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Marlboro’s pro soccer players donate jerseys for Recreation Department display

Three young men who were raised in Marlboro and grew up to become professional soccer players were honored in a ceremony at the Marlboro Recreation Community Center, Wyncrest Road.

Alex De John, 28, and brothers Hunter Gorskie, 28, and Jason Gorskie, 30, visited the Marlboro Recreation Department on Nov. 25 and presented municipal representatives with signed soccer jerseys which will be placed on display in the department’s trophy case.

DeJohn has played professionally for Ekenas IF and TPS in Finland, IK Start in Norway, Dalkurd FF in Sweden and Orlando City FC in Major League Soccer.

Hunter Gorskie has played professionally for the New York Cosmos in the National Independent Soccer Association, Miedz Legnica in Poland, the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL Championship, Thisted FC in Denmark and most recently for Loudoun United in the USL Championship.

Jason Gorskie has played professionally for Wisla Pulawy in Poland, Lyn FC in Norway, Pieta Hotspurs in Malta and Bnei Sakhnin in Israel.

De John presented Marlboro’s representatives with his jersey from Orlando City FC, Hunter Gorskie presented his jersey from the New York Cosmos and Jason Gorskie presented his jersey from Wisla Pulawy.

The athletes spoke about what it means to be honored in their hometown.

“It’s been nice to come back and get recognized and to give a path for people to dream to be professional athletes because that was our dream as young kids when we were growing up playing on the fields and in our backyards,” De John said. “It’s nice to give hope to kids to continue to work hard and to pursue their dreams.”

“It means a lot to come back to where it all began with the Marlboro Soccer Association and CTR Soccer,” Hunter Gorskie said. “It was there that each of us laid the foundation for all of our professional moments to be possible.

“It’s great to come back here and hopefully, we can set an example for every other young soccer player in Marlboro to have the same aspirations, to see it’s possible and to continue to dream and to work hard. It’s an honor to be able to set an example for them,” he said.

“It’s an honor being back and it’s an honor to be honored this way,” Jason Gorskie said. “I remember growing up … it looked like the odds of making it (as a professional) were a lot more difficult than I think it is now.

“It’s great to be able to add to the collection of people (who became professionals) so other kids can grow up and see more people have done it and that becoming a professional is more possible than they may think,” he said.

The event at the Marlboro Recreation Community Center was attended by members of the players’ families, by Marlboro Councilwoman Randi Marder, and by their former coaches – Frank Rizzi of CTR Soccer and Dave Ryden from Marlboro High School.

“This is a proud moment for Marlboro,” Marder said. “To have three professional soccer players who went through the Marlboro soccer program is amazing. CTR Soccer deserves recognition for training these athletes. Congratulations to Hunter, Jason and Alex on their success. We thank you for taking the time to come back and for donating your jerseys to share with your hometown.”

Black Friday – Best deals and discounts for soccer jerseys, soccer cleats & TV streaming in the US

First step Turkey, second step Black Friday – here’s where to catch all the best post-Thanksgiving soccer deals, from jerseys to cleats and more

There are few American traditions as classic as indulging in Black Friday sales just a day after you’re all stuffed up from Thanksgiving dinner.

There’s no better way to truly get the festive season going and to mark the start of the Christmas period than getting your hands on all the best Black Friday deals.

Goal has rounded up some of the best Black Friday deals on offer this year for everything soccer-related you could ever need.

Black Friday 2019 soccer jersey deals
We Got Soccer

If you’re looking to get your hands on a new soccer jersey – or six – We Got Soccer is having a minimum 25 per cent site-wide discount all through the weekend. They have pretty much every kit available that you can imagine, from the current U.S. national men’s and women’s team clothing range to classic European club shirts.

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus jerseys are available at a discounted $93.74 from the original $124.99, while USMNT and USWNT kits are on sale for $92.49 from their original $184.99 price.

Shoppers can save around $40 buying this season’s Chelsea home and away kits for $123.74, while Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal and PSG kits enjoy similar discounts.

World Soccer Shop

World Soccer Shop are offering free shipping and up to 50 per cent off on all club apparel and 75% off of “out-of-the-vault” kits – their range of old, retro kits from yesteryear. Jerseys such as the 2015-16 Manchester United Adidas away kit are available for as little as $24.99, as well as an old Fenerbahce 2015-16 shirt for the same price.

