The MLS has had a long and storied history, but its legacy has been a slow, gradual erosion of land records.
In a recent post on the league’s official blog, MLS chief executive officer Nick Sakiewicz outlined how the league is moving forward with a new approach.
The league has had more than 40 years of records and is trying to bring them all back online.
And the MLS wants to ensure that it continues to have the same level of integrity as its predecessors.
“This is a fundamental shift in how the MLS works,” Sakiewicz wrote.
“For many years, we have relied on the use of records from our teams’ ownership groups to provide an accurate snapshot of the playing surface of the game.
This approach is no longer the best option, and the league has made the necessary changes to protect the integrity of these records.”
Sakiewicz said the league wants to provide players and fans with the same levels of information on every pitch and on every team’s roster.
“The MLS is committed to the ability of our players to share information about their playing surface and the types of equipment they use, and we want to ensure this continues to happen,” he wrote.
The MLS is using an “Advanced Statistics” system that will allow players to see how much of each pitch they play on and the amount of time they spend there.
The MLS also will be updating its MLS Player Stats and Data pages with player statistics for the 2017 season.
The changes were not a surprise.
For many years it was a fairly straightforward process for the league to track player performance and, as a result, there was a clear trend that the game improved over time.
“We have done a lot of work to bring player performance into the modern game, but the trend is not the same as in the past,” Sakison wrote.