MLS’s new logo: Reddit (yes, Reddit) may have a way to solve the league’s new problem

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Maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick to judge MLS’s new logo. At least, Reddit readers are sure going a great job of making the best of a bad much-discussed situation. Instead of looking at the vast white space on the league’s new crest as a point of weakness, a number of users on the site’s MLS forum have decided to make lemonade.  Along the way, MLS may have crowd sourced its way into a solution.

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That’s right, MLS fan – Reddit’s /r/MLS forum may turn out to be the caped crusader in this ready to save MLS’s new Gotham. These are the strange days created by this new logo.

Consider the Real Salt Lake logo user “oussan” created to start the thread:

 

After oussan challenged the subreddit to post their own, the idea took off.

The Philadelphia Union, from user Oshi Hidra:

The defending champions, Sporting Kansas City, via CTbeersnob:

The Houston Dynamo, from user nick188:

The Portland Timbers submission via atrain714, one that was as elegant as it was indecisive:

And the Columbus Crew? The whitespace becomes Zurangatang’s way to salvage the hard hats:

User onlynickleft took a crack at Toronto FC …

… while ctc23 was one of a number of users that offered a San Jose Earthquakes options:

User nimik uploaded two versions of the Montreal Impact’s potential crest. Here’s the first:

And here’s one take offered for the LA Galaxy, by user seantrowbridge:

User  zschi001 posted this for D.C. United:

And here’s TheFitzMonster’s attempt at New York Red Bulls’ crest – a great job of incorporating the parent company’s iconography:

From the Pacific Northwest, user eosrebel went with a classic landmark when offering the Seattle Sounders’:

And user b0bb3h kept is simple when it came to the Chicago Fire’s potential crest:

Finally, consider these offerings from MLS’s future (or, potentially future) teams: taylor314gh’s Orlando City,

ibpants’ New York City FC, …

aubrey83’s Sacramento Republic, …

and timberflynn’s San Antonio Scorpions:

Perhaps this is me feeling guilty about ripping the new logo apart, but some of these look amazing. And the whole concept of using the MLS’s crest as a framework? It’s sold me on the idea.

Revamping what looked like a half-finished product, Reddit readers have solved MLS’s new problem, improving on the league’s desire for team-centric logos (above) in the process. While there are a few teams unaccounted for, the idea has still cast MLS’s partial product in a different, more favorable light. Is it possible /r/MLS can solve the league’s new problem?

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Edit: After posting this piece, there were a lot of people noting that MLS may have intended the white space to be used in this way. Of course, that’s possible, even probable (Brian Straus has something on it). Still, the only time the word “space” appears in MLS’s “Next” explanation is the describing the crest’s divide, and it doesn’t change the face there’s a vacant half to the stand alone logos:

“FIRST HALF AND SECOND HALF: The first half contains MLS and the three stars. The second half is an open white space that brings you in and out of the MLS world.”

I’m more inclined to give MLS the benefit of the doubt than I was this morning (it wouldn’t be the first time something flew over my head), but it sure does appear the white space was supposed to be at least as symbolic as functional. Or, perhaps better phrased, it’s symbolic and functional. Regardless, the stand alone logos were still designed with a void in that second 45.

Croatian media: Forward Kalinic refused WCup medal

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Croatian media say that forward Nikola Kalinic has not accepted the silver medal his team won at the World Cup in Russia because he was sent home early in the competition.

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Kalinic has reportedly said “thank you but I did not play in Russia.”

Coach Zlatko Dalic sent Kalinic home following the team’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria in their opening match.

Dalic said he wanted to use Kalinic as a substitute in the second half but the AC Milan forward, who was already warming up, told him he was not able to play because of a back problem.

Dalic said Kalinic did the same in a World Cup warmup against Brazil and during training.

Croatia lost 4-2 to France in the final.

Marseille signs Caleta-Car, Fonte joins Lille

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) Croatia defender Duje Caleta-Car has joined Marseille from Red Bull Salzburg, becoming the first offseason signing for the nine-time French champion.

