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  1. That's how it used to be, but look what's actually been happening over the last decade or so, especially in non-World Cup years. Out of the teams that you've mentioned, really only Italy and Croatia have held to that hard and fast. Germany's been in red and gray, Brazil in teal, Mexico in red, England in varying shades of blue, and France in light blue. I'm not saying I love the US in black, I'm just saying it's something that's been going on for years, even with teams that are regarded as having untouchable color schemes. The trend won't stop as long as people keep buying them up. Personally, as long as the manufacturers don't mess with the home kits too egregiously, I don't mind a little variation and experimentation with away kits, even if that means some of these kits don't sing to me... then again, I might be the only one who bought the anthracite US kit back in '09 and should not be trusted.
  2. The Rapids just announced that they're releasing the new primary kit at a fan party on March 10. Personally, I'm hoping for a little more prominence with the pale blue. Always thought it complimented the dark burgundy quite nicely. I could go without the white sleeves too, despite my Arsenal fandom.
  3. I gotta say, I'm a little surprised by all of the critiques about the negative space in the crest. One of the common themes that make bad logos bad (at least in my mind) is the propensity to jam things together and not allowing for any breathing room. This mark checks a lot of the boxes to be a timeless classic. It's simultaneously simple and evocative, it picks one hook (Art Deco in this case) and does it well, and it's an extremely flexible mark. Everyone obviously gets to have an opinion, and I suppose you can't please everyone, but some of the criticism here has me really scratching my head.
  4. That's one of the things I like about it. Lends it cleanliness and sophistication. The more I look at it, the more I think they really could have gone without a bounding crest at all. That LA would look great by itself on the jersey. I don't entirely disagree. Something tells me that the monogram might end up featuring prominently by itself in marketing and merchandising, if for no other reason then it would help set it apart from the Galaxy (shield shape with prominent "LA"). Time will tell, I guess.
  5. That's one of the things I like about it. Lends it cleanliness and sophistication.
  6. I can't be the only one who thinks that if they're going to do this Color Rush thing, that the Bucs should go all in with the bright orange, can I? Probably a consequence of the Rams doing yellow, but man does that feel like a missed opportunity.
  7. It's apparently not a popular opinion, but I really quite like that England shirt. As an away shirt in an non-World Cup year, I think it's okay to be a little bit experimental. I think I'll probably pick that one up.
  8. I really wouldn't be surprised if that's the jersey crest and there was a federation logo that adds upon it a bit. Keep it super clean and identifiable on the shirts, but lock it up with a wordmark or additional iconography that makes it more soccer-specific for corporate uses. And if that is the case, is there a chance of a full rebrand? It would be a bit incongruous for US Soccer to have "USA" in the logo. Regardless, I think it's really elegant and a huge improvement on the old crest. I think it will look great on the shirt and be more marketable on apparel.
  9. I'd suspect that they're more or less similar to the home shorts. Here's a link with a few angles: http://www.soccer.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Ne=0&N=4294959196&Product_Id=33474097 Alternatively, I think the kits are being formally released next week in Singapore. I'm sure lots of photos will emerge after that.
  10. Unsurprisingly, navy socks and shorts for Arsenal's away strip, per Footy Headlines:
  11. I love the simplified composition of the upcoming West Ham badge, just not the awkward shading or the negligible "TIW" symbols on the hammers.
  12. I'm not totally in love with it, but I do appreciate that there's a consistent and thought-out design philosophy throughout the entire graphics system this year. Contrasting it to two years ago, I'll never forgive Nike for the weird Battlefield Earth numbers/lettering that they put on the away kits in their last year of their contract.
  13. Here's some actual photos of the Arsenal away kit. Interesting modification to the template's diamond pattern with little As built into the line work. I gotta say, I'm loving these, bar the armpits and panel at the bottom-back of the shirt. I have the same complaint with the home kit.
  14. I'm hoping the FootyHeadlines render is more accurate. I definitely prefer the navy sleeves with thicker cuffs.
  15. Even if they avoid yellow with blue sleeves, they still have a pretty nice rotation through bright yellow, bright blue, and navy away kits. They've established a pretty nice away identity with those.