Analysis

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.

Tactical season preview: New and … improved?
Analysis

Tactical season preview: New and … improved?

Philadelphia Union’s roster changes necessitate a different tactical approach in 2017.

Rosenberry led all MLS field players in minutes played in 2016. Photo: Earl Gardner.
A View from Afar / Analysis

Philadelphia may have improved, but so has almost everyone else

Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP’s Dan Walsh explains.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label
A View from Afar / Analysis

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

Five Union preseason battles to watch
Analysis / Union

Five Union preseason battles to watch

As Phase Two of preseason heats up, PSP’s Peter Andrews breaks down five key positional battles on what might be the deepest Philadelphia Union team ever.