Breaking Down the Red Bulls Victory over the Revolution Using the Chalkboard

In their most recent MLS match, the New York Red Bulls dominated the New England Revolution 4-1.

A brief look at two statistics and this would appear to be a more even game than the score suggests.  In terms of possession and duels, these teams were similar.  They each won 49 individual battles and held the ball nearly 50 percent of the time.

These metrics are misleading, though, as New York was the clearly superior side.

Advanced study is required to determine why New York was able to win so soundly. 

So rather than using pure numbers, this analysis examines the MLS Opta Chalkboard from the match.  The Opta Chalkboard displays nearly every touch of every game and reports exactly where it happened on the pitch. 

A deeper look into the Opta Chalkboard in this match explains three key tactical elements in New York’s victory.

All Chalkboard data gather directed from and...

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