Author Archives: Earl Reed

WWC QF Day #1: Direct To The Door

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July 9, 2011: One of the most memorable days in Women’s World Cup history. If there was anything that could upstage the brilliant cat-and-mouse match won by France over England, it was a determined Japanese squad that deposed the host … Continue reading

Tactics in MLS (And/Or The Supplemental Nature Of OptaStats)

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I tend to consider tactics and Major League Soccer like an unabridged dictionary in a fourth grade classroom. While the study and employment of tactics within MLS happens, there is less tactical sophistication in MLS than in the more established … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Chalkboards Now Available On MLSSoccer.com

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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 … Continue reading

Panama 0-1 United States: Gold Cup Semifinal Review

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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 … Continue reading

Jamaica 0-2 United States: Gold Cup Tactics Review

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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 … Continue reading

Soccer and Sabermetrics: Any Future?

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

USA 1-2 Panama: Sour First Half Dooms Yanks

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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 … Continue reading

Comfortable 2-0 Victory For US Over Northern Neighbors

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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 … Continue reading

My Search For A Team…

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Philadelphia’s Search For Consistency On Offense

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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 … Continue reading

Philadelphia 1-1 LA Galaxy: Match Review

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

It’d Be A Big Night, If Anyone Knew

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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) … Continue reading