Major League Soccer – Week 25 – Portland finally show up…

While most were probably focused on some other battles this past weekend - and rightly so in some cases - the Timbers might just have shaken the Western Conference a wee bit to reinforce, that when they get their defense right, they will be a team to reckon with. Before diving in though; here's a link... 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 →

What did Philadelphia do different in beating New England this past weekend?

What, if anything, did Philadelphia Union do that was different from their historical averages so far this year? If you're reading this article first - you may want to check out this article on Composite Possession with Purpose (CPWP) Predictability Index, results for Week 16 in Major League Soccer, first to see why I am offering it.... Continue Reading →

World Conference on Science and Soccer – My Presentation on Possession with Purpose

Roughly 10 days before the Kickoff to the first ever World Conference on Science and Soccer held in the United States I got a phone call from the Conference President and Coordinator Terry Favero asking me if I was interested in making a presentation on Possession with Purpose. To say the least I was pleasantly... Continue Reading →

Philadelphia Union – the plots thickens – Vartughian pushed out as well…

In case you missed it Philadelphia Union also sacked Rob Vartughian yesterday - one day after Hackworth got the boot. Vartughian was an Assistant Coach and Technical Director. I'm not sure what the Philadelphia Union organization means by calling someone a Technical Director but it's my guess it has something to do with behind the scenes player... Continue Reading →

John Hackworth sacked as Philadelphia Union Head Coach – What does PWP indicate?

It didn't take long for the first casualty within the MLS Coaching ranks this year; duly noted. For me, John Hackworth was kinda stuck between a rock and hard place.  For most of last year the Union attempted a direct attack approach - not so much this year - and it probably cost him his... Continue Reading →

Possession with Purpose – An introduction and some explanations…

If you’ve been following me the last 2-3 years, through Columbian Newspaper, out of southern Washington, you’ll know that I’ve been researching data with the intent of creating some Indices to analyze "team performance" in Major League Soccer. The initial version of my Possession with Purpose approach was published on 10 February, 2013 on the Columbian... Continue Reading →

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