By The Numbers

Who should play on the left: Cruz, Wenger or ...?

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Danny Cruz and Andrew Wenger have held down the left side of the attack under Jim Curtin. Who has been performing better and what will happen when Maidana returns?

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the US and Canada Rankings

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The second in a two-part series that ranks the top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. Rankings are as of August 18, 2014,

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the US and Canada Part One

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The first in a two-part series that ranks the top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. This lays out the methodology used to formulate the rankings.

Should Gaddis be on the left or the right?

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Both managers have been slinging Ray Gaddis from one side of the field to the next? Here are five observations on how the team and individuals have fared when Gaddis is on the right or the left.

Transfers! The State of the Union's Salary Budget

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A look at the new summer transfer roster additions and how their salaries will impact the Union budget, this year and next.

Is Zac MacMath improving?

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With reports of the Union signing Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, the goalkeeping situation is up in the air. Here's a look at how MacMath has been performing this year and how the front office...

10 Reasons The Union Offense Is Hottest in MLS

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Through the Union’s first 11 matches they scored less than 1 goal per game. And over the course of their last 10 they are scoring more than anyone. What happened? Here are 10 reasons the Union have...

The Union should counterattack more: here's why

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To possess or not to possess is the question for the Union this season. Here's a look at how their pass types inform a style of play and which style has been most effective.

FC Dallas 2-1 Union: Turnovers haunt the Union O

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The Union reverted to their old ways in Dallas but still could have earned a draw. In the end the Union offense was punchless and sloppy and couldn't overcome a defensive lapse and some bad luck.

USA 2-2 Portugal: Postgame Analysis

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The United States team gets their hero and zero award of the match and we break down how the team is navigating the group of death so far.

Union 3-3 Whitecaps: Union Defense Reaches New Low

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The big picture analysis this week reveals a new franchise low for the Union defense. And we take a look inside the dominating possession performance by the Union against Vancouver.

Chivas USA 0-3 Union: Stat Hero of the Match

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The Union have reversed fortune and now have 9 goals in their last 4 games. But are the goals coming from Hackworth's preferred style?

Part 2: Wheeler vs. Berry and the Rest of the D

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Part 2 of a 2 part series looking at the Union defenders. The second part is a statistical look at the Union's individual defenders with a focus on the Wheeler vs. Berry matchup

Part 1: Wheeler vs. Berry - A Stat Intro

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Part 1 of a 2 part series looking at the Union defenders. The first post examines individual defensive statistics and which ones matter the most.

Welcome to 1 in 100: Shooting Woes in Perspective

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Since The Jack McInerney trade the Union have converted 3.8% of their shot attempts into goals. That's 30% worse than the worst MLS team last year. Things have to turn around, right? Right?

Stat Zero of the Match and Post-Jack Shooting

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The Stat Zero of the match this week is thrown out to the crowd for judgement and we look at the Union shooting pre and post Jack. What would statisticians say about the fans' woes?

Stat Analysis Of The Union's 0-0 Draw To Houston

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The tale of two halves was the statistical oddity in this dull affair. We give out the hero and zero awards and look at another disturbing trend haunting the Union.

2014 Union player salaries are released

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Here is the first look at MLS player salaries in 2014. We break them down and look at how our off-season projections fared.

Free Kicks, Throw-ins and Corners, Oh My!

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Three of the six goals allowed this year came from set pieces and that has the faithful grumbling about the Union's set piece defense. Here's a look to last year and this year to break down how the...

Union 1-1 Impact: Stat Zero of the Match

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The fans and Union players got soaked and then walked away with heavy hearts, but the stats show an even result should have been expected. Here's the weekly look at the heroes and zeroes.

Crew 2-1 Union: Stat Zero of the Week

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The weekly look at the big picture from a statistics perspective and the picks for hero and zero of the week.

Union 1-0 Revolution: Stat Hero of the Match

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The weekly look inside the numbers and our award for the stat hero of the match. And the stat zero of the match reveals a potential issue in this very early season.

Portland v Philadelphia: Inside the Numbers

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The post game look inside the numbers behind the game. The opening match was a dramatic affair. We pick a stat of the match, a stat hero and goat.

Predicting the Union's 2014 Points Total

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To compliment the many preseason prognostications here is a purely mathematical projection. At the end we invite you to play with the model and make a nerdy projection yourself.

Are We Tactically Better Off Under Hackworth?

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Are We Tactically Better Off Under Hackworth? In the first of a series, Pat The Professor from The Doop Cast looks to the stats for answers.

The science behind the shot and the $2.6M question

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When a player takes a shot, their spot on the pitch is a huge influence on their likelihood to score. We examine this dynamic and look at the players who shoot really well. Ultimately we ask the...

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