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Monday kickaround: Adidas-MLS, FIFA referees, Beasley to Hanover, USL-2, college soccer, WPS spin, Barcelona video

*According to Sports Business Journal, Adidas has renegotiated the last four years of its sponsorship deal with MLS and extended it four years to 2018 for $200 million. The original pact, signed in 2004, was $150 million over 10 years.

*FIFA boss Sepp Blatter proposes full-time professional referees for the World Cup. About time.

*DaMarcus Beasley's move to Bundesliga club Hanover is now official.

*The 10-man Charleston Battery defeated the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, to claim the title in USL-2, American soccer's third division. Meantime, Real Maryland defender Mason Trafford has signed with Finnish club IFK Marienhamn.

*The men's college season begins in earnest Friday, but for a taste of the local scene, the D.C. College Cup kicks off Wednesday at American University's Reeves Field with George Washington facing George Mason at 2 p.m. and AU hosting Howard at 5. In its final preseason tuneup, Mason tested defending national champion Virginia before falling, 2-1.

*Even in defeat, teams will always try to put a positive spin on the result of a match. This weekend, the WPS's Atlanta Beat took this practice to a whole new (and ludicrous) level:

The Atlanta Beat scored in their fourth straight match Saturday night as they returned home to KSU Soccer Stadium in front of 4,289 fans. Midfielder Angie Kerr tallied her first goal of the season as the Beat fell 6-1 to the Bay Area's Gold Pride.

*Highlights from Barcelona's 3-0 victory at Racing Santander on La Liga's opening weekend:


By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Barcelona , College Soccer , FIFA , MLS , Spain , USL , Women  | Tags: FC Barcelona, MLS, WPS  
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So for clarification...do you know if it is 4 more years for $50M or is it basically now a new 8 year contract for $200M, which would be in addition to the $90M they've already taken in the first 6 years of the original contract?

Either would be pretty cool but the latter would be simply awesome.

Posted by: mcontento | August 30, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

ugh. More crappy school uniforms for MLS by Adidas. Dont get me wrong I like Adidas but I just cant deal with everyone else looking like your team with different colors. No uniqueness in the kits. We need to get some Nike and Puma sponsorships. And venture to New Era for fitteds which would help the brand of MLS.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 30, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Atlanta drew more fans to get their butts kicked than Washington drew to win and remain in contention.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 30, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

That was Messi's first touch of the game...

Posted by: Reignking | August 30, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the Beat's press person didn't underscore the numbe4r of goals: SEVEN GOALS SCORED IN BEAT GAME!!!!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 30, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I second your motion on linking up with New Era Dips. Can not stand any hat that MLS produces. I don't need a machine to perma bend the bills of my ball caps. It's sad because I've always been a hat guy and I'd rock a nice United fitted daily if they produced them.
Sounders fans alone would probably sell millions of martian barf hot fitteds...:)

Posted by: DadRyan | August 30, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

adidas money = great!

adidas MLS kits = sh*t!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 30, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Who's to say that an MLS-team kit from Nike or Puma won't look like those companies' kits for Euro or South American teams? And what, exactly, are you folks looking for in a kit? Collars, hoodies, fringes?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 30, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

@mcontento,

I think it has to be the latter. Four more years for $50 million would be less per year than MLS was getting under the original terms.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 30, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Fringe, like the Caribou?

Posted by: Reignking | August 30, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 30, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the kits should have a phone pocket for those in-game twits.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 30, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they should have pockets full of tissues for all of the crybabies here.

Posted by: Reignking | August 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

all of the other major US sports leagues have single supplier jersey/apparel deals, so why are people surprised that MLS would do the same? personally, I think Adidas has done a nice job designing kits that offer somewhat unique looks for each club. the only ones that seem to blend in, to me at least, are San Jose and KC.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

A nice tweed jersey with suede elbow patches for New England, polka dots for expansion teams in Wisconsin, and stash pockets for Timber fans (away jerseys only, they can get high in public in Oregon).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The adidas kits might not be perfect but many MLS kits were downright AWFUL (as in 70's NASL-awful) before the adidas shirt contract.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 30, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

So, the new deal, good for the league for the longer term and good for the higher gross value number.

However, once the league gets to 20 clubs, then the per year, per club payout, is the same - if you look at it that way.

Still, as MLS avoided labor unrest, sees the addition of 3 new clubs and 5 stadiums, not a bad headline.

It's certainly not the ugliness that is about to be played out by the NFL and NBA in regards to their labor situation and league structures.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot more information on the Adidas deal here. Apparently, there will be a lot more money for youth development.

Posted by: Reignking | August 30, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

also stadium construction for Adidas?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 30, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The adidas kits might not be perfect but many MLS kits were downright AWFUL (as in 70's NASL-awful) before the adidas shirt contract.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 30, 2010 12:02 PM
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In the 90's almost all the kits for any team around the world were awfull.

We'rent they mostly Nike before the deal? I much prefer Nike designs, and just the feel of the shirt, these days than Adidas.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | August 30, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I want Umbro, because they make the best football kits in the world and it's not even close. But the adidas money is nice too.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Beat, they apparently won't have to face Bompastor when they visit the 'Plex in two weeks for the match that will determine the Freedom's fate. Then again, they presumably will be without their own Swiss star, Ramona Bachmann:

http://allwhitekit.com/

Also, Boston's win over Philly last night makes a third-place finish for the Freedom an even more remote possibility.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I hope your adidas complainers will recall that Nike made those abominable San Jose Clash and Tampa Bay Mutiny kits back in the day.

Wasn't it Nike, adidas and one other smaller company who did kits in the beginning of the league? I seem to recall that Colorado had a different manufacturer than everyone else.

I really don't have much of a problem with the adidas uniforms. And I prefer their look to Nike's. Nike is even worse about making one design and applying it every team. Look at all of the national teams they outfit.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Baltimore United in Under Armour kits? I guess that's not going to happen... right away. http://www.underarmour.com/shop/uk/en/mens/hannover-96&pg=0

Posted by: plawcas | August 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems like many of you should have had careers as fashion critics.

My team can wear barbed wire shirts or go all pink and call themselves Flamingo Passion - as long as they play to win games in a stadium I can get to.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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