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Author Notes: This was written at the halfway point in the season. No information from matches after the June 24 match vs Portland is included. Had to cut it off somewhere.

Also, every bit of data in this post comes to you courtesy of AmericanSoccerAnalysis.com(@analysisevolved on twitter). I want to highlight that upfront because the team at ASA has been producing some amazing content this year covering all of MLS (and more). Personally, I think followers of MLS are a bit spoiled to have a group so dedicated to analyzing MLS based on data and tactical analysis. And importantly, they continue to #evolve the tools and presentation of things there. So, definitely check them out if you have not, or check back in if it’s been a while. On to the Mid-Season Review.

Kings of the South on a Supporters Shield Pace

After 17 games played, Atlanta United sit atop the combined MLS standings, both in terms of total points and points per game. Sometimes a team leads the pack because they’ve played more games or more home games than their closest competitors. That is not the case here. Even after adjusting for the number of home and away games played, Atlanta lead New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City by 1 point at the midway point of the season after balancing the schedules:

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I’ve written on this site before about ways to adjust the table to see a balanced points per game perspective that takes into account the historical real effects of home field advantage in MLS. Anyhow Atlanta are tops.

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