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2014 FBM Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us once again. Time to craft your lists for friends and family and make some polite suggestions so that you don't unwrap ties and underwear from your auntie.

Per usual we've divided our list into, you guessed it, beer, soccer.... and the combination of the two (pssssttttt... buy our stuff).

 

Soccer:

We'd first like to draw your attention to two of the finest purveyours of soccer clothing in the country. You can't go wrong with outfitting yourself in any of these threads.

Live Breathe Futbol Clothing

"Bumpy Pitch" Clothing

(Photo Credit: Sean Reid)

Love Thy Soccer by Sean Reid 

"Love Thy Soccer" is a unique work that provides an all-embracing view of American soccer from the perspective of its fans. Collected from five years of research, hundreds of interviews, and travel throughout the country, Reid presents a rich tapestry of the game woven through the stories of many who have spent their lives dedicated to the sport and its growth in the United States, from journalists, experts, and historians to the game’s professionals and the supporters who cheer them on.

"Love Thy Soccer" is the most comprehensive work on American soccer to date. Reid discusses every aspect of the game at its various levels, its impacts on the fans, and its awesome future."

(Photo Credit: New York Red Bulls)

Club Soccer 101 by Luke Dempsey

"Club Soccer 101 is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players—from Pelé, Eusébio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.

With club soccer exploding in popularity, Club Soccer 101 provides everything any fan needs to know."

Season Tickets for your local soccer team (Google 'em)

Whether it's MLS, NASL, USL PRO (that's us!) or otherwise... now's the time to make your commitment to supporting your local team in 2015. Why not buy two and bring a newbie each week!?!?

Beer: 

Synek Draft Beer System

Craft, draft beer in the comfort of your home. Need we say anymore? Fill your favorite beer in the Synek bag (straight from the brewery or your local fill bar) and enjoy quality beer for much longer that a growler can save it. Buuurrrp!

Society of Beer Travelers

Love beer? Love to travel? Then The Roaming Pint's Society of Beer Travelers is for you. Log your breweries and beers while you're on the road.

Spiegelau Tasting Kit Craft Beer Glass Kit

Your beer comes in all sorts of flavors so shouldn't your beer accomdate them? Sure you've accumilated all sorts of shaker (yes that's what they're called) pint glasses that your significant other stuffed in her purse for you, but it's time to drink beer like a grown up.. in proper glassware. 

 

Beer Belt

Unless, of course, you're not all grown up yet. Then the "beer belt" is just for you. This says, "I'm a drinker, not a fighter". Who needs a black belt when you have a beer belt?

Imagine how awesome it would be to distribute some delicious craft cans like a Mountain Dew adverstisement from this belt. 

Oh... and it can also be personalized. FTW.

(Photo Credit: CoolMaterial.com)

"We Make Beer" by Sean Lewis

"An eye-opening journey into craft beer–making in America, and what you can find in the quest to brew the perfect pint

Sean Lewis was living in Boston when he first set foot inside the Blue Hills Brewery.  He was writing for BeerAdvocate magazine about America's craft brewers, and the then-fledgling Blue Hills was his first assignment.  Lewis was immediately struck by the spirit of the brewers he met there.  That visit would lead him first to an intensive study of beer-brewing, and later to a nation-spanning journey into the heart—and the art—of American beer making.

What Lewis found along the way was a group of like-minded craftsmen—creators who weren't afraid to speak their minds, who saw their competitors as cherished friends.  A group who takes sheer joy in their work, and who seeks the same kind of balance in their lives as they do in the barrels they brew.  He shared pints with pioneering upstarts like Paul and Kim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company, and talked shop with craft beer stalwarts like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and bombastic innovators like Greg Koch (the "Arrogant Bastard" behind Stone Brewing Co.). He found, in them and others, a community that put its soul into its work, who sees beer-making as an extension of themselves.

We Make Beer is not just a celebration of American brewing, but of the spirit that binds brewers together.  It's about what you can discover in yourself when you put your hands and your heart into crafting the perfect pint."

"Locally Brewed" by Anna Blessing

"Locally Brewed celebrates the Midwest's craft brewing movement with profiles of 20 of the area's brewmasters and their breweries. These are entertaining and inspiring stories of the individuals who have been essential in the exponential growth of this movement, as told through vivid interviews, beautiful photography, and dynamic artwork.

In just the past 20 years, beer has been transformed from a "low-class" drink to a pluralistic, populist drink with the same stylistic diversity and caring craftsmanship as wine. One of the strongest hotbeds of this cultural shift is in the Midwest, where independently owned craft brewers focus on the creative, artisanal elements of the beer-making process. Locally Brewed explores these trends and the fun, fascinating, and unique details of each brewery, including label art, hand-pull designs, and of course the brews themselves.

This is a book that can be enjoyed by the “beer geek” and the casual imbiber alike, as it emphasizes the people behind the beer as well as the beers they brew. Special sidebars and pullouts show what makes each brewery special, weaving together the story of the indie beer movement, relevant to both small-town Midwesterners and big-city beer lovers."

"Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher

"For everyone who has known the pleasure of a pint, Randy Mosher explores and explains the tasting experience, guiding readers to a better understanding of how every batch of beer is affected by recipe formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation, filtration, packaging, and much more. Readers will learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the major beer styles. There are also chapters on proper serving and storage conditions, and classic beer and food pairings. Finally, the book includes a style-by-style compendium of the different brews within major beer families, including American craft brews, British lagers, German ales, and Belgian Dubbels. For each style, Mosher includes historical and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal availability, food pairings, and a few terrific recommendations for readers to sample."

Anything beer-related from Pop Chart Lab... their designs are top notch. 

Soccer AND Beer:

NEW FBM T-shirt from Who Are Ya? Designs 

FBM Scarf

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NEWS - Free Beer Movement and Freetail Brewing Company Announce World Cup Collaboration Beer

A World Cup beer year deserves a World Cup beer. We're pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between Free Beer Movement and San Antonio's Freetail Brewing Company to produce a brew worthy of the competition going down in Brazil.

Introducing "We Are Going To Braz-ale" a Super Patriotic Red Ale.

"Braz-ale" will be a hoppy red ale similar to Green Flash Brewing Company's "Hop Head" Red. The SPRA is being brewed at Freetail's brewpub location in mid-May to be on tap there during the United States run to World Cup winning glory in June and July. 

