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Analytics

Central Winger: With Tiffert, Sounders tidier in the final third

With Tiffert in the lineup, stats show that Seattle are noticeably tidier in the final third
Central Winger: Clean where it counts
The Tiffert Effect
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Central Winger: Tiffert

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Since joining the Seattle Sounders in late July, Christian Tiffert has played 441 minutes across five starts and six total appearances. In these six matches, Seattle are 4-1-1 with a goal differential of plus-10. Like any statistician worth their salt, my first instinct is to try and append the "correlation doesn't imply causation" idiom to the conclusion.

Central Winger: Finding the No. 8 for Klinsmann's midfield

Who are the top candidates to become the USMNT's new Claudio Reyna in midfield
Central Winger: New No. 8 for Klinsmann?
USMNT's new Reyna?
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Zusi, Davis, Nagbe - Central Winger

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There are five MLS representatives on Jurgen Klinsmann's US national team squad set to take on Jamaica this week and next. Two are goalkeepers. A third is a probable starting defensive midfielder. The fourth is a winger.

Armchair Analyst: And down the stretch they come...

How you start matters, but how you finish is what's remembered forever in MLS
Armchair Analyst: Down the stretch they come
Great Stretch Runs
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Armchair Analyst: Supporters' Shield

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SAN FRANCISCO -- "You can't win a title in March, but you sure can lose one."

Central Winger: Secondary pass completion rate

Secondary pass completion rate in MLS dominated by defense
Central Winger: Pass before the pass
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RBNY vs. Chivas Overhead - Central Winger

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The completion of a pass has a strong argument for being the most integral part of team success. No matter a team's style – route one at one extreme, tiki-taka at the other – completing your attempted passes at a high rate generally means that your team is successful in what it is trying to accomplish. By extension, analysts and fans alike have begun to look at player-specific pass completion rates as a decent proxy for player skill.

OPTA Spotlight: After breakout, what changed for Shea?

After a breakout 2011 season, what changed for Dallas' rising star?
OPTA Spotlight: Shifting perceptions of Shea
Shea: 2011 vs. 2012
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This time a year ago, Brek Shea was the poster boy of the American development system.

Here was a physically overwhelming prospect – 6-foot-3, rangy with speed and agility to burn – who had honed his abilities with the US U-17s in Bradenton, Fla., before jumping to Major League Soccer as a raw, but extremely promising, 17-year-old.

The trajectory was steadily upwards from that point, and by the 2011 season, Shea was ready for his breakout campaign.

Central Winger: Houston have a weapon on the throw-in

Dynamo are on a roll, and here's a majorly overlooked reason why
Central Winger: Houston's secret weapon
Soccer analytics
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Brad Davis - Central Winger

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The throw-in is the second most common on-the-ball event in soccer, closely followed by the more traditional pass via the foot. Yet it's unsurprising that throw-ins are analyzed considerably less than the more rare set plays like free kicks and corner kicks.

Throw-ins aren't glamorous – but they are undoubtedly important. And the Houston Dynamo seem to have picked this low-hanging fruit.

OPTA Spotlight: How EJ rediscovered himself in Seattle

Seattle, Rosales help revive Johnson's previously sputtering career
Finally Grown
EJ's return to grace
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OPTA Spotlight: Eddie Johnson

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As the calendar turned from 2011 to 2012, Eddie Johnson was running low on second chances.  

A move to link up with former US teammate DaMarcus Beasley south of the border at Puebla had just fallen through, a bizarre turn in a career that had increasingly become defined by what wasn’t in the cards rather than by what lay ahead.

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