PITCHSIDE: GOLD CUP FINAL 2021 | A “FAMILY” AFFAIR

There are a few things that stick out to me about the Gold Cup final this year. The first full capacity sporting even in the Raiders new stadium in Vegas, the sheer amount of Mexican fans and the noise they made, the last gasp goal to seal the win by Robertson, and light flex by Greg Berhalter rocking the limited (at the time unreleased) Undefeated Dunk Lows. But of all those things one thing stand out to me the most. The amount of black players that played for the USMNT in the this years gold cup and the families that came onto the pitch after the win to celebrate with the team.

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“PITCHSIDE” IT’S BEEN TOO LONG | GOLD CUP EDITION

In recent years we have seen not only an influx of clubs wearing and releasing “third kits”, but also the creativity and storytelling that accompanies these jerseys. Third kits have been a way to stretch the identity of the club by introducing new colors, designs and creativity that oftentimes isn’t seen in home and away jerseys.

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THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE INSIDE OF THE BUBBLE

Over the past couple of weeks, MLS got back to action with a one of kind tournament in Orlando, FL at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The since dubbed “bubble” is a concept and idea (also adopted by the NBA) to restart and finish their league. I was able to get access to what I now call the “Inside of the Outside of the Inside of the Bubble” to shoot pitchside photography for a handful of matches in the group stages of the MLS Is Back tournament.

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JORDAN 1’s ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Difficult times often bring out the best in people. This can be especially true with art. Creativity is spawned in difficult times, and this custom sneaker project from Jeff Waskowiak (aka @get.kickrich) is a shining example of that.

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ON SET WITH ABBY DAHLKEMPER AND ADIDAS

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During the launch of the new adidas Predator earlier this year, we had an opportunity chat with newly signed adidas athlete and World Cup winner Abby Dahlkemper. We caught up with Abby on a roof top just outside of Downtown LA on the set of her adidas shoot. KTTP fam Jamia Fields linked up with Abby between shots to get her thoughts on the new boot, joining the adidas family and of course winning the World Cup.

Be sure to follow Abby on Instagram at @abbydahlkemper

OPINIONS ON THE NEW NIKE KOREA COLLECTION

Teased last year at Nike’s innovation summit, this week Nike hit us with their full 2020 South Korea national team collection. The collection has everything from game day kits to limited Air Maxes. At first glance it looks like an all in all great collection, but come to find, out opinions on the collection are a little mixed.

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WSS & KTTP PRESENTS | KIT STORIES: ANDREW MEDINA

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For this Kit Stories presented by World Soccer Shop, we sit down with Andrew Medina. Andrew is a LA native with a passion for soccer and everything sneakers and streetwear. Drew worked with KTTP as a writer, podcast host, and as on-screen talent. Since the filming of this Drew got a job with LAFC working in the marketing and fan relations department.

We chat with Drew about his love for the game, the US National Team, Real Madrid and LAFC. We revisit key moments with key kits that along his journey with the game.

Be sure to follow Drew on Instagram @drew_near_post

UNBOXING | NEW BALANCE AUDAZO v4

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For this edition of KTTP Unboxing Denise Jones and Rich Gordon open up the latest street soccer release from New Balance, the Audazo 4.0. We take a look at the details of the shoe as well as discuss the versatility of the silo. New Balance comes correct with a shoe that work equally as well on street courts as it does in the streets at large, blending functionality and aesthetics. Audazo means “bold” in Spanish and the kicks we open here definitely live up to their namesake. This pair comes in a vibrant combo of red suede and leather and sits on a gum outsole.

Have you ever heard of the “Red Sneaker Effect?” It basically says that if you wear red sneakers you are viewed as a noncoformist and a leader. People will respect you more and hold you in high regard. Here is a dope pair of red sneakers. Try them out and see how the people around you respond. Wearing these will get more passes sent your way when you are playing futsal, get you that job you are interviewing for, and will you secure a date with that attractive person in the produce section at Whole Foods, it’s science. Make sure to head over to newbalance.com to grab a pair.