Monthly Archives: January 2020

Section III girls soccer all-star game set for Friday night

The best senior girls soccer players in the area will come come together on Friday night for the Section III All-Star game at Sports Center 481.

The match will consist of two 45-minute halves and kickoff is set for 9 p.m. There will be 11 players on each side.

Admission costs $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Here are the rosters:

White jerseys:

Coaches – Brent Ostrander (Fayetteville-Manlius)

Auburn: Abigail Marinelli

Bishop Grimes: Jaida Addley

Chittenango: Sarah Martin; Savannah Penoyer; Ally Shoemaker

DeRuyter: Kali Lidell; Taylor Way

Fabius Pompey: Ashley Osborn; Ana Videto

Fayetteville-Manlius: Laura Bonomo; Lauren Farrella; Anna Hartzheim; Haley Ingram; Hannah Knych; Abby Obrist

Dark jerseys:

Coaches – Jaime Vollmer (East Syracuse Minoa)

East Syracuse Minoa: Hailey Cwikla; Bella Pickard

Jamesville-DeWitt: Sydney Baker; Ava Brazie; Grace Bridge; Katie Cappelletti; Grace Dimkopoulos; Tonia Kousmanidis; Denise Yaeger

LaFayette: Tori Albro; Kenji Frazier

Marcellus: Lauren Keyes; Ellie Shaw

McGraw: Taylor Conklin

Phoenix: Madison Pelton

Adidas’s Basic MLS Kit Designs are Becoming a Problem

MLS teams mostly haven’t released their 2020 uniform designs yet. A certain section of fans have clamored for the league and Adidas to put the latest jerseys out in time for the holidays, but those concerns have apparently fallen on deaf ears. That is a bit of a wonder, considering how much MLS seems to value its merchandising sales.

We’ve seen many of the uniforms already via leaks, and as Twitter will for the most part tell you, they are bad. Very bad. Not bad in an interesting way, either. They’re basic, templated, and lazy, and they allow teams to take on precious little identity for themselves.

You’ll see those three shoulder stripes on a number of MLS uniforms this year. They are reportedly intended as a tribute to the league’s 25th anniversary. Leaked Philadelphia Union kits, from FIFA Mobile, also show the prominent stripes on the shoulder.

This comes after a year in which a number of uniforms featured similar sublimated stripes on the jerseys. Minnesota United, who count a beautiful light blue as one of their colors, really wore this kit last year:

I see barely any light blue there. The dark gray is ugly, and the lighter gray acts as an out-of-place centerpiece color. It doesn’t necessarily have to have a light blue base, but you can’t toss varying shades of gray on a palette as an excuse for not using your prettiest color.
Change not always for the better

There was a time a few years ago that Adidas produced more acceptable uniforms. But soccer teams unveil at least one new uniform every year, primarily in the interest of garnering fresh merchandising dollars. That construct, releasing a new kit every year, dilutes the quality of uniforms; if you produce a good-looking set one year, you’ll have to find a way to change it a year or two later. Downgrades are inevitable. It’s hard to cultivate a consistent visual identity, particularly for MLS teams, who don’t have the tradition or history of European clubs.

Atlanta United, for example, wore a beautiful Five Stripe kit in their first two years of existence, inspiring a club nickname. But it enjoyed only two years of existence, and they looked considerably worse in a weird, pseudo-AC Milan uniform in 2019. The only reason they departed from what worked was merchandising dollars. It’s an unfortunate reality.

Adidas and MLS could offset the need to constantly produce new kits by, you know, producing good kits. You don’t have to change things drastically. Just make solid, unique designs that highlight the club’s colors and set the team apart. Rarely has Adidas met those objectives. Templated formats eliminate originality and uniqueness, and shutter visual identities. The great color schemes that some teams have are reduced to a tiny element of their cumulative art. Plain white T-shirts and mono looks are recipes for boring standardization.

Games can be less fun and interesting to watch as a result of this design malpractice. Uniform matchups are boilerplate and familiar. All-white vs. all-dark is a constant look, and sometimes you can’t even tell which teams you’re watching immediately. It is really not that hard for Adidas to have teams wear, say, different color shorts from jerseys.

We can only hope that MLS will move away from the Adidas contract when it expires. Until then, teams should be allowed to take greater control in the design process, to prevent templates and plain kits.

People like good colors. Use them! We’ll give it to the powers that be in a language they’ll understand: Good-looking jerseys will sell more.

NHL reveals All-Star Game jerseys, pays homage to St. Louis

As the NHL All-Star Game nears, anticipation grows not only for the event but for what the league’s top stars will look like on the ice.

Fans around the league had that anticipation met with, well, mixed feelings Wednesday when the NHL revealed its jerseys for the 2020 All-Star Game in St. Louis.

Now, before we go any further, let’s dive into the details.

Under the format in which each division makes up its own team and plays a mini-tournament, they all need to be equipped with both dark and light uniform options. When this is the case, it’s hard to make all the teams’ color schemes work with a black or white primary on a jersey. To simplify this challenge, the designers went with a monochromatic logo for each of the 31 teams, limiting their individual schemes so that, hopefully, they look better on just a black or white background.

