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A detailed look at tonight’s 7PM game against NYCFC.
Back to beating the stats drum, the Audi Player Index, much like xG, is a stat that tells something, but withholds the components or calculations. As such, it is impossible to know what it is actually measuring or how. If it is at all accurate, though, maybe Derrick Jones is a problem, not a solution. According to the stat, he’s been one of the absolute worst starting midfielders in the league this year. I’d love to compare it to how Carroll and Creavalle performed at the position last year, but hey, that data’s not available either. Let’s move on before I write another 1,500 words on this.
Reading between the lines, Giliano Wijnaldum has been a failed signing.
Poor decisions, not puppies, are to blame for Union’s struggles. The Union may be struggling, but the headline writers are still bringing their A game.
The Union Academy’s string of incredible results finally came to a halt as they lost 2-0 to Tigres UANL in the Generation adidas Cup. You can watch the full game here.
Brendan Burke’s weekly conference call for BSFC.
All the storylines for this weekend’s games, including the mounting pressure on the Union to just win a game.
A good article on how many successful MLS teams are using “verticality” to enhance their attacks.
Dominic Oduro talks about life as the most traded man.
In the weekly Power Rankings roundup, the Union are down to 21st, just barely staying ahead of Minnesota.
Around the globe
The USL has launched a “television network” that will allow USL games to air on local TV in 17 markets, including Bethlehem.
It looks like there will be a second Women’s mini-tournament, with the USWNT set to host Brazil, Japan, and Australia this Summer.
Silvio Berlusconi has sold AC Milan to a Chinese-led consortium.
Lyon fans went on to the pitch after visiting Besiktas fans rained projectiles and firecrackers down on them. Lyon got the last laugh though, as Besiktas’ keeper made a terrible error and allowed a late winner.
A Club Tijuana reserve player was arrested in possession of meth. Lots and lots of meth.