MLS uniforms are slowly improving but we have a ways to go

Discussion in 'MLS: Rumors' started by detroitexpress, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. detroitexpress

    detroitexpress New Member

    Oct 24, 2000
    ...most of the teams now have a good color scheme and general design. One nagging problem is the number of teams have both a crest and giant team name letters, creating a cluttered look. I really wish the Metrostars and Galaxy would lose either the letters or the crest (preferably the former, although the Metros really need a new crest).

    In general I think the strong points of MLS team images are the colors and design. The weak points are the logos themselves, the team names, and the clutter factor mentioned above.
  2. The REVerend

    The REVerend New Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    Newton, MA
    Do any teams have jerseys with collars?

    I could be wrong, but I don't think any do.

    IMHO collars almost always make the jersey look nicer.
  3. usbfc

    usbfc New Member

    Sep 8, 2000
    New York City
    Good point. I think they are terrible on soccer jerseys. I think MLS is worried about creating an identity. That takes time, just like rivalries. You can't fabricate them. If you create good kits with crests (without names), people will still learn which club is which. They'll have to pay attention more to do it, and that would probably be better for MLS in the long run. Keeping curious viewers tuned in for an extra 30 seconds or much longer cuz they don't know who is who. And, the crest is identity enough.
  4. chapulincolorado

    Jul 14, 1999
    McAllen, Texas
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    Collars always look cool and are good to let the air in. I know some playes that prefer the collars tight to the neck, but I prefer mine with a collar so I can let my skin take a breather.

    As far as teams with collars in the MLS:



    El Chapulin Colorado
  5. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    The old, white United away strip was collared.
  6. ax319

    ax319 New Member

    Jul 7, 2002
    I think they should put the sponsor badges in place of the team names on the front of the shirts
  7. evilcrossbar

    evilcrossbar New Member

    Jan 19, 2002
    The biggest problem with the MLS team kits is that many teams don't even have a stable kit design whether stripes, solid shirt, halved, or with the sleeves a different color - it seems to change from season to season. This is unfortunate since it detracts from team identity for the casual fan.
  8. Chris_Bailey

    Chris_Bailey Member+

    Feb 28, 2000
    Columbus Crew
    Columbus just got rid of the black jersey that had a collar for the high-tech new ones. However, our jerseys have remained similar throughest the past seasons, and there is familiarity when wearing a Crew jersey.
  9. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    fire jerseys have remained rather similar, we did use to have a collar, but not at present time (i don't believe our road whites do)

    i happened to like bradley's notion of more color for the road uni's... most are basically white

    we got a whole rainbow to work with, have some fun... give teams identities, not identical twins
  10. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Well, u can't say the jerseys didn't improve (96' & 97' was awful!) I personally think the fire & miami have (miami had) the best jerseys. I didn't like Tampa's jerseys. And Colorado looks like they're suffocating in theirs.
  11. the cup

    the cup Member

    Jul 10, 2002
    Real Salt Lake
    I have said this several times and I'll keep saying it until they change it or until my therapist says its time to let it go but LA's logo sucks. Not only is the supposed crest shaped like a ninja star but in the center of said ninja star it has a golf ball. I cannot imagine what the idiot who designed it was thinking. Now if LA was named the Los Angeles Ninjas I could understand. LA next year will have a beautiful new stadium to play in, I think it would be a great time to relaunch the team, keep the name if you want, but redesign the uniforms. Oh, and for the first game in the new stadium to hype things up maybe they could bring back that actor from Melrose Place to play a few minutes. In my closet I hold a treasured tape collection from the first three or four years of the league. I have one game on tape, I think it was against the Metrostars, but the Melrose Place guy got some playing time. Classic.
  12. detroitexpress

    detroitexpress New Member

    Oct 24, 2000
    I think LA's name and logo are an attempt to copy the old Cosmos. The Cosmos logo was better - but both have a "swirl" look.
  13. Iceblink

    Iceblink Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Ipswich Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think this would be terrible.

    It's one of a few things I like better about MLS.

    Why would anyone want a giant ad in the middle of a jersey?

    Especially when the sponsors change...

