Major League Soccer and Possession with Purpose

Major League Soccer nears the All Star break and most teams have reached the mid-point in games played. From top to bottom here's the latest on MLS team performance in possession, passing accuracy, penetration, creation, precision, and finishing. Being the best in just one of those categories does not mean you are the best in... Continue Reading →

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Gluck – An Open Letter to Earnie Stewart @USSoccer

Dear Earnie (Sir),  you've got five tasks: Lead the hiring process and serve as counsel for head coach Establish a style of play and nurturing team culture Identify short- and long-term player pool Build relationships with players, clubs and leagues Facilitate internal player development Lead the hiring process and serve as counsel for head coach:  You shouldn't... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Coaching Youth #Soccer Part II

In my most recent article, Coaching Youth Soccer Part I, I spoke about decision making. If you struggle making decisions you'll struggle knowing how to play soccer. For what it is worth here's how I teach decision making as part of coaching players how to play soccer. My main training tool is Rondo.  My training plans... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Coaching Youth #Soccer Part I

Soccer is a global sport - and some say it's the largest, organized, youth sport in the United States.  Why, in a country with such a huge population of youth soccer players, do we see ourselves failing to qualify for the World Cup?  I don't think it's because we aren't teaching players the mechanics of technical... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Possession with Purpose Total Soccer Index

Breaking news. I've done some more analysis - looking at all my data, across four years of research. After creating new equations for attacking and defending team performance statistics I've made an update to my Total Soccer Index. To see what the Total Soccer Index was about prior to this late-breaking news read here. Good... Continue Reading →

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 →

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