It is Jersey Week in Major League Soccer with teams hosting events to unveil new designs leading up to the opening kickoff of the season. The first few teams to release a new jersey were New York, Houston, and Colorado. Nine more teams will release a new look this week and starting next year there will be a new design for every team. The Red Bulls did not vary much from what fans already know and with the link to the drink company it will be tough for the team to get too creative. The Dynamo kept the same third jersey and made some sustainable changes to the home and away jersey. Colorado paid homage to their state. More details on each below.
Sep 30, 2012; Commerce City, CO, USA; An overall view of Dick
The Red Bulls hosted a special event at Chelsea Piers on Monday evening. The primary white jersey just adds splashes of red in some integral locations including the collar. The secondary blue jersey will remain the same. The bigger change may be felt in the weight of the fabric. Regardless this may not sell to many additional jerseys.
The changes to the Houston home and away jerseys are a bit more drastic, although nothing crazy. The slogan “Forever Orange” has been added to the neck. The state flag of Texas is featured and the back of the neck connects back to BBVA Compass Stadium. The best part is that the jerseys are made of 100 percent recyclable polyester. There is still no sponsor for the jersey.
The third jersey for the Rapids includes the state flag of Colorado in a monochromatic blue with a feint outline. The Rapids’ logo is bright red and the sleeves feature yellow stripes to offset the blue. The home jersey will also feature names of season ticket holders as darker stripes. The goal is to show gratitude to the state and fans of the team. Colorado failed to gain jersey sponsorship as well.
More jerseys to come this week, including this beauty from Toronto that was leaked online in the team shop before being pulled.
The discussion and battle over the trademark of the Cascadia Cup in the Pacific Northwest is ongoing, but the Cascadia Football Association took matters into their own hands as they have been accepted as a member in the NF-Board. The Nouvelle Fédération-Board, or Non-FIFA-Board, met in Munich over the weekend and approved the independence movement as an affiliated member.
They will now work on funding, kits, and locating a home field while putting the team together in hopes of attending the 2014 VIVA World Cup. So the battle between the fans and the league reaches a new level. The passion of these fans cannot be denied and that deserves respect.
There has been news of a proposed MLS stadium in one of the New York boroughs and the plans for the Queens stadium have leaked. An MLS spokesperson said that the images are not what the stadium will look like in reality. The presentation was given to a group at Columbia University and said to be something that wasn’t to be seen.
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