While the beer will be restricted to taps at Freetail we're happy to announce a limited edition World Cup t-shirt is also available from FBM and Freetail featuring the label art of "Braz-ale" (order now). Screen printed on American Apparel 50/50 blend shirts we think that it will quickly become a go to favorite from your drawer during the Cup and beyond. 

Scott Metzger, owner of Freetail Brewing Co. and a board member of the Texas Craft Brewers Guide (who was instrumental in helping open Texas' beer laws in 2013) is a huge soccer fan and long-time friend of the Movement. 

His brewpub in San Antonio is the perfect example of how well soccer and beer can pair. Soccer scarves hover above the brewery's big screen projector screen, often showcasing the world's game. 

If you're in Central Texas during World Cup time you owe it to yourselve to check out Freetail Brewing Co., watch some soccer, and have a pint (or two or three) of FBM and Freetail's "We Are Going To Brazil" Super Patriotic Red Ale. 

Tags: Beer, brewery, DrinkWear, News, The Best of Both Worlds

CONTEST - Win the New U.S. Away Jersey from Soccer Pro and FBM

"Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and for?"

Yup... the ice cream truck is around the corner with some Bomb Pops!

In this case the ice cream man is actually Soccer Pro and they're giving away one of the new USMNT (or USWNT) away jerseys for our followers on Twitter.

How can you win?

Follow the Free Beer Movement and Soccer Pro on Twitter and then tweet the following:

"I want @FreeBeerMovemnt and @SoccerPro to hook me up with the new #USMNT away jersey. #FBMContest"

We'll pick a winner on Thursday and announce on Friday who will be sporting the new shirt in the stands (or chasing the ice cream truck!).

Good luck!

Tags: contest, DrinkWear, USMNT, USWNT

CONTEST - Win the New USMNT Jersey from Soccer Pro

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

No. Not Christmas. That amazing time every four years when national teams release their new jerseys before the World Cup.

This spring is no different as the United States men's national team debuted both their home and away shirts for Brazil.

We've partnered with Soccer Pro to giveaway one of the new USMNT (or USWNT) home jerseys for our followers on Twitter.

How can you win?

Follow the Free Beer Movement and Soccer Pro on Twitter and then tweet the following:

"I want @FreeBeerMovemnt and @SoccerPro to hook me up with the new #USMNT jersey. #FBMContest"

We'll pick a winner on Thursday and announce on Friday who will be sporting the new shirt in the stands (or on the golf course!).

Good luck!

Tags: contest, DrinkWear, USMNT

DrinkWear - Futbol Artist Network’s “San Zusi” Print

The don't call it "the Beautiful Game" for nothing. Soccer is art. A great Lionel Messi goal or a stunning David Beckham free kick is a thing of beauty.

These small moments in soccer can create life-long fans of the sport (with the help of a beer or two, perhaps?) and the memories of such sporting excellence can hang in our memories like fine art in a gallery.

This is the premise behind the "Futbol Artist Network". Their idea is to highlight soccer through artistic expression.

The Free Beer Movement, through our "DrinkWear" series will be highlighting some of the cool combos of art and soccer that the FAN is coming out with.... just don't spill on it.

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On October 15, 2013 the United States men's nationa team faced Panama with little except for bragging rights on the line. Our CONCACAF compatriots Mexico, however, were fighting for their survival in Costa Rica.

Despite having not done their job and losing 2-1 in San Jose Mexico found salvation when Graham Zusi headed home a Brad Davis cross in the 92nd minute. Zusi's goal tied the match at 2-2 giving Mexico the fourth spot in the group (and a backdoor to the World Cup if they won a two-legged playoff against New Newland). Aron Johannsson tailed a minute later sending the already shocked Los Canaleros to defeat.

Back in the United States national team fans celebrated topping "the Hex" for the second-straight qualification campaign while also poking fun that El Tri's biggest rival had to bail them out.

In Mexico the Sporting KC midfielder was christened "San Zusi" and honored for "saving" Mexico's Brazil hopes.

In the spirit of "San Zusi" comes this piece by Mark Smith that features on the pages of the upcoming issue of Howler Magazine.

Just a print, framed (FREE framing by-the-way this week), on stretched canvas, or acrylic box this piece is a great reminder of how sweet a moment that was to utter "De Nada Mexico".

If you haven't yet perused Futbol Artist Network's site we highly recommend it for some pretty amazing soccer art.

Tags: DrinkWear, USMNT

VIDEO - Kick TV’s Jimmy Conrad Models All the New MLS Kits

Kick TV's Jimmy Conrad hung out with adidas's Product Manager Mike Walked to try on and talk about each of the 12 new shirts that Major League Soccer teams released during "Jersey Week" for 2013.

By  next season each of the 19 MLS clubs will release at least one home, away, or third shirt every year. So get prepared for a lot of new and innovated designs (or hopef so... Red Bulls.....)

What's your favorite new MLS shirt this season?

 

Tags: DrinkWear, KickTV, Major League Soccer, Video

Contest - Win the new USMNT Centennial Kit from Soccer Pro

The United States Soccer Federation has unvealed the new jersey celebrating 100 years of American soccer and you can win one of them from the Free Beer Movement and our friends at Soccer Pro.

Entering is simple.

If you're on Twitter, follow us and @SoccerPro, and just tweet out the following message:

"I want @FreeBeerMovemnt and @SoccerPro to hook me up with the new #USMNT Cenntennial jersey!"

If you're on Facebook, like our page and post the following to our wall:

"I want Free Beer Movement and Soccer Pro to hook me up with the new USMNT Centennial jersey!"

We'll pick our winner on Sunday night at 5pm CT so get your tweets and mentions in by then!

Tags: contest, DrinkWear, USMNT

Gear Giveaway - Nike’s Mercurial Vapor IX from Soccer Pro

We're at it again. Free Beer Movement and Soccer Pro are teaming up to make one Twitter follower the lucky owner of a pair of Nike's just-release Mercurial Vapor IXs.

What do you have to do to get your name in the running and running on the field in these new cleats?

Just "tweet" out the following message"

I want the new Nike Mercurial Vapor IXs @FreeBeerMovemnt and @SoccerPro!

