Philadelphia 3-2 Chivas USA: Paunovic Settles Into Nowak’s System
Philadelphia 3-2 Chivas USA: Paunovic Settles Into Nowak’s System

The Philadelphia Union had gone nearly a month since their previous victory. The home side overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Chivas USA 3-2. For the second match in a row, manager Peter Nowak fielded a combination 4-1-4-1/4-1-3-2 shape, with Carlos Ruiz as the lone forward when out of possession. […]

Chalkboards Now Available On MLSSoccer.com
Chalkboards Now Available On MLSSoccer.com

When MLS announced a partnership with OptaSports before the beginning of the 2011 season, there were hopes that a new level of statistical and tactical analysis would be on the horizon. Those days are here. (h/t the Brotherly Game Twitter feed, also found here). Now on MLSSoccer.com, if you access […]

Panama 0-1 United States: Gold Cup Semifinal Review
Panama 0-1 United States: Gold Cup Semifinal Review

On Wednesday, the United States Men’s National Team looked to avenge their Group Stage defeat to Panama at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Two second-half substitutes contributed to Clint Dempsey’s clincher, as the Americans secured their place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals with a 1-0 victory over the Canal […]

Jamaica 0-2 United States: Gold Cup Tactics Review
Jamaica 0-2 United States: Gold Cup Tactics Review

The United States reasserted their position within the CONCACAF region, by defeating Group B winners Jamaica 2-0 at RFK Stadium. Theodore Whitmore decided to start in a 3-4-3 formation for Jamaica. The three back formation allowed Demar Phillips and Eric Vernan to be active in the midfield, while being available […]

Soccer and Sabermetrics: Any Future?
Soccer and Sabermetrics: Any Future?

I have always been a statistics nut. The love of the numbers behind sports came early for me, as a young boy “keeping book” for my Yankees (I am now a rehabilitated Yankees fan, firmly rooting for my local Phillies since the Y2K). I’d laboriously watch the games, scribble down […]

Guadeloupe 0-1 USA: Missed Chances Overshadow Jozy’s Blast
Guadeloupe 0-1 USA: Missed Chances Overshadow Jozy’s Blast

The US Men’s National Team knew they needed a quality performance against a lesser side on Tuesday night. They dominated the match, but only managed a 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe, after squandering countless chances to put the match out of reach. Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City was filled to […]

USA 1-2 Panama: Sour First Half Dooms Yanks
USA 1-2 Panama: Sour First Half Dooms Yanks

Entering this 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States Men’s National Team had it’s issues. Most figured they would ultimately be exposed in the late stages of the tournament. Instead, those problems, coupled with a lackluster first-half performance, contributed to a 2-1 defeat to Panama in Group C play. Bob […]

Comfortable 2-0 Victory For US Over Northern Neighbors
Comfortable 2-0 Victory For US Over Northern Neighbors

In the months since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Jozy Altidore has been a source of much frustration for United States men’s soccer fans. Tonight he showed America why his Coach Bob Bradley continues to have faith in him. Altidore notched a goal and set up another as the United […]

My Search For A Team…
My Search For A Team…

It’s been a long…but fun, year. About 51 weeks and several hours ago, my football obsession began. As Robert Green spilled a Clint Dempsey shot over the goal line last June, my interest was stirred. At the time, I didn’t know Robert Green from Robert Pirès.  That being said, as […]

Spanish Champions Make Short Work Of United States, 4-0
Spanish Champions Make Short Work Of United States, 4-0

In their final preparation match for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States were outclassed by the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain, as the visitors dominated 4-0. The Americans came into this match simply wanting to stay healthy, while co-mingling younger, less experienced players with a few veterans. They […]

Philadelphia’s Search For Consistency On Offense
Philadelphia’s Search For Consistency On Offense

Before the season, the Philadelphia Union offense may have been thought of as a three-headed monster. Last year, the duo of Danny Mwanga and Sebastien LeToux accounted for 60% of the goals scored by the team. Adding the unpredictable Carlos Ruiz to this tandem seemed to give the Union a […]

Philadelphia 1-1 LA Galaxy: Match Review
Philadelphia 1-1 LA Galaxy: Match Review

A Beckham-less Galaxy squad flew into the City of Brotherly Love, dominated much of the match, but only took one point back to Southern California as the Union capitalized on a defensive error. The match was mostly a battle of two sets of 4-4-2 diamond formations. Philadelphia has been left […]

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: Analysis of Tactics and Formations
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: Analysis of Tactics and Formations

Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford featured two teams set on trying to win the Premier League title. There was only one victor, as we know, but what happened on the pitch – in the form of tactics and formations – is definitely worth a in-depth […]

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Analysis of Tactics and Formations
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Analysis of Tactics and Formations

Soccer fans will long remember the Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur match from April 30, 2011. It featured a wonderful long-range effort from Sandro, followed by a controversial goal awarded to Frank Lampard and then a winner from Chelsea which, if you ask most people, should have been disallowed because Salomon […]

Houston Dynamo 4 – 1 D.C. United: Match Review
Houston Dynamo 4 – 1 D.C. United: Match Review

Houston pulled ahead of Red Bull New York in the Eastern Conference, in a 4-1 rout of DC United as Will Bruin scored three times. The Dynamo fielded an attacking diamond 4-1-3-2. Geoff Cameron was the distribution midfielder, with Will Bruin and Cam Weaver getting the start up front. Colin […]

It’d Be A Big Night, If Anyone Knew
It’d Be A Big Night, If Anyone Knew

I hate to be the pessimist in the party, but guess what? The hype surrounding tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League match is being overplayed. Don’t get me wrong, a Real Salt Lake win (or a tie conceding one goal or fewer) would be a great testament to the advances that the […]

A Tale Of Two Forwards
A Tale Of Two Forwards

In scientific analysis, there is a relationship called inverse proportionality. You see this in the case of gas properties, for instance, where pressure inside a constant temperature container must rise as the volume of the container shrinks. In other words, pressure and volume have an inverse proportionality. In much the […]