Month: August 2013


Two objectives in this initial article; first is to briefly set the conditions for my regular weekly MLS Possession with Purpose Power Rankings and second, the rankings and corresponding analysis […]

Match Analysis – Portland Timbers (2) FC Dallas (1)

Quite a few things to consider from this game, best of all the end-result with Timbers taking 3 points and Dallas taking none. Before digging into some analysis here's some random […]

Match Preview – Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas – Game 3

What with a weekend to rest and heal some wounds it's still not clear whether or not everyone is fully fit for this weekend with an 8 PM kickoff at […]

MLS Possession with Purpose Power Rankings

With the continued development of my Indices for PWP Attacking and Defending in the final third I've taken the opportunity to develop my first ever MLS PWP Power Rankings. I will […]

Major League Soccer – Defending Efficiency Index – Who’s best, worst and most effective in the Final Third across all MLS?

Yesterday I posted my initial article on an MLS Attacking Efficiency Index rating along with some other data points on the best and worst across MLS in the final third. Tonight […]

Major League Soccer – “The Final Third” – Who’s best, who’s worst, and who’s on top of a new MLS Attacking Efficiency Index?

For me the Final Third represents the most dangerous area (both in attack and defense) for every team in football. In considering the breadth of publicly available information on the MLS […]

OPTA Data – Possession – Key Passes – Recoveries – Possession with Purpose and The Attacking Third – Attacking and Defending Efficiency Indecis

An article written by Richard Farley didn't prompt this work but it did reinforce work I have already been doing with respect to OPTA; in case you missed it this […]

Adjusted Possession with Purpose using Passing Attempts as the Kick-off data point

As promised I would offer some additional views on the relationship between Passing data and Total Goals Scored. Enclosed are two diagrams for your consideration but before getting to them here […]

Match Analysis – Portland Timbers (1) Real Salt Lake (2)

In the words of Senator Clay Davis in that brilliant show "The Wire" - "Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit"... A superb run at the Cup this year and, by far, a whole hell of a […]

Semi-Final Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Match Preview – Portland Timbers v Real Salt Lake

Bottom line up front = If you win you're in. ┬áNo three points, no possible draw - in the end one team wins and the other doesn't... ┬áthis is what […]

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