Sporting KC Signs Contract Extension With Goalkeeper xG

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News • Mar 13, 2024

Sporting KC Signs Contract Extension With Goalkeeper xG

MLS club Sporting Kansas City has extended its working relationship with Goalkeeper xG for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons.

Wednesday 13th MARCH - Goalkeeper xG is pleased to announce that MLS side Sporting Kansas City has signed a further two year commercial agreement for Goalkeeper xG's specialist data and performance services.

Sporting KC's First Team Goalkeeper Coach, Alec Dufty, said of the extension that "we are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Goalkeeper xG. Over the last year they have provided numerous valuable insights into the goalkeeping at Sporting KC, which has allowed us to see different trends and areas of focus for our training environment.  

“We believe Goalkeeper xG will continue to help us advance our methodology and produce higher level goalkeeping performances moving forward," he continued. 

Dr John Harrison, Head of Data Science at commented “I am pleased that Goalkeeper xG will be continuing to work with Sporting Kansas City on a weekly basis for the duration of the 2024 and 2025 MLS seasons. Working with their goalkeeping department last season and helping them reach the final eight in the MLS cup was a highlight of my year.” 

Manifestations of Goalkeeper xG analysis were evident in Sporting KC's goalkeepers' performances over the course of the season. Dr Harrison continued: “Even in the game in which Sporting KC were eliminated by Houston in a 1-0 defeat, Tim Melia made two huge 1v1 saves to keep his side in the game. Knowing how much effort Alec and Tim had put in on the training ground, and utilizing our data to help them best prepare for those situations, it was pleasing to see.”

“We will strive in the coming seasons to keep helping their goalkeeper department perform at the highest level by providing them with the best goalkeeper data and insights on the market."

Brendan Roslund, COO of added “We are proud to see our relationship with Sporting KC grow into a new multi-year deal.

"Alec and the team have allowed us to support their goalkeeper department and it has been fantastic to see the results.

“We look forward to supporting our journey together as we grow our capabilities in the future."

The goalkeeper is the most frequent single point of failure on the football pitch. This also makes them the most strategically valuable. Goalkeeper xG works with clubs, national associations, and organisations to help recruit better goalkeepers, optimise technical performance, and build goalkeeper departments and pathways using its proprietary data set. 

To work with Dr Harrison and Goalkeeper xG, email [email protected].

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