Analysis

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 3: Scheduling and short rest
Analysis / Statistics

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 3: Scheduling and short rest

Chris Sherman looks at the impact of short rest on performance. He also looks at whether MLS schedules favor home teams with longer rest and if that could impact home field advantage.

Players to watch: players we watched, part III
Analysis

Players to watch: players we watched, part III

Before the season began, the staff at Philly Soccer Page identified a group of players that seemed likely to have a large impact on the 2017 side’s success. Halfway through, it’s worth taking a look how that group have performed.

The anatomy of an amazing save
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The anatomy of an amazing save

PSP breaks down Andre Blake’s spectacular, game-defining save against D.C. United, looking at what led to it and how he did it.

How good is Andre Blake?
Analysis

How good is Andre Blake?

Andre Blake is the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and one of the best shot-stoppers in the league. He is also such a conundrum in possession that he is holding the Union back from reaching their full potential.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 2: Crowd Size
Analysis / Statistics

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 2: Crowd Size

Chris Sherman continues to investigate potential causes for home field advantage in MLS using statistical analysis. This second article demonstrates home field advantage and studies the effect of the size of the home crowd on the home team’s advantage.

Haris Medunjanin is hurting the Union
Analysis

Haris Medunjanin is hurting the Union

Haris Medunjanin has been the Union’s best offensive weapon. It’s probably time to bench him. Why? A lesson learned in the NBA is illuminating.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 1: Traveling distance
Analysis / Statistics

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 1: Traveling distance

Chris Sherman investigates potential causes for home field advantage in MLS using statistical analysis. The first article demonstrates home field advantage and studies the effect of distance traveled on said advantage.

On Advanced Stats in Soccer, part 2: Luckluster and an end to all regressive means
Analysis

On Advanced Stats in Soccer, part 2: Luckluster and an end to all regressive means

Adam Schorr takes a look at variance, regression, and the 2016 Philadelphia Union season.

A business theory explains the Union’s season so far
Analysis / Union

A business theory explains the Union’s season so far

New insights about the Union’s 2017 season, courtesy of a business theory from the London Business School called the Sigmoid Curve. (Yes, really.)

Philadelphia Union Colorado Rapids by Daniel Gajdamowicz
Analysis / Featured

On advanced stats in soccer, part 1: Navigating the soccer data desert

Adam Schorr tries to dig into advanced statistics to explain the Union’s 2016 fall, only to discover that soccer stats are awfully hard to come by.