It's that simple. 

We'll be taking Twitter enteries from RIGHT NOW until Janurary 24th at 5pm CT when we'll announce the winner.

Good luck!

 

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DrinkWear - iPad Fooseball Table

Just in time to make it on to your Christmas wish lists comes a new app and add on accessory for the iPad that turns it into a Fooseball table. 

Relieve your college dive bar dominance days in a much smaller, less drink-circle-sticky way. 

The whole package will set you (or a loved one) back just $99.

From New Potato Technologies

Spotted by @MarkWhyy

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DrinkWear - Who Are Ya Design’s #DeuceFace Shirt

No explanation needed. The "Deuce Face" happened and now it's immortalized on a t-shirt by Who Are Ya Designs.

Hope they're giving Dempsey a cut of the proceeds.

Tags: DrinkWear, USMNT

DrinkWear - Beer and Art: Round Four

The don't call it "the Beautiful Game" for nothing. Soccer is art. A great Lionel Messi goal or a stunning David Beckham free kick is a thing of beauty.

These small moments in soccer can create life-long fans of the sport (with the help of a beer or two, perhaps?) and the memories of such sporting excellence can hang in our memories like fine art in a gallery.

This is the premise behind the new "Futbol Artist Network" that launched this past weekend. Their idea is to highlight and express soccer through artistic expression.

The Free Beer Movement, through our "DrinkWear" series will be highlighting some of the cool combos of art and soccer that the FAN is coming out with.... and adding beer, of course. For each "piece" we'll pair a beer with the new FAN release... just don't spill on it.

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This is a part of FAN's Player Series T-Shirt in collaboration with Taylor Twellman's ThinkTaylor.org. For every shirt sold, $5 will go to Taylor's organization. The shirt art is by super New England Revolution fan and awesome tifo artist Prairie Rose Clayton.

In Prairie Rose Clayton's words:

Taylor helped me find my voice. I am here to repay the favor. Over the years, I have done a lot of material involving Taylor Twellman. I have turned him into Spongebob and Billy from the Family Circus. I have inscribed 100 stars with the dates of every league goal he scored up to 100. I have put him on banners and I have carved him on pumpkins.

But this is the first time I have put him on a shirt, and instead of drawing him to convey my message, I have drawn him to convey his.

The centerpiece--Think Now, Think Smart, Think Taylor--is the motto of his concussion awareness and prevention foundation. I have surrounded those lines with 72 others, all aspects an athlete might consider as they help themselves and others prevent head injuries. (The number of phrases is random; sadly, there was not enough room to match 101 lines for each of his career league goals). The words fill a silhouette of Taylor celebrating his goal against Houston at MLS Cup 2007. The orange, ThinkTaylor signature color, is the shade that highlights concussion damage on an MRI. By combining bold phrases with a bright shape, I hope to tell a little of Taylors story with style.

About ThinkTaylor.org:

Our Beer Pairing:

Photo Credit: 365beers.

We've chosen Boston Beer Company's Samuel Adams "Boston" Lager. Twellman spent eight season with the New England Revoltion in Sam Adams' backyard; playing during the club's most successfull Major League Soccer tenure. Sam Adams' website describes their Boston Lager as such:

"Samuel Adams Boston Lager is an excellent example of the fundamentals of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex."

The same could be said of Twellman's playing career. TT was a fundamentally strong and complex player with a unique set of attacking skills. Balanced in his attack he was both a threat in open play and incredibly dangerous in the air. Scoring over a century of goals in his time with the Revolution the St. Louis native found himself near or on top the MLS scoring charts for most of the mid-2000s, capturing both the Golden Boot and the league's MVP trophy in 2005.

Lastly, the Boston lager is brewed with noble hops and nothing is more noble that Twellman's cause to raise awareness about concussions in sports.

Get the new Taylor Twellman Players Series shirt from Futbol Artist Network for a limited time.

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DrinkWear - Beer and Art: Round Three By Women United FC

The don't call it "the Beautiful Game" for nothing. Soccer is art. A great Lionel Messi goal or a stunning David Beckham free kick is a thing of beauty.

These small moments in soccer can create life-long fans of the sport (with the help of a beer or two, perhaps?) and the memories of such sporting excellence can hang in our memories like fine art in a gallery.

This is the premise behind the new "Futbol Artist Network" that launched this past weekend. Their idea is to highlight and express soccer through artistic expression.

The Free Beer Movement, through our "DrinkWear" series will be highlighting some of the cool combos of art and soccer that the FAN is coming out with.... and adding beer, of course. For each "piece" we'll pair a beer with the new FAN release... just don't spill on it.

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This is a Special Edition Media Series T-Shirt in collaboration with Women United FC. WUFC had chosen the charity Street Soccer USA and will donate $5 from every shirt sold to their charity. The design is called "The Beautiful Game" by Southern California artist Ty Palmer.

In WUFC's words about their piece:

"From the grace of the athletes body as they move the ball up and down the field, in and out of players attempting to tackle and intercept, to the overwhelming joy when the ball finally goes into the net, to the agony and emotion of being defeated, to the sheer terror in our throats as we witness injury to a beloved player, our group exists because we love to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the stadium on game day. We view ourselves as soccer emissaries and our members as ambassadors. We are on a mission to spread the love for MLS soccer around the world for continuous growth and elevation of the game. Like many organizations, objects or people that you love, we do not always know why or even have logical reasons. We are just in love with the game, and all that implies."

To pair with Women United and Street Soccer USA we've chosen New Glarus Brewing Company's "Black Top" India Pale Ale. According to the Brewers Association, New Glarus is the 19th largest craft brewing in the United States by sales and given that they only retail in Wisconsin, their brews are also highly sought after.

Street Soccer USA is all about empowering homeless individuals through the power of soccer. "We aim to get homeless men, women, and youth off the streets, “scoring goals on the field, and achieving their goals in life." Across the U.S. SSUSA has leagues in 20 cities playing "the beautiful game" on the streets. New Glarus' "Black Top" pairs well for a game played on such a surface.

(Photo Credit: Brewmanics.com)

Get "The Beautiful Game" by Women United FC, supporting Street Soccer USA, at the Futbol Artist Network.

