English Premier League Week 3 – Chelsea blow past Everton but it’s not all about Chelsea this week…

Perhaps a few shockers this past weekend - Queens Park Rangers defeating Sunderland 1-nil and Burnley (only?) drawing with Man United nil-nil certainly are intriguing, and from a pure entertainment standpoint the Chelsea game had it all. But soccer isn't about one specific week in League competition - it's about the consistency of purpose in... Continue Reading →

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The MLS Playoff chase heats up – here’s my Quick Thoughts for this Weekend

The playoff races really begin at this stage of the year - it's pucker time for most to even include those battling for the Wooden Spoon. Here's my lay down on who falls down or rises to the occasion. First up: Sporting KC versus Houston Dynamo - I'm not really sure anyone needs an education... Continue Reading →

LA Galaxy takes Supporters Shield? Chivas or Montreal with the Wooden Spoon? MLS After Week 24

The plot thickens as the weeks begin to shed away in Major League Soccer this year.  A number of teams have consistently been at or near the top of my Composite PWP Index as much as a number of teams have consistently been near the bottom as well. So two things this week:  Checking the... Continue Reading →

English Premier League – Possession with Purpose – Week 2

Two weeks in and Manchester City pretty much throws the gauntlet down against Liverpool and walks away with a dominating win. Three other teams have also begun the season with six points (Spurs, Swansea, and Chelsea) but do those four teams show the most consistency with purpose in possession, penetration and creation of shots taken... Continue Reading →

New Statistics in Soccer (Football)? Open Pass and Open Shot

Over my two year course of analyzing/researching team performance in soccer I've come across a number of general issues I have with modern day statistics in this game and think there is room for improvement. That's not to say most of the current statistics have weaknesses - they don't; the majority of them have function and purpose but... Continue Reading →

Sometimes what doesn’t happen on the pitch has more value than what does happen…

If you watched the Portland Timbers lose to the Seattle Sounders this past weekend some of this analysis might be painful.  If not, and you are simply an interested party in the love of soccer, then this article should get you to really question what statistics have value and where there may be a gap... Continue Reading →

Bundesliga – Possession with Purpose Indices after Week 1

Most should know I've embarked on creating my Possession with Purpose Indices for the English Premier League this season; plus my continuing adventure in Major League Soccer; up new for this coming football season will be my weekly review on the Bundesliga... ...my continuing adventure in determining the value of this highly successful Index approach... Continue Reading →

English Premier League – Week 1 Possession with Purpose

If you've been following my analysis in Major League Soccer you should know that I've developed a set of Indices associated with my Possession with Purpose Analysis. As time permits, and the opportunities present themselves, I will be adding my own analysis on Strategic Team Attacking and Defending PWP for the EPL. Hope you enjoy... Continue Reading →

FC Dallas; are they for real this year? You Bet – and here’s why…

Coming off a comprehensive thrashing where FC Dallas dominated to San Jose (5-nil this past weekend) Dallas has thrown down the gauntlet that the woeful run last year, and missing the playoffs, is not a likely scenario this year. And some might offer that San Jose aren't exactly 'top flight' this year - I disagree... Continue Reading →

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