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.
On the heels of the release of HUMAN.ET, a body of work comprised of 22 pieces of one-off apparel in collaboration with Oakland Roots, Jasko, and I sat down to talk about his upbringing, thoughts on humanity from the perspective of a child refugee, and how important soccer and art were for him in times of peril. A catalyst for the launch of Oakland Roots’ RAR (Roots Artist Residency) program, Jasko’s contribution spans a comprehensive collection of apparel, a zine, and a short film, which highlight a refreshing continuation of Roots’ belief in giving a platform to the arts and supporting the community that uplifts them.
If you are a follower of Liga MX you would have noticed in recent years more teams wearing jerseys made by Mexican sportswear company Charly. Kit suppliers for Atlas, Queretaro, Santos, Pachuca and Xolos, Charly has only been in the game since 2014 but has made huge strides within Mexican soccer.
The USL is one of those entities that continues to do interesting things with interesting people. US legends like Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasly are all involved at the ownership level, teams with incredible fans and equally interesting story lines dot the league and not to mention, some of the best kits in American soccer can be found in the USL. And today marks the official unveiling of David Villa's Queensboro FC logo and identity.
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.
Cut to a couple of years since that first season, and SpaceX FC has grown from a company specific team, to a football club that brings together a diverse group of players from across the space industry. They are now Space United – a team of people that are literally changing the world as we know it. The future will look very different because of the work that Space United players are doing.
Even though most of us will never walk down a player tunnel, when we put on a jersey, we become part of something bigger than ourselves and we do it with proud support for the crest across our chests. On this fourth of July, I ask every US Soccer fan and supporter to take a moment and seriously reflect on what our crest, flag and nation stands for? What are the principles and values you express, support and represent every time you put on a US Soccer jersey?
So how do you possibly get an in-home viewing experience when there are no fans? No songs being sung? No crowd noise? The answer to that maybe what the folks at OZ are doing. OZ partnered with a company called RVX to “launch OZ ARENA, using innovative AR technologies that are set to bring fans from home into live broadcasts”