This week-by-week MLS Best XI aims to take out some of the reputation and biases that exist in creating a Best XI at the end of the season. Using Bayes’ Theorem based logic (not any Bayesian statistics) I am creating my overall Best XI for the 2017 season from the first week through the last. […]

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This week-by-week MLS Best XI aims to take out some of the reputation and biases that exist in creating a Best XI at the end of the season. Using Bayes’ Theorem based logic (not any Bayesian statistics) I am creating my overall Best XI for the 2017 season from the first week through the last. […]

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1. Snow Soccer! Switch to the UEFA club schedule, you say? I love snow soccer and the orange ball … as a change of pace. Like so many of the world’s best things, snow soccer is best enjoyed in moderation. No need for heatmaps in snow soccer. Minnesota featuring several Northern European players has a […]

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This week-by-week MLS Best XI aims to take out some of the reputation and biases that exist in creating a Best XI at the end of the season. Using Bayes’ Theorem based logic (not any Bayesian statistics) I am creating my overall Best XI for the 2017 season from the first week through the last. […]

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MLS commentators and fans alike are viewing 2017 as the year of the young player. Young, quality, MLS players come in the form of young Designated Players (and Young Designated Players1), Homegrown players, TAM-level young players, or MLS SuperDraft picks. The SuperDraft, TAM signings, and Designated Players aren’t usually what people mean by “play your […]

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This type of article isn’t novel or new. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. My favorite sports writer, Zach Lowe, has one of my favorite takes on this and I’m emulating that here. It felt like a short off-season but an important one in MLS. The first week of 2017 is in the books […]

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I’m going to do a little experiment with the 2017 MLS season. Bayes’ Theorem is both a statistical and logical technique for finding the most correct – or least wrong – answer based on probabilities. The prior position or probability, known as a Bayesian Prior if I recall correctly, is constantly updated with new information. […]

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Los Angeles Football Club – aptly nicknamed LAFC – has its sights set on making a splash in MLS, much like the Los Angeles Galaxy did years ago. The league as a whole is making steps toward capturing internationally relevant talent and bringing them to the states despite the league’s lower revenue and payroll through […]

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MLS Squad Goalkeepers (2): David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Defenders (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy),Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids), Chris Tierney (New England Revolution) Midfielders (7): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Castillo (FC […]

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It can’t be denied. Major League Soccer is a league on the rise. It may never catch on to the level of the Premier League, Bundesliga, and La Liga in their respective countries and it may never challenge the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL in the States, but it’s on the rise nonetheless. They’re working […]

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