Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane have formed one of the most effective forward pairings in MLS over the past two years, but the Vancouver Whitecaps FC duo of Camilo and Kenny Miller has drawn great acclaim this season.
To date, Camilo and Miller have tallied more goals than Donovan and Keane at 21 to 16. That being said, Keane and Donovan easily eclipse the Whitecaps pair in assists: 16 to four.
So which is more effective?
I looked at the numbers and came up with this…
Keane currently leads all four forwards in his average points per game as he has tallied 10 goals and nine assists in just 14 matches with an average point per game mark of 1.35. Donovan comes in second with six goals and seven assists in 15 appearances for an average point per game mark of .87. The Whitecaps duo lag behind in this regard, with Camilo’s hefty appearance total of 25 weighing down his 14 goal and seven assist season for an average point per game mark of .78. Miller is by far the lowest with his seven goals and four assists equating to an average of .47 points per game.
This gives the Galaxy the edge in an individual numbers, but LA is also more effective when the Keane and Donovan are on the field together. When the Galaxy have had Keane and Donovan on the field together, the team’s record is 5-2-2 with the pair scoring 12 goals and 13 assists while Vancouver is 8-5-1 when their forwards are together with a tally of 18 goals and two assists.
As you can plainly see, Keane and Donovan are far more statistically significant to their club than Vancouver’s pairing, but who are the better forwards?
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