New England Revolution

The Forwards: A Statistical Analysis of Heaps' "We Will Attack"

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If the Revs were awarded a point for every time you've heard the Jay Heaps mantra, "We Will Attack" we'd be comfortably atop the Eastern Conference. But we're not; and the Revs standings-wise are in no better position than 2011. Even though we find ourselves in the cold, dark and lonely basement of the East, can we say that there has been improvement in the main area the rookie coach sought to improve?

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Union @ Revs

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10 games without a win. It's the easiest stat to dwell on. And it should be dwelled on. I think you know why.

But there are other stats from the match that are worth noting as well. From the run of play, for example, the Revolution and the Philadelphia Union were almost even in all categories except for two that stand out: Attempts on goal and possession.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution at Crew

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Benny Feilhaber returned to form out on the left during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Crew. Feilhaber assisted on Jerry Bengtson's 23rd minute tally. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

One-goal games.

It's often said that good teams prevail in one-goal games. That, somehow, whether it's squeezing out the lone goal of a 1-0 win, or grabbing the game-winner in an offensive outburst, good teams, more often than not, come out on top.

Five Questions: Revolution at Crew

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Tony Tchani (left) and Benny Feilhaber battle for position during the Crew's visit to Gillette Stadium on Jun. 16. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

Talk about a tale of two halves.

In the first 17 games of the season, the Revolution were a team with realistic playoff hopes. No, really.

Beyond Goals

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Saer Sene (right) has been the 7th best player in MLS this season according to the Castrol Index. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet)

A quick glance at the MLS Castrol Index might reveal a bit of a surprise in the overall top ten: New England Revolution striker Saër Sène. Sene, who is in a bit of a scoring drought with just one goal since the end of May, currently ranks seventh – down from fourth last week – in the "Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer".

Revs by Numbers: Revs 2, TFC 2

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When you look at the numbers of this weekend's Revolution match against Toronto FC you realize one thing very quickly: New England dominated the hosts in just about every major stat category. Not only did the Revs LOOK like they dominated the game, the numbers back it up too.

The Revs had possession, loads of it actually, as well as more than a healthy share of attempts on goal.

Upside: Available

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Their Words "One of my big things – a stat they don't show – is availability. Guys that are that just in the lineup and available for a coach's selection and Matt Reis has always shown in his career he's always ready, always available." New England coach Jay Heaps. Other Sources Jozy Altidore: Blogs and Kisses - from The NY Times: I was never in that position.

English Premier League

Infographic - Premier League clubs spend nearly half a billion...

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Infographic - Premier League clubs spend nearly half a billion pounds this transfer window

We're seen plenty of infographics at AFR, but one stat caught our eye. In the Premier League alone, close to £500 million (£476m) was spent this transfer window.

Reds Face Swans To End Season

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Tara a bit Maxi!...Liverpool's last game of the 2011/2012 season sends them into Wales for an away tie with promoted Swansea. The Swans have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League and have established themselves as a tougher nut to crack than some may think.

Injuries for Swansea mean they are without Agustien and Bodde but manager Brendan Rodgers has not other worries.

Chelsea For Second Time In 3 Days For Reds

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Gerrard models Tuesday night's shirt...Chelsea travel up to Anfield on Tuesday night after their victory over the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. It's a tough pill to swallow for the Liverpool after an Andy Carroll header nearly put them back into the match but it wasn't to be.

Liverpool have no new injury worries for this one and Chelsea are also still without defenders Luiz and Cahill.


Liverpool's biggest contribution: The Myth of Moneyball

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Liverpool's owners, die hard practitioners of Moneyball, pride themselves on the rigorous behind the numbers, value for money purchases that give them a leg up in the MLB. Entering the cash on steroids environment of the Premiership, they recruited Damien Comolli on the advice of Billy Beane, Mr Moneyball himself and ended up throwing £120m on transfers.

MLS Castrol Index: What they mean and where some Fire players rank

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If you are like me you like your stats whenever you can get them. If those stats involve the Fire, then it's even better. Unfortunately, MLS and soccer in general is a bit behind other sports in terms of statistics. There is no fancy Sabermetrics like MLB employs, for example. Until recently, it was hard to find much stat-wise for MLS other than the most basic match stats.


RefWatch – Howard Webb, Liverpool Vs Arsenal (02-09-2012 – 13:30)

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Referee: Howard Webb Assistant 1: Mike Mullarkey Assistant 2: Darren Cann 4th Official: Phil Dowd

Good morning stat-fans and welcome to RefWatch... if you have any questions about the terminology of the article or unique observations then please leave a comment.

RefWatch – Lee Mason, Stoke City Vs Arsenal (26/08/2012 – 13:30) – Draft

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Referee: Lee Mason Assistant 1: Simon Long Assistant 2: Ron Ganfield 4th Official: Howard Webb

Good morning stat-fans and welcome to RefWatch. Today we face Stoke City and this is never an easy game. Stoke are a team who play a brand [.

