The busiest center back in MLS It makes sense when you consider his teams style

As part of our series of deeper dives into the statistics of the game, today we explore who are the most active center backs in MLS sincethe beginning of the 2019 season.

The chart below ranks those central defendersbased on their average clearances+interceptions+tackles+blocks per 90 minutes (With a minimum of 2,000 minutes played since the start of the 2019 season.)

The San Jose EarthquakesGuram Kashia ranks tops on the list, and his teammate Florian Jungwirth is third. And if you know anything about the man-marking system manager Matias Almeyda plays, thats hardly a surprise.

Instead of a zonal back three/four/five, in which center backs focus mostly on keeping shape and protecting the most vulnerable part of the field, a man-marking approach means more tracking players into different portions of the field where the ball is more likely to be. Jungwirth is usually the lone San Jose player without a mark in order to provide defensive cover, which is likely the reason Kashias numbers are slightly higher.

Additionally, the pace at which Almeydas team plays can send the whole match flow into fast forward, leading to more total duel opportunities across the pitch.

The only player to come close to the San Jose pairs numbers isChicago Fire FCs Francisco Calvo. Thatmight partly be because Calvo also spends not insignificant time playing as an outside back, where theres more regular on-ball action.


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France to Embed Regulators With Facebook – Time

In an unprecedented effort to combat hate speech, Facebook will open its doors to French regulators to review how the company monitors racist, sexist or hateful content, Reuters reports.

“I’m delighted by this very innovative experimental approach,” French President Emmanuel Macron told the annual Internet Governance Forum in Paris on Monday. “It’s an experiment, but a very important first step in my view.”

Starting in January, Facebook will welcome a small team of civil servants from Macron’s administration to shadow Facebook’s checks on hate-fueled content. According to Reuters, the team may be drawn from the telecoms regulator and the interior and justice ministries. If the six-month trial embed proves successful, Macron hopes to expand the arrangement to other giants like Amazon, Apple and Google.

In May, Macron organized a summit in Paris for the world’s biggest tech executives, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, to discuss ways to work towards regulation and a “common good.”

“We are grateful to the French Government for its leadership on this co-regulatory approach and look forward to working together over the next months,” said Nick Clegg, head of Facebook’s global affairs, according to NBC News. “The best way to ensure that any regulation is smart and works for people is by governments, regulators and businesses working together to learn from each other and explore ideas.”

Facebook’s community standards typically forbid content that promotes or glorifies violence, discriminates on the basis of gender or ethnicity, or that depicts child nudity or sexual violence. But the Menlo Park company has in the past year come under fire around the world for serving as a platform to enflame hate speech and incite real world violence.

Read more: Could Facebook Have Helped Stop the Spread of Hate in Myanmar?

While Facebook has recently stepped up efforts to combat online hate speech and currently employs at least 7,500 content moderators, the race to stamp out deleterious posts is an unrelenting one. Between Jan. 1 and March 31, the social network said it had taken action on around 2.5 million posts, images, videos and other kinds of content.

U.S. lawmakers have called out Facebook, but have largely shied away from moves to legislate online hate spawning across social platforms. By contrast, France has pushed ahead with calls for regulation.

At the same forum on Monday, Macron urged nations to sign on to a global declaration to regulate cyberspace, Reuters reports. Many European countries have voiced their support, but China and Russia have not.

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