Some, like the Devils, Maple Leafs, Kings and Blues, look fine because they already have mostly monochromatic logos, while others, such as the Penguins, Canucks, Bruins and Blackhawks, miss the target. Also, keep in mind that some will look better on white rather than black and vice versa, so be sure to check them both out before making a purchase.

There are some hidden intricacies that the league capitalized on with the event heading for St. Louis. Lines across the front represent a musical staff and the trumpets reaching out on either side of the NHL shield on the logo pay homage to the host team — the Blues — because trumpets are common instruments in the blues genre. Also, at the bottom of the patch lies the Gateway Arch, the most prominent part of the St. Louis skyline.

And to maybe toot their own horn (pun intended), a star noticeably sits underneath that arch. And while hockey teams do not adhere to the tradition of adding a star to their logos after winning league championships, as soccer teams do, it’s quite likely that this star is intended to bring light to the fact that the Blues are reigning NHL champions.

Yes, stars have been in every NHL All-Star logo as of late because, after all, it is the All-Star game, but they are often fancied up to add some flair to the logo, whereas this one is very matter-of-fact. This one likely serves a double meaning, but maybe it’s just me.

All-Star weekend kicks off Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET with the skills competition. The All-Star Game competition starts at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 26. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Adidas MLS jerseys are bad, plus decade reviews: Freedom Kicks for 2 January 2019

I hope that everyone had a good New Year’s Day yesterday, and we now round-up the last vestiges of 2019 before turning towards the next decade of soccer. To the links!

Last call for our retrospective on the past decade of D.C. United moments. With a lot of LEWIS NEAL!

Ben Olsen makes his appropriate return to the conversation of this list, after having been wrongly ignored for the past few years.

As may be appropriate for how D.C. United played in 2019, there is no mention of the team.

The D.C. United player is as obvious as it is well-deserved.

This is the new Inter Miami jersey, and it needs to be more vibrant and explosive. A very mild pink placed on the same template as everyone else doesn’t do much for me.

But all of this belies a larger point: all of Adidas jerseys this year, and indeed for the past couple of years, are based on the exact same template. The jersey that you’ve seen for the New York Red Bulls, mostly black with red highlight and three red stripes on the shoulder, is likely to be very similar to the jersey that D.C. United is going to get when it comes it in February or so.

The blandification of MLS jerseys over the past decade has coincided with MLS’ Adidas partnership, and I think it is time for the league to shake some things up. How often have we seen interviews with the D.C. United front office where we hear hints and rumors about the awesome kits that they wanted to design, only to be shot down by Adidas or the league?

We could have had a pink cherry blossom kit, which would have been amazing!

Nike, for all there other faults, at least tries things. Whenever the contract comes back up, I hope the league goes another way, because Adidas has gotten to complacent.

Are these the Inter Miami CF jerseys?

Have Inter Miami CF’s inaugural jerseys leaked?

Pictures of what appears to be the soccer club’s jerseys for its debut season in the MLS have surfaced online. Todo Sobre Camisetas tweeted pictures of the alleged leaked home and away kit.

According to Todo Sobre Camisetas, Inter Miami’s home jerseys will be white with three pink stripes on the shoulders and Adidas logo. A pattern with an “M” on the shield appears on the fabric, while the word “Miami” will be on the back of the neck.

The away shirt will be black with a pink Adidas logo on the right side of the chest and pink stripes on the right shoulder, according to the Tweet. There will be a tag that refers to the inaugural season on the away jersey.

Messages to Inter Miami management seeking confirmation of the report were not immediately returned.

Inter Miami CF announced on Monday that Diego Alonso will serve as the club’s first head coach ahead of its inaugural 2020 MLS season.

Inter Miami picked up two more players for its roster last weekend, including Panamanian national team captain Román Torres.

The expansion team begins play on the road on March 1 against Los Angeles FC. Inter Miami’s home opener is March 14 against the Los Angeles Galaxy and will be held in the team’s new stadium, at the former site of Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdae.

GOING OUT A CHAMPION: QBFC co-owner Villa retires as Vissel Kobe captures Emperors Cup

David Villa went out a winner as his Vissel Kobe team captured the Emperors Cup Wednesday.

The World Cup champion and Queensboro FC co-owner played the final minutes of the match as Kissel Kobe recorded a 2-0 victory over the Kashima Antlers in the first soccer game at National Stadium in Tokyo.

Fellow World Cup winners Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski were the key figures for the the winning side, which secured its first piece of silverware ever.

The first goal scored in the new stadium, built for this year’s Olympics Games, was an own goal from Antlers defender Tomoya Inukai in the 18th minute. Kobe forward Noriaki Fujimoto added another goal in the 38th minute.

The 37-year-old Villa, who had been struggling to regain his playing fitness, was greeted by cheers from Kobe supporters. The former Spanish international tallied 13 goals in 28 league matches.

In the new year, Villa will start to build the Queensboro FC roster and name a coach. QBFC will compete in the USL Championship in 2021.

“I lived and played in New York for four years. I know what a special place Queens is,” Villa said when the team was unveiled Nov. 12. “I love the cultures, the food, the people and their passion for life and, of course, soccer. There is no other place like it in the world. It’s a dream to help build this football club in Queens and I couldn’t choose a better location.”

Villa played four years with New York City FC in Major League Soccer.