Daily Archives: August 9, 2016


Bayern's David Alaba and Javi Martinez talk FIFA, MLS, and the soccer scene in New York City

A story of Bayern, beers, and blazers. On a Monday afternoon in Manhattan, Hudson River Blue had but one goal: Keeping up with the Bavarians. We found ourselves at the rooftop bar of Chelsea’s stately Refinery Hotel one week ago. From the deck, the nearby Empire State Building stood ready and willing to cast the…

Hudson River Blue: Bayern’s David Alaba and Javi Martinez talk FIFA, MLS, and the soccer scene in New York City


GSAA/90: Is Zac MacMath the Solution for NYCFC at Goalkeeper?

 

While we have seen advanced stats revolutionize baseball and basketball, soccer has not been as quick to get on the analytical bandwagon. At the end of July, Bruce Arena, the godfather of American soccer even dropped this dropped bomb:

 

 

I do agree with Bruce that soccer is harder to quantify than baseball or baseball, but his argument is a false cause. The problem is not using stats to analyze player performance, it is  that the traditional soccer stats that people use are broken and not useful. Looking traditional stats like number of shots is not an example of using analytics.

The purpose of advanced stats is to create stats that can better quantify player performance than traditional stats. Traditionally in basketball, Field Goal percentage (FG%) was the measure of whether or not you were a good scorer. However, FG% does not account for the fact that a three-point shot is worth more than a two-point and that players can be fouled while shooting. This lead to development of True Shooting Percentage (TS%), which adjusts for both three-point shots and free throws to create a more accurate stat to analyze shooting efficiency. We can do the same thing for traditional soccer stats. (more…)


TO THE MAX: Maxime Chanot earns MLS Team of the Week honors on his full debut

Tres bien! That didn’t take long. If you were surprised to see NYCFC newcomer Maxime Chanot on this week’s Major League Soccer honor roll, then you didn’t see this: Damn. Even UniMas can’t ruin a beauty like that. The French-born Luxembourg international center-half added two more tackles, three interceptions, and a passing success rate of…

Hudson River Blue: TO THE MAX: Maxime Chanot earns MLS Team of the Week honors on his full debut