UEFA Champions League – Let the games begin…

Well, it's started - the World Cup of League Football for most; at least in my eyes that is. Who's going to come out on top and who's not? Of course these teams are the best of the best (so-to-speak) and that means I won't be using words/phrases like sucks, bottom dweller, or some other... Continue Reading →

The Aston Villa Thrilla (1-nil) v Liverpool

Most of the Headlines went to Manchester United crushing a helpless Queens Park Rangers this past week and rightly so, I suppose, given how poorly Man U has played this last year or so. Anything good happening to United usually spells trouble for others in the English Premier League. For me though, I'm taking my... Continue Reading →

English Premier League – Week 4 – Relegation battle begins…

I've no doubt many of the headlines on the English Premier League this week dig into Manchester United's convincing win over Crystal Palace...   That's probably appropriate for most but I, often times, like to write about the un-obvious. So even though Angel Di Maria looked great - I'd offer he was a stud playing amongst English school... Continue Reading →

Bundesliga – Week 3 – Relegation Discussion Already? U Bet!

No doubt Bayern Munich will continue their disciplined march to the top of the Bundesliga League Table;  a few teams like, Borussia Dortmund, or even Hannover 96, might have something to say about that. Before getting started on this week's update though; a reminder for those who wish to refresh, or learn anew, what Possession with... Continue Reading →

Consistency of Purpose – Defending – Major League Soccer

Consistency of Purpose - as a business analyst I know that organizations usually strive for consistency in performance.  The general idea behind this is that before you can really begin to assess what improvements need to be made you first need to have some sort of 'control' over the effort. In laymen's 'statistical' terms - the... Continue Reading →

Possession with Purpose – Revised Introduction

It's time to offer up another revised version of my Possession with Purpose Analysis. My intent here is to: Provide an update that may help simplify this effort, and Update new links to articles most have found to be of great interest in the last year. To begin... Possession with Purpose (PWP): The End State,... Continue Reading →

Colorado Rapids Ripped, Sundered, and Shredded – MLS Soccer through Week 26

It's been awhile, I suppose, since a score-line of 6-nil has popped up in Major League Soccer and given the rarity, at least this year, I figured it'd be a worthy way to peel back how things are going in my traditional review of Major League Soccer each week. As for the last time a score-line... Continue Reading →

Consistency of Purpose – MLS Through Week 26

Before digging into a different view on Major League Soccer team performance, this week, I'll offer up my Possession with Purpose Index for consideration. A few changes after this week see Columbus jumping past Sporting (rightly so given the Crew won and Sporting didn't). In addition, Portland was passed by FC Dallas while a few other... Continue Reading →

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 →

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