Major League Soccer teams have slowly but surely been rolling out their new primary and secondary kits for the 2017 season, which is just weeks away.
It seems clubs are taking less chances than ever before, going straightforward and simple. The term “clean” continues to dominate sports fashion.
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When the oddest parts of unveilings are triangles on jerseys and an upper chest six-pack, well, again, clean.
You can find all of the released shirts here, but we’ll highlight some of the more interesting ideas on this page.
The aforementioned triangles look like a fashion-forward formal shirt more than anything. It’s a bit distracting for me, especially given Vancouver’s status as one of the better modern crests in sports.
The high collar is an interesting touch, a bit of Peaky Blinders era top. It’s a different enough style for KC while also maintaining their look.
Orlando City SC
The textured look of the shirt almost has a violet denim look to it.
Los Angeles Galaxy
Similar “texturing” here, and I like the separate blue hue on the sleeves and stripes.
I like the working of all three colors into the shirt, although I can’t help thinking “ab workout” with the chest design.
According to Orlando Sentinel reporter Alicia DelGallo, Orlando City has agreed to trade forward Kevin Molino to MLS newcomers Minnesota United in exchange for an whopping $650,000 of allocation money. The report was corroborated by FourFourTwo writer Paul Tenorio, formerly of the Orlando Sentinel.
This news comes just days after General Manager Niki Budalic, in the wake of a Goal.com report saying Minnesota United had made a bid for the 26-year-old, told reporters that they were not “actively shopping” Molino.
Molino will join up with his former coach at Orlando City, Adrian Heath. The deal also includes goalkeeper Patrick McLain, who moves with Molino to Minnesota United just a month after being selected by OCSC in the Re-Entry draft.
The chunk of allocation money – split up between $400,000 of General Allocation Money and $250,000 of Targeted Allocation Money – can be used to buy down contracts that exceed the salary cap, allowing teams to sign players on Designated Player-sized contracts but not use a Designated Player spot, or to buy down other contracts to shrink their salary cap hit. Orlando City currently has all three Designated Player slots used up with Kaka, Carlos Rivas, and Bryan Rochez.
Molino has been with Orlando City since they were founded in 2011 in the USL Pro. Last season, Molino scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, while assisting eight others. The Goal.com report from last week indicates that Molino was looking for a raise commiserate with his increase in production, and could be part of the reason Orlando City was convinced to move him after receiving such a sizeable bid.
Molino was in the news recently after he was called up by Trinidad & Tobago for Gold Cup qualifiers, but did not show up for training, and T&T coach Tom Saintfiet confirmed that Molino effectively declined his call-up with his absence, along with Seattle defender Joevin Jones.
Birmingham City coach Gianfranco Zola didn’t want to lose Jonathan Spector, but knew the American defender wanted to head home.
Now we know his destination.
Spector, 30, is back in the United States with Orlando City after almost a decade and a half in Europe with Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, and Birmingham City.
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The last six seasons were spent with Birmingham, where he played 179 times for the Championship side.
Spector appeared eight times for Manchester United in 2003 with three of those matches coming in the Premier League. He made 20 PL appearances for Charlton, and 101 more for West Ham.
It’s a big pickup for Orlando. We just wish it would’ve happened in time for Spector to join USMNT camp.
Kaka is enjoying life in Florida.
The former Ballon d’Or winner is hoping to stay with Orlando City SC beyond the end of his contract, which runs its course after the 2017 season.
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Kaka has been very good for the Lions, scoring 19 goals and 15 assists in 53 total matches. Reports had said he’s skip town after the third year of the deal, but Kaka refutes that idea.
“A misunderstanding because I am very happy here,” Kaká told reporters at MLS Media Day on Tuesday. “I had a three year contract, so this is the last year under this contract, but my idea is to stay here.
“Of course we never know what can happen at the end of the season or during the season, but my idea for now is to stay in Orlando and stay in the league.”
Kaka turns 35 in April, but has been consistently good even if injuries kept him to 24 MLS contests last season. If he puts forth a similar season, there’s little reason for Orlando — or another team — not to take a chance on Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite.
The offseason carousel of player movement around MLS continued on Wednesday as a two-time MLS Cup winner made his way south.
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Orlando City SC has signed veteran midfielder Will Johnson on a two-year contract after spending the 2016 season with Toronto FC.
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Johnson, 29, will now be playing for his fifth different MLS team since beginning his career in the U.S. back in 2005. In addition to TFC, the Canadian-born Johnson has also played for the Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers.
In addition to his club duties, Johnson has made 41 appearances for the Canada national team, scoring four goals in that span.