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FBM DrinkWear - Art and Beer: Round Two by Kyle Martino

The don't call it "the Beautiful Game" for nothing. Soccer is art. A great Lionel Messi goal or a stunnig David Beckham free kick is a thing of beauty.

These small moments in soccer can create life-long fans of the sport (with the help of a beer or two, perhaps?) and the memories of such sporting excellence can hang in our memories like fine art in a gallery.

This is the premise behind the new "Futbol Artist Network" that launched this past weekend. Their idea is to highlight and express soccer through artistic expression.

The Free Beer Movement, through our "DrinkWear" series will be highlighting some of the cool combos of art and soccer that the FAN is coming out with.... and adding beer, of course. For each "piece" we'll pair a beer with the new FAN release... just don't spill on it.

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The new, limited-edition release from the Futbol Artist Network features another player expressing his soccer love. Following up on the successful launch of FAN with FC Dallas (and recent USMNT call up) forward Brek Shea, comes another  with domestic and international on-field experience. Current NBC Sports Network commentator, and former national team, Columbus Crew, and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has collaborated with a well-know London street artist named "Don" to create a piece of soccer-inspired art called.... well.... "Create".

The actual piece was painted on an electrical box on Whitecross Street in East London to feature during the recent London Olympics in which Martino called men's soccer games (and worked the desk for the women's games) for the NBC network.

The concept is a street artist has stenciled a goalie onto a wall, painted a goal and has now stepped back to score on the goalie he just created.

Martino on what inspired the piece:

"My love with soccer was nourished outside the lines. I could turn anything into a soccer field and found great joy in striking up a game whenever and wherever I could. The game within the game was what I truly loved though. One on one battles. The one thing I loved most about the game, which is the one thing I miss on a daily basis was taking players on. Outwitting and outmaneuvering them with creations I developed by watching the greats and making their moves my own.

With that said, I love graffiti street art and am fascinated with artist like Banksy. There is irreverence in their art that I felt I had in my game. I think it would be cool to try and bring a street art type design of a player taking someone on that jumps off the wall.

The word "CREATE" on the back of the shirt like would be a cool way to tie in the importance of the word as it pertained to my playing style and my fascination with street art. I had a coach tell me when I was younger "Think, act, be creative" and it stuck with me through my career.  Would be a great double meaning."

To pair with Martino's work we've chose Fuller's "London Pride". Given the location of Don's work in London, this award-winning (called "world class" by Beer Advocate") beer pairing was a no brainer.

Smooth like Martino on the field choosing this English Pale Ale also pays tribute to the English's impact on the global game.

Cheers!

You can get Don and Martino's collaboration for just a limited time at www.FutbolArtistNetwork.com.

 

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DrinkWear - The Futbol Artists Network

The don't call it "the Beautiful Game" for nothing. Soccer is art. A great Lionel Messi goal or a stunnig David Beckham free kick is a thing of beauty.

These small moments in soccer can create life-long fans of the sport (with the help of a beer or two, perhaps?) and the memories of such sporting excellence can hang in our memories like fine art in a gallery.

This is the premise behind the new "Futbol Artist Network" that launched this past weekend. Their idea is to highlight and express soccer through artistic expression.

Trevor Slavick is the founder and curator of FAN. His idea is to create a place for artist to demonstrate their love for the football through limited edition prints and apparel. Additionally, current and former players with artistic tendencies will also contribute to the Network, lending some awesome star-power to the idea.

“Each artist has created a football inspired design which will be printed onto various pieces of apparel and sold one at a time on our website for 10 days only.  If you like the design, you must buy it within those 10 days or it’s gone forever,” said Slavick.

“With these limited edition prints we’re positioned to gain a stronghold in the fine arts world and fill a gap lacking in well-known, quality, football art,” he continued.

In most cases, artists from the Network have collaborated with current and former players to create their artwork.  The first artist being featured is a little more unique as he happens to be a world-class player as well.   FC Dallas and USA National Team player Brek Shea, has painted his own design titled “No Shelter.”   The Futbol Artist Network will be selling this design on apparel, but also will be selling 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Prints of Brek’s painting. 

“Even in no gravity situations, there will still be pressure,” says Brek Shea when describing his artwork.   “I think the Futbol Artist Network is a great program for people like me. I can fuse my two passions together with my job on the field and my hobby of painting. Soccer is very pressure filled and serious while painting is my relaxing hobby and artistic outlet.”

The Futbol Artist Network has several other players on board excited to be working with their artists from around the world.

Retired USA Men’s National Team Player and Former Ajax midfielder John O’Brien is a part of the Futbol Artist Network and has collaborated with a US based artist on a design coming out in September.

“Football is many things and at times it is definitely not Art,” says O’Brien.  “It can be mundane, plain, insane and entertainment without style.  But the times we long for in football are the times when creativity and know how mix and form a special shared experience, much like art.  I think it is only natural that the Futbol Artist Network wants to tap into this synergy.   In my eyes this creative project can add to the world's game and most importantly, our experiences of it.”

The artists seem to enjoy the creative project as well and working with players adds a new element to their creativity.  Don, a well-known street artist in London, has collaborated with Kyle Martino, an ex USA National Team Player and current soccer commentator for NBC Sports during the London Olympics.   Don has created a half stenciled, half painted piece inspired by Martino’s vision, that will be painted on canvas as well as commissioned onto a wall in London during the games. 

"This project's been a lot of fun,” said Don.  “There's a long history of sport being represented in art. Every boy in the UK grew up playing football in the playground and taking the sport onto the street was commonplace. Kyle understands the connection between sport and art and sport and the streets, which makes it a natural extension to associate sport, the street and art!"

With about a week to go before Shea's work is "relegated", and a new artist is featured, there's precious little time to get your hands on this professional athlete's unique work.

The Free Beer Movement is proud to be a supporter of this cool new project and the Futbol Artist Network asked us to pair up a beer for their debut piece by artist Brek Shea.

We present, "Wild Hare" Pale Ale by Spotzel Brewing Company's Shiner.

Texas born-and-bred like Shea this hoppy pale ale our beer is a homophonic tribute to both Shea's rabbit-like speed and un-kept mane.

For each of FAN's artistic releases we'll be coming back with another art and beer pairing.

In the meantime, follow Futbol Artist Network on Twitter and at 500 "follows" they'll be giving away one of Shea's works.

