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NYCFC reveal away kit for inaugural MLS season

New York City FC confirmed an all black jersey with sky blue stripes as their away uniform for their inaugural MLS season, revealing the uniform to fans through social media.

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NYCFC reveal away kit for inaugural MLS season

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By DAN KARELL

Unlike their very public home uniform reveal, New York City FC decided to go with a more subtle approach to unveil their away uniforms for their inaugural MLS campaign.

The expansion MLS club revealed their away kits in a Twitter post on Monday night before releasing more information later in the evening. The jersey is similar to the home uniform in that it’s a fully solid color, this time black, with sky blue stripes down the shoulders and arms and a sky blue stripe at the bottom of the arms and chest.

More subtly, the away jersey also features five black stripes that are barely visible going diagonally across the uniform from the left shoulder to the right hip. According to the club, the five stripes stand for the five boroughs of New York as the club attempts to brand themselves as the city’s soccer team.

The uniform also features their inaugural season patch on the lower left side, this time colored orange, and a strip just below the neck colored orange. The club’s crest is over the left side of the chest, similar to the home kit, with the Etihad Airways shirt sponsorship taking center stage on the uniform. Both arm sleeves feature the new MLS logo, outlined in orange and colored in black.

According to the club, the jersey will go on sale in “early 2015.”

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New Atlanta Stadium releases updated designs, including MLS configuration

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By DAN KARELL

MLS fans in Atlanta and around the country have a better idea of what the fan experience will look like when the league’s Atlanta franchise kicks off their existence in 2017.

New design renderings of the estimated $1.2 billion stadium to house Arthur Blank’s MLS club and the Atlanta Falcons show an updated look at the stadium’s configuration for MLS matches. The stadium will use panels to block out the upper deck and make the 65,000 seat stadium feel more confined for the smaller soccer crowds. The lower level seats will also retract to allow for space to fit a regulation-sized soccer field.

It’s a similar style to what the Vancouver Whitecaps use at BC Place to block out the upper deck, except the new Atlanta stadium panels are vertical along the upper deck, while the BC Place panels jut out at a more horizontal angle to make it seem like another roof above the lower deck.

The retractable roof stadium, which is set to feature an artificial turf field, is expected to open in time for the 2017 MLS season. According to the Atlanta MLS franchise’s website, the soccer-specific capacity will be capped at a little more than 29,000.

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Video: Toronto FC show off plans for BMO Field rennovations

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Akindele named 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year, Parkhurst takes home Fair Play award

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By DAN KARELL

One of the least heralded draft picks from the 2014 MLS Draft has taken home some end-of-season hardware.

FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele was named 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year after receiving the highest weighted total of votes split between the media, coaches, and players across the league.

Although he didn’t make his first start until early May, Akindele became a regular starter in the lineup for FC Dallas this season and was crucial in their late-season rresurgenceto lift them back to the MLS Cup playoffs. Akindele, a former star for the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, finished the season with seven goals and three assists in 26 games played, 18 of them starts. Akindele was the sixth overall selection in the 2014 Draft.

Akindele beat out Harry Shipp, Steve Birnbaum, and Chris Duvall for the honors.

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Jones provides killer instinct for Revs playoff run

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By CARL SETTERLUND

HARRISON, N.J. — When the New England Revolution were stuck in an eight-game losing streak leading up to the team’s summer acquisition of Jermaine Jones, the problem wasn’t necessarily talent.

The Revs are predominantly a collection of young players on the rise, and their locker room is one of the most cohesive in the league, but they just didn’t have enough veteran leadership to compete. Now Eastern Conference finalists, at one point in July the Revs fell four games below a .500 record.

It couldn’t be a more opposite vibe now, as Jones delivered not just the quality, but the urgency the Revs needed in their Eastern Conference Final first leg win Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

While MVP candidate Lee Nguyen had said during the previous week that an away draw would be an acceptable result, Jones begged to differ, venturing forward for an 85th-minute winner that puts the Revolution in an enviable position heading into the second leg on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

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Report: Club America’s Alvarado rejects calls from U.S. Soccer to pursue El Tri dream

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By DAN KARELL

It’s not often anymore that you see a dual-national soccer player who grew up in the USA decide to play for another nation.

Sure, it’s happened before, the most high-profile cases being Giuseppe Rossi and Neven Subotic, but considering U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s approach to calling in dual-nationals to the U.S. senior and junior teams, it is a subject that hasn’t been broached in some years.

It comes as a surprise then as a report out of Mexico states that Club America centerback Ventura Alvarado dreams of playing for the Mexican National Team, despite having received calls from the U.S. Soccer Federation in the past.

“The truth is to play in a Mexican team and one like (Club) America is a dream for any young person (in the USA),” Alvarado told Televisa Deportes.

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