Gluck: Porter Pulls out of Portland

Serving as a head coach in Major League Soccer is not easy - the rotating door of coaches leaving seems non-stop.  So the departure of Caleb Porter doesn't surprise me.  I sense there may have been multiple reasons but I'll set the stage for one - main reason - a reason you won't see published... Continue Reading →

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Gluck: Who should Head Coach the #USMNT in @USSoccer?

I'm sure there's many ways to determine what Head Coach might best lead the US Men's National Team out of darkness...     I've narrowed my scope of who might fit best by limiting the selection pool to those who currently lead a team in Major League Soccer.  This obviously includes a broad band of candidates -... Continue Reading →

Gluck: It’s not just @USSoccer that needs to “wipe the slate clean”

I'm not on the bandwagon of blasting US Soccer, USSF, Sunil Gulati, the Coaching Staff, or the Players anymore - that's old news for me; especially since the rest of our soccer media has finally caught up to what I was thinking after the US Men's team performance in World Cup 2014.  Here's my summary... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Heaps of News in Major League Soccer This Week

Lots going on to share with you as Major League Soccer gets set for this weekend.  In particular order: Major League Soccer Total Soccer Index (TSI) Eastern Conference Western Conference Jay Heaps gets the heave-ho from New England; why? Quality in MLS - has it got better since 2014? If so, where? Predictions for this... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Do “Expected” Soccer Statistics add Value?

From an general viewpoint, and adding awareness to the ever-growing soccer public of the United States, yes...  Expected Passes and Expected Goals add value.  They've made their way into the #soccer #stats genre and most recently Expected Goals has appeared in many United States soccer national TV productions. I suppose this is a good thing as they offer some interesting graphics... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Tea Leaves on Timbers Traveling to Toronto

Is this a likely pre-cursor to the MLS Championship Game? I'm not sure, but given the wild west, and more predictable east, it isn't beyond reason to think so.  In preparing my information for your consideration here's a link to my Total Soccer Index:  The Science (Attacking):  Toronto at home compared with Portland on the road. The... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Getting Hot in Portland? Yes… Only…

This time it's about the weather; record temperatures in Portland this week are forcing the Timbers vs Galaxy match to kick-off at 11 AM 'left coast of America time' and it should be a doozy... Here's my take using my new publication format, for your consideration. Pre-Match Report Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Best, Chris... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Updated Possession with Purpose and the New Total Soccer Index

Much has transpired in the world of soccer statistics over the past four years since I first published: Possession with Purpose - An Introduction and some Explanations. Three years ago I published my Possession with Purpose - Revised Introduction. In 2014 the concept was presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. Last year the concept... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Portland Timbers – Out of the Woods?

If you're part of the Portland Timbers supporter-base or football organization this (should?) be a picture out your rearview mirror - not a vision on what's ahead. As noted by Porter in his latest post-game presser - there's been some bullets flying... part of them their own making...   Getting Hot in Portland For me, even in... Continue Reading →

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