By DAN KARELL
New York City FC are sticking with their pledge to be a club of the people.
The 2015 Major League Soccer expansion team announced on Tuesday a contest for fans to design their own club badge, which will eventually be placed together with all the other submissions to form the team’s official logo. Through a tool on NYC FC’s website, fans of the club can create and submit a design for the badge.
“New York City FC will be a Club for its fans, which is why they should have a hand in creating its identity,” New York City FC CEO Ferran Soriano said in a statement. “We want the badge to be an authentic representation of New York City’s spirit and personality. This design tool will enable fans throughout the City and the world, to send in their concepts and to be part of the creation of New York City FC.”
Empire of Soccer reports that NYC FC will announce the final design of what the team calls, the “badge of badges,” at a ceremony on March 10.
Here are some more stories from around MLS:
RSL SHOW OFF NEW UNIFORM AT MEDIA DAY
Real Salt Lake players dressed head to toe in the club’s new uniform on Tuesday as they met with the media for the first time in 2014.
With the team back in Salt Lake City and the return of U.S. Men’s National Team players Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, and Luis Gil, the club showed off their new home uniform for the 2014 MLS season. This year will be the first with LifeVantage emblazoned across the front of the jersey as the team’s new kit sponsor.
The uniform features a red body with blue sleeves. Across the chest is a chalk-dust looking stripe in yellow, along with the adidas three yellow lines from the neck and down past the shoulders. The RSL crest still remains on the upper left side of the jersey.
D.C. UNITED EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH RICHMOND
D.C. United’s youngsters will continue to have the opportunity to earn valuable playing time in USL Pro.
The MLS club extended their affiliation deal with the USL Pro’s Richmond Kickers for the upcoming season. D.C. United will send a minimum of four players on long-term loans as part of the deal.
“Last year’s partnership with Richmond was mutually beneficial and we are very pleased to be working together again in 2014,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United’s general manager, said in a statement. “Our younger players who went on loan last season gained valuable experience that can only be realized by playing in professional games. We have had a long-standing relationship with the Kickers and we look forward to making this another win-win year.”
Last season, D.C. United sent six players over the course of the season to Richmond, including eventual USL Pro goalkeeper of the year Andrew Dykstra, Collin Martin, Michael Seaton, Taylor Kemp, Conor Shanosky and Casey Townsend.
GALAXY TO FACE USL PRO SIDE IN FRIENDLY MATCH
Players on the USL Pro expansion club LA Galaxy II will have the opportunity to test themselves against the LA Galaxy first team.
The Galaxy announced that they’ll be playing a White vs. Blue preseason game vs. LA Galaxy II on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center. The match is free and open to the general public. The Galaxy first team will wear their white uniforms while the USL Pro side will wear their blue uniforms.
Prior to the match, the Galaxy will host a fundraiser called “Legends Night” and will introduce new signings Rob Friend, Samuel, Stefan Ishizaki, and Baggio Husidic to supporters at the event.
The Galaxy open up their preseason campaign on Saturday at home against Armenian club FC Shirak.
What do you think of these reports? Like the idea from NYC FC? What do you think of RSL’s new shirt design? Who do you see D.C. United sending on loan to Richmond this year?
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