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WPS Unveils Uniforms

What do you think?

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By Steve Goff  |  February 24, 2009; 9:00 PM ET
Categories:  Women  
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Long sleeve, short sleeve. Where's the Natasha Kai half-sleeve??

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 24, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Something seems wrong with yer linky Goff... or is it my computer?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

why is it the leagues won't allow individual teams to find their own brand? A lot of those pumas look the exact same, just changed the color scheme, smacked on a new badge, and changed the name. How bout more original ideas?

Posted by: doh1 | February 24, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago team's uni is pretty cool. Of the look-alikes, the LA uni has hte sharpest color scheme.

Why aren't they showing the bottoms -- the hot pants? They are going to wear hot pants, right?

Posted by: fischy | February 24, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

i didn't click the links but as long as Sepp Blatter helped with the design, I'm sure they'll be excellent.

Posted by: muskratinator | February 24, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I actually like St. Louis and the Pride's.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

doh: money.

Nice unis -- clean and simple with good colors. Only Chicago's is memorable, though, but I really like StL's green. DC looks like some older USMNT kits.

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is Puma the sole designer? They paid the money for it, just like Adidas did with MLS.

Puma will pay around $10M for the three-year deal. As part of the agreement, players who "don't have existing deals with other cleat makers ... will wear Pumas during WPS games." The Puma name and logo will be on the league's "balls, uniforms, goalkeeper equipment, even sports bras."

I'm glad Chicago's jerseys don't actually have to be red, and that not every side are going with the color/white home/away arrangement. The red Freedom away is a welcome change, and the Sol had better hope that their color sharing with the Galaxy is not going to be indicative of their success in that kit.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | February 24, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Is it okay if we taint this thread with CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE blather?
What happened to pinche cabron Villar?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

ZZZZzzzzz

Posted by: alecw81 | February 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The blue sleeve on Dynamo jersey makes everyone look like the captain... bad design...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Hmph, on first look, I really like the Chicago look, the St. Louis one is a nice old schoolish nod that's distinctive, and the Sky Blue is a good attempt at a very clean modern look. The other three strike me as generic American sports logos - USFL anyone?

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 24, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

You talking to me alecw81?
Or just dissing the ladies again?
You got a rugby blog you can hip me to so I can drop in once and a while and crap on it? ;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

A couple things.

First the very obvious. Where has Leslie Osborne been my whole life? Amazing.

Second, what is up with the mock skirts? How stupid do those look? If I was a female player I would take offense at those before patronizing comments about their appearances.

Last. Some good designs along with some boring ones. Good variety of color. The Chicago ones are just about the best kit in any sport I have ever seen. Makes the name (Red Stars) seem less Marxist. I get the name now. The Freedom kits are simple and classy and thank God they went with the Red (and not white) alternate.

Overall B-

Posted by: bluesfan1 | February 24, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Clark cleaning up his mess, but good gosh in the 32nd minute!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Boswell GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLL!!!!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Goal Boswell!

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

So now that we got Gomez back... any chance of bringing back Bobby?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Houston getting tons of chance now.

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Dude, are they wearing skorts?! That's ridiculous!

Posted by: combedge | February 24, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Uniforms look great! Nice job WPS and Puma. I do intend to make it out to Germantown for a game this season.

And I'll second the "bring back Boswell" sentiment. Along with Perkins & Esky of course.

By the way, the next big sportswear apparel maker is going to be Airness from France: http://www.airness.fr/
Great story about how it was founded: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,901060612-1200726,00.html

Posted by: Pedalada | February 24, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I like their uniforms! Not too flashy and nice.

I hope this league lasts, so little girls everywhere will havea league to look up to and emulate.

I know i will try to watch Marta as much as i can.


Where are their games going to be broadcasted? Do they have any deals for countrywide broadcasts like with ESPN or anything?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 24, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

OMG those are skorts. (How bad did that sound?)

Leslie Osbourne looks nice, though.

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Peter Wilt pulls through with a great and unique jersey design - the only one with any real originality, IMO.

Posted by: Modibo | February 24, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

OMG those are skorts. (How bad did that sound?)

Leslie Osbourne looks nice, though.

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2009 10:56 PM
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You think that's bad?
Wait till the Sounders open up the season and you see 10,000 of these things:
http://www.kiltmen.com/michael-P-utilikilt.jpg

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

DISAPPOINTING!!!! a league trying to establish an identity lost it by having ALL the jerseys have only 2 templates to choose from. only Chicago had something besides their badge on it. at least St. Louis has a distinctive color. and what the heck is up with the skorts???? i am a female and i CANNOT take the teams that are chossing to wear them seriously. that is setting back female sports 20 years. i'm hoping to hear that was part of the "fashion show" and not what they will be wearing. DISAPPOINTING!!!!