    Personally, it surprises the hell out of me that it's an American league that has not stooped to such commercialization.

    So, you think, instead of "Dallas Burn" in the middle of the jersey... there should be a little, dinky Burn logo on the left chest and a GIANT FREAKIN' TONY THE TIGER FACE as the main focal point of the jersey. Ok... yeah.

    This has the stench of Euro wannabe to me.
  14. umrebel96

    umrebel96 New Member

    Jun 22, 2002
    Agreed. I like a traditional look, but the practice of making a sponsor's name the most prominent thing on your jersey is crass.
  15. unitedunited

    unitedunited Member

    Sep 16, 2000
    NY, NY
    Good point. During the allstar game delay, when they showed the clip of the first goal in the first MLS game the unis were unrecognizable.

    Even the Crew, which has by far the strongest color identity, has changed the kits from year to year. They had white and yellow aways, black and yellow homes, now it's just yellow and yellow everywhere. Just keep it steady and work on the awful logos--except DC's and the Fire's, which is kind of clever and works well.
  16. neilgrossman

    neilgrossman New Member

    May 12, 2000
    Hoboken, NJ
    So is the current white DCU jersey.

    I think the problem is lack of colors. Jeff Bradley is right, there are too many all-white kits. I like Columbus' yellow. Why not give a team a gold, light grey, or light blue alternate?
  17. soccer4ever

    soccer4ever New Member

    Jun 1, 2001
    The Metros need a new color scheme, most definately a new logo and a new stadium. That pretty much sums it all up.
  18. 79United

    79United Member

    Apr 10, 2000
    SW DC
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Keep Colorado GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. ToMhIlL

    ToMhIlL Member+

    Feb 18, 1999
    Boxborough, MA
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Agreed. But who says it has to be a light alternative? Take the Revs, for example. This year they started wearing red socks with the home kit, but in past years it was all blue, with an all white away uniform. If they wore an all red uniform for away games, they'd only clash with a couple of teams--Dallas, Chicago and Metro. For those away games they could wear white (or even the blue).

    Most other teams could do something similar with their secondary colors, although it would be nice to see teams do something other than have shirts-shorts-socks all in the same color. San Jose could have an Arsenal-style uniform by ditching the black shorts, and wear an away jersey with the blue sleeves on a white jersey with blue shorts.

  20. neilgrossman

    neilgrossman New Member

    May 12, 2000
    Hoboken, NJ
    Right now there are too few colors. We don't need another blue team. If they are going to change colors, they should at least change to a color no one else uses. There is still no grey, purple, or orange team.
  21. Arisrules

    Arisrules Member

    Feb 19, 2000
    Washington, DC
    I agree. Colorado has to stay green.

    I think the Metrostars uniforms would be fine if there were more stripes. Look at Juventus. They put larger stripes, and their uniforms suck this year.
  22. Arisrules

    Arisrules Member

    Feb 19, 2000
    Washington, DC
    OH yea....The symbols of only teams are remotely acceptable. Those two teams are the Chicago Fire, and DC United. No joke, every other team needs to redesign their logos at least. The Metrostars are a joke.
  23. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    NEVER ad the sponsor logo on the Front. U.S. sports teams always have either their city or team name on the front of the jersey. The only exception may be the Cubs home jersey, but they've been around for 100 odd years (and virtually championship free that whole time).

    MLS teams need marketplace identity and that identity should NOT be Frosted Flakes. Nothing against them -- I'm pleased they're sponsoring. But that does nothing for imprinting soccer onto the U.S. sporting consciousness.

    Even as a soccer die-hard one of the things I hate about watching a match from another nation (except for the big clubs -- Barca, Real Madrid, Liverpool, ManU, etc.) is not know which side is which when I tune in. It shouldn't take 10 minutes to figure that out. We're there now. Fine - talk about the design of jerseys, color schemes, etc., but leave the sponsor logo off the front and keep some sort of team or geographic identifier there.

    If we're still desperate for $$$$ in 50 years, then let's talk again.
  24. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    TOTALLY AGREE!!! It's about the team, not the sponser. & it would make it look European. It's not right for us.
  25. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Fire- best logo in MLS!!

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