Castrol Index: 2012 Top Player exemplifies year of striker

Castrol Index 2012 Top Player exemplifies this year's attacking mindset
Year Of The Striker
Castrol Index 2012

Keane - Castrol Index

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In case you were still wondering, 2012 really was the year of the striker in MLS. Especially according to the Castrol Index.

Central Winger: Wondo, Kamara opposite sides of the coin

Advanced metrics measure how stars stack up vs. expectations
Finishing Clinic
Shooting Efficiency

Wondo and Kamara - Winger

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Early this season, I investigated shooting efficiency within the context that not all shots are of the same relative difficulty. However, this analysis suffered from a small sample size, noisy findings and results that had not yet regressed to the mean.

Central Winger: Pythagorean Expectation tested in MLS

Dr. Howard Hamilton's pythagorean expectation in focus
Central Winger: The doctor is in
Soccer Analytics

Union celebrate, Revs don't - Central Winger

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As soccer analytics continues its slow growth from infancy to childhood, it's natural for the movement to look at strides made in other sports and try to emulate them. Bill James’ Pythagorean Expectation is no exception.

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Notre émission de la semaine (à écouter ici) est entièrement consacrée à la première année de l’Impact de Montréal en Major League Soccer. Un bilan effectué avec des invités d’horizons très variés qui nous permettent de revenir sur la saison sous de nombreux angles différents :

Armchair Analyst: Philosophical differences for SJ, KC

2012's best teams take vastly different approaches to the game
Philosophical gap for SJ, KC
Armchair Analyst

SJ and KC - Analyst

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There is a philosophical concept called “embodied cognition,” and it is the one thing I remember from a class I took during my junior year of college. It was one of those classes taught by an enthusiastic, intelligent young professor who encouraged the students to argue past each other like it was a presidential debate.

In other words, it was a complete nightmare. The four people who’d taken Rhetoric 101 dominated while the rest of us huddled at our desks, trying to avoid eye contact and occasionally dozing off.

Analyst Extra: Donovan as playmaker still off the charts

Even if passion's dimmed, stats shows Landon Donovan still MLS' best
For Donovan, the abyss stares back
LD by the Numbers

Landon Donovan - Analyst

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About a year ago, I wrote this piece, titled “Will there be life after Landon?”

Central Winger: Finding context shines a light on crosses

The pass before the cross can end up making all the difference
Central Winger: Context on crosses
Soccer Analytics

EJ - Central Winger

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In chess, there is a concept called transposition which, according to Wikipedia, is "a sequence of moves that results in a position which may also be reached by another, more common sequence of moves.” In other words, it’s the road less traveled.

Looking at possible transpositions is important for chess computers because it reduces the amount of possible board variations that it needs to evaluate. For one particular board state – no matter the moves that came before it – the chess computer's move is always the same.

OPTA Spotlight: If not Jozy, what's plaguing US attack?

Statistics show US dominate the ball but lack a cutting edge
Punchless In Possession
Opta on US attack

Intentionally or not, Jurgen Klinsmann threw the dogs – media and fans, in this case – off the real scent on Monday when he announced his 24-man roster for what amount to must-win World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.

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