and Kwadwo Poku have created the most, racking up 27 and 25, respectively.

The club has also surpassed its opponents in passes through Week 12. Miami has attempted 5,717 passes, while second-place Jacksonville has 5,224 attempts. Possibly more impressive than the sheer amount, Miami has completed its passes at a clip of 86.3 percent. Defender Mason Trafford has completed 91 percent of his attempts, Richie Ryan is connecting at a rate of 89 percent, and Robert Baggio Kcira is at 88.78 percent.

Twice Is Nice

In the Spring Season, there have been seven players who have scored twice in a game, while Jacksonville’s Zach Steinberger is the only player to have done it twice. Of the eight occasions of multi-goal games, three of them took place in the most recent week of action. Steinberger’s teammate J.C. Banks scored a pair of goals against Indy. Kyle Bekker did so against Puerto Rico FC, and Tomi Ameobi found the target twice against the New York Cosmos.

Salvadoran forward Irvin Herrera scored his first two goals for the Cosmos, coming in separate contests over the club’s Week 12 slate.

Steady Hands

While the focus is often times on Miami’s attack and certainly its average of nearly 60 percent of possession a game acts as a good first defensive step, the play of goalkeeper Daniel Vega should be noted. He has only allowed eight goals so far and leads the league in clean sheets with five. His goals against average currently stands at 0.73, which is the best in the league. While Vega may not be called upon into action too much, he has shown he is ready when need be. 

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