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American Soccer Analysis

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

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!

8 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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2019.E18 - Red Bulls Marching To Their Own Drum

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

4 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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2019.E11 - Such A Busy Busy Week

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

16 May 2019

Rank #3

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2019.E6 - Ian Hates Tactics, So We Talk Tactics

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

22 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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ASA Podcast LXXIII: Shots and Finishing

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!

2 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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2019.E9 - Two Weeks Later

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 BabyOutro music: Charly Bliss - Hard to Believe

26 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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2019.E13 - Mid-season Review, Western Conference

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 BabyOutro Music: Way Down Hadestown - Anais Mitchell

15 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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2019.E20 - Atlanta Finally Won Something (Again)

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 BabyOutro Music: Hi Ho - The War and Treaty

30 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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2019.E21 - Having Mauro Manotas vs. eight million dollars

Is LAFC still good??? It’s these types of tantalizing topics that are always explored and quickly answered on this podcast. The team does discuss Mason Toye and his career projection and wrap up some of the more interesting issues left over from last weekend, such as when will the Galaxy ever defend again? Things change gears as the team also looks into why Houston would keep Mauro Mantos over having eight million dollars in transfer fees. We of course also hit the listener questions. Which, say, are you sending us questions? Are you using the twitter hash tag? #AskASAPod. Live it, love it, use it! Or hit us up on the old e-mail we’re listed in the contact us page. Intro Music: Let's Go Get The Goal (MLS) - Don't Kick The BabyOutro Music: In The Fog, In the Flame - Bec Sandridge

9 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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ASA Podcast LXVIII: Model Front Office

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!

19 Nov 2015

Rank #10

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

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 BabyOutro Music: Easy Kid - J.E. SundePlease 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!

31 Aug 2018

Rank #11

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2019.E14 - Eastern Conference First Half Review

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

25 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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2019.E8 - Two Yards

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 BabyOutro Music - Mannen I Elva - Me and the Julios

5 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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2019.E12 - Hidden Gems

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 BabyOutro Music: House of my Mortal Father - Pomegranates

28 May 2019

Rank #14

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

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!

1 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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ASA Podcast LXIX: Talkin' Playoffs

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!

24 Nov 2015

Rank #16