MLS Match Impact Rating Top 10, July 27: Landon Donovan Closes In On Thierry Henry

June 20, 2012; Sandy, UT, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) reacts to scoring a goal during the first half against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

The MLS Match Impact Rating* Top 10 has been updated (it doesn't include Friday's Real Salt Lake-Vancouver Whitecaps match). Just as LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan made his move for the top of the standings, he got suspended for the FC Dallas match. The leaders are below (to make the list this week a player needed to have played 1000 minutes).

MLS 2012 Leaders
Player Team MIR PTS/90
Thierry Henry NY 56.8 1.29
Landon Donovan LA 48.2 0.88
Chris Wondolowski SJ 47.3 1.06
Chris Pontius DC 47 0.78
Javier Morales RSL 45.5 0.46
Fredy Montero SEA 43.4 0.54
Blas Perez DAL 43.2 0.65
Saer Sene NE 40.7 0.62
Steven Lenhart SJ 40.1 0.61
Eddie Johnson SEA 39.5 0.64

Discussion below the jump.

Henry is still on top and now has 10 goals on the season, only four away from his MLS career-high. Donovan is making his move for the top spot and has 16 points like Henry, but played more minutes to get there. Wondo is still leading MLS in goals but his scoring chance percentage has slipped a little recently. Pontius, the star of the MLS All-Star match, is scoring on 26.5% of his shots in 2012, a higher percentage than anyone else in the Top 25 of MIR. Morales is scoring nearly half a point per 90 minutes but also draws 3.1 fouls per 90 (2nd in MLS). Montero is only scoring on 6.6% of his shots but is drawing 2.83 fouls per 90. Dallas' record this season shows how they are missing the injured Perez, his points and fouls drawn per 90. Sene has been solid for New England all around in getting shots on net, scoring and drawing fouls. Lenhart joins Wondolowski in the Top 10 and that might give you some indication of why the Quakes are leading the league in the standings and in goals scored. Johnson, who scored the game-winning goal in the All-Star Game, is similar to Sene and Lenhart in production and he is doing good things on offense this season for Seattle.

Galaxy Designated Players Robbie Keane (39.43, 12th) and David Beckham (38.92, 14th) have made it into the Top 15 with their recent performances.

Top MIR Performances last week:

#1 David Ferreira, Dallas vs. Portland: 153.7 (2 A, 1 SOG, 3 Fouls Drawn, 53 Mins)

#2 Calen Carr, Houston vs. Sporting Kansas City: 107.7 (2 G, 2 SOG, 3 Fouls Drawn, 90 Mins)

#3 Macoumba Kandji, Houston vs. Montreal: 104.5 (2 G, 2 SOG, 2 Fouls Committed, 2 Fouls Drawn, 90 Mins)

#4 Jackson, Dallas vs. Portland: 94.5 (1 G, 2 A, 3 Fouls Committed, 1 Offside, 90 Mins)

#5 David Beckham, Galaxy vs. Whitecaps: 92.75 (1 G, 1 A, 1 SOG, 1 Foul Committed, 2 Fouls Drawn, 90 Mins)

*For a introduction to the Offensive Match Impact Rating, see our post on it here.

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