Revisiting playing time: how important is a stable lineup in Major League Soccer?

Playing time distribution of Crew teams that earned 40 or more points, compared with teams that earned fewer than 40 points.

Two weeks ago, I published an article that analysed the distribution of playing time for Columbus Crew teams over the past 14 years. One of the apparent conclusions of that investigation was that, for a team to be successful, it is necessary to have a relatively stable core of players. The underlying charts identified that… Continue reading Revisiting playing time: how important is a stable lineup in Major League Soccer?

An analysis of playing time for the 2009 Columbus Crew

Taken as a whole, playing time for Crew teams tend to follow a similar pattern regardless of how successful a single team was. This image shows playing time distribution across the 14 seasons that the Crew has existed.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, and the 2009 season starting to recede into memories both good and bad, this seems to be a good time to look back and begin to consider how the Crew’s performance this season compares to┬áprevious years. One way to do this is to examine how playing time… Continue reading An analysis of playing time for the 2009 Columbus Crew