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MLS by the numbers: A look at Week 3’s key digits

The FC Dallas fans and Seattle Sounders fans hold up their scarves before the game at Toyota Park. FC Dallas shuts out the Sounders 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

MLS Week 3 is in the record books, so it’s time to look back at some of the key numbers from eight Saturday matches and one on Sunday.

45,003

The announced attendance for the Vancouver Whitecaps game at Atlanta United. No surprise, the Five Stripes’ crowd led the league this week.

5,128

The announced attendance for the D.C. United vs. Houston match, played at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., which was the lowest of the week but near capacity for the venue. While D.C. awaits the opening of its new stadium in July, it’s playing in nearby venues.

72 %

Atlanta United’s possession of the ball vs. visiting Vancouver — the highest of the weekend. That stat is one of the reasons the home team walked away with a 4-1 victory.

63.5 %

Toronto FC’s possession of the ball vs. host Montreal. Despite possessing the ball for nearly 2/3rds of the match, the reigning MLS champs still lost 1-0. 

19

Shots taken by host FC Dallas against Seattle  — the highest shot total of the weekend.  Ten of the 19 shots were on goal for the home team in its 3-0 win.

12 

Shots taken by visiting Seattle against Dallas FC. Only three of the 12 shots by Seattle were on goal, however.

2

Red cards issued this weekend. Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and Vancouver’s Kendall Waston received the straight reds. Dempsey was called for an elbow to FC Dallas’ Jacori Hayes. The Sounders played with 10 men from the 37th minute on. Waston got the red in minute 13 after colliding with Atlanta’s Leandro González Pírez. Eight players (Dempsey and Tony Alfaro of Seattle,  Antonio Delamea Mlinar and Claude Dielna of of New England, PC of Orlando, Maxime Chanot of NYCFC, Ashley Cole of LA Galaxy and Waston) have received red cards through the first three games.

Goals scored by Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez on Saturday. He earned a hat trick against Vancouver by scoring the first goal of the game at 15 minutes, the second at 60 minutes and the last at 88 minutes. He leads in the MLS in goals scored with four in three games.

0

Number of goals given up by Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union in two games this season. Blake, Columbus’ Zack Steffen and NYCFC’s Sean Johnson lead the league in clean sheets with two each.

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