home field advantage

Major League Soccer

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.

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.

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.

Success On The Road Has Been Key For The Union

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At Sounder at Heart, agkt wrote a very interesting post on the strength and importance of home field advantage in MLS. It explores the home field advantage difference between MLS and other major North American professional sports league and it looks at the average difference between a team's home goal differential and road goal differential.

2012 MLS Regular Season Home Field Advantage

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Today, we are all focused on the second leg of D.C. United's Conference Semifinal series against the New York Red Bulls. The Black and Red United community has done a great job breaking down the two opponents in this game, and there is more to come before Wednesday night's kickoff. With that said, there is another opponent D.

Debating the MLS Eastern Conference Playoff Race

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In MLS, we're used to talking about the Western Conference and it's host of "popular" teams vying for playoff positioning near the end of each season. In 2012, the tables have turned and the Eastern Conference is turning out to be full of powerhouse teams and what will be an exciting playoff race down the final stretch of the year.

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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Seattle Sounders FC (10-6-7) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10-7-7)
William Schulz: Playing two matches on the road made last week was a rough one for the folks in Seattle. Losing a cup final followed by a last-minute loss to the nigh-unstoppable Earthquakes.

Sporting KC win 2012 Open Cup on penalties

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Sporting Kansas City played to their home field advantage on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 with three-time champions Seattle in regulation and winning the US Open Cup 3-2 on penalties. Kei Kamara opened the scoring for Sporting KC in the 84th minute and Zach Scott equalized for Seattle two minutes later. With the game in overtime, Seattle's Patrick Ianni was sent off in the 118th minute after picking up a second yellow card.

SKC wins bidding to host Open Cup final

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If Kansas City can get past the Philadelphia Union, then the U.S. Open Cup final is coming to Livestrong Sporting Park.

Sporting Kansas City has won the blind bidding to host the final, which means the club will host the match Aug. 7 or 8 if it defeats the Union in Wednesday's semifinal at PPL Park.

Red Bulls Notes: Backe sounds off on Open Cup, Tainio's prognosis worsens

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Two messages have stayed consistent since the Red Bulls began their quest to compete in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. First and foremost, they are in it to win it. Second, coach Hans Backe is not happy with the tournament structure set out by U.

The Cost Of The Cup

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (May 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The new US Open Cup bidding and draw process was supposed to change things. It was supposed to mean that lower division teams would get more home games and the benefit of home field advantage against Major League Soccer teams. They told us it would ensure MLS teams with deeper pockets didn't get home-field advantage throughout the tournament simply because they could.

Evaluating MLS Team Strength And The Injury Factor

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Early season injuries within the MLS rosters create unique challenges when handicapping the relative caliber of the individual teams. Injuries do not exist in a vacuum. Home field advantage, strength of opposition, number of games played, interleague competitions and the overall development arc of teams also play significant roles.

2012 Olympics

Is Home Advantage Really an Advantage?

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In all sports, teams strive to gain home field advantage. The consensus is that playing in the home stadium, in front of the home crowd offers a distinct advantage. In the 2012 Olympics, many feel that England's success was due in part to their athletes competing on home soil and in front of the home crowd.

Is Home Advantage Really an Advantage?

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In all sports, teams strive to gain home field advantage. The consensus is that playing in the home stadium, in front of the home crowd offers a distinct advantage. In the 2012 Olympics, many feel that England's success was due in part to their athletes competing on home soil and in front of the home crowd.

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB Women defeat Brazil in front of a record crowd at Wembley – Daily Telegraph

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London 2012 Olympics: Team GB women defeat Brazil in front of a record crowd at Wembley Telegraph.

It isn't often than I get the opportunity to pump myself up whenever a British team plays a team from Brazil, but today at the London 2012 Olympics, the Great Britain women's team beat the Brazilian women 1-0 at Wembley and put themselves in prime position for a medal in the quarter finals.

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB Women defeat Brazil in front of a record crowd at Wembley – Daily Telegraph

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London 2012 Olympics: Team GB women defeat Brazil in front of a record crowd at Wembley Telegraph.

