Expansion Draft Outcomes

I recently shared on Twitter an updated visualization that summarizes the outcome of all the expansion drafts in MLS history. Particularly now that the league has 20+ years of history, and has more than doubled in size since its inception, it seems worth preserving the history of events like the expansion draft.

About player combinations

The question of player combinations has fascinated me for some time. The topic is predicated on the belief that a team is, more than anything else, the aggregation of its players.¬†Coaches have an impact, but it is the players on the field. More than individual players, even, I have been looking for ways to understand… Continue reading About player combinations

Visualizing minutes played by player age

How do team rosters change over time? Do players of a certain age tend to play more or less often? These are some of the questions I’ve pondered over the years. And they are the subject of a brief experiment I’ve worked on the last few days.

Exploring Relationships Between Players and Games

Team 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.