ASA Podcast XCI: USMNT, SuperDooperDraft, and Spotting Talent in College Soccer by Drew Olsen

Drew and Sean are joined by ASA contributor and University of Virginia assistant-coach A.J. Barnold (@ajbarnold) to talk about the USMNT roster and the team under Arena, the MLS SuperDraft, how MLS teams identify and scout talent, and the role of the college game in the MLS and USMNT development structure. A.J.'s article (co-written with Aaron Neilsen) on the players available in the draft can be read here.

We mention a couple articles during the podcast. Here is Bill Reno's article on how terrible MLS teams are at selecting goalkeepers in the SuperDraft, and here is his article on why Blake didn't deserve to win Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016.

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ASA Podcast XC: Tacos, The End of the World, and USMNT by Drew Olsen

Drew, Sean, and Jared are back! (again). This podcast is all about the USMNT.. Brace yourselves.

Here's Jared's article defending Jurgen, but we all know he doesn't really believe it... right?

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ASA Podcast LXXXIX: Pokemon, Rogue One, NYCFC 'aint that good, and Bruce Arena is a curmudgeon by Drew Olsen

Drew and Sean are back! We begin by talking about how dumb Pokemon is and how cool Rogue One looks, but then even leave some time to talk about MLS! We give our takes on if NYCFC and Colorado are actually good, we give our guesses on if Toronto can actually be beaten by the rest of the East, and argue over if the Union are over or under performing. Then, like some morons, we dissect Bruce Arena's tirade against analytics and try to figure out of Portland, Seattle, or San Jose is most likely to grab a playoff spot.

At one point Drew says that this Giovinco article about his shooting was by @lowedownstats. Rob Lowe does cool work, but it was actually Alex Brodsky (@highpressblog). Check him out!

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ASA Podcast LXXXVIII - Everyone Is Leaving by Harrison Crow

This week Harrison is joined on the phone by SB Nation's own Rob Ursy as they briefly mention the train wreck of the USMNT and what we gleamed from nine matches (Spoiler Alert: not much).

Next we talk about how everyone is leaving MLS or is rumored to do so. Then we get an update on Atlanta United prior to their innuagral season, how their putting their roster and more importantly who is putting the roster together.

Lastly we perform a mock expansion draft where Harrison forces Rob to choose ten players from a long list of "possible draftees" examining who might just be available for the new club next season.

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ASA Podcast LXXXVII: Goalazo Higuain by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean return to conquer your hearts with a thrilling rendition of why they dislike Graham Zusi versus the alternatives of an unproven, yet exciting creative talent and then a 17-year old fresh off his prom (NEVER ACTUALLY MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST, FAIL!) with Sean bringing some fresh numbers and perspective.

Talk continues around Argentina, their ELO, ELO in general and then Harrison provides a pretty simplistic bottom line of what the US defenders need to do to prevent goals (besides get lucky).

The duo bestow some thoughts concerning the NYCFC attack, Mike Grella, compare the sunk cost fallacy to Lucas Melano and then discuss what Portland would do if they had to replace Adi... (actually there is no answer, it would just suck a lot).

Lastly, they discuss a bit of the Amway Canadian Championship final, first leg and discuss Michael Bradley in a thrilling return of the superlative game.

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ASA Podcast LXXXVI: The Awkward Pause by Harrison Crow

 

This week we try to not rehash old themes with our views on the USMNT but inevitably end up there while comparing the two US victories against Costa Rica and Paraguay. Sean and I also explore the so called jerkle-hyde Costa Rica performances and their similar expected goal out puts. Then Sean does his best 3 minute comedy routine while I attempt to built Excel formulas on the fly and it all pretty much is as awful as that all seems. 

Lastly, we discuss Christian Pulisic and the feasibility of him getting significant minutes on an MLS squad and the current trend in age groups among MLS teams. 

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ASA Podcast LXXXV: Klopp Could Fix It, Probably by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean sit down with the lovely Wendy Thomas and have a little chat about the USMNT, how they fared against Colombia and the state of the current roster in Copa America and the future going forward with Jurgen Klinsmann...we also all come to unanimous decision that the USSF should basically give all the monies to Liverpool for Jurgen Klopp. 

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ASA Podcast LXXXIV: The Orozco Code by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean get together to break down the strength/abilities of the roster for Copa America. Sean believes he has cracked the Klinsmann code on why Michael Orozoco has been named to the squad and they break down why the USA are flaunting the third highest odds in winning the tournament.

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ASA Podcast LXXXIII: Kei Kamara, SSS and Game States by Harrison Crow

This week there is a lot to talk about concerning Kei Kamara, the Columbus Crew and New England with tactics, financial, values and all the sorts of things you would expect us to consider with the trade.

Additionally, the last week has been pretty crazy with some lopsided shot differentials that left a couple teams on the wrong side of the points. We address the chaos of shot totals and the value of expected goals in small sample size while also considering game states.

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ASA Podcast LXXXII: From Bottom to Top by Harrison Crow

This weeks episode was actually recorded a little over a week ago. But no matter much of the content is still relevant because the reality is that MLS teams don't really fluctuate from week to week as much as some people try to make it seem in power rankings.

