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Author Archives: Peter C

MLS Crystal Ball Edition

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Some Starters The new MLS Website.. Du Nord: Top 10 significant signings and influential departures. First, how they finished in 2009 – PPG=Points Per Game – GFA=Goals For Average – GAA=Goals Against Average 2009   PPG GFA GAA  CLB  1.63  … Continue reading

A Banquet of Previews

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The 2010 season is upon us, so to help you get ready, or in case you’re bored, here are previews of each of the 16 teams. For each team, I’ve linked to more than one preview. I always find it … Continue reading

It’s Champions League Time … for Columbus

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The UEFA Champions League(UCL) knockout phase is underway. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that it attracts a global audience and captivates fans with competition that features many of the greatest players in the game. When I was just beginning … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – The Prequel

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With the 2010 MLS season just around the corner, here’s a look back at recent MLS attendance before we move forward. The final regular season numbers for 2009 look like this… 5 year comparison Full Season Averages    Avg  +/- … Continue reading

MLS 2010 SuperDraft

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MLS SuperDraft Special UPDATE A couple of good pundits will be live blogging the draft. Drew Epperly of WV Hooligan Buzz Carrick of 3rd Degree Wednesday Night Transaction DCU/Union Trade. DC United traded Fred, it’s 1st round SuperDraft pick(#7), cash … Continue reading

MLS Draft, CBA, and More

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Stuff I Follow from the Cheap Seats MLS Superdraft A good starting point for Superdraft information. Generation Adidas explained, reported by L.E. Eisenmenger. Before the expansion draft I was pegging Philadelphia to take defenseman Ike Opara with the first pick … Continue reading

MLS Year End Throwins

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An End of Year, Cleaning out some files post A bit of an older article by Fake Sigi illuminates some of the machinizations that occur beyond the pitch that surround clubs and stadiums. Bill Archer’s post, The End of the … Continue reading

MLS Scorers, World Cup Bucks and Other Miscellaneous Stuff

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I was reading a piece on the Kansas City Wizards 2009 season and this line jumped out at me. When your top scorer only scores 11 goals, you most likely will have trouble. Being a numbers person, that led me … Continue reading

Youth Soccer in the USA – The Future On Display

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Ever since I started following soccer closely, I’ve been intrigued by the varied opinions on how best to develop young talent. College or team academies? Better coaching. Everyone has their own ideas on the best methods. Fans of MLS, in … Continue reading

MLS Throw Ins

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Luke Wileman reports – Turf Removal Starts At BMO Field – New coach, new grass, different result for TFC in 2010? Late note: The CFL Argos are once again talking about playing at BMO. Uh Oh. My take: Unfortunately, TFC … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Final

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The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)   Avg +/- Teams  2005   13,273   NA  CHI, COL, DAL, DCU, LA, NE, RBNY, SJ  2006   12,736   -4.05%   CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY  2007   17,041  … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

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The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY … Continue reading

MLS – Predictions vs Reality

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Way back in March, I wrote a post with links to the preseason predictions of some of the most widely read soccer pundits. Among the prognosticators that went so far as to designate playoff teams were Ives, a consolidation of … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 2

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The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 1

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The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 32

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The final regular season numbers look like this… 5 year comparison   Final Week YTD    Avg  +/-  GP  Avg  +/-  GP  2005   18,417     6   15,108     192   2006   20,277   10.10%   6   15,504   2.62%   192   2007   20,575   1.47%   7  … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 31

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After week 31 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 31 217 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   18,417     6   15,957     15,108     192   2006   20,277   10.10%   6  … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 30

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After week 30 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 30 209 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   18,417     6   15,969     15,108     192   2006   20,277   10.10%   6  … Continue reading