To start, I’d just like to thank you all for reading. Whether you’re just stopping by, you plan to stay long term, or you’re interested in helping, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read the content on this page. For now, it’s pretty barren – but it won’t be for long.
This page will soon be full of posts ranging from full blown statistical inquiries to short posts with a simple idea we’ve been mulling over. Hopefully some of the ideas we have will be ground breaking, but some will be rather simple. While this site will be numerically based, there will be some content for everyone – some stories to tell, some numbers to break down, or some pictures and video to analyze. The goal is to find a way to bridge the gap between the different “schools of thought” and produce something that’s both pleasing and informative to a large group of fans.
With that out of the way, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ty, and I’ll be one of the main writers on the site. I love diving into numbers, and I fully believe they hold the key to a bigger and brighter future in all of sports – but especially in soccer. If that doesn’t sound like a traditional mind set, good – because I’m not your traditional fan.
I got started in soccer at decently young age – 10 or so – with the introduction to the sport from a Spanish foreign exchange student. He introduced me to a club that had just won their first title in six years. A club with a great backstory, a great meaning, and a great philosophy. He introduced me to FC Barcelona. While Barcelona would go on to start their conquest of Europe shortly after I’d met them, I wouldn’t gain an interest in soccer until closer to the 2011/12 season, when we hosted more foreign exchange students – one from France and one from Italy.
From there my love of the sport took off. I quickly watched every match I could find, read every article I could find, talked to every fan I could talk to, to learn more about the game of soccer. Coming from a baseball background, I found myself constantly wanting more information and more numbers on the sport. I wanted to find everything I could and prove why beliefs were right or wrong.
Years of that desire has led me here – to write about those thoughts and beliefs. I may be wrong – a lot – and I may be right, but I wanted a media in which I could express those thoughts and beliefs and why they exist.
And that’s how I ended up here. I’m excited for the journey that this blog will inevitably take us on as fans, writers, and academics, and I’m excited to get an opportunity to share the journey with all of you!