On this episode of the Union Pitchside Podcast, we take a deep dive into innovative ideas in soccer. Our big interview is with Harrison Crow of AmericanSoccerAnalysis.com. Harrison and his colleagues have been trailblazers in statistical analysis of Major League Soccer, and he tells us about how Ale Bedoya was a surprise pick for his personal All-Star team. We also get into why it's difficult to analyze defenders and more interesting Union numbers.
Our opening and closing segments try to address listener questions about how the Union identify talent. Technical Director Chris Albright talks about utilizing a variety of mechanisms to put together a competitive first team, then the academy's Director of Talent Identification, Jon Scheer, tells us about the process of finding top young players to continually improve already strong Union academy program. It's all here in the latest Union Pitchside Pod!