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American Soccer Analysis is a new weekly podcast that covers Major League Soccer and the US Men's National Team from a numbers and analytics perspective. Hosts Harrison Crow, Matthias Kullowatz, and Drew Olsen believe that soccer is best understood not by fat old men in smoky rooms, but by fat young men staring at excel spreadsheets. The guys bring an enthusiasm, statistical acumen, and deep understanding of the game that can be rivaled only by Gus Johnson and John Harkes.

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American Soccer Analysis is a new weekly podcast that covers Major League Soccer and the US Men's National Team from a numbers and analytics perspective. Hosts Harrison Crow, Matthias Kullowatz, and Drew Olsen believe that soccer is best understood not by fat old men in smoky rooms, but by fat young men staring at excel spreadsheets. The guys bring an enthusiasm, statistical acumen, and deep understanding of the game that can be rivaled only by Gus Johnson and John Harkes.

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Great stats based MLS podcast!

By KitR03 - Oct 21 2018
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The folks at ASA really know their Soccer and back up everything they say with hard numbers!

Great stuff!

By J_Beckett22 - Jan 17 2017
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MLS needs more smart coverage like the folks on this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

26 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Great stats based MLS podcast!

By KitR03 - Oct 21 2018
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The folks at ASA really know their Soccer and back up everything they say with hard numbers!

Great stuff!

By J_Beckett22 - Jan 17 2017
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MLS needs more smart coverage like the folks on this podcast.
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American Soccer Analysis

Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: ASA Podcast LXXI: MLS Cup thoughts heard elsewhere stated here with numbers

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Harrison and Sean dive into MLS Cup and the (spoilers) three goals that probably shouldn't have happened, vainly attempt to gauge the importance of each MLS trophy and discuss the elegance of a nice straight edge shave. We do this for you!

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow) and Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us as many stars are you can!

Dec 08 2015

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Rank #2: ASA Podcast LXIV: All the 'Murican soccer teams!

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Drew, Harrison, &  Sean are joined by Danny Page (@dannypage) of cynical.futbol and consultant to the Washington Spirit to discuss all things USA; U20 men's World Cup, USMNT victories in the Netherlands and Germany, the USWNT win against Australia, and what it will take to get three points vs Sweden.

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow), Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) and Drew Olsen (@drewjolsen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us an 11 star rating!

Jun 12 2015

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Rank #3: 2019.E18 - Red Bulls Marching To Their Own Drum

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ASA’s dynamic duo return to discuss the many more MLS moves that seem to keep coming on strong. They shift into RSL’s recent defensive surge and discuss whether or not we can expect it to keep happening., touch on how good NYC have gotten over the second half of the season and lastly talk a bit about the NYRB, Brian White and a touch a bit on Bradley Wright Phillips.

Got questions for us?

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR US? It’s a thing, now. No seriously, it’s totally a thing. Be a contributor to this podcast by hitting us up with questions and topics you want to hear about. You can reach us on e-mail at harrison.m.crow@gmail.com. You can also hit us up on twitter at harrison_crow or ahandleforian or use the #AskASApod.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music: Surefire - Wilderado

Aug 04 2019

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Rank #4: 2019.E11 - Such A Busy Busy Week

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It was a busy busy week in the wide world of Major League Soccer. Signings were made, trades happened and coaches (THREE!) were fired. Ian and Harrison run down some of the moves that teams made at the MLS Spring deadline and talk post-mortems for the Cincinnati, the Colorado Rapids and New England. They also answer some questions from the twitter and talk about dumb things that Caleb Porter said.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music: I Love You Like a Brother - Alex Lahey

May 16 2019

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Rank #5: 2019.E6 - Ian Hates Tactics, So We Talk Tactics

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This week Ian mentions how much he doesn’t know and even a little bit disdains tactics so we therein we explore the subject in regards to the national team (some thing else Ian dislikes right now) and Tyler Adams. We move on to discuss how teams in MLS with new coaches, are seeing stylistic changes in their approaches over the first three games.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music : Above the Bodega (Local Business) - Titus Andronicus

Mar 22 2019

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Rank #6: ASA Podcast LXXIII: Shots and Finishing

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Harrison and Sean return from a problematic week of two failed podcast recordings to share with you their thoughts on Krisztian Nemeth, whether or not Kei Kamara deserves a raise and whether he'll still continue to be the goal scorer we all expect after this past season. Sean adds some thoughts on an older study conducted by Michael Caley concerning Shots On Target, the concept of finishing and how it has applied to MLS.

