Joao Plata, the dimunitive (5 ft 2 in) Real Salt Lake forward, has absolutely put his stamp on this MLS season. He has scored or assisted on nine of RSL's 23 goals, many of them in crucial spots, and has helped his club to an undefeated start through 11 games. Most impressive? Plata has created those nine goals in only 557 minutes of play, an absurdly efficient rate which would place him fully mid-table in MLS in goal creation/90 compared to other teams.
It has not just been Plata contributing to RSL's success. The entire team has been ruthless in front of goal. Their conversion rate (goals/shots) on shots in the "danger zone" (defined here) of approximately 27% is not only the best in MLS this season, it is the best when compared to the 78 teams in the "Big 4" leagues of Europe (EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A). A team previously profiled here, the Crew, incidentally are last.