Posted by: alanier13 | February 24, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Goff -- What's the word on a 3rd jersey for the Freedom?

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

shame the Freedom doesn's use the shield (Colorado like) Logo...

LA Sol did well in choosing the dark unis as primary ones, still a gold one would have been nice.

Don't mind the unification, nor that bizarre whatever not pants that are, certainly not the players, however some more small add ons like the red stars would have been cool.

Posted by: Ben7LA | February 25, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh good god fischy, this league will be lucky to sell 1 jersey! ZZZZZZZZ. How could you possibly try to sell American's something else they don't need?.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz
:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse

I like that they don't have their team name running across the front. I've always thought that ugly on soccer jerseys.

Posted by: TCompton | February 25, 2009 6:51 AM | Report abuse

They look nice although most are plain and the templates aren't that inspiring. What's with the skorts though?

Posted by: sitruc | February 25, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I would rather go to a game if they were wearing sports bras and hot pants. Well if they all looked like the women's swedish national team anyway and not like braiana scurry.

Posted by: bighungry | February 25, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Goff -- What's the word on a 3rd jersey for the Freedom?

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 12:32 AM
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Um, seriously? Haha.

Posted by: spidergoose | February 25, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

My God, misogyny is so much fun, isn't it?

I believe WPS said that, the first year, in the interests of time and simplicity and because of the timing of the Puma deal, that there wouldn't be a lot of variety the first year. So, please, get over yourself for being a typical MLS fan and demanding that there be seven different completely off-the-wall designs that you can fap to.

That said - the skorts are a bad idea. They're basically saying these are girls, not athletes. There's a reason soccer players wear shorts. This isn't tennis. Thank God not every team got stuck with them.

Leslie Osborn is outstanding. Hope Solo as a brunette (with what appears to be several post-Beijing pounds) just doesn't work. St. Louis' unis are completely bland, though I like their name.

Posted by: very_clever_username | February 25, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

So it's misogynistic to critique the kits as suggested by thread topic, but it's not to turn around and bad mouth Solo's weight and hair color?
I nominate you for that show *Tool Academy* on the spot....tool.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Hah! Tool Academy...

Glad Houston won...

Posted by: Reignking | February 25, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh wait, Houston tied.

Posted by: Reignking | February 25, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Skorts?

Really?

Thanks Title IX.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 25, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

First the very obvious. Where has Leslie Osborne been my whole life? Amazing.

Posted by: bluesfan1 | February 24, 2009 10:31 PM

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I'm guessing she hadn't yet been born for much of your life. (just kidding)

Posted by: troy6 | February 25, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

And almost all of those players -- save Marta -- arrived in Portugal this morning for the Algarve Cup.

And tonight: Sporting Lisbon versus Bayern Munich.

I'm entering the happy season of the year.

Posted by: troy6 | February 25, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

That said - the skorts are a bad idea. They're basically saying these are girls, not athletes. There's a reason soccer players wear shorts. This isn't tennis
Posted by: very_clever_username | February 25, 2009 8:17 AM
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Huh? Tennis players are not athletes? How about field hockey players? They wear skirts. Your comment is laced with some of the misogyny you seem to eschew. If the players are OK with it, I'm OK with it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 25, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Um... I took a look at the Boston Breakers site.

Andrea Hucles is not wearing a skort in any of the pictures of her modeling. The "skirt" thing looks removeable. Not sure why they made it (maybe for the entrance to the field or something?) but I don't think they'll be playing in it. Which is good.

And I agree, the Chicago ones are the only ones that look original. In fact, pretty snazzy.

I don't like "template" uniforms, but notify me when Kansas City and the Revs aren't wearing the same jersey. (Columbus's yellow jersey looks hauntingly familiar too). Even teams in Europe seem to be wearing templates- Lyon was wearing something that looked like Barca's yellow jersey last night, which looked similar to another team sponsored by Nike's Jersey. (Old USNT jersey anyone?)

It happens. I didn't expect stunning originality in the first year of the league (and I feared it, something akin to the first MLS jerseys). Simple is good. I'm more likely to wear a first-year Breakers jersey than a first-year Revs jersey.

Wow, that was a long discussion on uniforms.

Posted by: revsfanindc | February 25, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

They are not going to weark "skorts". This is not field hockey...

Having said that, I understand the financial aspect but for real, the only one that is vaguely cool is Red Stars.

The new Freedom logo is an upgrade but it is still lame. Sertiously. There are WPSL and W-League sides with better jerseys...

Posted by: yankiboy | February 25, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The skorts aren't actually to be worn while playing, right? The shorts are on full display and I figured the skorts were supposed to be showing off some team stuff. Well said, DadRyan. That was one of the dumbest posts I've seen here.

Posted by: sitruc | February 25, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I think the shirts are really nice. Simple and clean. Dare I say, nicer than the majority of MLS?

Speaking of which, the Sounders kits look like the barf of a spring breaker after 13 bad margaritas.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 25, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Here is the link that revsfanindc mentioned in his post:

http://fancorner.womensprosoccer.com/photo/boston-short?context=latest

It definitely looks temporary, so it might just be for when the teams come out for the national anthem, but I am still a fan of traditional shorts

Posted by: soccerfan80 | February 25, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

If the skorts are not for playing, then I'm definitely NOT going to buy one.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

*Skorts. "If the players are OK with it." I doubt the players have a say in it. And I very very seriously doubt they are OK with it. I personally think it's beyond stupid. Maybe they should explore some of the old girls basketball rules too -- half of each team has to stay on their own side of the half-line. Can't have them over-exerting themselves. Ridiculous.

*Will be interesting to see how much playing time Johanna Frisk gets in LA.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I-270Exit1:
"Huh? Tennis players are not athletes? How about field hockey players? They wear skirts. Your comment is laced with some of the misogyny you seem to eschew. If the players are OK with it, I'm OK with it."
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Not what I meant. My bad.

Tennis and field hockey players wear skirts. Soccer players do not. What they're saying is that these aren't soccer players. When what they should be saying is that these are strong, powerful athletes AND soccer players. If the skort comes off, what function does THAT serve?

Posted by: very_clever_username | February 25, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

WPS says the "wraps" won't be worn in games.

I doubt they'll be worn much at all, except for functions like this.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9342.aspx

Posted by: very_clever_username | February 25, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The wraps are wrubbish

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

First the very obvious. Where has Leslie Osborne been my whole life? Amazing.

Posted by: bluesfan1 | February 24, 2009 10:31 PM

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I'm guessing she hadn't yet been born for much of your life. (just kidding)


Posted by: troy6 | February 25, 2009 9:31 AM

Hey! Only a 12 year age gap for what its worth. I hate all things California, but could make an exception for Ms. Osborne.

Posted by: bluesfan1 | February 25, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The WPS site says that Brandi Chastain was born in 1980! So... she was 11 when she played in her first world cup?

Posted by: danboleo | February 25, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Osborne is from Wisconsin . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

. . . but pays for Cali team, OK, I got it.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wait, did Bobby Bowden tell you Chastain's age?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

. . . or Jim Bowden . . . well you know what I meant

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I was beginning to look forward to a wrap being torn off in a game to be disappointed by the shorts underneath.

Posted by: sitruc | February 25, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Good interview with Lilly and Solo on the Today show:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/29386000#29386000

I especially love Hope's reaction to the "wrap" - which they call an accessory.

Posted by: soccerfan80 | February 25, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Goff "ZZZZzzzzzzz"ed his way through stadium proceedings for months, so I'll do the same with WPS.

There simply is no place for Professional Women's TEAM sports. MLS has a hard enough time on their own turning a profit, I don't see WPS being remotely as successful, even with extremely low-wages and low expectations.

The NBA subsidizes the WNBA, but I really wonder how much longer they'll continue that. Again, no market.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 25, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

MLS doesn't turn a profit and never has. "Again, no market." But I'll continue to enjoy it as long as the owners choose to subsidize it; same with WPS. I like soccer.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Ryan and Pellerud, hello Sundhage and Morace

New Canadian WNT coach is a woman from Italy:

"I come from a different soccer culture than him (Pellerud)," said Morace, who has assembled an all-female coaching staff. "We need to focus more on keeping possession of the ball and attacking with clarity and effectiveness. It is also very important to give the players the tools to become more free-thinking on the field. There are three different ways to build the game and we will be looking to use all of them as each has their advantages and disadvantages."

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There simply is no place for Professional Women's TEAM sports.Posted by: alecw81 | February 25, 2009 3:40 PM
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Give it a rest dude. Seriously.
Things change man. Do you think Tony Hawk thought skateboarding would change the way it has because of video games? Do you think Laird Hamilton thought he'd be in Credit Card ads 15 years ago? Do you think I thought there would ever be a market for professional women's skateboarding, snowboarding, or surfing in 1988?
Team sports don't change much, but the world changes and with it, peoples attitudes toward what are and aren't marketable sports.
Regardless, just because your closed mind doesn't think it'll happen doesn't mean there are millions of other people who may think differently.
Sheesh. And Montreal just scored a second goal!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Way to compare INDIVIDUAL sports with TEAM sports.

And MLS does turn a profit now, it's just creative bookkeeping that's making it appear to be a loss.

Individual TEAMS are losing money, DC, RBNY, NE... but everyone in their own stadium will be in the black this year.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 25, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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