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How often can you call an All-Star Game historic? Ground-breaking? Or even revolutionary?

Well, the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will classify as all of the above, no matter who wins the match or whether or not a goal is even scored.

Unless you've been under a rock these last few weeks, you've likely heard about the Smart Soccer revolution that's being pioneered by adidas through their miCoach technology. 

OPTA Spotlight: Who the stats say should start vs. Chelsea

If Ben Olsen only took the numbers into consideration, these players would make up the MLS 11
Opta Spotlight: Who stats say should start vs. Chelsea

PHILADELPHIA – The final decision is Ben Olsen's, but that doesn't mean we can't take a crack at the starting lineup for Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star game (8:30 pm ET, ESPN2, TeleFutura, TSN/RDS in Canada; LIVE CHAT on

Of course, instead of taking multiple aspects into consideration like Olsen – form, on-field chemistry, personal preference et al – this lineup is determined strictly by the numbers.

Central Winger: New model illustrates passing tendencies

Improved model illustrates MLS attacking, possession tendencies
Central Winger: New model illustrates passing tendencies
Soccer Analytics

Zusi - Central Winger

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Last week, with the help of Opta chalkboards, we explored the possibilities that arise when we are able to determine how likely a pass is to be successfully completed based upon key metrics such as pass distance, location and angle. Using this model, we were able to determine which players tend to complete passes that the average MLS player would not.

Armchair Analyst: How smart, exactly, is adidas' miCoach?

Introduction of adidas' miCoach opens new data streams for MLS
How smart is "smart soccer"?
Armchair Analyst

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There’s a certain strain of ludditism that runs through soccer fandom, a resistance to new and distinct ways of thinking about the game. In part that’s because quantifying the “mysteries of greatness” seems so far beyond our ways of understanding both physiology and the mentality of the typical player.

But the other part is that our collection of data is incomplete. Almost every movement in soccer (set pieces being the exception) is a unique situation, which flows into another unique situation, and so on and so forth.

MLS, adidas to launch first "smart soccer league" in 2013

adidas micoach Elite System to debut at 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, fully integrated in 2013
This Is Smart Soccer

NEW YORK – adidas and Major League Soccer today announced that MLS will integrate the adidas micoach Elite System league-wide in 2013, marking the world’s first “smart league.”  The announcement comes ahead of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, which is set to be the world’s first “smart game” integrating the micoach Elite System. 

OPTA Spotlight: Koevermans out, now what for Toronto?

Can TFC replace the production of talismanic striker Koevermans?
OPTA Spotlight: Toronto's dilemma
Now what for TFC?

OPTA Spotlight: Koevermans

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What will Toronto FC do now?

That was the question on most observers’ minds as Danny Koevermans lay in a crumpled heap clutching his left knee on the Gillette Stadium turf. And as the Dutch striker was carted off by stretcher, the answer to that question started to become clear: What ever TFC do, they’ll do it without their attacking talisman.

Central Winger: Who is the most effective passer in MLS?

Who is MLS' most effective passer? Answer might surprise you
Man With A Plan
MLS' best passer?

Central Winger: Dax McCarty

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Weeks ago, we explored the argument that not all shots are made equal. In retrospect, this makes a lot of intuitive sense – a strike from the center of the six-yard box is a lot more likely to result in a goal compared to a header from outside the penalty area. Luckily, these events have happened enough times that we are able to quantify just how much danger each of these opportunities pose.

OPTA Spotlight: Who's midseason favorite for MLS MVP?

At the season's midpoint, who's the frontrunner for MLS MVP?
OPTA: Wondo or De Ro for MVP?
Midseason MVP?

Last week, we asked the editorial staff to cast their midseason votes for MLS’ Most Valuable Player award. Two players were consistent presences at No. 1 and No. 2: San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski and D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario.

Central Winger: How much is a consistent lineup worth?

Lineup juggling proves to be ineffective for MLS managers
Familiarity Breeds Success
Soccer Analytics

SKC - Central Winger

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Some teams have the luxury of trotting out a consistent starting lineup week after week. Some do not – usually either as a result of excessive injury concerns or consecutive poor showings.

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