Gluck: Forward into the Past: Dealing without Darlington

I'm sure many feel the Timbers were unlucky this weekend - perhaps rightly so.  For now, at least, I'm not convinced. In the post-game press conference Caleb Porter offered these thoughts about missing Darlington Nagbe; they struck a chord with me, perhaps they will with you too? Porter: "And I think today missing Darlington you could see... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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