MLS Begins Its Jersey Week

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A Look at MLS Kits

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[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.

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TimE to Get Away

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By Phil Hecken

It’s been about a month since we last heard from Tim E. O’Brien sorry it couldn’t have been longer but you know, you just can’t keep a good concepter down. I’m not sure how Tim keeps getting up off the canvas. Actually, I had a . . . → Read More: TimE to Get Away

Would You Wear It on Your Hat? Would You Wear It While Up at Bat?

Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day, otherwise known as the one uni-notable day of spring training. Here’s what MLB teams wore, in roughly descending order of how much effort they expended (apologies if I missed any teams; spring training games aren’t always wire-photographed or otherwise documented):

• Tigers: Green jerseys and caps, plus their . . . → Read More: Would You Wear It on Your Hat? Would You Wear It While Up at Bat?