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow) and Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us as many stars are you can!

Feb 02 2016

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Rank #7: 2019.E9 - Two Weeks Later

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Two weeks later the dynamic duo returns! But even after two weeks as that much really changed? Ian and Harrison discuss who they believe to be on the hot seat and even more spicy, who is not. They then spend a lot of time gabbing about LAFC and just how good they are. Because neither were sure you, the listener, were aware. Finally, everything gets tied together with a nice bow by declaring the Eastern Conference a complete cluster.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro music: Charly Bliss - Hard to Believe

Apr 26 2019

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Rank #8: ASA Podcast LXVIII: Model Front Office

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Harrison, Sean and Kevin talk about American Soccer Analysis' new off-season project: Model Front Office. Doning their best General Manager caps, they sit down to talk about their new imaginary job, restructuring and fixing the Philadelphia Union. The group looks back on the 2015 season, Jim Curtin, weighs hiring a new manager, and evaluates each individual player in regards to whether or not to keep them for next season. 

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow), Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) and Kevin Minkus (@kevinminkus) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us as many stars are you can!

Nov 19 2015

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Rank #9: 2019.E13 - Mid-season Review, Western Conference

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Harrison and Ian take a look at the Western Conference at (roughly) the half way point in the season. Looking at teams from the bottom up. They talk narratives and why some are spot on and why others are completely wrong. Next week, we’ll talk Eastern Conference.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music: Way Down Hadestown - Anais Mitchell

Jun 15 2019

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Rank #10: 2019.E20 - Atlanta Finally Won Something (Again)

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It’s not every week that we talk about Atlanta winning a trophy. Just twice this month, to Ian’s absolute delight! The team break down some of the various particulars of the US Open Cup final and some of what went wrong for Minnesota as well as what went right for Atlanta.

The conversation is then turned to the review of LAFC-LA Galaxy and the possibility of a playoff match up as well as the outlook of the Western Conference. Could Zlatan have enough at the end to lift LA Galaxy past LAFC? How much are LAFC favorites out of the west and what does the new playoff system favor? What are some better playoff methods?

Lastly, the podcast team dives headlong into the top of the Eastern Conference and specifically chat about why Philadelphia isn’t considered more by the media as a possible 1 seed out of the East. They come back around to Atlanta and also talk about why NYCFC is the most favored by our model and why it might slightly be discounting Atlanta.

As always we take listener questions and discuss a few closing topics including one that we tuck away for this off-season. If you have a question or want to propose a topic for our podcast in the future use the #AskASAPod on twitter or hit us up on the email.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music: Hi Ho - The War and Treaty

Aug 30 2019

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Rank #11: ASA Podcast 2018 - Episode 24: Martinez, Colorado, and the annual late-season rise of Seattle

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Not one, not two, but THREE Stats of the Week. The boys discuss Josef Martinez again and Colorado’s new found appearance of competency (5:00). Seattle are back on their second half thing but how are they doing it? (28:00) Harrison expresses dismay at the lack of Jonathan Lewis in his “young guns” segment(45:00).

Intro Music: Let’s Go Get the Goal (MLS) - Don’t Kick the Baby
Outro Music: Easy Kid - J.E. Sunde

Please visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow the crew on twitter at ASA (@analysisevolved),  Harrison Crow (@Harrison_Crow), and Ian Lamberson (@ahandleforian). We're also on facebook for some reason!

