PSP welcomes data scientist Chris Sherman, who begins a new regular column with power rankings and the Union's probabilities of reaching the playoffs, winning the Supporters Shield, the MLS Cup, and more.
The Union have a new striker and new center back, but overall the squad looks very similar to 2014's team. Kevin Minkus looks at whether that roster stability can predict Philly's points total this season.
There is a revolution happening in the world of sports, but it is not happening on a field or a court. Rather, the revolution is happening in the Excel sheets and the computers of statisticians and analysts who are tracking every play in sports today. In an age where the accessibility of data and the ability to analyze it quickly has reached team managers and coaches, the question remains, "How will analytics affect the sport of soccer?
Some of the most wonderful memories that I have of my own childhood were the countless weekends I spent watching soccer match after soccer match from the comfort of my own living room. The English Premier League was a constant in my world. My dad would sit next to my sister and I making the most profound and perceptive comments that we could only hope one day to truly understand!
Uno de los debates más comunes que existe en el mundo del fútbol es: qué jugador es mejor, Messi o Ronaldo? Los aficionados al fútbol de todo el mundo han estado buscando una respuesta a esta pregunta por alrededor de una década, y todavía hay mucha discusión.Cada vez que Barcelona y Real Madrid se reúnen.
Here are some statistics from the African Nations Cup 2015 that was held betweenJanuary 17 2015 and February 8 2015. The Ivory Coast national team took home the goal and table one shows just how the tournament played out.
Apres avoir lu In a League of their Own, écrit par Gail Newsham, et en apprenant la riche histoire de l'équipe Dick, Kerr de Preston, j'étais frappé par l'immensité du public qui la suivait. Chaque fois qu'elles jouaient un match, il y avait vingt, trente, ou presque soixante milles spectateurs qui venaient pour regarder cette équipe d'onze femmes.
On message boards sometimes people have had a dig at me for using statistics. I do understand the limitations of statistics in football, honestly I do. But I also understand that sometimes they tell us things that we wouldn't otherwise know. They supplement what we see with our eyes. I understand that most people aren't after "the truth" and aren't that bothered that they need to see a statistical counterpoint to their dearly held belief, but while we have all these debates it always seems worth considering a variety of angles.
Just how important was Tatu to the original-era Sidekicks? Of the 3,642 goals the original team scored, Tatu's 736 goals represented 20.2% of the grand total. Add David Doyle to the mix and 31.4% of every goal ever scored in the original era came from 2 men.
Which means that it is not surprising that the PASL-era Sidekicks' best offensive weapons are moving quickly up the all-time goal scoring leader charts.