Road Warriors – Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders have one of the most advanced statistics programs in Major League Soccer.  And while I don't have a specific gauge that tracks the effectiveness and efficiency of their statistical analysis it's a good bet their approach has had some level of influence in how their organization performed this year. NOTE: Given recent... Continue Reading →

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MLS – Reading the Tea Leaves and Predicting Week 20 Outcomes…

A full slate of games for Week 20 that started off with a smashing win by San Jose over a very shabby Chicago - were you surprised; you shouldn't have been.  Chicago Fire have the worst average in overall team defensive performance of any team in MLS this year  - and it certainly doesn't get better... Continue Reading →

Are Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC simply too strong?

Plenty of action these past two weeks in Major League Soccer - the most telling is the huge lead in points that Seattle holds over all the other teams in a very competitive Western Conference. Not to be outdone, in the Eastern Conference, it appears Sporting KC have also begun to open up an insurmountable... Continue Reading →

Reflections of MLS Week 16; Predictable or not??? And what about Chivas USA these last three games… anything there in PWP to see?

As you know I've attempted to create a Predictability Index (PI) from my Possession with Purpose (PWP) analysis.  Here's a link in case you missed the first article on PWP Predictability. Before looking at the overall results here's a reminder on where all the teams stand after 17 weeks: Not every team has played 18... Continue Reading →

MLS Possession with Purpose Week 13 – Plenty of surprises…

Some stunners and bummers this week for plenty of soccer supporters across North America; who'da thought Montreal would get a clean sheet against New England and Real Salt Lake would get completely schooled by Seattle... Others like Philadelphia reinforced they do not want to be a bottom dweller, as some suspect this year, by beating up on... Continue Reading →

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