Analysis

Philadelphia Union

A creativity problem — the Union’s No. 10s

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PSP's Adam Cann breaks down the DEEP numbers that reveal what went wrong at the Union's No. 10 position this year.

Yaro and Rosenberry remain full of potential, in need of progress

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Keegan Rosenberry and Josh Yaro finally took the field together in 2017. The results? Much like 2016.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 4a: Aggregate Referee bias

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Home field advantage can be staggering in MLS. Chris Sherman breaks down the numbers to see if the referees have anything to do with that.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 3: Scheduling and short rest

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Chris Sherman looks at the impact of short rest on performance. He also looks at whether MLS schedules favor home teams with longer rest and if that could impact home field advantage.

Players to watch: players we watched, part III

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Before the season began, the staff at Philly Soccer Page identified a group of players that seemed likely to have a large impact on the 2017 side's success. Halfway through, it's worth taking a look how that group have performed.

The anatomy of an amazing save

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PSP breaks down Andre Blake's spectacular, game-defining save against D.C. United, looking at what led to it and how he did it.

How good is Andre Blake?

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Andre Blake is the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and one of the best shot-stoppers in the league. He is also such a conundrum in possession that he is holding the Union back from reaching their full potential.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 2: Crowd Size

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Chris Sherman continues to investigate potential causes for home field advantage in MLS using statistical analysis. This second article demonstrates home field advantage and studies the effect of the size of the home crowd on the home team's advantage.

Haris Medunjanin is hurting the Union

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Haris Medunjanin has been the Union's best offensive weapon. It's probably time to bench him. Why? A lesson learned in the NBA is illuminating.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 1: Traveling distance

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Chris Sherman investigates potential causes for home field advantage in MLS using statistical analysis. The first article demonstrates home field advantage and studies the effect of distance traveled on said advantage.

A business theory explains the Union’s season so far

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New insights about the Union's 2017 season, courtesy of a business theory from the London Business School called the Sigmoid Curve. (Yes, really.)

Philadelphia may have improved, but so has everyone else

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Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

Union complete off-season with whirlwind of signings

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The Union hit for a hat trick of signings this week. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a closer look at each signing, changes that Incomplete grade for the off-season, and considers if these moves could pave the way for Roland Alberg's departure.

Union’s off-season grade: Incomplete

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at some prospective new additions to the Union as they start preseason training today with their shopping list of off-season needs apparently incomplete.

Tactical thinking: Three backs to rule them all?

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Three back systems are en vogue again. Might such a system work for the Union?

Beyond the obvious stats: Barnetta, Sapong, and the Union

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Dan Walsh on some of the little things on the field that are behind the Union's turnaround in 2016.

The Union are a good team. Can they improve?

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A year ago, you would have given up Philadelphia Union for dead if they gave up a third minute goal on the road. Not anymore. This is a good team. Can they get even better?

Is it 2014 all over again for Philadelphia Union?

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With 2016 opening day at hand, PSP's Dan Walsh marvels at how familiar it looks. Is it 2014 all over again?

Five thoughts on the Union’s recent player personnel moves

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PSP's Dan Walsh weighs in on the Union's draft and Zach Pfeffer trade, lays out the skinny behind Anderson Conceicao's background and generally floats some words about all the Union's recent moves.

Dutch Wonderland: Can the Union recruit players from Earnie Stewart’s Alkmaar?

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Kevin Kinkead reviews members 2011-2012 Europa League semifinalist AZ Alkmaar team who might be a good fit for the Union and an Earnie Stewart reunion.

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

The Steel and the playoffs – it’s gonna be close

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PSP looks at the Steel's playoff chances, both the old-fashioned eyeball instinctual way and using Chris Sherman's statistics. the techniques both old and new say it will be extremely close against Red Bulls 2 for the final slot and the right to go to Louisville on Friday October 20th.

Steel playoff chances revisited

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At the three-quarter mark of the season, Bethlehem Steel FC are still in the playoff picture but are in a dogfight with four other sides for one of the bottom three qualifying slots. Here's our opinion of their chances.

USL hybrids, profits and imitating baseball

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As professional soccer evolves in the United States, it has begun to imitate the oldest of American pro sports. PSP's Tim Jones explains.

Championship

I Was Close To Geordie Heaven Last Night – Very Close

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After we played so well last night and then threw away 2 points late in the game, many Geordie fans will be feeling a little frustrated this morning I certainly am more than I should be. We suppose the positive is that the lads played really well, but it's a bad feeling when [...]

Rafa’s Gives His Analysis Of The Rotherham Win

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As Rafa had pointed out more than once in his press conference on Friday Rotherham United are a much better team than their position in the table would suggest and they gave Newcastle everything we could handle yesterday. Rotherham had a few chances near the end and it could have easily ended up as a [.

The Rest

Monday’s night’s player development lessons

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While Red Bulls did not win Monday night's first leg hosting Toronto in the playoffs, their excellent player development process was fully on display.

Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL

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Soccer Canada has approved the Canadian Premier League for play in 2018. NASL met Friday to try to appeal from U. S. Soccer's demoting them from division 2. The only certainty about the future of minor league professional soccer in North America is that it won't be the same in 2018.

Distance, time and money: USL conference realignment

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PSP analyzes travel time and travel costs for the USL east and the USL west, and guesses what realignment into three conferences might look like.

What went wrong for USMNT Friday night

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Analysis and thoughts on the World Cup Qualifier between the USMNT and Costa Rica.

‘I’d Stick Them All On The Transfer List’ – Gary Neville Delivers Excellent, Venomous Post-Mortem Of Arsenal’s Meek Display Against Liverpool

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There's no two ways about it, Arsenal were at their gossamer-thin worst against Liverpool on Saturday, with Arsene Wenger's expensively-assembled melange of meek and mild succumbing to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

Of course, a palid Arsenal performance is nothing but good news for the pundits and co-commentators of the world who, wide-eyed and partially inebriated by their blood-thirst, were gifted yet another chance to clamber over themselves and begin tearing strips of easy meat off the carcass laid so readily before them.

An assessment a little past midseason: Bethlehem Steel FC

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PSP analyzes why the 2017 version of the Bethlehem Steel is better than that of the previous year. There are three clear reasons.

On Advanced Stats in Soccer, Part One: Navigating the Soccer Data Desert

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Adam Schorr tries to dig into advanced statistics to explain the Union's 2016 fall, only to discover that soccer stats are awfully hard to come by.

Five Union preseason battles to watch

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As Phase Two of preseason heats up, PSP's Peter Andrews breaks down five key positional battles on what might be the deepest Philadelphia Union team ever.

Let’s analyze Slavisa after just 7 games!

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(by timbo)

As I mentioned yesterday, Fulham's TSR has increased whereas the Shooting % has decreased in Slavisa Jokanovic's 7 games in charge. This is a very small sample size, and barely half of what Kit's is, but it's still illustrative of the changes he's made.

Beloware four graphs.

Maths Apology: Which 2015 Fire Players Earned Their Salaries?

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Chicago sheda lotof player contracts last week as new GM Nelson Rodriguez and new coach Veljko Paunovoic freed up as many dollars as possible for the upcoming MLS postseason scramble.

As Phase One of theRe-Entry draft begins it's worth taking a look at how the2015 Fire performed in context totheir MLS salaries.