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Women’s soccer players ask for equal pay appeal, trial delay

American women’s soccer players want to delay a trial until after an appellate court reviews last week’s decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward.

Lawyers for the women filed a motion Friday night asking U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss their pay claim, which would allow them to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Players asked Klausner to stay the trial, currently set to start June 16. The U.S. Soccer Federation agreed not to oppose the requests but did not agree with some of the characterizations made by the players’ lawyers.

If Klausner signs the order, a trial probably would be delayed until 2021 at the earliest. That would allow more time for settlement negotiations under new USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone – a former national team player – and for talks on a labor deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expires on Dec. 31, 2021.

“Equal pay means paying women players the same rate for winning a game as men get paid. The argument that women are paid enough if they make close to the same amount as men while winning more than twice as often is not equal pay,” Molly Levinson, spokeswomen for the players, said in a statement.

Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages.

Klauser ruled May 1 they could not prove discrimination over pay and granted in part the USSF’s motion for a partial summary judgment. He said the union for the women’s national team rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure as the men’s national team’s collective bargaining agreement and the women accepted guaranteed salaries and greater benefits along with a different bonus structure.

He also refused to let go to trial allegations the women were discriminated against because they played more games on artificial turf.

Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter aircraft, and in the money it spent on commercial airfare, hotel accommodations, and medical and training support services.

Klausner wrote the women outearned the men $24.5 million to $18.5 million during the period in dispute. The women were far more successful with two World Cup titles, while the men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup

“The argument that maternity leave is some sort of substitute for paying women players the same rate for winning as men is not valid, nor fair, nor equal,” Levinson said. “The argument that women gave up a right to equal pay by accepting the best collective bargaining agreement possible in response to the federation’s refusal to put equal pay on the table is not a legitimate reason for continuing to discriminate against them.”

If Klausner enters a final judgment on the thrown-out claims, his ruling would be reviewed by a three-judge panel. The 9th Circuit says civil cases take about 12-to-20 months from the filing of the notice of appeal until oral argument, and another 3-to-12 months in most cases between oral argument and a decision.

“Allowing an appeal to proceed to the 9th Circuit now would conserve resources for both the parties and the court and could accelerate the ultimate resolution of this dispute,” the players’ lawyers wrote in their filing. “Allowing an appeal now would also avoid the risk of needing to conduct a second trial involving the same trial participants, in the event that the dismissal is reversed.”

Pescara soccer club chooses Italian boy’s jersey design

The designing of a soccer kit can be a convoluted process involving plenty of research and long nights of agonizing as to what is the most stylistic look.
Italian soccer club Pescara has simplified the process — it turned to a 6-year-old.
The Serie B side launched a competition for young fans to design a jersey for the team.

The club has now announced that the winner of that competition, which was launched with the motto “give a kick to Covid-19,” is 6-year-old fan Luigi D’Agostino.
The design depicts a dolphin, the club’s symbol, playing with a soccer ball in the waves of the sea next to a rainbow.
Pescara sits on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Pescara’s kit supplier Erreà has announced that it will produce the shirt for the team to wear next season.
The company has also invited Luigi to its Parma headquarters to meet the company’s designers and production team.

Pescara had originally launched the competition as an initiative to keep young people busy and creative during the Italian lockdown.
However, its popularity on social media resulted in it developing into a real project.

Classic Football Shirts on quest to find every MLS jersey in league history

When tasked with finding every jersey in MLS history, where would you start?

Way back to the league’s inaugural kits ahead of the 1996 season, with the colorful LA Galaxy kits of yore? How about through the 2000s — including the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion — or backtrack from today, as the league prepares to enter its 25th season? With another two expansion sides taking the league’s current total to 26 in 2020, it’s a bit of a challenge, to put it lightly.

But it’s something Classic Football Shirts took up without hesitation.

“You’re almost on a treasure quest of sorts,” Gary Bierton, general manager of Classic Football Shirts, told MLSsoccer.com. “As soon as the guys from MLS were pretty much like ‘can it be done?’ Yeah. You can’t really help but take that challenge up.”

The Manchester, England-based retailer of soccer kits — nostalgic and new — from across the globe are about 85% complete with their quest, Bierton says.

Classic Football Shirts came into existence to satiate the appetite among supporters for memorable kits from years past, ranging from decades ago to even knockdown prices on recent kits. Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League winning shirt? Sure. The Netherlands’ classic orange 1988 European Championship winning shirt? You bet. AS Monaco’s full kits from last year, too, plus everything imaginable in-between. (For more info, the BBC did a wonderful profile of the company last year.)

Recently, though, Classic Football Shirts began putting together exhibitions of some of their best and most unique classic kits, one of which was in conjunction with New York City FC.

