Gluck: Fourth Year Anniversary Edition

My thanks to everyone who has supported my web site the last four years! It's been a learning experience for me and, I hope, for you too. As the new year starts I've got at least five new articles planned; here's a quick synopsis on what to expect: Following up on Coaching Youth Soccer Part I and Coaching... Continue Reading →

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Possession with Purpose is Published

Possession with Purpose analytical approach is published! Four years ago I began a journey blogging about the Portland Timbers. Part of that journey included speaking with Caleb Porter, and others, about my new analytical approach to measuring team performance in soccer. For those that have followed my journey (that continues) my thanks. To those that... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins Five – Europe

In my previous series on Expected Wins Four - probably more appropriately entitled "Expected Points" - I'd taken a look at how the general tendencies of four primary Leagues in Europe (England, Germany, Spain, as the UEFA Champions League) compare to Major League Soccer - Is European Football Really Higher Quality than Major League Soccer? This time... Continue Reading →

Redefining and Modernizing Total Shots Ratio

For many years Total Shots Ratio has plodded along as a good indicator of team shooting performance, not overall team performance, but shooting performance. It's a good enough indicator that its found its way into generic match reports for professional soccer teams and has good visibility on Opta - a well recognized soccer statistics company... Continue Reading →

Is European Football Really Higher Quality than Major League Soccer? Expected Wins 4

Jurgen Klinsmann made a statement the other week about his preference that players working to make the USMNT play in Europe not in America. Lots of hoo-haw followed with opinions being thrown out there by just about everyone. As far as I know no-one has, as yet, come up with a way to quantitatively measure... Continue Reading →

Malaga and Almeria – Two Teams going in Different Directions?

My next installment on La Liga takes a look at Week 12 and compares how things have progressed or digressed for teams since Week 6. If you've not followed my Possession with Purpose analyses in the past here's a quick link to an Introduction. Some movers to be sure, so to give the Index some... Continue Reading →

English Premier League – Mid-table Maidens or Muppets?

Like the La Liga article this week I'll be taking a look at some mid-table maidens and muppets. And yes, I'm breaking down this week and offering up some analysis on Manchester United. I've delayed long enough I guess so I'll take a peak at them along with Tottenham, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Stoke City,... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins V3 MLS, EPL, Bundesliga, LaLiga, WC 2014

If you've read these two previous articles, Expected Wins and Expected Wins 2, you know I look at how teams perform, on average, (win, lose, or draw) with respect to my primary data collection points for Possession with Purpose. What will be added, in Version 3 (V3), will be a compare and contrast between all the... Continue Reading →

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