Does High Altitude Make for a Serious Home Field Advantage in the MLS?

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Every now and then when people talk about home games for Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids they talk about the effect of altitude on visiting teams. Michael Bradley mentioned it when he said"[Real Salt Lake] is a good team...Obviously, playing in altitude always presents certain things you'll have to deal with and, again, we'll go on the road to a difficult place to play … [Read more...]

Does RSL Need a Throw-In Specialist?

According to an article produced by Opta, they do sports statistics, the MLS uses long throw-ins in the final third more than in other leagues. The results have been that long throw-ins produce more goals and goal scoring opportunities in the MLS. The accuracy isn't higher because the defense in front of goal is general tougher, but the results are there. I understand that RSL … [Read more...]