Beginning Wednesday, you will be able to follow matches on MLSsoccer.com in a whole new way.
The newest version of MatchCenter was released on Wednesday, just in time for the World Cup, where MLSsoccer.com will have coverage for each game of the tournament, in addition to the regular coverage of every single Major League Soccer match.
Now, the data for a match is updated in real-time regardless of what tab you are currently on. This enables you to switch tabs near instantly because it doesn’t require communication with the server.
Fans can now select specific players to highlight. Touch or select a player name from the Lineup, Feed, or Boxscore tabs to reveal a player card. Player cards contain vital stats for players and some general information. Additionally, the player’s name is highlighted everywhere, so fans can quickly find player events (ProTip: Touch the name on the player card to jump to his MLSsoccer.com bio page).
There is a new Boxscore tab that highlights individual stats such as goals, discipline, and substitutions. Additional player stat tables have been added to allow fans to compare individual players. The Opta Chalkboard also returns to MatchCenter, and Flash is no longer required. Fans can now slice and dice a variety of stats using the interactive tool.
The stats tab now features shot accuracy with visual charts for direction and outcome. Team stats are easier to compare now with bar charts. Overall stat numbers are automatically highlighted with team colors to quickly identify each leader.
The match preview is the perfect starting point for pregame research. You can quickly find historical data about each club with quick links for Previous Meetings, Current Form, and Season Goal Leaders.
A new video experience makes it even easier to watch match highlights. Videos are now grouped into three sections: Full Highlights, Highlights, and Related Videos. During a match, you will also see a Recent Highlight section that will always have the latest highlight clip. We’ve also added an auto-advance function to move you through the highlight clips in match order. Don’t worry, you can turn this off with a single click and we will remember that for future matches.