Caleta-Car played a group game at the World Cup with Croatia, which lost 4-2 against France in the final last week.

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He won four Austrian league titles and three national cups with Salzburg.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed but L’Equipe newspaper reported that Marseille agreed to a fee of 19 million euros for the 21-year-old player, who was also targeted by Spanish club Sevilla.

“He is a very good central defender, for now and for the future,” Marseille sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said. “He is a clever player, who understands football. His very physical skills make him very good in the air and has good passing abilities.”

Marseille finished fourth in the French league last season and lost 3-0 against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final, missing out on a Champions League berth.

FONTE JOINS LILLE

Portugal defender Jose Fonte is set to continue his much-traveled career in the north of France after agreeing to a two-year deal with Lille.

The 34-year-old Fonte started all four games at the World Cup in Russia as Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16.

Two years ago, he was a member of the squad which won the European championship in France.

Lille said in a statement Fonte will sign “in the coming days” following medical tests.

The former Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham center back played only a few matches with Chinese club Dalian Yifang this year before terminating his contract.

He is the second international to join Lille this summer after former France forward Loic Remy.

“I’m very proud to join Lille, which is a great French club,” Fonte said. “It’s a new challenge for me, hopefully it will be successful.”

Naby Keita emulated Gerrard growing up, and will now take on his role

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Naby Keita represents another new face in the next generation Liverpool regime, and he’s taking a page out of Anfield’s past in his approach at the Premier League club.

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When the 23-year-old finally completed his long-awaited move to the Reds in 2018, comparisons to N'Golo Kante quickly arose, a strong compliment for many.

However, for everything that Kante does well, it may actually be unfair to compare Keita to the now-World Cup winner with France.

Keita’s tireless ability to track up and down the pitch, complimented by his incredible skill on the ball and pace make him the ideal box-to-box midfielder, something his new club has been lacking for several years.

“My first mind-set is to defend well and not concede,” Keita told the Telegraph. “As a midfielder, when you have sealed things up at the back, my job is to provide the ammunition for the strikers and forwards, to create opportunities. Also, if I get a chance that comes my way, I want to take it and score. But I am a team player. I think about the team and the group always.”

That player is one Steven Gerrard.

And for Keita, the player that he once emulated as a child has now influenced him into the young star that drove manager Jurgen Klopp towards bringing him in to Anfield.

“When I came here that day I didn’t know Steven would be at Melwood,” says Keita. “It was a surprise to me. It was exciting. He said, ‘Everyone will be here for you, we’re all going to help you develop’.

“I had watched Steven Gerrard growing up as a kid and admired him so that was a special day.

“We used to play in the streets wearing a Liverpool shirt. My dad had a love of Liverpool back then when I was 11 or 12 years old.

“I wanted to be like him. It couldn’t be anyone else. He was always the boss of the team.”

Las Vegas Lights keen on bringing Usain Bolt to USL

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It wouldn’t be the first time a star athlete has made the move to the United Soccer League — the second tier in the U.S. Soccer professional pyramid — however, the magnitude of the deal would transcend soccer.

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Although reported interest from Australia, Turkey and Hungary could derail a move, former Jamaican track star Usain Bolt is being courted by USL side Las Vegas Lights FC, who are currently in their first season in the league.

“Of course we have an interest in Usain Bolt. Why wouldn’t we?” said Las Vegas owner and CEO Brett Lashbrook.

“He’s the world’s fastest guy and he’s trained at some of the best clubs in the world. To come play Division 2 soccer in the U.S. actually makes all the sense in the world. This guy is an absolute specimen of an athlete and we think he could absolutely succeed at the USL level.”

While the possibility of having Bolt play alongside Freddy Adu next to the Vegas Strip is an enticing one, the Jamaican’s salary demands are likely far too much for a USL side to take on.

Lights FC currently sit 13th in the USL Western Conference, eight point outside of a playoff spot.

Bolt is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, having competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.