Expected Wins V3 MLS, EPL, Bundesliga, LaLiga, WC 2014

If you've read these two previous articles, Expected Wins and Expected Wins 2, you know I look at how teams perform, on average, (win, lose, or draw) with respect to my primary data collection points for Possession with Purpose. What will be added, in Version 3 (V3), will be a compare and contrast between all the... 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 →

Headline match-up in Week 13 – Real Salt Lake v Seattle Sounders

Pedigree and consistency of purpose are two words/phrases that come to mind when I consider these teams.  Both are currently doing very well and in my Composite PWP Index, after 12 weeks, they sit in positions four and five. In considering this early-to-mid-season marquee match-up I've put together a few diagrams that might help paint... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins 2 – After 184 Events (10 Weeks of MLS Games)

Hopefully most of you read Part I of my series on Expected Wins in Major League Soccer. As a quick reminder the Expected Wins analysis is my internal data quality review on the seven data points I use to support my quantitative Possession with Purpose analysis; the stronger the correlation these data points have the... 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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