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MLS Jersey Week 2014: The Gay4Soccer Hangout

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MLS Jersey WeekThe new MLS season is upon us and the league’s jersey week has wrapped up with every team adding at least one new offering to their lineup of kits.

This year we did something new for us to review all of the new MLS jerseys. We did a Google+ Hangout On Air to cover them all and give our thoughts. Our panel included Chris in Austin, a Philadelphia Union fan, Teddy in Denver, a Colorado Rapids fan, and Josh in Seattle, a Sounders fan. We were joined by special guest Craig from PuckBuddys.com as a token hockey fan who roots for the Washington Capitals. It was great to get an outsider’s perspective on kit / sweater nerd culture and explain to him why our uniforms say things like “Bimbo” on the front.

I know we all had a lot of fun doing the Hangout and hope you enjoy our chat. We hope to bring you more of these throughout the MLS season covering soccer action both on and off the field and to bring you more great special guests.

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Macklemore Rocks MLS All Star With a Message

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Macklemore MLS All Star

Macklemore and out singer Mary Lambert rock KC

Major League Soccer knows how to put on a party and last night Macklemore and Ryan Lewis put on quite a show in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.

The free concert was a great way to blend music, MLS personalities, and amazing fans to celebrate All Star Game week. The Cauldron supporters group got chants started in the packed crowd while Kei Kamara got the crowd excited about Wednesday night’s game along with hosts Jason Saghini and Alexi Lalas

But with as great as Alexi Lalas is, the crowd was there for Macklemore, a great pick to headline the week as both a prominent artist and one with a big social conscience. He made a video earlier this year for MLS partner the You Can Play Project and spoke out in favor of Washington State’s Referendum 74 which legalized same-sex marriage last year.

Macklemore didn’t shy away at all from the social issues in his performance, citing both Trayvon Martin as a recent example of injustice in America and the ongoing fight for marriage equality. This all led up to his performance of “Same Love,” the MTV VMA nominated song that is the first top hit that advocated for gay marriage. Out Seattle singer joined him on the stage for her choruses and Macklemore donned a pride flag tossed to him on stage from the crowd. It was simply an amazing moment.

If you missed the concert or last night’s live stream, you can watch the whole show from MLSSoccer.com:

 

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Robbie Rogers and Bumpy Pitch Create Charity Shirt

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Robbie Rogers Bumpy Pitch Beyond It Our friends at Bumpy Pitch have created a brand new t shirt design to support Robbie Rogers and to benefit his Beyond “it” initiative launching this fall.

The front of the shirt features Rogers’ initials stylized into a crest along with the Bumpy Pitch ball logo and the back has the logo of Beyond “it.”

Beyond “it” will be a philanthropic endeavor that helps funnel donations to great charities that fight against labels and stereotypes that tend to box people and and hold them back, whether it be gender, sexuality, race, or ability.

As with all of Bumpy Pitch’s offerings this new shirt just flat out looks good and its proceeds are going toward this great new cause to boot.  You can get the great new shirt honoring Robbie Rogers and benefiting his new charity at bumpypitch.com.

 

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Headline MLS All Star Game Week

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Macklemore Ryan Lewis MLS All StarBreakout stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be headlining festivities in Kansas City’s Power and Light District for the MLS All Star Game later this month.

The socially conscious hip hop artists have already been given the BET Award for Best Group and their chart topping hit “Thrift Shop” won the Billboard Music Award for Rap Song of the Year.

Macklemore has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community. The Seattle native recorded his song “Same Love” during the campaign for Washington state’s Referendum 74, that allowed same sex marriage after it was passed last November. “Same Love” was also featured in YouTube’s Pride Month video along with a woman proposing marriage to her partner at a Macklemore show.

Macklemore also is the first recording artist to make a video for the You Can Play Project supporting LGBT athletes, and in his video, performers.


If you’re not in Kansas City, the event will also be streamed at MLSSoccer.com.

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Juggling in Underwear for a Cause

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OSA JugglingWorld 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.

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Jimmy Conrad Visits Austin Texas

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Jimmy Conrad SXSW

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.

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Pia Sundhage Releases Debut Single

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Pia Sundhage GuitarShe 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.”

We’ve seen her sing at press conferences and on the soccer field, so it’s about time that she brought her musical talent to the masses via iTunes, Spotify, and other streaming services.

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)

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Chivas USA: Jersey Week 2013

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chivas usa awayHaven’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.

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LA Galaxy: Jersey Week 2013

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LA Galaxy Away

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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.

Portland Timbers: Jersey Week 2013

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Portland Timbers Jersey

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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.

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