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 →

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Gluck: Tea Leaves on Timbers Traveling to Toronto

Is this a likely pre-cursor to the MLS Championship Game? I'm not sure, but given the wild west, and more predictable east, it isn't beyond reason to think so.  In preparing my information for your consideration here's a link to my Total Soccer Index:  The Science (Attacking):  Toronto at home compared with Portland on the road. The... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Getting Hot in Portland? Yes… Only…

This time it's about the weather; record temperatures in Portland this week are forcing the Timbers vs Galaxy match to kick-off at 11 AM 'left coast of America time' and it should be a doozy... Here's my take using my new publication format, for your consideration. Pre-Match Report Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Best, Chris... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Updated Possession with Purpose and the New Total Soccer Index

Much has transpired in the world of soccer statistics over the past four years since I first published: Possession with Purpose - An Introduction and some Explanations. Three years ago I published my Possession with Purpose - Revised Introduction. In 2014 the concept was presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. Last year the concept... Continue Reading →

Gluck: What adds more value? Goal Scored or Goal Prevented?

With soccer statistical analysis growing daily, a longer headline might be:  What do the tea leaves show about team performance measurements in Major League Soccer?  Does the goal prevented show greater value, relative to points earned, than the goal scored? Even that's a bit wordy though... maybe it's... Soccer Statistics:  What does "right" look like now? If you read The Numbers Game:... Continue Reading →

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 →

Expected Wins Five – Europe

In my previous series on Expected Wins Four - probably more appropriately entitled "Expected Points" - I'd taken a look at how the general tendencies of four primary Leagues in Europe (England, Germany, Spain, as the UEFA Champions League) compare to Major League Soccer - Is European Football Really Higher Quality than Major League Soccer? This time... Continue Reading →

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