COPA America 2016 – To Possess or Not to Possess?

A true tactical battle awaits soccer enthusiasts this week as two traditional possession-based teams are set to square up against two traditional counter-attacking teams. Could the script have been written better than this? In the World Cup we saw Spain and Brazil lose considerable face while the likes of Colombia and Costa Rica pushed forward.... Continue Reading →

Houston Dynamo Scouting Report

With Wade Barrett as the interim Head Coach I thought I'd offer a scouting report on this team for your consideration.  As a caveat - I have not viewed any team video nor have a I seen Houston play this year.  A report like this would be used, in my view, prior to reviewing team... Continue Reading →

Quality in MLS – is it on Par with top European League Teams?

All teams have passed the one-third mile marker this year so I figure I've got enough reasonable information to draw a new comparison for your consideration. How well is Colorado playing this year, in terms of quality, versus some of the top teams in Europe for 2014/2015? I want to look at two ways to answer... Continue Reading →

MLS Power Rankings through Week 4/5 – Rapid(s) Advance

Beginning this year not many expected the Colorado Rapids to be a team to beat; I think that viewpoint needs to change; at least for now. In offering that, there's another view here as well; it's simply too early and there are too many unknowns to put any stock in any team performance statistics. That's a... Continue Reading →

Moneyball 2 – Soccer Statistics – Taking it to the next level

Probably the biggest leader in soccer analytics (Prozone Sports) have released two products in the last year, or so, that should begin to change the landscape of soccer statistics. I applaud their actions but I'm still not convinced they scratch the right itch, or at least my question; what are the best statistics available to better... Continue Reading →

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