MLS All-Star Game uniforms unveiled for August 6th match against Bayern Munich.
With the FIFA World Cup over, what is a soccer fan to do?
The United States gave a good showing in the 2014 World Cup and their play helped soccer awareness in the United States.
The U.S. men’s national team’s head coach Jürgen Klinsmann shared his thoughts on their play and what needs to happen to get better via a Facebook post.
“We get benchmarked at the World Cup and there is definitely stuff we have to improve and get better in. It’s many things off the field and many things on the field. Playing at that kind of a tempo, at that kind of a rhythm every four days – this has to become the norm. So our job as coaches is how can we make it clear that in order to get further and further we need to add the work load, we need to add the competition level, we need to make them understand what recovery time means, what their life off the field plays a role in many things you can achieve in your career.
We have to continue to communicate that, to show them and especially start to implement that with our Under-17, Under-18, Under-20, Under-21, which will be the future Olympic team because that’s the next Generation that’s going to break in. The more we get that message to those kids, the more we will benefit a couple of years from now. When you go out in the Round of 16, clearly it gives you the message you have a lot of work still ahead of you.”
To sum the head coach up, he wants to see Major League Soccer take their competition to the next level.
On August 6, the stars of the MLS including Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan will face off against Bayern Munich and will have an opportunity to show they are ready to take their competition to the next level.
Just like previous all-star games, the crest and colors for the MLS team will pay tribute to the team and city where the match will take place.
Two axes and green and yellow colors are used in the crest as a nod to the Portland Timbers.
The most obvious thing people will see is the colors of the uniform. The jersey is black with bright yellow trim which is a tribute to the Timbers.
Look a little more closely and you will trees and chevrons embossed on the jersey which is nod to the host city of Portland.
This year’s uniforms also have some smaller and more subtle parts that pay tribute to the city of Portland.
The jock tag at the bottom features the iconic Mount Hood as well as the words “Rose City”.
Inside the jersey and underneath the crest is a Western Meadowlark, the state bird of Oregon.
The words “2014 All-Star Game” with roses in between them are found on the neck tape inside the jersey.
Sponsorship of this years uniforms goes to AT&T.
Overall, this years uniforms are very nice.
They are simple yet are a great tribute to the host city and team.
Hopefully MLS can show that they are ready to take their competition to the next level with their play in this year’s all-star game.