Tags: Beer, DrinkWear, Major League Soccer

VIDEO - “The Gear Show” - Nike5 Gato Futsal Shoe

The latest soccer shoe swag reviewd by Bumpy Pitch's Ben Hooper and Soccer Cleats 101's Bryan Byrne on KickTV's "The Gear Show".

Today they tackle Nike's latest futsal release, the Nike5 Gato.

Check it out.

Check out all the great FBM gear in our "Swag Store".

 

Tags: DrinkWear, KickTV, Video

DrinkWear - Here’s Some Pics of Players Wearing the New US Kits and their Souls Leaving their Bodies

Nike unveiled the long-rumored National Team kits.

(Insert your own over-used "Where's Waldo?"/ candy cane/ barber pole joke here.)

The surprise? Apparently both the men's and women's national teams will be sporting them this summer.

Also a surprise? They are soul-releasing shirts. All... "The Green Mile"-like.

That's something that's new.

Photo Credits: Nike Soccer and U.S. Soccer

Tags: DrinkWear, USMNT, USWNT

DrinkWear - Beer Rags? FBM’s 2012 MLS Western Conference Kit Preview

By Nick Sindt / Senior Shirt Correspondent

With the MLS season about to dawn, we at the Free Beer Movement thought we’d sit down and evaluate this season’s offerings for those who are unabashed kit-nerds like us.  Hey it’s part of the US Soccer culture, right?
 
(I will do my damndest to refrain from lambasting the ALL ADIDAS ALL THE TIME motif in MLS.  In truth that contract is great for the league, and thus the American game in general, but I’ve been drinking whilst composing this so I make no promises.)
 
To rate all of the kits (new and last year’s offerings that will be kept due to the two-year agreement between MLS and adidas) I will be making suggestions on what type of beer to toast each kit and its sponsor with:
 
Lowest of the Low = Macro-Brewers who produce flavored beers to be represented by Bud Light Lime.  You’re on thin ice; one step away from being toasted with two 40oz-ers of Zima.  Heretofore referred to as Bud Light Lime.
 
Below Average = Macro Brews like Miller Lite and Bud Light.  You have your place and time, and I appreciate everything you did for me in college, but really it’s time to add some depth, nuance (Lime is not a nuance), and maturity to yourself just like I purport to have done.  Heretofore referred to as Miller Lite.
 
Average = Macro-Micro Brews like Same Adams, Leinenkugels, etc.  You’re pretty widely distributed because you’re easy on most palates but restaurants still up-charge you as if you’re a Micro-brew simply because you’re not Miller or Bud.  Heretofore referred to as Sam Adams.
 
Above Average = Micro/Craft Breweries.  Pick your favorite local small-time brewer’s year-round offerings and toast the kit designers for a job well done with your go-to grown-up beer.  Heretofore referred to as New Glarus Moon Man.
 
Best of the Best = Seasonal Micro/Craft Brews that you wait all year long for and are willing to shell out the extra scratch for.  It’s so good it’s worth it, so raise a glass with your best can/bottle/glass of suds because even if it’s not your team this is a classy shirt and deserves its due.  Heretofore referred to as Surly Abrasive.





Home
The new home shirt for 2012 is quite simply a class act: a) the sash is not a design element anyone else in MLS uses, b) the detailing within the sash makes this pretty badass to wear off the field (let’s be honest you won’t see it on the TV feed or from the stands), and c) the shade of blue is not Crayola “Blue” nor is it Crayola “Navy” which adds to the depth of the shirt.  Let’s be honest, did you expect anything less for the team that has David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and 8 or 9 other DPs if they so desired?
 
Kit = Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = Miller Lite – Not a huge fan of ‘Herbalife’ spelled out, the logo would be better from the design side of things but the sponsor name spelled out likely works better with the sash…
 
Away
As an away shirt, it acts as an ok compliment to the home one.  On its own the only thing saving it is the different shade of blue, otherwise this is pretty tame.
 
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Miller Lite – Given the plainness of this template a more design-esque sponsor could definitely help this shirt out.
 
Third
Like all shirt manufacturers, adidas has a boring template to slap some colors on when necessary, and this is one of those times.  As boring as the template is the hubris behind the black and metallic gold totally redeem it for me.
 
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Miller Lite – Same thoughts as the away shirt.
 
Portland Timbers


Home
Bravo adidas.  The inaugural shirt for the Portland Timbers was beyond well done.  Two-tone coloring on the body of the shirt and white sleeves are above and beyond most MLS shirts, throw in the chevron detailing in between the two different greens and this shirt just hits a whole new level.
 
Kit = Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = New Glarus Moon Man – Maybe I’m a touch biased by how nice the rest of the shirt is, but the sponsor’s name being large doesn’t bother me.  It could be due to the font, possibly the good beer I had earlier tonight.
 
Away
If the home shirt is on a different level from the rest of MLS, this one will force the Poet Laureate to create some new adjectives to describe it.  Keeping many of the same design elements from the home shirt – two-toned body, white sleeves, and awesome detail separating the two shades of red (thorns this time) – adidas wins again with the ‘Rose City’ inspired away shirt.  My only complaint is that I’d have to shell out an extra $40 to get the Rose City logo on the right chest of the shirt as adidas’s “replica” shirts don’t have them.
 
Kit = Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = New Glarus Moon Man – Same commentary as the home shirt.
 
Third
The 2012 3rd kit for Portland is something straight out of that 70s show.  Like the frosted mini-wheats commercials of yore, the adult in me appreciates the nod to the past, while the kid in me is somewhat confused about this radioactive, highly flammable material (I know it’s not old-school polyester.  I know you wouldn’t make players play in that kind of shirt).  All in all, not a bad effort, but without other teams following suit this feels a touch out of place in the league.  As a shirt to wear outside of MLS games or watch parties, it’s not horrible but takes a certain bit of style to pull off; who knows maybe everyone in Portland has that style.
 
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = New Glarus Moon Man – Fitting for the era and the shirt.
 
