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MLS 2018 season previews

Ahead of the 2018 Major League Soccer season, American Soccer Analysis provide data-driven previews of individual teams.

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Data analytics at NYCFC

Dan Fradley, NYCFC Performance Analyst, reveals how he applies data and analytics to support and influence the performances of New York City Football Club.

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North American sports culture helping MLS clubs buy into analytics

This ESPN article explores how analytical processes are being integrated by MLS teams across both analysis and recruitment.

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Columbia University students dissect how to climb above the red line in MLS

Major League Soccer profile the latest instalment of OptaPro's partnership with Columbia University.

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Forget everything you think you know about goal kicks

Jared Young, writing for American Soccer Analysis, offers an in-depth analysis of whether long goal kicks are beneficial in Major League Soccer.

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The Interview Series: Padraig Smith

Burgundy Wave sits down with the Sporting Director of the Colorado Rapids Padraig Smith for a discussion how you build and recruit a team.

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Atlanta United: how to recruit from a standing start

Published on the Leaders in Sport website, Lucy Rushton, Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis at Atlanta United, discusses the processes behind building an MLS roster from scratch.

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Red Line Report: Who's trending up and down ahead of the MLS Cup Playoffs?

MLSsoccer.com analyses each MLS team going into the playoffs, visualising the expected goal difference of each side with additional insight from OptaPro’s Tom Worville.

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By the numbers: How the New England Revolution gain an edge together

Tim Crawford, analyst at New England Revolution, discusses the role of analytics at the MLS team in an article for the official league website.

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Learning how to build a successful MLS roster from scratch

As part of OptaPro’s partnership with Columbia University, students take on the task of using data to build a 20-man MLS roster.

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When to park the bus in MLS

Building on Garry Gelade’s ‘Goals change games’ work, Kevin Minkus analyses approaches to shooting and if there is a right time for a team to maintain a lead by ‘parking the bus’.

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A conversation with the Philadelphia Union staff

The Brotherly Game interviews BJ Callaghan and Garrison Draper of Philadelphia Union about the club’s use of data-led analysis.

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Scoring the proactivity of MLS teams

Jared Young analyses MLS teams’ styles of play, exploring the influence of proactive and reactive approaches.

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What position will Sebastian Giovinco take up as he makes his move from Juventus to Toronto FC?

MLSsoccer.com takes a closer look at new Toronto FC signing Sebastian Giovinco, who is set to join the club this summer after his contract with Juventus expires.

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href="www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/"></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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Proactive and reactive approaches in MLS

Jared Young takes a closer look at playing styles in Major League Soccer, exploring a ‘possession’ or ‘position’ emphasis.

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