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OPTA Spotlight: Examining TFC's defensive struggles

Reds' 3-2 loss to Chicago highlighted reasons why Toronto can't stop conceding goals
OPTA Spotlight: TFC's defensive struggles
OPTA Spotlight
MLSsoccer.com

At the beginning of each week, MLSsoccer.com and OPTA will highlight one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using analytics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture.

Pardon the hackneyed phrase, but pinpointing the source of Toronto FC’s defensive struggles in 2012 isn’t exactly rocket science.

23 April 7:19 pm

Toronto FC came out in their normal 4-3-3 lineup against Chicago minus Danny Koevermans and Nick Soolsma. Crossing has been a huge inconsistency for Toronto which makes it even more perplexing as to why they keep doing it. According to @OptaJack, TFC are attempting the most crosses by any team in 2012.

Central Winger: Shot efficiency and MLS scoring leaders

Kamara less than clinical, but Sporting KC thriving anyway
Profligacy Problem
Soccer Analytics
MLSsoccer.com

Kamara - Central Winger

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Not all shots are made the same.

I remember playing a college soccer game away at a specific school that was particularly frustrating. The gentleman running the soccer-specific scoreboard – which included things such as "shots" – enjoyed being particularly liberal when crediting the home team with a shot. By half time, the scoreboard read 20 shots to one – but only 1-0 in favor of the home team. At this point (even without the egregious score keeping), it was clear to me that shots mean nothing. At least, without added context.

OPTA Spotlight: Just how lethal are RBNY in front of goal

Henry and Cooper have rarely missed inside the box this season
RBNY's lethal touch
OPTA Spotlight
MLSsoccer.com

At the beginning of each week, MLSsoccer.com and OPTA will highlight one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using analytics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture.

Although fans, media and players alike would probably prefer the 30-yard laser beam into the top corner, it’s a team’s play inside the 18-yard box that truly determines attacking potency.

17 April 11:49 am

Contrairement à il y a deux semaines où, hormis les trois sur penalty, aucun but n’avait été inscrit sur phase arrêtée, lors de la dernière journée, les filets ont tremblé pas moins de 10 fois suite à de telles actions, et ont complètement décidé du sort de cinq rencontres, dont quatre se sont terminées sur le score de 1-0.

12 April 4:57 pm

With wins over Columbus, Philadelphia and Chicago in 3 of their first 4 games to start the 2012 MLS Season, Colorado seemed to be moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, that all came to a halt this past weekend when RSL ran rampant in the second half, possibly in part to a makeshift formation.

Castrol Weekly Top 20: Henry class of MLS once again

Henry tops weekly Castrol Index again; LA players take a fall
No Stopping Him
Weekly Castrol Index
MLSsoccer.com

Weekly Castrol Index: Week 5

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In an effort to bring more clarity to the Castrol Index, we’re introducing a new feature: the Weekly Top 20 Performers.

It works just like it sounds, presenting the week’s top 20 players based upon points, as tabulated by Castrol’s formula, per 90 minutes. We’ll be presenting this every week throughout the season, and what happens one weekend has no bearing on what the numbers say the next. This is merely a snapshot of one week in time.

Central Winger: New way of visualizing the beautiful game

Bringing science to aesthetics through network passing graphs
Well Networked
Soccer Analytics
MLSsoccer.com

CJ Sapong and Tommy Meyer - Central Winger

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Soccer is an exceptionally aesthetic game, more art than science some would say.

But we now have unprecedented ability to reduce it down to raw numbers, which means we can look at it in new, exciting (if you like math) ways. One of the industry leading ways to help visualize soccer statistics is what is known as a network passing graph.

AT&T All-Star Game to be world's first "smart soccer match"

MLS, adidas to make AT&T All-Star Game world's first "smart soccer match"
ASG going high-tech with micoach
Adidas Micoach
MLSsoccer.com

NEW YORK — The 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will get a jolt of brainpower this summer.

On Tuesday, Major League Soccer and adidas announced that the feature match on July 25 at the Philadelphia Union’s PPL Park will be the world’s first “smart soccer match.” The match will showcase adidas’s new team tracking system: micoach.

OPTA Spotlight: The stats behind Sporting KC's pressure

Sporting's pressure overwhelms all comers early in 2012
Stats behind SKC's pressure
OPTA Spotlight
MLSsoccer.com

At the beginning of each week, MLSsoccer.com and OPTA will highlight one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using statistics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture.

Sporting Kansas City are busy making history, mostly because they’re making holding onto the ball exceedingly difficult for their opponents.

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