Adnan - By The Numbers - EC

By the Numbers, presented by EC Managed IT: Ali Adnan

Ali Adnan was heavily involved for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2020, and he was arguably the best attacking defender in MLS.

The Iraqi international led the 'Caps in touches, recoveries, and interceptions.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Touches1

1

Ali Adnan

1,294

2

Jake Nerwinski

1,120

3

Russell Teibert

886

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Recoveries1

1

Ali Adnan

100

2

Jake Nerwinski

99

3

Leo Owusu

98

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Interceptions1

1

Ali Adnan

40

2

Jake Nerwinski

29

3

Russell Teibert

26

At the attacking end of the pitch, Adnan tied for tops among MLS defenders in assists

MLS – Assists (Defenders)1

T-1

Ali Adnan

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

5

T-1

Jorge Villafaña

Portland Timbers

5

3

Anton Tinnerholm

New York City FC

4

The Lion possesses a skill set not common among defenders. He scored two terrific goals for the 'Caps, including the fan-voted Goal of the Year for the club. Despite an expected goal percentage of only six per cent, his dipping free kick from 31.7 yards out reached 99.5 kilometres/hour to rip the mesh.2

Outside of the goals and assists, he led all MLS defenders in big chances created and was fourth in dribbles completed.

MLS – Big Chances Created (Defenders)1

1

Ali Adnan

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

8

T-2

Ronald Matarrita

New York City FC

7

T-2

Julian Gressel

D.C. United

7

 

MLS – Dribbles Completed (Defenders)1

1

Aaron Herrera

Real Salt Lake

42

2

Kyle Duncan

New York Red Bulls

40

3

Zachary Brault-Guillard

Montreal Impact

29

4

Ali Adnan

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

28

Always battling, Adnan finished second among MLS defenders in duels won.

MLS – Duels Won (Defenders)1

1

Kyle Duncan

New York Red Bulls

171

2

Ali Adnan

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

134

3

Brandon Bye

New England Revolution

131

So what's next for the man known as Alawi? We'll have to wait until 2021 to find out.

1Opta 
2Second Spectrum