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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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's set piece defense stacks up.

Union 1-1 Impact: Stat Zero of the Match

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 question, are those great players worth the money?

Steel Cage Match: Castrol Index vs. The World

Player performance metrics are gaining popularity, but how good are they? We look at 3 such scores; the Castrol Index, WhoScored Ratings and Squawka Performance Score and determine who's the winner so far.

All hail strikers, but are wins in the trenches?

Ball possession in soccer is one of the oldest, most dependable descriptors of soccer dominance, but just how important is it to winning a soccer game? We dig in and examine how the Union performed last year.

Now breathe Union fans, how much money is left?

We're stoked about all the activity, but where does this leave the Union financially?

How much money do the Union have to spend?

How much money do the Union have to spend and how should they spend it?

Crowdsourcing the Philadelphia Union Financials

The MLS tends to be opaque on financial matters and it's hard to blame them. Most private companies don't release more financial information than required.