New Hat? Old Tricks? Portland Timbers Preview 2017

Last years' end state was horrible; the Portland Timbers, returning MLS Champions, missed the playoffs.  Not good; especially when 60% of  the teams in your Conference make the playoffs. Clearly changes needed to be made. Notable midfield additions include David Guzman, Sebastian Blanco, and the return of Dairon Asprilla. On the defensive side, where the Timbers had... Continue Reading →

Defense First? Timbers to Ride the Rapids?

Portland Timbers travel to Colorado for the first time this year and the challenge for both teams is finding the right balance between attacking and defending. In their last league home game the Timbers struggled in the first half - not unlike their US Open Cup match as well. If not for an untimely hand-ball by David... Continue Reading →

Possession with Purpose Total Soccer Index What is it?

In 2014 I created an Index to measure team performance; my goal was to create one number (exclusive of points scored) that could help me tell a story about team performance that isn't just about goals scored and goals against (Goal Differential). While I can't share the internal data points and algorithms anymore I can... Continue Reading →

MLS – Week 32 – Down to One Battle (Portland or Vancouver)?

The Playoffs are all but settled barring the final team to advance out of the Great Northwest... is it Vancouver or Portland? Given that I'll spend a few minutes on each team offering up some strengths and weaknesses but first; as usual the Possession with Purpose Family of Indices beginning with the Composite Index: Note... Continue Reading →

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