“Essentially, we started doing exhibitions and building an archive of match-worn shirts a couple of years ago,” Bierton said. “We ended up in New York during the World Cup doing an exhibition with NYCFC. We’ve been working on expanding our collection.”

Now, they’re embarking on finding every single MLS jersey in league history. The hope is to display their nostalgic MLS shrine in the coming months, similar to their exhibit with NYCFC.

It’s not easy tracking down all the old threads, of course. While cautious not to reveal their trade secrets, Classic Football Shirts have gone about acquiring all of the kits across multiple fronts, including eBay as well as directly from brands and clubs.

A few shirts, in particular, have given the gang particular trouble.

“Certainly, a few of them have been quite the journey to find,” Bierton said. “The inaugural season away shirts for most teams have been really difficult. And there’s a MetroStars kit that sits in the office that I had never seen before. There’s a certain era – like 1999-2001 – where certain teams become quite difficult to find. You get to kind of beyond 2006 and that’s where it’s fairly straightforward. In a weird way, it mirrors the commercial impact of the league in the long run. I mean, David Beckham (who joined the LA Galaxy in 2007) is always going to sell you more jerseys.”

On a personal note, Bierton still holds up the inaugural LA Galaxy kit, the Metrostars 1997 jersey and any of the late 2000s Galaxy shirts as some of his personal favorites.

The Manchester United supporter hopes these classic MLS kits will soon be as readily available as those from his beloved United and others around Europe.

“American supporters have this idea of what the nostalgia is with football shirts, but have only really started to figure out the connection with their own teams,” Bierton said. “I’d love to be able to buy those Galaxy shirts from ’96, the MetroStars from ’97 the same way I can readily buy a Manchester United kit from that season. But that’s where our interest has piqued.”

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.

5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in rabbi’s New York home

As people gathered at a rabbi’s home north of New York City to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah, police said a man stabbed and wounded five before fleeing in a vehicle.
The Saturday night stabbings come on the heels of a string of attacks targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month. The rabbi’s home is in Monsey, a town not far from the New Jersey state line and one of several in the Hudson Valley that has seen an influx of Hasidic Jews in recent years. The Rockland County town is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of New York City.
Police said the stabbings happened at around 10 p.m. Hours later, Brad Weidel, the police chief for the town of Ramapo, which covers Monsey, said that New York City police had located a vehicle and a possible suspect sought in connection with the attack. The NYPD hadn’t confirmed whether anyone was in custody as of early Sunday morning. Authorities did not immediately provide a motive for the attack.
Five people were hospitalized, Weidel said. The extent of their injuries weren’t immediately clear.
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports that the stabbings took place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi during a Hanukkah celebration.
The large home on Forshay Road remained cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape early Sunday. According to public records, the home belongs to Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who leads the adjacent synagogue. Several state and local officials had described the location of the stabbings as a synagogue.
Aron Kohn told The New York Times he was inside the residence during the stabbings.
“I was praying for my life,” said Kohn, 65. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.”
The attack drew condemnation from top state officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James, as well as from Israel’s president and prime minister.
“Israel unequivocally condemns the recent expressions of anti-Semitism and the vicious attack in the middle of Hanukkah on the rabbi’s house in Monsey, New York,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We send our wishes of recovery to the wounded. We will cooperate in every way with the local authorities in order to defeat this phenomenon. We offer our help to each and every state.”
Cuomo, who called the stabbings a “cowardly act,” directed the New York State Police hate crimes task force to investigate.
“Let me be clear: anti-Semitism and bigotry of any kind are repugnant to our values of inclusion and diversity and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hate,” he said in a statement. “In New York we will always stand up and say with one voice to anyone who wishes to divide and spread fear: you do not represent New York and your actions will not go unpunished.”
Jewish communities in the New York City metropolitan area have been left shaken following a deadly Dec. 10 shooting rampage at a Jersey City kosher market. Six people — three people who had been inside the store, a police officer and the two killers — died in the gunbattle and standoff that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has said was “fueled” by hatred of Jews and law enforcement.
Last month, a man was stabbed while walking to a synagogue in the same town that was the site of Saturday night’s attack; he required surgery. It’s unclear whether the assailant has been arrested.
And this past week in New York City itself, police have received at least six reports — eight since Dec. 13 — of attacks possibly motivated by anti-Jewish bias. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that police presence would increase in Brooklyn neighborhoods home to large Jewish populations.
“I am so sad for this openly #orthodox #Jewish community & the ones across the region,” tweeted Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey who went to the scene in Monsey. “When will a break from this hate come? When will the community be able to be relaxed again? #Hanukkah will never be the same for so many of the #Jews impacted.”
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Madden reported from New York.