Looking At Player Sizes

A week or so ago a friend of mine posted this chart of NHL player sizes, and it struck a chord with me. So, I tweaked it a bit, and turned it into an interactive tool showing MLS players.

FireShot Screen Capture #007 - 'Massive Report } Data } Roster Visualizer' - www_massivereportdata_com_visualize_rosterClicking the image above will show you the Crew’s roster at full scale, while the complete tool can be found here. More information about this can be found after the jump.

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On Wil Trapp and Increased Performance

Wil Trapp has been getting a lot of attention lately for his play with the Columbus Crew. He’s been written up by Tempo-Free Soccer, the official MLS website, the Columbus Dispatch, and TopDrawerSoccer this season. Going back to last season the list also includes Massive Report and US Soccer.

Looking at Trapp’s productivity this season, it is easy to see why. Here is a chart showing the number of passes he completed under each of the Crew’s various head coaches:

Wil Trapp Pass Totals Per Game

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Anticipating Game Three Attendance: Columbus vs. DC United

The third home game of the Columbus Crew’s 2014 season is coming up this weekend. The team will play DC United – one of the team’s rivals in the early days of MLS, but a rivalry that has significantly faded in recent years.

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Survey of Game Two Attendance Decreases Around MLS

Last week, I examined a few different ways to anticipate the attendance for the Columbus Crew’s second home game. Competing models included past changes from games one to two, and a weather-centric model. The first indicated a crowd of around 13,000, while the weather model predicted a lower figure of 11,500.

The real figure turned out to be somewhere in the middle: 12,045.

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Exploring Relationships Between Players and Games

Player-Game graph for 1996 Crew season, highlighting Brad FriedelTeam rosters evolve over time. Between seasons there can be significant turnover, but on occasion a team will also undergo dramatic changes during the course of a season. For teams with a large roster, more subtle variations can emerge: squad rotations, and players who appear in one competition but not another.

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Anticipating Game Two Attendance

Predicting the attendance for a Columbus Crew game can be a risky proposition. There are a relatively large number of variables that can impact the size of a crowd for any given day. Some of the biggest appear to be:

  • What will the weather be?
  • Does the opposition have a marketable player like David Beckham?
  • Are the team on a hot streak?
  • Is there a competing sports event, like an OSU football game at the same time?
  • Is it summer yet?

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Notes on attendance after the home opener

Attendance figures for Columbus Crew home openers, 2000 – 2014
Attendance figures for Columbus Crew home openers, 2000 – 2014

The Columbus Crew’s 2014 home opener ended hours ago, and much of the post-game discussion has centered around the team’s 2-0 start – their first such mark in their 19-year history. That this has never happened before is surprising given some of the strong teams that Columbus has fielded in the past, but my focus tonight is on something else. Continue reading Notes on attendance after the home opener

Visualizing Players … as books?

I had some time this morning as I waited to leave for work, so I put together a quick test of StackView, a tool developed at Harvard to allow for easier browsing of library collections. I’m still working out some kinks, but this may end up replacing the current card-based display for players on this site:

Soccer players visualized as books
Soccer players visualized as books

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