FC Dallas
Home
Like the Rapids, the Dallas Burn went through a re-branding a few years ago to become FC Dallas Giant Steer Heads (‘There’s only two things in Texas…’ ).  Along with the name change was a switch from the sanitized MLS solid-colored shirt to become the first MLS team with hoops, a la Celtic and others.  Since that time adidas has shown some invention with Dallas’s hoops and while not everything is a home run, neutrals like me at least appreciate the effort.  The 2012 edition of the home shirt is an almost brilliant offering.  The small “border” striping for the thick hoops not only gives the shirt a touch of nuance, but it also furthers adidas’s three stripes everywhere-all-the-time motif.  The collar is a nice touch for the shirt that isn’t being used much elsewhere throughout MLS.  If I were to nit-pick the extra three stripes along the shoulders is a bit much of adidas’s branding on the shirt.
 
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man/Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = N/A – FC Dallas across the chest is a bit reminiscent of other US sports, especially high-school and college teams; when in doubt follow Atletico Madrid/San Jose’s lead and go without a shirt sponsor.
 
Away
Same template but with blue as the primary color and the detailed, smaller hoops are grey which is a nice alternate look – not radically different away colors but not as humdrum as other MLS away offerings where the home color becomes trim on a white shirt.  The collar is slightly different from the home shirt, and FC Dallas appears to be larger text across the chest.  Other than the text sizing looking weird (could just be the MLSGear.com website picture), this is a solid away effort.
 
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = N/A – Same thoughts as the home shirt.
 
Chivas USA


Home
2012 sees CD Chivas USA get a new home shirt with a pretty standard vertical stripe shirt with a navy collar.  When a team has stripes or hoops as their tradition it’s tough to do anything that’s vastly different from years before; though adidas is definitely trying with the GrinGoats.  Though a pretty standard offering in terms of stripes, the collar is a nice addition and elevates this shirt up to the borderline between middle of the road and just above.
 
Kit = Sam Adams/New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Corona I mean New Glarus Moon Man – I’m not a fan of Corona as a beer but I like to see beers sponsoring the league and the continued tie-ins with Mexico make it an interesting choice.
 
Away
On its own the away shirt is not bad, sublimated vertical stripes on a solid blue shirt.  However, as the away/compliment to the home shirt, this is a better-than-solid effort though a little too much white trim.
 
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = New Glarus
 
Real Salt Lake


Home
Last year’s RSL kit wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either – just a shade below middle of the road.  This year’s effort continues adidas’s trend away from conformity and tosses the navy blue trim onto a single sleeve.  Not too shabby; though, would’ve been better if the adidas three stripes had also followed suit and gone to the single, navy sleeve. 
 
Kit = Sam Adams/New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Miller Lite – From a looks perspective Xango doesn’t add much to the shirt.  From marketing their own name and brand perspective, I have googled this company a few times  because I’m intrigued about what they do or make.
 
Away
Same template as the home shirt but back to the boring white away idea.  The single sleeve spruces it up a touch and it’s definitely an improvement from last year’s 98%-white-with-a-few-splashes-of-color away shirt.
 
Kit = Miller Lite/Sam Adams
Sponsor = Miller Lite – Same thoughts as the home shirt.
 
Third
Last year’s garish bright yellow 3rd kit returns (I think) for the 2012 season.  It’s tough to form an opinion on this shirt…on the one hand that color is extremely loud and the shirt template is pretty basic.  On the other it’s a third kit and it’s supposed to be somewhat “different.” Regardless of your opinion, I think we can all agree that this shirt is definitely not part of the usual boring dreck that we see in MLS.
 
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = Miller Lite – Same thoughts as the home shirt.
 
Vancouver Whitecaps


Home
Whitecaps FC’s inaugural home shirt is an interesting take on the horizontal stripes/hoops idea though I think adidas should’ve pushed the envelope a bit with the thickness of the stripes to make more of an impression.  With the current stripes these shirts appear (from afar) to be just a white shirt with a modicum of blue trim; it’s a step up from boring but not by much.
 
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = Sam Adams – not sure who Bell is or what they do, but thankfully BMO isn’t sponsoring every team north of the border.
 
Away
One word describes this kit perfectly: Almost.  A quick glance and you think this is a typical solid blue shirt with some adidas stripes.  Upon closer inspection there is a nice sublimated pattern on the shirt that appears to be an interlocking of the club’s crest.  However, the sublimation hardly stands out against such a dark background.  Again, if the envelope had been pushed to create a little more contrast (think Olympique Marseille’s argyle away shirt from 2009 but less ostentatious) this could’ve been a great shirt.
 
Kit = Sam Adams/New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
Colorado Rapids


Home
A couple of years ago the Rapids re-branded themselves with a new crest and a new color scheme.  The maroon and frosty blue are a breath of fresh air in a league that seemed, prior to the Western Corridor getting involved, hell-bent on only using Caryola’s 8 standard colors.  That being said, this home shirt (a hold-over from 2011) is a little too “clean” for my tastes; the only splash of the secondary color is the adidas 3 stripes on the shoulder and the crest.  Whereas the Crew home shirt has a collar and the black “pops” against the yellow, the frosty blue is a weak compliment if only utilized for the 3 stripes.  A splash more of the secondary color and this could have been a solid offering.
 
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = N/A – Could one add to this shirt?  Possibly, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
 
Away
The same template as the home shirt (and again a hold-over from 2011), but with the club’s primary color adorning the shoulder portion of the shirt and a chevron down the backside.  While I can appreciate the touch of color to keep this from being a solid white shirt, it feels like a different direction could’ve been taken with this; possibly an Arsenal/West Ham/Aston Villa-like base with different-colored sleeves…especially considering the tenuous connection between the Rapids and Arsenal.  Overall, this shirt is on the same level as the home one, but just barely.
 
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = N/A – Could one add to this shirt?  Possibly, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
 
San Jose Earthquakes


Home
Last year’s home shirt had the same template as RSL’s Third shirt but with more color variation, which was not too bad except for all of the white detailing standing out too much against the black.  This year’s shirt is much, much more basic.  Removing the white piping detail to have simply a black shirt with blue trim (aside from the white adidas striping on the shoulders) actually made San Jose’s shirts better.  Though, it’s still pretty plain.
 
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = N/A – Could one add to this shirt?  Possibly, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
 
Away
Same template different color.  From a uniform perspective, this is a much improved effort on the basic white shirt from last season – you’ve figured out by now that I hate white away shirts for white away shirt’s sake.  However, the white shirt appears to be more wearable by the fan base than this effort.
 