RefWatch – Chris Foy, Arsenal Vs Sunderland (18/08/2012 – 15:00)

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Referee: Chris Foy Assistant 1: Simon Beck Assistant 2: Stephen Child 4th Official: Trevor Kettle

Good morning stat-fans and welcome to RefWatch and my gosh – it's been a while. In fact time seems to have stretched over the summer (RefWatch wise) [.

Arsenal Season Review Part I: Grading The Defence

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After yesterday's posts on the highs and lows of last season, today I'm going to continue with the season review, with a multi-part review of the players who took part in it. Rather than review everyone at once, I'm just going to do the defence today, before hopefully moving onto the midfield and attack later in the week.

RefWatch – West Bromwich Albion Vs Arsenal (13/05/2012 – 15:00)

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Referee: Michael Jones Assistant 1: Mick McDonough Assistant 2: Richard West 4th Official: Andy D'Urso

Good morning stat-fans and welcome to RefWatch...

Here is it – the last day of the season and here am I saying it doesn't matter.

RefWatch – Arsenal Vs Norwich City (05/05/2012 – 12:45)

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Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistant 1: Simon Bennett Assistant 2: Sian Massey 4th Official: Lee Probert

Good morning stat-fans and welcome to RefWatch...

If you don't mind I will start with a flashback to last week's RefWatch:

The most interesting of the other [.


Post-Match Chalkboard: Living Dangerously

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The Chicago Fire's 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday was not a comfortable one. While Toronto has been on the upswing, this should have been a game that was easily won. Marco Pappa's equalizer was a huge relief. Between the last recorded shot of the first half (in the 38th minute) and Pappa's goal (in the 64th minute), the Fire managed to record only two shots.

Sub Watch: Week 16 Part II

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SUB WATCH Doubles your Fun this Holiday WeekWelcome back! Hope you enjoyed the fireworks. When SUB WATCH signed off on Tuesday, we were looking at total substitution minutes played (smp) by different Red Bulls—particular the current leader, one Victor Palsson.

Surely, Palsson must be a hugely productive player to get so many minutes, right?

Euro 2012: No sterile domination by Spain in final

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It took 15 passes to create David Silva's goal which as it turned out would have been enough to win the final. The illustration shows how Spain got the ball forward with laterals and back passes kept to a minimum. Spain barely edged Italy in total ball possession with 52% to 48%, after actually falling behind in the first half.

Houston Dynamo

Dynamo v NYRB: And first place goes to...

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Yeah, so there was this game last night at the Cage. Two teams entered. One team left bloody, battered, and bruised...but only their ego. Although, one might believe NYRB's Lade is likely to be two of the three physically as well. The other team left with sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference of MLS.

"By Great Dom's beard!!" Dynamo coach gets hirsute

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Last night at BBVA Compass Stadium, there was a little party with some guests from Spain, and like with all parties, there were a few surprises. This one, though, is perhaps the greatest.

We all know that Dominic Kinnear's relationship with hair on his head has a long and somewhat, uh, tortured, or shall we say "mulletted" history.

The Rest

Felixing Fredy Montero Now Throwing Out First Pitch For Next Felix Hernandez Start

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Modern life can be pretty amazing. After PTI put up a photo with Felix Hernandez celebrating his perfect game, Felixing became a thing. A thing that was so cool the George & Dragon pub suggested that all Sounders goals scored should be celebrating by Felxing. Fredy Montero then retweeted that idea.

Alex Gerrard: Collar Criminal

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Image via Tumblr. Her first two forrays into collar-dom were bad enough. But this? This calls for a lie down. Stat.

Ledley King – Tottenham fans know what they’ll be missing

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Ledley King Tottenham fans know what they'll be missing - originally posted on

The news has been a long time coming, to be honest, but it still brings a lump to the throat.

At 31 years of age Ledley King and Tottenham had little choice but to call it a day, continuing to play would have meant putting the Tottenham man's long-term health into unnecessary jeopardy.

40 per cent of Euro 2012 players expected to be dosed up on painkillers

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OTP saw a stat that told us that there had been more player withdrawals from preliminary Euro 2012 squads than any other European Championships in history. The current figure – to which England made a handsome contribution sits at 57. That huge glut of injuries may well be explained by the incredible number of [.

Crunchy Power Rankings

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One topic that we've covered for years here on Sounder at Heart is the outsized impact of luck on the result of a single game of soccer. In our series on parity in the 2010 offseason we pointed out that in terms of game parity - that is, the likelihood that a worse team will beat a better team due to luck - soccer is rivaled among major sports only by baseball.

Questions: Kljestan, Marketing, Relegation, Playoffs, Corners

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Five Questions time, and we join those congratulating Sacha Kljestan on a job well done in Belgium, consider the playoff systems in use in Europe, and look at a stat that flatters Toronto FC. How did Sacha Kljestan react to being asked to become a holding midfielder during RSC Anderlecht's run to the title in Belgium?

Sunday After Stats

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Not much stat wise from last night's game, but here are a few.

KC fell back to .500. The team's record is now 201-201-100.

KC' loss was their first league loss by more than a goal since losing 4-1 at LA on 5/14 last year.

it was KC's first home league loss by more than a goal since 2-0 loss to Chivas on 7/10/10