Aug 31 2018

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Rank #12: 2019.E14 - Eastern Conference First Half Review

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Harrison and Ian take a look at the Eastern Conference at (roughly) the half way point in the season. Looking at teams from the bottom up. They talk narratives and why some are spot on and why others are completely wrong.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music: Morning Terrors, Nights of Dread - Shilpa Ray

Jun 25 2019

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Rank #13: 2019.E8 - Two Yards

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Harrison and Ian discuss the existential of “what even is two yards?” and does it matter on the field when taking a free kick. They also go through some of the tactical odditities that makes Matt Hedges more useful and they break Marc dos Santos and his early tenure. Lastly they discuss some surprising early results, like are the Chicago Fire secretly not terrible? TUNE IN!

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music - Mannen I Elva - Me and the Julios

Apr 05 2019

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Rank #14: 2019.E12 - Hidden Gems

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The Colorado Rapids win a game! Go crazy, Harrison and Ian do. They talk a bit about the Rapids, the pending retirement of DaMarcus Beasley as well as the late breaking news of Chad Marshall and what his career looks like. The conversation of course moves into Wondo land and then into some hidden gems that can still be found around MLS.

Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The Baby

Outro Music: House of my Mortal Father - Pomegranates

May 28 2019

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Rank #15: ASA Podcast LXVII: Decision Day and Rabbit Trails

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Harrison and Sean go through the results of MLS' first decision day and chase various narratives in the process. We end the podcast breaking down the MLS Cup playoffs and talking about the future Cup final. Buckle up, see if you can follow a long and do some giggling with us.

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow) and Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us an 11 star rating!

Oct 27 2015

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Rank #16: ASA Podcast LXX: Farm Subsidies, Fullbacks and MLS Cup Finals too

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Harrison and Sean sum up the Western and Eastern Conference Finals, preview this weekends MLS Cup and talk about some fullbacks with an odd discussion about US Farm Subsidies throw into the mix just for funsies. It wouldn't be an ASA party if there wasn't Star Wars mentions too. Nerds!

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow) and Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us as many stars are you can!

Dec 01 2015

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Rank #17: ASA Podcast LXIX: Talkin' Playoffs

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Harrison, Sean and this week's guest, Jason Poon, talk about the latest results in the 2015 MLS Playoffs--by doubting EVERYTHING. They question Dax McCarty, Columbus Crew's ability to qualify in the Western Conference playoffs, if the Portland Timbers got lucky on their three goals and... hey, where did Fabian Castillo go? Might want to take a step back on this one, it's got some snark.

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow), Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) and Jason Poon (@jasonhpoon) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us as many stars are you can!

Nov 24 2015

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Rank #18: ASA Podcast LXVI: USMNT Winnin', USMNT Whuppin', Klinsmann Firin'

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This week it's Drew, Harrison, and Jared talking the USMNT's 2-0 win over Peru at RFK stadium, the 37-1 drubbing against Brazil in Foxborough, and upcoming USA-Mexico game on October 10th.

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow), Jared Young (@jaredeyoung) and Drew Olsen (@drewjolsen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us an 11 star rating!

Sep 10 2015

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Rank #19: ASA Podcast LXV: Force Friday, Whale Done Tifos, The Anti-Klinsy Hype Train, and The (Proposed) Zardes for Nagbe Trade

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Drew, Harrison, &  Sean are back together to talk traffic on I-405, The Force Awakens, disappointing tifos for "rivalry weekend", the last two months of the MLS season, and an interesting, intriguing, and idiotic lineup called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for upcoming friendlies. Sit back and relax!

Visit americansocceranalysis.com for more analytically based content. You can follow ASA (@analysisevolved), Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow), Sean Steffen (@seansteffen) and Drew Olsen (@drewjolsen) on twitter and find us on facebook.

Subscribe to ASA on iTunes and Stitcher, and give us an 11 star rating!

Sep 03 2015

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Rank #20: ASA Podcast LXIII: Top 50

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The ASA Crew gathers round their microphones once more to discuss the release of last week's top-50. The results, the thinking behind putting it together and some of our opinions on how things came out in the end.

May 20 2015

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