The essential problem with quantifying soccer and taking the numbers as gospel
Jeb Brovsky
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An excellent example of the limitations of stats in soccer could be seen in last weekend’s battle (well, one-sided battle) of the Uniteds. MNUFC had an expected goals of 2.04, while Atlanta United’s was 1.79. For a scoreline of 6–1 in Atlanta’s favor, what does this statistic tell us? That Atlanta is not creating enough chances? That’s ridiculous. And it certainly doesn’t tell us that Minnesota’s back four is woefully out of sink. Without the scoreline, it gives the impression that Minnesota were managing the game rather well.

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