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = N/A – Could one add to this shirt?  Possibly, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
 
Seattle Sounders


 
Home
I have a gut feeling (not based on any research or discussions) that Seattle is attempting to be the front-runner in EVERYTHING for MLS, which is great for the club, the league, and the fans.  However, with their shirts for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, I get the feeling that they’ve jumped the shark a bit.  What are those silver things; backpack straps?  Is it supposed to be futuristic like a Delorean and hover boards?  Remove that weirdness and this is not a bad solid-color-with-trim shirt especially given Seattle’s color choices.
 
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
Away
Same template as the home, but I’m digging this charcoal-navy color combination.  Remove those backpack straps and this would be a very solid away shirt.
 
Kit = Miller Lite/Sam Adams
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
Third
This shirt makes RSL’s Big Bird 3rd shirt look tastefully fashionable.  I have no words in my to describe these colors, aside from “oh my god, my eyes, they’re bleeding.”  The collar and color panels help keep this template from being boring-ish with normal colors.  Seattle & adidas’s choices for the third shirt colors will ensure that this kit will at least be talked about.  Biggest question, will TV cameras be able to pick up the players against the bright green turf of Qwest Field.
 
Kit = Bud Light Lime


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DrinkWear - Beer Rags? FBM’s 2012 MLS Eastern Conference Kit Preview

 
By Nick Sindt / Senior Shirt Correspondent
 
With the MLS season about to dawn, we at the Free Beer Movement thought we’d sit down and evaluate this season’s offerings for those who are unabashed kit-nerds like us.  Hey it’s part of the US Soccer culture, right?
 
(I will do my damndest to refrain from lambasting the ALL ADIDAS ALL THE TIME motif in MLS.  In truth that contract is great for the league, and thus the American game in general, but I’ve been drinking whilst composing this so I make no promises.)
 
To rate all of the kits (new and last year’s offerings that will be kept due to the two-year agreement between MLS and adidas) I will be making suggestions on what type of beer to toast each kit and its sponsor with:
 
Lowest of the Low = Macro-Brewers who produce flavored beers to be represented by Bud Light Lime.  You’re on thin ice; one step away from being toasted with two 40oz-ers of Zima.  Heretofore referred to as Bud Light Lime.
 
Below Average = Macro Brews like Miller Lite and Bud Light.  You have your place and time, and I appreciate everything you did for me in college, but really it’s time to add some depth, nuance (Lime is not a nuance), and maturity to yourself just like I purport to have done.  Heretofore referred to as Miller Lite.
 
Average = Macro-Micro Brews like Same Adams, Leinenkugels, etc.  You’re pretty widely distributed because you’re easy on most palates but restaurants still up-charge you as if you’re a Micro-brew simply because you’re not Miller or Bud.  Heretofore referred to as Sam Adams.
 
Above Average = Micro/Craft Breweries.  Pick your favorite local small-time brewer’s year-round offerings and toast the kit designers for a job well done with your go-to grown-up beer.  Heretofore referred to as New Glarus Moon Man.
 
Best of the Best = Seasonal Micro/Craft Brews that you wait all year long for and are willing to shell out the extra scratch for.  It’s so good it’s worth it, so raise a glass with your best can/bottle/glass of suds because even if it’s not your team this is a classy shirt and deserves its due.  Heretofore referred to as Surly Abrasive. 
 
Eastern Conference
 
 
Chicago Fire
Home
Much improved effort on past years.  The blue swath across the chest in place of the white makes this look a lot less rec-league – think about it every rec-league style kit template that all manufacturers put out is <Some Color> and White.  The collar is a nice touch of class for an organization that is near and dear to my heart.  The only downside is adidas continuing to kick us in the teeth with their three stripes down the sleeves and the sponsor; I’m happy Quaker is getting involved in the game and working to fight childhood obesity, but the quaker face and name does not inspire.
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man (but only just barely or barley, as it were)
Sponsor = Bud Light Lime
 
Away
Wow, if the home kit is much improved over past years, this is an SAT analogy where iPod : Record :: Chicago Fire 2012 Away Kit : X!!!!  Hint: Burlap sack is the front-runner in a Gallup Poll, just ahead of Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination…I digress.
 
The navy shirt, as opposed to plain old white with some home color trim is miles ahead.  Adding the horizontal Carolina Blue pin-striping broken up by the four six-pointed stars takes this to a whole new level.  Sure you can find fault with the sponsor and the number of times the “Chicago” stars are found on the shirt (it is a touch “heavy-handed” in cooking terms), but overall this is a class shirt and I might have to take some money out of my daughter’s college fund to buy this thing.  Well done adidas!
Kit = Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
 
Columbus Crew
Home
Columbus’s home shirt is YELLOW with some black trim, we get it.  2012’s edition is a decent enough shirt with a collar to make it suitable for wearing out and about or to the golf course.  Is it different from last year's?  Yes, but who amongst you that isn’t a die-hard Crew fan would know that?  Not many.  Columbus’s new sponsor is a bit of a detractor as it takes away from the overall look and presentation of it all.
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Bud Light Lime
 
Away
As with Chicago’s Away Kit, Columbus’s is simply a wow all on its own.  Adidas, I get what you’re trying to do here (throwback to the original MLS Crew shirt without being an exact match), I really do, but this is a miss/defect/travashammocery of Shakesperean proportions.  Why do the Black and Yellow horizontal bars stop right above Chad Marshall’s nipples?  I mean Sofia Vergara could ‘make it work’ but the beer swilling inhabitants of Crew Stadium…not so much.  What happened to mostly black with some yellow trim?  That kit would at least make me look trim.
Kit = Bud Light Lime
Sponsor = Bud Light Lime
 
 

