MLS Regular Season
MONTREAL — Oh, what could have been.
Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo, sporting director Nick de Santis and vice president Richard Legendre provided their assessment of the club's 2012 expansion season on Wednesday morning and amidst the optimism, they did express one or two regrets when it came to personnel moves.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – First time playing for a team with a winning record. First significant silverware. A single-season high for goals scored.
Jacob Peterson's seventh season in MLS has been a special one for the Sporting Kansas City winger, and he isn't ready for it to be over yet.
"I don't think we're done. I think that's the big thing here," Peterson told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. "We talked about our goals before training today. We've accomplished a lot of those this season, but we still have a couple left."
This is the last thing the Eastern Conference wanted to see.
New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry has arguably never been more engaged and focused in bringing that first trophy to his MLS club, and it's showing on the field. The latest proof: a No. 1 finish in the Castrol Weekly Top 20 after the final week of the regular season. (See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha talks of the 2012 season, he could certainly put a positive spin on it.
After all, his team earned two more wins than in the 2011 campaign and saw two summer arrivals enthrall the crowd at Crew Stadium, all while coping with an inordinate number of injuries and the tragic passing of rookie midfielder Kirk Urso in August.
But even though the Crew posted a winning record (15-12-7, 52 points) there is one word that he will not associate with the results he has seen from his charges the past eight months.
The playoffs are upon us, but if that isn't enough to satiate your thirst for soccer, we've got another contest to keep you busy throughout November.
Yes, it's time to select another AT&T Goal of the Year. Just like 2011, 64 of the year's best strikes – including all 31 AT&T Goal of the Week winners – are up for nomination, and a fan vote will whittle the field down all the way down to the year's best strike.
Yes. Yes they are.
And yes, I picked Seattle to win it because it's a moral imperative to stick with the prediction I made in March. But have been wracking my brain to figure out just the right way of explaining why the Earthquakes are such favorites.
Turns out Redditor moatie2000 did it for me in one handy-dandy little chart.
Here ya go:
You'll notice the long line of yellow dashes in the final MLS Rookie Rankings of the 2012 season. Week 33 ushered in no change as none of the candidates managed to swing the polls in their final opportunity.
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.