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.
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
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.
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. Clicking the image above will show you the Crew’s roster at full scale, while the complete… Continue reading Looking At Player Sizes
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.