Cox leaves Arsenal to become Director of Analytics at Seattle Sounders

Tyler Cox will replace Ravi Ramineni as Director of Analytics at Seattle Sounders

Tyler Cox will replace Ravi Ramineni as Director of Analytics at Seattle Sounders

ARSENAL’S Tyler Cox has been appointed as the new Director of Analytics at MLS side Seattle Sounders.

Cox, who grew up in the Seattle area, has worked for Arsenal for the last eight years as a video analyst, first-team analyst, recruitment analyst and, most recently, data scientist.

He replaces Ravi Ramineni, who leaves after nine years with Seattle to take up a “leadership role” with sports analytics start-up Blue Crow Sports Group. The Houston-based company was launched last September by Arsenal’s former Vice President of Software and Analytics, Sarah Rudd, who is married to Ramineni.

Blue Crow has “current and planned sports investments in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Cox said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to join my hometown club. I look forward to joining such a successful organisation and keeping the Sounders at the forefront of soccer analytics.”

Garth Lagerwey, the General Manager and President of Soccer at Seattle, added: “We are excited to add Tyler Cox from Arsenal.

“He brings a level of experience to our department that is tough to find. We think his personality and expertise will help us continue to forge our objective, evidence-based processes across all aspects of our soccer team. We look forward to working with Tyler.”

As well as losing Rudd and Cox, Arsenal also saw data scientist Arjav Trivedi exit for Fifa last July. He has since joined Aston Villa as Lead Data Scientist and Engineer.

Dutchman Kevin Balvers had joined from Swedish side Malmo in August to become Arsenal's first Football Methodology Analyst, taking care of longer-term data projects at the club.

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