Jared Young once again joins the cast and we talk about the two more unlikely teams that sit on top ... or near top (Philadelphia still leads the Eastern conference in PPG) of their respective conferences. I hope you enjoy it!

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ASA Podcast LXXXI: A Talk About Fantasy Soccer by Harrison Crow

It's been a few weeks but Sean and Harrison are back with a new guest this week. We recorded this last week so if there are a few odd references (such as NYRB "struggling") just ignore it.

This week's a bit different as we're talking about Fantasy Soccer and not specifically players but the functions of leagues, creating them how we've managed our own private league with at ASA and how others have created their own. We talk about unique point systems, the difficulties of balance, intensive and how micro and macro economics have come to influence acqusitions.

A big shout out to our guest Seth Goodman. This is a bit of an unusual podcast on the whole but I'm sure in the next week we'll be back with more arguments about Seattle and LA and Colorado and how much we both are frustrated about something.

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ASA PODCAST LXXX: US Results And The Three Percent by Harrison Crow

Jarred Young takes time out of his busy schedule to join Harrison and Sean in discussing our thoughts on the U-23 and USMNT matches. We then transition to the Eastern Conference and discuss some of the results and what little we really know about the season at this point. Lastly we Jared talks about one of his latest projects in a new passing metric and we throw around some ideas on how we might improve upon it.

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ASA PODCAST LXXVIIII: Rapid Improvement and the USMNT Talent Pool by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean return to talk about the changes to the Colorado Rapids, how much better it's made them and if they're going to be able to compete for a playoff spot. Then they shift gears to talk about the USMNT and how they might use the pool to optimize the line-up using Jurgen Klinsmann formational propensities. 

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ASA PODCAST LXXVIII: Catching up on SSAC by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean take on guests as our Nerd League Soccer friend, Justin and ASA writer Kareem Williams join us this week.

Kareem runs us back through his Sloan Sports Analytics Conference experience. He gets to do some name dropping of his own with the pre-party and gives props to Soccermetrics' Howard Hamilton. He also provides some perspective on the soccer panel.

After that round-up is complete Justin, Sean and Harrison dive into week two results and gap about oddities of DC United, disappointments with the Sounders shot generation and of course we hate on San Jose.

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ASA PODCAST LXXVII: Recollections of a wild Week One by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean take a haphazard approach to recalling key moments through the first week of MLS games. They wander through the shot ratio disaster of Colorado, talk initial results of the Nerd League with a few winners and one specific loser then engage on a few other casual observances of Sunday. The podcast finishes with a discussion on Audi and their new "awesome" revamped version of the castrol index (spoiler alert: we don't think it's awesome).

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ASA Podcast LXXVI: MLS Season Preview! by Drew Olsen

Drew, Sean, and Kevin get the old band back together to get hiphy about the upcoming MLS season. They go through every team in each conference from bottom up, and give their thoughts on the campaign ahead. There are no references to stupid Harry Potter.

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ASA Podcast LXXV: Harry Potter and The Risk Matrix by Harrison Crow

Once again Sean and Harrison join forces to discuss things that are some what relevant to US Soccer, MLS and nerds. Harrison talked about his game plan for reading the Harry Potter series to his son and that led to dealing with player loss and attachment in a business driven world.

Getting to the matters at hand, Sean and I broke down Darren Mattocks impending transfer to...  somewhere not in Vancouver and utilized a Risk Matrix to discuss whether he'd be a smart buy for anyone else in MLS.

We kind of ranted on CONCACAF Champions League touching the four clubs (RSL, DC United, LA Galaxy and the Sounders) and their (unlikely) possibilities for getting to the next round.

Lastly, we talked a bit about Tim Howard and though it's not official we talked as though it was mentioning some fun keeper stats that are sure to make our friend Bill Reno green with envy.

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ASA Podcast LXXIV: The Sound of Names Dropping by Harrison Crow

By Harrison Crow (@harrison_crow)

We get back together and discuss... well, all sorts of things. Mostly people that we know that we hang out with or are doing pretty cool things. 

Benjamin Harrison gets a nod for our dinner.

Kevin Minkus is mentioned for his great work towards teams and how long it takes to mesh together. This is referenced as we talk about coaches down playing their team comradery as they approach the CCL matches.

I give a shout out to Dave Clark for attention.

We mention our very best Canadian Brenton Walters.

Then we just have name vomit as we talk about Michael Caley's super cool piece, Danny Page and Alex Olashanky....and Jared Young and our site's very best editor of all-time Drew Olsen.

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ASA Podcast LXXIII: Shots and Finishing by Harrison Crow

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.

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ASA Podcast LXXII: San Jose Earthquakes Might Be Quiet Geniuses by Harrison Crow

Harrison and Sean return from their holiday season to talk an assortment off-season trades, free-agent signings and the 2016 MLS Superdraft. The two come across a scenario with Simon Dawkins were Sean theorizes that San Jose could possibly be quiet geniuses. But, I mean, probably not... Right?

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