What can statistics do for soccer?

By Christopher B. Daly 

imgres-1Could it be that “the beautiful game” is going to under the sabermetric treatment that now shapes Major League Baseball?

Well, according to a story in the NYTimes, a new book called The Numbers Game could do just that.

Fun fact: in U.S. Major League Soccer, so far this season, there have been 1,894 corner kicks. Guess how many turned into goals? Just 45, which is a measly 2.3%.

So why all the fuss about corners? Because it’s always been that way, that’s why!

 

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