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  1. 2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Interesting details to me: The icon on the left only exists inside the tag of the neckline, but the PR speak claims it's NASA-inspired, which makes me wonder what, generally using NASA/the space program as design inspiration for the US NTs would look like. Not only could it be fresh from a design perspective, but it might just be a smart move at a time when the more nationalist iconography can be seen as political, no matter how innocuous. This icon, in particular, would have made a much more interesting base for the new USSF logo than the generic shield they came up with. Gimme some rocket art for the next generation. We also, yet again, have a new typeface for the names and numbering. On its merits I like this a lot, these numbers are bold and clean and balance a modern look with classic sport styling. I absolutely HATED the fat, soft typeface used on the raglan sleeve kits so good riddance to that. Having said that (and not to be "and such small portions" about it), but as I said in the World Cup thread, I think consistency in typefaces is a good way for teams to build a brand particularly when they're putting out new kit sets every six months, and this is, by my count, the sixth different typeface the US teams have used in the past five years. That's way too many! This poor guy did this whole thing for a typeface set that would stand the test of time and it got tossed just like that. I don't see what's useful about churning through typefaces. Lastly: interesting to see "home" and "away" designations gone away in favor of "association" and... er, "light" and "dark". May as well given the way these teams wear these kits, just interesting for it to be formalized.
  2. MLB changes 2018?

    Minute Maid looks great from right field! Its looming-roof effect is very lopsided. (But yeah, still a lot better than the Miller Park type.)
  3. MLB changes 2018?

    My complaint with the retractable roof thing is, even when they have retracted, most of them are so huge and dominating that it still feels like you're playing baseball in a deep canyon, or at the bottom of a well. Safeco and Minute Maid seem less bad in this respect.
  4. 2018/19 Soccer Kits

    I'm not sure if this is me trying to be a black cloud or a silver lining, but at any rate, I don't like the half-effect at all! It's not terrible on the away due to the tonal effect, but the home just looks really strange, busy and unbalanced to me.
  5. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Oh hell yes. Brazil looks like an evolution of what they've used for a while, and France's is so perfectly French. That's great news -- I really loved how not only did Nike teams have unique typefaces from 06-16 or so, but that they generally stayed consistent and evolved by cycle -- really nice bit of consistency and actual team identity from year to year. (Which is also why it's fitting that the USA gave up on a good one and went through 3 new ones in a few years.)
  6. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Oh is there somewhere I can get caught up on the typeface news? That was always a big draw of Nike above Adidas for me up until the last Euros.
  7. 2018 MLS Kits

    I've always got Adidas replicas, and found they fit similar to their regular athletic gear that you'd buy at Dick's or wherever, and that fit is pretty true to size. A bit more snug than Nike ones I've found. But maybe that's changed in the past 3 years?
  8. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    I like that the Adidas number font kinda calls back to their classic 80s/90s font, like their kits do, but the lettering doesn't look good at all.
  9. 2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Gotcha, cheers Conrad. It had been so long since hearing anything that I half wondered if they were scrapped after not qualifying, but I figured that would be an unrealistic sunk cost.
  10. 2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Should we still expect these I wonder?
  11. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    The only Revolution games I've gone to the past couple of years are their US Open Cup home games at the 5000-capacity Harvard University soccer stadium. Gotta say, I much prefer the cozy, minor-league feel (and not having to schlep to the exurbs, obviously).
  12. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Is the Nike swoosh on that Portugal shirt an off-color white, or is it actually gold? Hoping it's the latter; thought the era when Portugal used goal for its printing and trim was its best look.
  13. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    If you like kits that don't have wacky crap all over the sleeves, it's gonna be a bad summer!
  14. Lifespan of new-age arenas

    Another thing I wonder if we might see more of is the development of other arena land. Like Philadelphia put in an entertainment district with a bunch of branded bars near its stadiums a few years back, and while my desire to visit those particular bars is in the negatives, it's a thing. Here in Boston, Jacobs is constructing a pair of massive skyscrapers adjacent to the TD Garden/on the old Boston Garden site (which has been a parking lot for 20 years), and presumably that's going to be a hell of a revenue stream both on gamedays and not. Especially necessary here since lord knows constructing another new arena won't fly for a very long time.
  15. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    At least "making the blue teams black" isn't a strictly MLS initiative.