Major League Soccer Wants to Be First 'Smart League'

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Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that it will add a high-tech data-tracking system that could potentially change the face of the game by providing coaches and trainers metrics in real-time about player performance, speed, heart rate and power.

MLS said it will become the world’s first “smart league” when it embraces the Adidas Micoach Elite System starting in 2013. All 19 club teams — some of which have been testing the system since 2010 — will have access to the data.

“The technology is entirely customizable to each player, so they can meet specific and unique goals during training based on their strengths and what they need to improve,” Paul Gaudio, VP of adidas Interactive, told Mashable. “It will have a profound impact on how coaches and trainers work with players.”

Although the technology won’t be rolled out to the league until next year, it will debut on Wednesday, July 25 during the AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Philadelphia.

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