What I'm working on currently
As anyone who reads this blog can tell, I love playing around with statistics. For a while now, I've been working on a big project. I am making a database of all MLS teams' results and lineups, for easy access in an excel file. Mlsnet already has pages like this, but they don't have the lineups and goalscorers. In addition, I am including every official MLS team result. This includes the playoffs, Open Cup, and any continental competition (but not friendlies or friendly tournaments like La Manga).
90% of the lineups are easy to find. If you go to history on mlsnet, they recently (finally) added the day-by-day results from past years that used to be on their site. There are a ton of broken links, though (including the entire 2001 season!). The Open Cup games I can find on www.usopencup.com, and the rest on Soccer America.
I'm currently working on Tampa Bay, which is the last of the 12 teams (I won't add this year's results until after the season). Once I get done, then I have to go through and check the lineups for each team's MLS season, to make sure they match mlsnet's stats for appearances/starts. That's gonna suck, but I need to have it 100% accurate.
But the exciting part is this: While I was doing this, I got the idea to see if teams who played with the same starting XI in consecutive matches won more, as you would think. I did that for several teams, but then I realized that it would be better to go through and instead count the number of starters returning, rather than just worry about all XI. So that's going to be a lot of work, but it should be pretty cool to see the results. I'll be sure to post all the details and analysis here, don't worry. I'll probably wait until the season is over, so I can add this year's data.
And also, I'll make the excel files available when I'm finished. Here's a sample page: