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By Phil Hecken
A couple weeks ago, Paul ranked the best dressed cities in American sports for ESPN. In the Uni Watch comments that day, it was suggested that a Canadian power ranking might be in order — only it would be up to UW readers to create such a beast. My buddy, . . . → Read More: Power Ranking the Canadian Cities
MLS began its weeklong jersey-unveiling promotion last week, with the Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls, and Houston Dynamo all debuting new kits. Videos about the thinking that went into all three of the new designs are shown above, plus here’s some additional photos and info for Colorado, New York, and . . . → Read More: MLS Begins Its Jersey Week
[Editor’s Note: Today we have more guest-written soccer content, this time from Tim Newcomb, who’s bringing us up to date on MLS kits. Enjoy. — PL]
By Tim Newcomb
For a league that was born in 1996 and looked every bit the part, the MLS’s recent expansion into soccer-embracing cities has infused the league with a strong set of kits featuring a mix of freshness, European influence, and club-specific detailing.
As with any young league trying to get noticed, early MLS kits largely represent a history worth forgetting, and a more recent pushback into a white-heavy blandness certainly doesn’t give MLS fans much reason to get excited. But the latest years of MLS jerseys showcase how a club can play to an energized fan base and create nuances within a kit to accentuate the identity of a club, a city, and a league.
In general, soccer kits around the world have more variety than most North American fans realize. Team logos are generally reduced to a crest on the breast, leaving room for a sponsor across the front. But beyond the sponsors, uniform designs range from horizontal or vertical bars to solid colors, sashes, or even checkered patterns. That global diversification allows MLS teams to explore the bridge between European and North American styles. Kit creator Adidas — teamed with MLS since 2005 — uses both local and global “creation groups” to “incorporate trends happening elsewhere while also still be locally relevant,” says Antonio Zea, director of soccer for Adidas America.