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 →

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 →

Sometimes what doesn’t happen on the pitch has more value than what does happen…

If you watched the Portland Timbers lose to the Seattle Sounders this past weekend some of this analysis might be painful.  If not, and you are simply an interested party in the love of soccer, then this article should get you to really question what statistics have value and where there may be a gap... Continue Reading →

Do they know the way? – San Jose – MLS After Week 22

While many might consider the Portland Timbers a sleeper in the Western Conference this year, there may be indications that San Jose might fit that title as well. But before considering a potential answer to that question let's take a look at some of their team performance indicators. First in... San Jose have three games... Continue Reading →

Is staying afloat in the Western Conference Real for Salt Lake? Depends… MLS after Week 21

Of late I've been focusing on some teams that are doing really-really well or really-really poor. These next few weeks will be slightly different. I'm going to take a peak at some teams that may be sleepers or may end up snoozing and losing. To set the stage here's the latest CPWP Index for MLS... Continue Reading →

On Fire – or can’t hold a Candle… are Chicago burning at both ends?

Last year the Chicago Fire were within inches of making the Playoffs - and like it or not they sacked Frank Klopas who then moved on to the team that beat them out of the Playoffs - Montreal. Why Montreal sacked their Head Coach is unclear. Given the importance so many teams place on making the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Possession with Purpose – Who’s hot and who’s not in the last ten weeks?

A different view on Possession with Purpose in Major League Soccer this week.... this time around I'll be offering up my Indices using just that last ten weeks of the MLS Regular season to look for any trends in who's better or worse compared to the season as a whole. For those not familiar with... 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 →

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