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In this publication, the authors analyze data on over 1, Major League Soccer players in order to study the demographics of the league. The findings of the study create an image of extremely short career spans, high attrition rates among first-year players, and elevated rates of turnover among foreign-born players.
At the same time, players who start consistently, advance from cameo to sustained appearances, and contribute significantly to team outcomes especially by assisting on goals have a greater chance to have long careers in MLS.
The motivation for this paper is perhaps best understood by knowing a little about the primary author. Nathaniel Boyden will be most familiar to followers of UC-Santa Barbara soccer and perhaps to the most avid followers of the Seattle Sounders.
Boyden was highly regarded out of high school and played his college soccer at UCSB for four seasons. His professional career was brief and was spent outside the top flight of American professional soccer — 13 appearances for the Seattle Sounders over two seasons Boyden seems to have landed on his feet after his retirement from professional soccer, first working as a research analyst at one of the Max Planck institutesand currently working toward his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Michigan.
So considering his background as a professional soccer player and his broader interests in the science of sport, Boyden would be well motivated to conduct the type of study of MLS players that has not been performed previously.
The data from the study were taken from MLS's official website, with player biographical data such as age and national origin from Wikipedia and other sources.
A spell is defined as a segment of time in which a player had signed with the league, so a player can have multiple spells in MLS. It's worth mentioning that between and that the league had 10 teams, then 12, then reduced to 10, and later 12 and 13 teams.
The effects of league size is considered in this study. Boyden and Carey adapt some analysis techniques from a study of Major League Baseball players to develop career expectancies of players at various years of service, and perform regression analysis to determine the effect of player performance, player characteristics, and league size on player career length.
The study reveals some expected, at times illuminating, and in other cases sobering results. Here is a summary of them: The average MLS career is extremely short. Boyden and Carey found that the average rookie player in MLS can expect to play for only two and a half seasons.
This expected career span is the shortest when compared to similar studies made in other sports, and perhaps the shortest in US professional sports leagues. It should be mentioned that the authors did not perform further tracking of the players to determine which proportion of players were transferred to another top-flight league, moved to a lower-division league, or dropped out of professional football altogether.
That kind of study would take years on a sample size as large as the one considered here. Boyden and Carey show that the mortality rate spikes after the first season, but then levels out in subsequent seasons. How does one have a long MLS career?
Practice, and helping out. The regression analysis showed that games played, minutes played, and assists are contributing factors to career expectancy in the league. As one plays more matches, one gains experience in league play, which is important in order to become accustomed to the challenges and expectations of being a professional player and train accordingly.
Assisting on goals is of course hugely important; if a player is not contributing to the bottom line of a soccer team, he will be replaced by someone who can contribute — very quickly. Discipline and player position don't have much of a correlation with career expectancy.
There isn't a correlation between yellow or red cards and league departure risk in the player data, nor does player position make a huge difference.
League expansion and contraction do have noticeable impacts on career length. Boyden and Carey found that when the league has teams, the risk of being out of a job in the league is much smaller compared to a ten-team league.
Of course, that will not be a surprise to anyone, but it is nice as a sanity check to see that expectation confirmed by the data.
League departure risk is very high among foreign players.
Foreign-born players are found to be twice as likely to leave MLS as native-born players. Another way to explain the results is that there is a high degree of turnover among the imported players — some don't pan out while others get better offers from home or retire. It would be very useful to add age at the beginning of a player's spell as an additional regressor.How does a WebCite ®-enhanced reference look like?.
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