Their club-licensed range has much more variety, current and old kits offered for up to half of the original price.

Official team stores

Of course, the official club stores are also taking advantage of Black Friday with major sales of their own.

The Liverpool website is offering a 20% discount on purchases of $98 and more, and have just released a fresh “6 Times” collection that celebrates their 2019 Champions League glory. The special commemorative kit comes in either red or black with six stars surrounding the Liverbird on the front, signifying six Champions League titles.

Manchester City are offering Black Friday deals of up to 50% off their site-wide range, as well as up to 30% off of this season’s home kit for a limited time only.

It’s not Black Friday for Real Madrid as it is White Friday on their official website, with a 20% discount applied to their stock. Their training gear, hoodies, sweatshirts are all on sale, as well as their new “winter warmers” range that features a wide selection of Christmas-themed jumpers, robes, gloves, puffer jackets and scarves.

The Man Utd website is also having 20% off of all orders on their entire site with the code “footy”, and their clearance sale has a further 50% off available.

Arsenal are going big with a 50% discount off of selected products on their site along with 20% off of their nightwear collection and 20% off on their personalised gifts.

The Chelsea megastore is also offering a 25% site-wide Black Friday discount, so if you’re keen on getting your hands on a Christian Pulisic shirt this year, better act fast.

Black Friday 2019 soccer cleat & gear deals
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods is a haven for deals on soccer cleats and all the gear you can fantasize about.

They are having a 25% off sale that ends on Friday in addition to free shipping with no minimum purchase. They are offering the Adidas men’s Goletto VI TF cleats for $20.97, down from the original $44.99, as well as the Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Club FG cleats for $59.99 from the original price of $64.99.

More Nike and Adidas options are on sale, including Puma gear.

Pro Direct Soccer

Pro Direct Soccer are also here for your cleat-buying needs, and they are offering a massive warehouse clearance and half-price shipping on all orders.

They’re offering a massive sale on their Nike Mercurial Vapors, the XII Elite going for $150 slashed from the original $250 for a $40 discount, and their Elite Neymar FG model is on sale for $178 – cut from $275 originally for a 35% discount.

They’ve also axed prices on their Adidas Predator boots, the 19.1 FG Leather model now available for $150 – from the original price of $225.

Adidas official website

The Adidas official website is having their own Black Friday deal, with up to 50% off on all orders and free shipping for orders over $49.

Their Predator 19.3 Firm Ground cleats are going for $60 from the original $100; the Adizero 8.0 cleats are on sale for $60 from $120 previously; and the Nemeziz 19.1 Firm Ground cleats are available for $158 from the original asking price of $225. Discounts all around!

Black Friday TV & streaming deals for soccer
Disney+ bundle

You can save $60 a year for a Disney+ bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN+ if you sign up now, with the service costing $12.99 per month (a $5 per month discount). You also get a seven-day free trial.

Spain and 9 other teams premiere soccer jerseys

We all like soccer jerseys, I don’t know why. But that’s how it is. It doesn’t matter if we like football or not. Football shirts are the new basic wardrobe for new generations. With this in mind, adidas has designed new camisetas de futbol for nine European teams that play UEFA Euro 2020: Germany, Wales, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Scotland and Sweden. These new camisetas de futbol combine football and art with hand-made designs, instead of using digital tools.

Juergen Rank, Senior Design Director of www.soccercustomjerseys.com, commented: “It was a unique challenge to develop a line of shirts that would successfully convey the raw emotion and unifying effect of football. But starting the creative process focused on hand drawings allowed us to be more direct, human and emotional in what we created. We are delighted with an end result that really manages to unite the worlds of art and football.”

The first shirt will be released on November 12, and will be available in two versions: the authentic one and a replica. These new www.soccercustomjerseys.com camisetas de futbol have a new technical detail in the hem that make them much more ergonomic. They also have another important detail, and it is a special stamp designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UEFA football competition.

The new camisetas de futbol baratas for Spain are an abstract representation of the national flag, with deep red and burgundy tones, with glitch pixel effects. On the neck there is special detail, puts 1920, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first shirt of the Football Federation of Spain. The look is completed with the pants and the socks in a deep blue with the bands in powerful yellow. And well, regardless of your nationality, you can choose the one that grinds you the most. The long-sleeved shirts of Spain’s first kit cost 99.95 euros and the short-sleeved one, 89.95 euros.