It isn't often than I get the opportunity to pump myself up whenever a British team plays a team from Brazil, but today at the London 2012 Olympics, the Great Britain women's team beat the Brazilian women 1-0 at Wembley and put themselves in prime position for a medal in the quarter finals.

Seattle Sounders

State of the MLS Run In: 9 Weeks to Go

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Previous Week

We've been pointing out for a couple weeks that it would take some real work for the roster of playoff teams to be shaken up from the 10 teams who've held the projected playoff spots for some time. Part of that work would be an extended run of bad play from the teams closest to the edge: the Vancouver Whitecaps in the West and DC United in the East.

Sporting KC Scouting Report: Into the Cauldron

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What most people don't understand is that home field advantage isn't always about where you play. Just as often, it's about what you're playing for. And no matter where the games are played, US Open Cup matches are home matches for the Seattle Sounders, because this is their Cup. It's our Cup. Sounders players have been stomped, cut, mocked, and bruised for it.

With the U.S. Open Cup Final set, who do you see winning?

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Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup semifinals have set up a dream final between the three-time defending Seattle Sounders and a strong Sporting Kansas City side that will be hosting the final on Aug. 8th at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Sporting KC looked great defensively in shutting down the Philadelphia Union, while the Sounders attack looked very effective in routing Chivas USA by a 4-1 margin.

Sounders Organizational Update - Goodbye June Edition

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The PDL and W-League seasons enter the home stretch in July and the Sounders are racing for playoff position in both. In the Academy, one of the teams already made the playoffs and completed their group games last week. Read on for details.

Sounders Women

soundermom has the details in the game recaps, but the summary is that the Sounders Women bid adieu for the season to their national team contingent with a big home win over Santa Clara, then split two games on a road trip to Colorado.

Editorial: Atlanta's Home Game Sale

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Article by Anders Aarhus

[Editors Note: The views expressed in this article are the writer's opinion and do not necessarily reflect the views of MLSReserves.com as a whole.]


Money talks. That's the message two NASL clubs, the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Minnesota Stars, gave their (now disgruntled) supporters by agreeing to give up their home field advantage in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup in exchange for financial compensation.

Seattle Sounders at DC United - Gamethread

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Young coach Ben Olsen knows exactly how good D.C. United were. His goal this season is to start to bring them back to that historic level, a level that was killed off when the Seattle Sounders FC showed that RFK is a great place to win trophies on the road. Over these three years when the teams have gone head to head Seattle collected a 3-1-0 +2 Goal Differential in the other Washington.

New York Red Bulls

Battle at the Top

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Thanks to the crazy schedule that MLS has this year, Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls have not met in a game yet this year. The two teams will now meet 3 times over the next 9 weeks as both teams close in on the end of their season. And with only 2 points currently separating the two teams as they sit first and second in the Eastern Conference each one of those 3 games are going to be absolutely huge in the grand scheme of things.

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls - Match #9 - Game Thread

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Toronto FC

Numbers For A Team In Transition

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At the end of the 2011 season, there was every reason to believe the Philadelphia Union were embarking on a steady climb. Having gained valuable playoff experience, the young team would seek to acquire a proven goal-scorer and build depth at center back before pushing deeper towards the MLS Cup. Home field advantage would remain a strength - the team had only lost 4 of 32 regular season games played across two years at PPL Park and Lincoln Financial Field.

Real Salt Lake vs. Tauro: Your Running Commentary

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Real Salt Lake hope that home-field advantage will change the club's CONCACAF Champions League fortunes, as the 2010-11 tournament finalists look to bounce back after dropping their group opener.

RSL welcome Panamanian side Tauro FC to Rio Tinto Stadium for a key Group 2 battle (10 p.

Numbers Don't Take An International Break

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Prior to the 2012 campaign, the Philadelphia Union had only lost 4 matches at home. It is early June, and the team ranks last in virtually every offensive category with a disappointing home record of 1-3-1. Eastern Conference teams are 31-15-12 at home this year (8 losses occurred at PPL Park or Toronto FC's BMO Field) and Western Conference teams are 31-20-12 at home (9 losses at the Home Depot Center).

