Central Winger: For Seattle Sounders, reason to be optimistic despite brutal stretch

Central Winger: Why Seattle have reason to be optimistic despite brutal stretch

Castrol Index: Portland Timbers Donovan Ricketts' consistency lands him the top spot in the 2013 list

Castrol Index: Ricketts' dominance in Portland earns him top billing in 2013 list

Donova Ricketts, Castol Index best of 2013

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If you're looking for a reason why the Portland Timbers have made the jump from an eight-win, second-to-last-place Western Conference club in 2012 to the pace setter in the West in 2013, you needn't look much further than goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

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Première équipe qualifiée pour la phase finale de la saison, New York fait l’objet d’une analyse en profondeur dans notre émission de cette semaine (à écouter ici) durant laquelle Christian Schaekels, de Vision du Jeu, se joint à l’équipe habituelle.

MLS extends relationship with Match Analysis to allow tracking of every player movement | SIDELINE

MLS and Match Analysis to track every players' every movement

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday it has extended its relationship with California-based Match Analysis to continue use of the K2 Panoramic Video system, player tracking and tactical analysis tools. With this move, MLS becomes the first major professional sports league in the United States to track and analyze the movement of all its players and officials in every match.

Central Winger: Are cup finals really different from other games?

Central Winger: Are cup finals really different from other games?

Conventional wisdom and soccer cliche has always suggested that cup finals are played just a little differently.

Often initially described as "cagey" but suddenly descending into "heavyweights trading punches," cup finals have a sort of aura behind them, no matter if they're being played in the local park or on the world stage.

Central Winger: Which MLS teams pick the best and worst shots?

Central Winger: Which teams pick the best – and worst – shots?

Central Winger Sept. 18

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One out of every five shots taken from within 10 yards of the net have resulted in a goal in Major League Soccer since the start of the 2012 season, an average that has remained relatively robust through league scoring droughts as well as monsoons.

Conversely, shots from beyond 10 yards have proven to result in a goal once every 15 attempts. It is quite clear that not all attempts are equal, despite the boxscore tallying them in the same fashion. "Outshooting" your opponent takes a back seat to generating more high-quality opportunities when it comes to winning games.

Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Clint Irwin's magic keeps Colorado Rapids in the playoff race

Castrol Index: 'Keepers keep stealing the show in MLS

Clint Irwin - Castrol

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Where would the Colorado Rapids be without Clint Irwin?

The young 'keeper, who stepped in for the injured Matt Pickens early in the season and hasn't come close to letting go of the starting job since, put in perhaps his best performance of the season in this past weekend's 1-0 whitewashing of the LA Galaxy in Carson, Calif., and for his efforts earned the top spot in this week's Castrol Top 20.

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