DC United ‘in talks with Caesars Entertainment about opening sportsbook at Audi Field’

Major League Soccer team DC United is reportedly in talks with leading gaming and casino operator Caesars Entertainment about opening a sportsbook at Audi Field next year.

According to the Washington Post, the partnership could include Caesars becoming DC United’s shirt-sleeve sponsor as well, a new pilot scheme in MLS which begins in 2020.

Both parties are eager to open the sportsbook by spring, which could mean DC United becomes the first major professional sports team in the United States to launch such an operation. Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NBA Washington Wizards and NHL Washington Capitals, is also looking open a sportsbook at Capital One Arena in 2020 in partnership with William Hill US.

Andy Bush, DC United’s chief business officer, told the Washington Post: “We are absolutely excited about the opportunity to partner with Caesars. It would be an incredible opportunity to engage with our fans.”

DC United must first apply for a license from the city council and pay $125,000 for a permit. The application process opens next week. The MLS club has been able to become a first-mover on this initiative by the provisions of the sports betting bill in Washington DC. The legalization process has stalled, however, and it is unclear when the licenses will be approved.

In June, MLS altered its commercial guidelines to allow its clubs to secure jersey and stadium naming-rights sponsorships with sports betting and liquor companies.

The league wants to ensure such commercial partnerships will be directed towards an “age-appropriate audience” by prohibiting sports betting and liquor sponsors on replica jerseys for children as well as on the uniforms worn by clubs’ youth teams, which would affect DC United’s deal with Caesars.

Brazilian soccer club wears Star of David on jerseys to mark Kristallnacht anniversary

One of the biggest soccer clubs in Brazil marked the anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass — also known as Kristallnacht – during a match in the country’s top-tier division Wednesday.

Each Corinthians player wore the Star of David on their jerseys in the team’s match against Fortaleza and won 3-2. Corinthians made the announcement they were going to wear a yellow Star of David on their jerseys prior to the match. The star appeared on players’ left shoulders.

The move to put the Star of David on their jerseys has been applauded by the Jewish population in South America, according to The Jerusalem Post. The Jewish people in the region reportedly hope the gesture will raise efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

“Corinthians is the people’s team, and as such has always been engaged in social causes, regardless of race, color and creed,” Claudio Kalim, the CEO of Tech and Soul which partnered with the club and the Holocaust Memorial to mark the 81st anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, told The Jerusalem Post. “This initiative further reinforces this positioning, using the most popular tool we have in Brazil, which is football, to bring a message of peace and conscience to millions of people.”

The Star of David was also placed on seats throughout the stadium.

The kits featuring the Star of David are on sale for about $50 on the team’s website. The proceeds will go toward a memorial for Holocaust victims.

It’s not the first time the Corinthians club has shown support for the Jewish community. Players wore the names of the victims in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting last year.

Kristallnacht was a massacre carried out against Jews by Nazi Germany in 1938. More than 250 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed and thousands of Jews were placed into concentration camps.

Canadian women’s soccer team has jerseys stolen ahead of playoff match

A Canadian university women’s soccer team is forced to deal with an unfortunate distraction ahead of their playoff match Thursday.

The University of Calgary Dinos had their jerseys stolen in the days prior to their U Sports quarterfinal match in Victoria, according to multiple reports. Coach Troye Flannery said the jerseys were in a player’s car that was stolen between late Sunday evening and early Monday morning.

Flannery put out a request on Twitter in hopes the jerseys would be returned at the very least.

“Dear Car Thief – you stole a car, from a driveway, shameful. That car had our uniforms in it as they were just washed. We leave for Nationals right away – anyone see Dinos Uniform Bags and uniforms, please contact me,” the tweet read.

It is a tradition that the squad’s best player takes the jerseys home to clean them. Kelsie McDonald, who has seven goals and four assists this season, discovered her car was gone Monday, according to The Global News. A bag of the Dinos’ jerseys and goalkeeper equipment was in the vehicle.

“I think she’s more concerned about the uniforms than she is about the car,” Flannery said of McDonald.

“It’s tough. We’re spending the day booking flights and hotels and ground transportation and itineraries and schedules,” Flannery added. “You don’t want to have to deal with much else and unfortunately, that’s been dropped in our lap. But we’re in good spirits about it. We’ll focus on the things that we can control and that’s all we can ask.”

Flannery tweeted that T. Litzen Sports and Nike Canada were working together to make sure the Dinos get generic jerseys before their match.

