Culture & Style
World Malaria Day is coming up on Thursday, and to help promote awareness MLS alumnus Jared Montz has been juggling across the country in his Soccer Walking Tour.
On the Los Angeles leg of the tour, Jared takes his juggling to a different level by juggling around the city in a pair of boxer briefs from Ellen Degeneres’ eponymous talk show. From Dodger Stadium to rooftops to the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jared shows off his juggling skills in addition to plenty of skin.
This is all leading up to his Online Soccer Academy’s Juggle-A-Thon on April 25, to help raise money for Nothing but Nets, who provides mosquito nets and instruction on their use in parts of the world where malaria is prevalent. Ally Jay DeMerit and out player Lori Lindsey are both participants, among others, so please give to help the cause! Just ten dollars provides a mosquito net to someone who needs one.
I love my city of Austin, Texas. And I love Jimmy Conrad and KICKTV. So naturally I like this video of Jimmy Conrad and the KICKTV crew visiting the SXSW Festival here in Austin.
Yes, that’s the top of my head in the one shot. Yes, that’s Jimmy in front of a gay bar on a pedicab. Yes, Austin, Texas is exactly as awesome as it looks.
Glad to have y’all down here for SXSW and hope you guys come down again.
She may be behind a different team on the sidelines now, but we still love Pia Sundhage who just released a single in Sweden, “Follow Me Through the Winter.”
The track is a song originally written by Sundhage’s nephew and performed by her for her brother’s sixtieth birthday party, but a small record label heard it, liked it, and thought it was time for the Swedish National Team coach to go pro.
She told the Swedish site fotbollskanalen.se:
I thought “oh my God, when you get to a real artist who can this stuff and who is good at singing,” but the record company representative insisted. He said there was much emotion and passion in the song and I conveyed it in a good way.
So give it a listen, it’s actually pretty good.
(With thanks to Grant Wahl on Twitter)
Haven’t Chivas USA fans had a hard enough time with attendance issues and losing games? Why toss a boring jersey on the pile of embarrassments?
They’re blue. It has faint stripes that you can see if you’re standing a foot away from a player. There’s not much to say about them beyond that.
There’s a cool second crest that’s a nod to Los Angeles, but it’s on the back, and it’s just a reminder of what could be if the team rebranded and became more California-centric. Now that would be awesome: a team with the California bear as a major part of its branding.
It’s almost as if Major League Soccer purposely had teams schedule their jersey launches so that the week would be book-ended with the worst new offerings out there.
With their new jersey releases last week, the LA Galaxy underwhelm with what seems to be very little change year over year.
The home jersey removes the special championship scudetto and moves all of the stars above the team crest.
The away kit doesn’t have much change either, with slight variations to the coloring moving the darker blue to the sleeves. Our LA writer Tommy says it’s more tactile than visual, but unless I’m feeling up Omar Gonzalez, what does that matter? And any time I hear the word quasar again, it will be too soon.
It all hearkens to the episode of The Simpsons where the Malibu Stacy manufacturers give the doll a new hat, and the preteen consumers go gaga over it.
This is the kind of thing Major League Soccer’s marquee clubs (LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls) hold major events to unveil? Pretty disappointing from both teams.
The Portland Timbers unveiled their newest jerseys for the upcoming 2013 and 2014 seasons, and the new designs are a love it or hate it experience.
The jerseys have unique features; for example, in the home jersey the white lining is placed in a weird way that would make the average person’s figure not flattering at all when worn. However, some of the designs are cool such as the chevrons, the Portland flag, and the rising sun in the back.
Personally, my favorite jersey out of the two is the away jersey. I say that because of its interesting features such as the rose behind the crest, the rose flower on the bottom of the jersey, the thorns throughout the sides, and “We are the Rose City” on the back. To me the red jersey looks very Ajax-like with the design itself (which is not a bad way at all) and I like that a lot.
Overall the jerseys we have for the next two years are mediocre.
I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for the new Seattle Sounders jerseys. The last few times we have changed jerseys went from classic Seattle sports team to 13-year-olds in training bras. Then from one highlighter color to another highlighter colored jersey. So it is with fear and anticipation that I look at these new jerseys.
Seattle Sounders Shale
Now this is where the classy ladies come out and play. For our 5th season I feel we are showing our age and experience. But of course you have to pay for it. The authentic jersey has so much amazing style and great colors. The replica is great, but bland. The splash of color on the left side, love the blue and green pole. What more is there to say? Oh wait, Brad Evans. Looking at Brad on the ad campaign, whoa love it! Sweaty, sexy, rugged man in rumpled jersey delicates. Can a gay man dream for anything better? Well maybe being able to take it off of him.
US Soccer and Major League Soccer alumnus Jimmy Conrad had the opportunity to preview every new MLS jersey for KICKTV on YouTube. Let this tide you over until we conclude our series of new jersey reviews come next week, when we’ll have our views on Seattle, Los Angeles, Chivas USA, and Portland from myself and our writing crew.
Props to him that while getting special access from adidas he isn’t afraid to point out how there doesn’t seem to be anything different about the Red Bulls’ jersey. As he points out in the video, Jimmy Conrad is no stranger to debuting new kits for MLS teams:
Glad to have MLS coverage back on KICK for the new season!
Any fashionista will tell you never to forget your roots. US Soccer has a new jersey that celebrates 100 years of the federation (although we fans only like to count the last 20 or so) with a crisp, simple design that looks anything but old fashioned to me.
The blue sleeves and collar give the look a sturdy frame. The bright white is a clean base; and the eye is drawn to the new badge immediately. Let’s talk about the badge, eh? Not many people love the current USA crest. The flying soccer ball is more little league anything else and the stars (which are meant to represent men’s, women’s, and youth programs) seem to others like we’re claiming championships we’ve never won.
The Vancouver Whitecaps released a new home jersey this week, and it takes a new angle on their first MLS kit from two years ago.
I say angle because it takes the thin stripes of the last edition and tilts them to lineup with the, well, whitecaps of the Vancouver Whitecaps crest. It’s a really nice change and I also like that the color change of the stripes goes from darker at top to lighter at the bottom. The old one had lighter stripes at the top.
I don’t like the collar. The off center color change just bothers me. It doesn’t work and there would have been numerous better ways to include both blues in it.
For good measure, here’s defender and captain Jay DeMerit looking all kinds of fine both in and out of the new kit: