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Crown Catchup (3/12/22)

  • Charlotte finally make it official and bring in Kamil Jóźwiak. You can read more about him here and (to plug myself) here.

  • Exciting news in the U-17 sphere: Academy player, Brian Romero, has earned a call-up!

  • Behind a paywall, and you've probably already seen it, but in case you haven't: pretty damning article from the Athletic about the (mis)management of the team so far. Granted, it's one source, but doesn't give the warm and fuzzies at all. For my money, the worst part:

It didn’t need to be this way. Tepper, who agreed to pay an expansion fee that could rise as high as $325 million just to join the league, is reportedly the wealthiest individual owner in MLS. He has the money to fund a top contender. There was plenty of time to get things right. And while it isn’t easy to assemble an expansion roster in MLS, there are more than enough recent examples of what leads to success and failure for first-year clubs. Charlotte had a road map. The technical staff, led by Krneta, just appears to have ignored it.
  • To balance out the bad, here's a great story about how this team is already impacting the community.

  • In addition to Jóźwiak, Charlotte have added (yet another!) defensive midfielder. Hoping to have a write-up on him shortly. Maybe he will be our Fellaini?

  • Also an interesting note about the Jones transfer: if Charlotte sell him outside MLS, the Dynamo will receive a 20% sell-on fee

  • Finally, not directly Charlotte related, but the Athletic (again behind a paywall) had a great write-up about analyzing pass networks. A number of PL teams are used as examples of how pass network infographs can help with understanding game and game flow. A little glimpse below and well worth the read:

Now, passing networks allow us to “televise” the game. Instead of focusing on each individual action on the ball, we can observe how a team moved the ball collectively. To do that, we take each player’s average locations on the pitch and the passes between them are the “connections”. The more players combine while passing, the higher their connection and the thicker the line. The size of each player’s nodes are how involved they were in possession: the bigger the node, the higher the involvement.
Before we continue, there are important caveats to passing networks. For starters, we only can use these graphics to illustrate how a team might look with the ball. If a team has struggled to have a decent share of possession, we won’t have enough of a sample from which to discern useful patterns. How a team played out of possession — its intensity and defensive structure — tells another story. Passing networks gives us very valuable information about a team’s possession but not everything about the team itself.
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