The U Sports women’s soccer season concludes Sunday. The Dinos are 19-1-3 overall this season.

Think They’re Excited About Hosting The 2020 Olympics? Japan’s New Jerseys Are Incredible

For a country that’s madly in love with the game, the football tournaments at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will be sources of exorbitant amounts of pride and pressure for the host nation of Japan.

The women’s team treated the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as something of a trial by fire for a squad that featured 14 players aged 23 and under, including young midfield maestro Yui Hasegawa. That side advanced to the Round of 16 before losing to eventual finalist the Netherlands.

The men’s U-23 side excelled at the prestigious Toulon Tournament this past June, losing to Brazil in the final on penalties. Japan provided three players to that tournament’s best XI: Keiya Shiihashi, Yuki Soma and Ao Tanaka. But come the Olympic Games, all eyes will be on 18-year-old phenom Takefusa Kubo, who’s currently on loan at Mallorca from Real Madrid.

So in preparation for the tournaments that’ll captivate the country between July 22 and Aug. 8 — and with the potential to sell a lot of units — the Japan Football Association (JFA) has unveiled a new jersey designed by adidas that both the men’s and women’s teams will wear at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Featuring five shades of blue in a camouflage-like pattern, three red stripes down the sides and red player numbering, this is an incredible shirt. It’s a lot to look at upon first viewing, but eventually you’re rolling in it like The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

I’m not entirely sold on the full uniform’s aesthetic, but unless you’re going full kit wanker, you don’t have to worry about that.

Dinos search for stolen soccer jerseys as team heads west for national championship

As it was supposed to be getting set to take on the country’s best competition this week in Victoria, the University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer team was hit with an unwelcome distraction when one of its players discovered the entire squad’s uniforms had been stolen.

On Saturday in Edmonton, the team defeated the UBC Thunderbirds, winning the Canada West championship and securing a place in this week’s U Sports national championship.

But that celebration took a turn Monday morning when their jerseys went missing, according to coach Troye Flannery.

As per team tradition, the Dinos player of the game is responsible for taking home the squad’s uniforms to wash them before the next match, he said.

But as fourth-year forward Kelsie MacDonald got ready to head to class Monday, her car, which contained a Dinos Nike kit bag with the jerseys inside, was no longer on her dad’s driveway in the Oakridge neighbourhood.

Flannery said MacDonald quickly realized her car had been stolen, along with the team uniforms needed for the championship tournament. The team is set to leave for Victoria on Tuesday morning.

“I think she’s more concerned about the uniforms than she is about the car,” Flannery said.

The vehicle, a red 2004 Mazda 3, is believed to have been stolen sometime between 8 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday.

“It’s tough. We’re spending the day booking flights and hotels and ground transportation and itineraries and schedules. You don’t want to have to deal with much else and unfortunately that’s been dropped in our lap,” said Flannery.

“But we’re in good spirits about it. We’ll focus on the things that we can control and that’s all we can ask.”

Amid all the uncertainty, Flannery said offers to help the team have been pouring in. Nike Canada, along with distributor T.Litzen Sports, plans to ship generic uniforms containing the team’s colours to Victoria if the originals are not found on time.

“The response from the community has been truly amazing, remarkable,” the coach said. “People from all walks of life are reaching out to us to offer support and solutions, including some peers from British Columbia and back east and so forth.”

The Dinos soccer team is scheduled to take on the University of Victoria Vikes Thursday evening for a quarter-final matchup.

Adidas Drops New Jerseys For Argentina, Germany, Spain, Belgium And More

Following this November’s upcoming international break (Nov. 14 — 19), we’ll know 20 of the 24 participating nations at UEFA Euro 2020. While the four remaining spots will be decided in late March through the qualifying playoffs, it’s safe to say that we can begin to look forward to next summer’s European Championship in earnest.

Adidas feels the same way.

Today, the sportswear manufacturer dropped new home jerseys for some of the biggest international teams in its stable, including Euro 2020 participants Germany, Spain, Belgium, Russia and Sweden. There’s also a new away shirt for South American giant Argentina.

Germany Home Jersey For Euro 2020

Spain Home Jersey For Euro 2020

Belgium Home Jersey For Euro 2020

Russia Home Jersey For Euro 2020

Sweden Home Jersey For Euro 2020

Argentina Away Jersey For 2020 Copa América