As this year's MLS Cup finalists show, being a "possession-oriented" and a "slow buildup" team are not mutually inclusive attributes. Being one does not necessarily make you the other by extension.
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Determining a player's shooting efficiency is a difficult task. Previously in this series we have explored the concept of chance quality. Using the touch-by-touch event data that Opta collects, we can make a measurement of how likely a shot is to result in a goal based on a handful of observations.
In other words, if the shot we are measuring was attempted repeatedly, how often would it result in a goal?
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With the 2013 MLS regular season in the rearview mirror, it's time to take a look at some of the key data points gathered over the last eight months. Let's start with passing.
Passes can be broken down into several different categories. For instance, we can look at: