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2022 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ratings through results of 2022 JULY 4 MONDAY


this output has three parts: (1) teams listed by RATING top-to-bottom
                             (2) DIVISION AVERAGES
                                 (listed top-to-bottom)
                             (3) teams listed by DIVISIONS
                                (listed top-to-bottom within divisions)


The SCHEDULE ratings represent what the rating would have to be for a
hypothetical team to have a mathematical expectation of winning precisely 50%
of their games against the schedule played by the team in question in the games
that it has played so far.  The schedule difficulty of each given game takes
into account the rating of the opponent and the location of the game. This
is the same concept that is used in computing the WIN50% conference ratings.


 To make predictions for upcoming games, simply compare the RATINGS of
 the teams in question and allow an ADDITIONAL  .50  goals for the home
 team.  Thus, for example, a HOME team with a rating of 2.47 would be
 favored by  1.08  goals over a VISITING team having a rating of 1.89
 Or a VISITING team with a rating of 3.14 would be favored by .29 goals
 over a HOME team having a rating of 2.35

NOTE: Use whatever home advantage is listed in the output below.
      In the example just above, a home edge of .50 was shown for
      illustrative purposes. The home edge will vary during the season.
Several different home edges are shown, one for each of the several different type of ratings
directly over their respective columns.

The numbers to the right of a team's schedule strength are its rank of
schedule - (in parentheses) - and its record versus teams in these
rating's top 5 and top 10 respectively.

Teams that appear to be tied to two decimal places in a given column are actually
different when carried to more decimal places in the computer's internal arithmetic.
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The PREDICTOR, is such that the score is the only thing that matters.
PREDICTOR is also known as PURE_POINTS, BALLANTINE, RHEINGOLD, WHITE OWL
and is a very good PREDICTOR of future games.
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GOLDEN_MEAN also utilizes the actual SCORES of the games in a different way but is also completely SCORE BASED
and thus should be a good match for the PURE POINTS in terms of predictive accuracy for upcoming games.
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The RECENT, is score-based and weights RECENT play more heavily than earlier games. Its effect will become
more pronounced the longer a season goes if a given team happens to have an upward or downward trend.
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The overall RATING is a synthesis of the three different SCORE-BASED methods, PREDICTOR(PURE_POINTS), GOLDEN_MEAN,
and RECENT and thus should be a good predictor in its own right.


Predictions_with_Totals_and_Moneylines

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Major League Soccer through games of 2022 July 4 Monday                                                                                         
                                RATING    W   L   T  SCHEDL(RANK) VS top  5 | VS top 10 |  PREDICTOR   | GOLDEN_MEAN  |  RECENT    
                HOME ADVANTAGE=[  0.48]                                                   [  0.47]       [  0.48]       [  0.43]
   1  Los Angeles FC          =   2.79   11   4   3    1.96(  21)   0  1  2 |   2  2  2 |    2.84    1 |    2.83    1 |    2.57    1  western
   2  Philadelphia Union      =   2.54    7   2   9    2.04(  12)   2  0  1 |   2  0  3 |    2.54    3 |    2.60    3 |    2.39    3  EASTERN
   3  Austin FC               =   2.50   10   4   4    2.05(  11)   1  0  1 |   1  3  2 |    2.69    2 |    2.71    2 |    2.21    8  western
   4  New York City FC        =   2.41    8   4   5    1.79(  28)   0  2  0 |   1  3  0 |    2.44    5 |    2.46    4 |    2.27    6  EASTERN
   5  Seattle Sounders FC     =   2.40    8   7   2    1.96(  19)   0  0  2 |   1  3  2 |    2.36    6 |    2.29    8 |    2.48    2  western
   6  New York Red Bulls      =   2.38    9   5   5    1.87(  25)   0  1  1 |   0  1  2 |    2.33    7 |    2.34    6 |    2.38    4  EASTERN
   7  LA Galaxy               =   2.34    8   6   3    2.06(  10)   4  1  0 |   5  3  0 |    2.44    4 |    2.40    5 |    2.17   10  western
   8  Nashville SC            =   2.30    7   5   6    2.07(   5)   1  0  1 |   2  3  1 |    2.25    9 |    2.27    9 |    2.30    5  western
   9  FC Dallas               =   2.23    7   5   6    1.96(  20)   1  1  1 |   3  1  2 |    2.29    8 |    2.30    7 |    2.09   14  western
  10  Real Salt Lake          =   2.20    8   5   5    2.07(   8)   2  1  0 |   4  2  0 |    2.13   11 |    2.18   11 |    2.25    7  western
Major League Soccer through games of 2022 July 4 Monday                                                                                         
                                RATING    W   L   T  SCHEDL(RANK) VS top  5 | VS top 10 |  PREDICTOR   | GOLDEN_MEAN  |  RECENT    
                HOME ADVANTAGE=[  0.48]                                                   [  0.47]       [  0.48]       [  0.43]
  11  CF Montreal             =   2.18    9   7   2    2.17(   2)   1  3  1 |   2  6  1 |    2.24   10 |    2.25   10 |    2.06   15  EASTERN
  12  Minnesota United FC     =   2.11    7   8   3    2.18(   1)   0  5  1 |   4  5  3 |    2.11   12 |    2.11   12 |    2.10   13  western
  13  Columbus Crew SC        =   2.09    5   5   7    2.01(  16)   0  3  1 |   0  4  3 |    2.09   13 |    2.05   13 |    2.11   12  EASTERN
  14  Portland Timbers        =   2.09    5   6   8    2.07(   9)   1  1  1 |   1  3  5 |    2.03   14 |    1.98   15 |    2.21    9  western
  15  New England Revolution  =   2.00    6   5   7    1.85(  26)   0  0  1 |   1  2  1 |    1.90   16 |    1.91   16 |    2.16   11  EASTERN
  16  FC Cincinnati           =   1.89    7   7   4    2.01(  15)   0  2  2 |   0  2  2 |    2.01   15 |    1.99   14 |    1.71   22  EASTERN
  17  Atlanta United          =   1.88    5   7   5    1.87(  24)   0  0  1 |   0  1  2 |    1.89   17 |    1.83   17 |    1.93   18  EASTERN
  18  Colorado Rapids         =   1.81    5   8   4    2.07(   7)   2  2  1 |   2  4  2 |    1.67   22 |    1.69   22 |    2.02   16  western
  19  Orlando City SC         =   1.79    7   7   4    1.99(  17)   0  1  1 |   1  3  1 |    1.82   19 |    1.82   18 |    1.79   20  EASTERN
  20  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  =   1.76    7   8   3    2.07(   6)   1  3  1 |   4  3  1 |    1.63   23 |    1.71   20 |    1.93   17  western
Major League Soccer through games of 2022 July 4 Monday                                                                                         
                                RATING    W   L   T  SCHEDL(RANK) VS top  5 | VS top 10 |  PREDICTOR   | GOLDEN_MEAN  |  RECENT    
                HOME ADVANTAGE=[  0.48]                                                   [  0.47]       [  0.48]       [  0.43]
  21  Charlotte FC            =   1.74    7  10   2    2.03(  13)   0  3  0 |   1  4  0 |    1.84   18 |    1.81   19 |    1.64   25  EASTERN
  22  San Jose Earthquakes    =   1.70    4   7   6    2.10(   3)   1  3  1 |   1  5  3 |    1.68   20 |    1.67   23 |    1.81   19  western
  23  Houston Dynamo FC       =   1.66    6   9   3    1.88(  23)   0  2  0 |   2  4  1 |    1.68   21 |    1.71   21 |    1.68   24  western
  24  Inter Miami CF          =   1.58    6   7   4    2.03(  14)   1  2  1 |   2  2  2 |    1.52   25 |    1.59   24 |    1.71   21  EASTERN
  25  Chicago Fire FC         =   1.47    4   9   5    1.96(  22)   1  1  0 |   1  2  3 |    1.53   24 |    1.49   25 |    1.52   26  EASTERN
  26  Toronto FC              =   1.41    5  10   3    1.98(  18)   2  2  0 |   2  4  2 |    1.51   26 |    1.46   26 |    1.32   28  EASTERN
  27  Sporting Kansas City    =   1.40    4  11   4    2.07(   4)   0  2  1 |   2  4  2 |    1.20   28 |    1.19   28 |    1.69   23  western
  28  D.C. United             =   1.34    5   9   2    1.81(  27)   0  2  0 |   0  4  0 |    1.33   27 |    1.37   27 |    1.47   27  EASTERN
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Divisional Rankings


There are three group ratings, the "central mean", the
"simple average" (also known as the "arithmetic mean",)
and the WIN50%.
The "central mean" gives the most weight to the middle team(s)
in the group and progressively less weight to teams as you go
away from the middle in either direction, up or down.
This tends to smooth out the effect of anomalous teams that are rated
much higher and lower than the middle team(s) in the group.  The
"simple average" ("arithmetic mean") weights each team equally
no matter where they are relative to the middle.
Here are a few examples of how the "central mean" is computed.
  4-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-2-1
  5-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-2-1
  6-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-3-2-1
  7-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-3-2-1
  8-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1
  9-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1
 10-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1
 11-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1
 12-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-5-6-6-5-4-3-2-1
 13-team group ___ the weights are   1-2-3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
This is an expanded version of the "tri-mean".

The WIN50% is the rating required to win 50% of the games if playing an
infinite number of round-robins in the given group at a neutral location.
      DIVISION            CENTRAL MEAN    SIMPLE AVERAGE  TEAMS      WIN50%

   1  western                 =   2.10       2.09  (  1)     14       2.09  (  1)
   2  EASTERN                 =   1.90       1.91  (  2)     14       1.91  (  2)


      DIVISION            CENTRAL MEAN    SIMPLE AVERAGE  TEAMS      WIN50%

   2  EASTERN                 =   1.90       1.91  (  2)     14       1.91  (  2)
   1  western                 =   2.10       2.09  (  1)     14       2.09  (  1)
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By Division

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   2  EASTERN                 =   1.90       1.91  (  2)   TEAMS= 14       1.91  (  2)
Major League Soccer through games of 2022 July 4 Monday                                                                                         
                                RATING    W   L   T  SCHEDL(RANK) VS top  5 | VS top 10 |  PREDICTOR   | GOLDEN_MEAN  |  RECENT    
                HOME ADVANTAGE=[  0.48]                                                   [  0.47]       [  0.48]       [  0.43]
   2  Philadelphia Union      =   2.54    7   2   9    2.04(  12)   2  0  1 |   2  0  3 |    2.54    3 |    2.60    3 |    2.39    3  EASTERN
   4  New York City FC        =   2.41    8   4   5    1.79(  28)   0  2  0 |   1  3  0 |    2.44    5 |    2.46    4 |    2.27    6  EASTERN
   6  New York Red Bulls      =   2.38    9   5   5    1.87(  25)   0  1  1 |   0  1  2 |    2.33    7 |    2.34    6 |    2.38    4  EASTERN
  11  CF Montreal             =   2.18    9   7   2    2.17(   2)   1  3  1 |   2  6  1 |    2.24   10 |    2.25   10 |    2.06   15  EASTERN
  13  Columbus Crew SC        =   2.09    5   5   7    2.01(  16)   0  3  1 |   0  4  3 |    2.09   13 |    2.05   13 |    2.11   12  EASTERN
  15  New England Revolution  =   2.00    6   5   7    1.85(  26)   0  0  1 |   1  2  1 |    1.90   16 |    1.91   16 |    2.16   11  EASTERN
  16  FC Cincinnati           =   1.89    7   7   4    2.01(  15)   0  2  2 |   0  2  2 |    2.01   15 |    1.99   14 |    1.71   22  EASTERN
  17  Atlanta United          =   1.88    5   7   5    1.87(  24)   0  0  1 |   0  1  2 |    1.89   17 |    1.83   17 |    1.93   18  EASTERN
  19  Orlando City SC         =   1.79    7   7   4    1.99(  17)   0  1  1 |   1  3  1 |    1.82   19 |    1.82   18 |    1.79   20  EASTERN
  21  Charlotte FC            =   1.74    7  10   2    2.03(  13)   0  3  0 |   1  4  0 |    1.84   18 |    1.81   19 |    1.64   25  EASTERN
  24  Inter Miami CF          =   1.58    6   7   4    2.03(  14)   1  2  1 |   2  2  2 |    1.52   25 |    1.59   24 |    1.71   21  EASTERN
  25  Chicago Fire FC         =   1.47    4   9   5    1.96(  22)   1  1  0 |   1  2  3 |    1.53   24 |    1.49   25 |    1.52   26  EASTERN
  26  Toronto FC              =   1.41    5  10   3    1.98(  18)   2  2  0 |   2  4  2 |    1.51   26 |    1.46   26 |    1.32   28  EASTERN
  28  D.C. United             =   1.34    5   9   2    1.81(  27)   0  2  0 |   0  4  0 |    1.33   27 |    1.37   27 |    1.47   27  EASTERN
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   1  western                 =   2.10       2.09  (  1)   TEAMS= 14       2.09  (  1)
Major League Soccer through games of 2022 July 4 Monday                                                                                         
                                RATING    W   L   T  SCHEDL(RANK) VS top  5 | VS top 10 |  PREDICTOR   | GOLDEN_MEAN  |  RECENT    
                HOME ADVANTAGE=[  0.48]                                                   [  0.47]       [  0.48]       [  0.43]
   1  Los Angeles FC          =   2.79   11   4   3    1.96(  21)   0  1  2 |   2  2  2 |    2.84    1 |    2.83    1 |    2.57    1  western
   3  Austin FC               =   2.50   10   4   4    2.05(  11)   1  0  1 |   1  3  2 |    2.69    2 |    2.71    2 |    2.21    8  western
   5  Seattle Sounders FC     =   2.40    8   7   2    1.96(  19)   0  0  2 |   1  3  2 |    2.36    6 |    2.29    8 |    2.48    2  western
   7  LA Galaxy               =   2.34    8   6   3    2.06(  10)   4  1  0 |   5  3  0 |    2.44    4 |    2.40    5 |    2.17   10  western
   8  Nashville SC            =   2.30    7   5   6    2.07(   5)   1  0  1 |   2  3  1 |    2.25    9 |    2.27    9 |    2.30    5  western
   9  FC Dallas               =   2.23    7   5   6    1.96(  20)   1  1  1 |   3  1  2 |    2.29    8 |    2.30    7 |    2.09   14  western
  10  Real Salt Lake          =   2.20    8   5   5    2.07(   8)   2  1  0 |   4  2  0 |    2.13   11 |    2.18   11 |    2.25    7  western
  12  Minnesota United FC     =   2.11    7   8   3    2.18(   1)   0  5  1 |   4  5  3 |    2.11   12 |    2.11   12 |    2.10   13  western
  14  Portland Timbers        =   2.09    5   6   8    2.07(   9)   1  1  1 |   1  3  5 |    2.03   14 |    1.98   15 |    2.21    9  western
  18  Colorado Rapids         =   1.81    5   8   4    2.07(   7)   2  2  1 |   2  4  2 |    1.67   22 |    1.69   22 |    2.02   16  western
  20  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  =   1.76    7   8   3    2.07(   6)   1  3  1 |   4  3  1 |    1.63   23 |    1.71   20 |    1.93   17  western
  22  San Jose Earthquakes    =   1.70    4   7   6    2.10(   3)   1  3  1 |   1  5  3 |    1.68   20 |    1.67   23 |    1.81   19  western
  23  Houston Dynamo FC       =   1.66    6   9   3    1.88(  23)   0  2  0 |   2  4  1 |    1.68   21 |    1.71   21 |    1.68   24  western
  27  Sporting Kansas City    =   1.40    4  11   4    2.07(   4)   0  2  1 |   2  4  2 |    1.20   28 |    1.19   28 |    1.69   23  western
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Predictions_with_Totals_and_Moneylines

HOME or CLOSEBY (c) team in CAPS _ both teams in lower case _ means "n" for NEUTRAL location _ MONEYLINE to win _ FAVORITE Rating Predict Golden Recent TOTAL UNDERDOG FAV DOG DRAW _ ======================================================================================================================= PHILADELPHIA_UNION 1.68 1.68 1.71 1.35 2.79 d.c._united -315 +1206 +508 LOS_ANGELES_FC 0.92 0.87 0.90 0.82 2.65 la_galaxy -145 +461 +335 VANCOUVER_WHITECAPS 0.12 0.00 0.08 0.26 2.75 minnesota_united_fc +150 +190 +292 CF_MONTREAL 1.26 1.51 1.54 0.79 3.22 sporting_kansas_city -192 +556 +427 NEW_YORK_CITY_FC 0.89 1.01 1.03 0.54 3.27 new_england_revoluti -137 +369 +378 TORONTO_FC 0.18 0.31 0.27 -0.07 3.81 san_jose_earthquakes +132 +180 +372 nashville_sc 0.08 -0.06 -0.02 0.24 2.37 CHARLOTTE_FC +162 +193 +260 ORLANDO_CITY_SC 0.69 0.78 0.71 0.50 2.59 inter_miami_cf -115 +357 +306 austin_fc 0.14 0.32 0.40 -0.14 3.59 ATLANTA_UNITED +139 +177 +356 new_york_red_bulls 0.02 -0.16 -0.12 0.25 3.04 FC_CINCINNATI +161 +166 +314 columbus_crew_sc 0.14 0.09 0.08 0.17 1.96 CHICAGO_FIRE_FC +162 +227 +221 fc_dallas 0.09 0.14 0.11 -0.02 2.55 HOUSTON_DYNAMO_FC +157 +190 +275 REAL_SALT_LAKE 0.87 0.94 0.97 0.65 2.40 colorado_rapids -140 +478 +309 SEATTLE_SOUNDERS_FC 0.79 0.80 0.79 0.69 2.95 portland_timbers -126 +361 +344 EIGENVECTOR Analysis eigen MONEY=odds to 100 EPCT%=confidence EFAVORITE ESPREAD EODDS EPCT% EUNDERDOG 1 @ Philadelphia Union 1.61 516 84% D.C. United 2 @ Los Angeles FC 0.70 213 68% LA Galaxy 3 @ Vancouver Whitecaps 0.34 146 59% Minnesota United FC 4 @ CF Montreal 1.64 530 84% Sporting Kansas City 5 @ New York City FC 0.70 214 68% New England Revoluti 6 @ Toronto FC 0.91 264 73% San Jose Earthquakes 7 @ Charlotte FC 0.00 100 50% Nashville SC 8 @ Orlando City SC 0.79 235 70% Inter Miami CF 9 Austin FC 0.06 106 52% @ Atlanta United 10 @ FC Cincinnati 0.39 153 61% New York Red Bulls 11 @ Chicago Fire FC 0.05 106 51% Columbus Crew SC 12 FC Dallas 0.03 104 51% @ Houston Dynamo FC 13 @ Real Salt Lake 0.83 245 71% Colorado Rapids 14 @ Seattle Sounders FC 0.35 147 59% Portland Timbers endfile

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