World Cup

Kickers Set to Battle Barracuda FC

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RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, August 1, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers return to Richmond City Stadium this Friday, August 3 to host Antigua Barracuda FC. Kicking off at 7:00 p.m., Friday's match-up marks one of the Kickers' final four regular season games of the 2012 campaign and will be critical in shaping the USL PRO standings.

France vs Ukraine Preview

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Thanks a lot to everyone who's been following this site and leaving comments. We English-speaking France supporters must stick together. The "World Cup Blog" server has been going down often, so we'll have to give that some thought.

While France drew their first match, Ukraine won theirs, so they're top of the table, and have home-field advantage.

LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Hosting World Cup Qualifier

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The U.S. Men's National Team will play a World Cup qualifier at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park for the first time when it hosts Guatemala on October 16 in the final match of Semifinal Round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Monday. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.

The Rest

Late Goal Costs FCKC Home Field Advantage

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FC Kansas City had a great opportunity to wrap up home field advantage throughout the NWSL playoffs today as they faced the Chicago Red Stars at Verizon Wireless Field. Unfortunately a late goal by Jen Hoy though spoiled that opportunity and FCKC had to settle for the second seed.

Needing a win or a draw to clinch home field advantage, the Blues attacked from the start.

Sounders v Caledonia AIA in Champions League - Gamethread

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This is one of those games that is hard to scout. Not many know anything about Caledonia AIA, those that do work for soccer teams or agencies. The good news is that the Seattle Sounders have plenty of contacts. They also clearly did their prep. For the fan, this game features an opponent that tries to bring the ball up the field on the ground and is willing to play a high pace game.

Soccer Science: Plasticity

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Its been a wonderful couple weeks, Orange fans. Helmets removed at will, Bears a-dancing, and wins to go along with it all. I'm even getting caught up in the excitement. Sometimes I find myself ripping off my bike helmet on the way to school just to do the "Dancing Bear" across the BCM campus. Needless to say, morale is high.

Dynamo v Impact: Three games, 9 points? I'll take it

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Houston set out with something to prove at the start of the first of three home games last week. The team needed quality performances, solid defensive effort, and most of all they needed all nine points to put themselves in the mix for the home field advantage in their MLS Cup campaign. After capping two performances where officials graced the Dynamo by awarding two red cards, one for each of the first two home games, thus giving the team a man up advantage.

Phoenix Held By Phantoms

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The GPS Portland Phoenix have already clinched one of the USL PDL Northeast Division's two playoff spots, but their hopes of reclaiming first took a blow on Thursday night with a scoreless draw against the Seacoast United Phantoms at in front of a reported 100 fans at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire on Thursday night.

MLS: John Spencer Fired By Portland Timbers

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John Spencer out in Portland.

In a season where MLS managers are increasingly and appropriately help more accountable by the front office, John Spencer becomes the latest casualty of the trend.

Spencer, 16-22-13 in almost a year and half at the helm of the Timbers, seemed to have run out of ideas in jumpstarting the Timbers this year.

Who do you think will win the Champions League final? (And SBI staff picks)

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Chelsea. Bayern Munich. One game for Europe's bragging rights.

The two clubs fought their way to the UEFA Champions League final (FOX, 2:45 p.m., Saturday), and while both will have to overcome some personnel absences Saturday at Allianz Arena in Munich, players like Franck Ribery, Didier Drogba, Mario Gomez, Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Cole, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Petr Cech carry the starpower and international cache to turn in a memorable final.

Who is your pick in the Manchester Derby?

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The English Premier League title will go a long way toward being decided today when Manchester United and Manchester City square off at the Etihad Stadium today (3pm, ESPN). A United victory would essentially seal the title, while a City triumph would leave the teams tied heading into the final weeks of the season.

USL Action: Kickers battle Charleston on USLNation.com

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KICKERS TRAVEL TO CHARLESTON SATURDAY 20th Anniversary Re-Match Kicks Off at 7:30 p.m. on USLNation.com
RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, April 12, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers and the Charleston Battery swap home field advantage this Saturday, April 14, as they conclude their home-and-away 20th Anniversary derby at 7:30 p.