DC United


Home
Glory Be!!!!  There’s Red in them thar shirts.  For the first time in a long time, DC United’s other color, red, gets to play more than a passing role in their home shirts.  Not a fan of the weird neck/collar spikes, the bicep cuffs of color, but at least it’s not Black with White.  The VW sponsorship not only adds to the shirt but it’s nice to have a major auto maker on the MLS’s side.
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
Away
It seems the theme for MLS clubs this year is to have a collar on at least one of the shirts.  DC Unite obliges on their away kit, which has a nice red collar on a white shirt.  For some reason this one bugs me but I can’t pinpoint why.  The bicep cuffs and pit-stain trim are red and stand out nicely.  Even the concussion I received from three stripes on the arm doesn’t bother me as bad with this shirt.  Maybe it’s the complete package…Though, again it’s better than just White with Black.
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
Third
Utilizing 2011’s 3rd Kit, ALL RED with some black will return for cup competitions.  Not a horrible offering, but with red shorts and socks it becomes a bit of an eyesore.  What is it with DC and adidas that makes them stray from the original template of black shirt & socks or white shirt & socks with red shorts?
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Sam Adams
 
 
 
Houston Dynamo
Home
Houston retains the same kits from last season, which have a weird sunburst/Azteca sublimation that I’m not quite getting right now, but it looks decent.  Other than the tangerine orange base the only thing this shirt has going on is the adidas trademark three-stripes (we get it already…), a white collar, and the sponsor logo: greenstar, whomever that is.  Though I’m not getting the sublimated pattern, the simplicity of this kit is nice.  Solid effort when paired with White shorts, in opposition to the solid colored shirt/shorts/socks combo most teams trot out.  Plus it doubles as a golf shirt.
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Miller Lite
 
Away
Almost the exact opposite of the home kit, though the sublimated pattern is much more subtle if it’s even there at all…
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Miller Lite
 
 
Montreal Impact
Home
For the newest entrant into the parity that is MLS, adidas broke out a stop or two.  To be honest I haven’t seen this template, yet, but I (and you) probably will on every team adidas outfits throughout Europe, Asia, and the US at some point in the next year or so.  Adidas did touch it up with a full-body cross made of fleur-de-lises, of which only the fleur-de-lises represent the city of Montreal.  This touch puts it above the offering for Vancouver last term, but well, well below Portland’s kits from their inaugural year.
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = Miller Lite – thankfully someone else sponsors the Vancouver Canucks Whitecaps
 
Away
Holy Hell!!! Adidas has gone radical with the Away shirt for the new boys; opposite colors from the home shirt on the same template. 
Kit = Bud Light Lime
Sponsor = Miller Lite – it adds that splash of red that you need ‘round February in the Great White North, whether you’ve put your neighbor through a wood chipper or slit your own wrists…
 
New England Revolution
Home
I’m too drunk and bored I can’t be bothered to comment other than there’s 3 colors in the v-neck!!!!  The only thing that could make this kit worse is a boring, white-guy, suburbanite sponsor…oops there it is – "United Healthcare".  At least the flag of New England redeems the back of the shirt.
Kit = Bud Light Lime
Sponsor = Zima
 
Away
Worse than the home kit.  Makes me want to write an angry letter to the Revs front-office.  How far you’ve come from the garish, AMERICA-FUCK-YEAH shirts from yesteryear. 
Kit = Zima
Sponsor = Zima
 
 
 
New York Red Bulls
Home
Unlike last year’s patch-work design, this years is the Revs kit with less color.  For some reason it doesn’t bother me AS much as the Revs, but I’m still pretty pissed if I’m an NYRB fan who bought last year’s shirt – might as well buy a white t-shirt and screen print your own crest and sponsor onto it.
Kit = Bud Light Lime
Sponsor = Bud Light Lime – the logo is way too big for the shirt and it duplicates design elements from the crest.  Snore.
 
Away
No change from last year’s almost, but not quite as patch-work-y home shirt.  The Navy blue is redeeming but the sponsor and adidas’s fascination with their three stripes impedes me from liking this one too much.
Kit = Miller Lite
Sponsor = Bud Light Lime
 
 
 
Philadelphia Union
Home
So the last two years, the Union have had a weird Star Trek: The Next Generation thing going on.  This year they change it up a bit with a more modern interpretation on the solid center-swath of color.  The baby blue trim interspersed with the navy base is a nice touch as is the Gold PSG/Center-swath of color.  The authentic shirt has a “far-east” style collar that isn’t replicated on the replica shirt (come on adidas, make them one in the same already and quite with your pricing BS) which I haven’t decided on as of yet.
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = Miller Lite – To have to explain this to every woman you encounter gives you an opportunity to grow the sport.("Bimbo? No... Beeembo.")  To have to explain this to every woman you encounter makes you wish they had something more degrading, but at least respectable, like an escort service on the front of their shirts.
 
Away
Same template, but different colors (in a way that’s vastly different from the Montreal Impact).  Not sure yet what my thoughts are on that blue being the basis of the jersey, but it continues to pique my interest and it might eventually really grow on me.
Kit = New Glarus Moon Man
Sponsor = Miller Lite
 
 
 
Toronto FC
Home
TFC keeps their Home kit from the previous season which is an Arsenal/West Ham/Aston Villa-esque shirt with a base of one color and sleeves of a different color.  There’s nothing remarkable about this shirt but the graphite sleeves draw me in.
Kit = Sam Adams
Sponsor = Miller Lite – we’ve seen this before but in two colors instead of one.
 
Away
TFC also keeps their Away kit from the previous season, which is very similar to the new Crew Home shirt, except it’s not yellow. And it doesn't have the weird cross-breast tri-color barf-fest. The graphite collar on the white shirt gives this shirt an element of class not seen in other collared shirts adidas has put forth for Eastern Conference MLS foes.
Kit = Sam Adams….almost a Moon Man
Sponsor = Miller Lite
 
 
Sporting Kansas City
Home
Oh adidas and Sporting KC, how you missed the boat with this one.  The new crest and ideology behind the club’s name is great.  However, the kit having a seam mimicking the crest without a color differentiation (however slight) is a big mistake.  Without a color differentiation, the seam representing the border between Kansas and Missouri is unfathomable unless you inappropriately invade the shirt wearer’s personal space.  You’re so close to being above average, but just not enough nuance on this to make it a great kit.  Hurts to think that a shade or two darker on one side of the kit takes you from being toasted with a Sammy to a Surly Abrasive, doesn’t it?
Kit = Sam Adams…almost a Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = N/A
 
Away
Similar to Montreal with opposite colors on the same template, but this one is classier in its subtlety.  I still wish there was color variation between the Kansas and Missouri portions of the shirt.
Kit = Sam Adams…almost a Surly Abrasive
Sponsor = N/A
 

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