Rapids release secondary kit for 2017…

Today the Rapids released their secondary kit for 2017 and here are some initial thoughts on it. Click to see the 2017 kit.

Basically it’s the same kit as last season just with a few tweaks to it.

The GOOD – Love the gold, definitely one of the more distinct kits of the 2016 season and maybe even MLS history! Love the addition of blue sleeves and collar! The red button is a minor but nice attention to detail.

The Colorado flag moving from the jock tag position to the back of the collar is a good fit, making it more visible overall.

The lack of here stripes are a good thing. This is probably the cleanest kit in terms of Adidas markings. The 3 stripes only appear on the shoulders, stopping at the sleeves.

The “5280” from the back kit now to the sleeve is a good idea, but would probably look better in gold rather than red.

The BAD – The Cubs called and have asked for their “C” back. The jock tag “C” doesn’t look good, almost seems like a desperate attempt by Adidas. If there were an eyesore to ┬áthe look of the kit overall, this would be it. I would rather Adidas had it left blank.

The Transamerica building is missing, instead going for just the script across the front. If the idea behind this was just to give the kit a slightly different feel since we’re basically tweaking the 2016 kits, then I get that but I’m not a fan. The building is also not found on the ┬áTransamerica logo on the Rapids website as well.

The UGLY – Overall, nothing. Colorado and Adidas have been consistent with producing very good looking kits the last few seasons.

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Burgundy Headlines for Jan 14th…

MLS held the first 2 rounds of the 2017 SuperDraft yesterday in Los Angeles.

The 2017 league schedule was finally released on Wednesday, along with a new match ball design. The new ball design looks incredible!

Highlights for the 2017 Rapids schedule are of course the season/home opener March 4th against the New England Revolution. Other highlights include…

March 18 – Minnesota United – first ever meeting between the expansion United and the Rapids

April 15 – Real Salt Lake – First leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup

June 24 – @ Atlanta United – First ever meeting between Rapids & the ATLU

July 4 – Seattle Sounders FC – First meeting since the Western Conference playoff finals of 2016.The stakes will be different in this matchup but I expect the Rapids to show a decidely different team this time around.

Congratulations to Tim Hinchey for adding to his award case with winning the MLS Exec of the Year for 2016! Well deserved.

Welcome to Rapids draft picks midfielder Sam Hamilton(15th overall, Univ of Denver) and defender Liam Callahan(24th, Syracuse Univ). The Rapids have added two players from the University of Denver this week with the signing of homegrown player Kort Ford.

Finally a huge congratulations to Rapids defender Jared Watts, who was married last weekend.

MLS, Adidas introduce new ball for 2015…

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Nativo, the new ball for MLS in 2015 introduced by the league and Adidas today.

I like the look and the faint maple leaf and star that appear on the ball to represent both Canada and the US. I’m still find it difficult at times to get used to seeing the new league logo. It’s almost looks like it doesnt belong on the ball. There’s a nice video on the design and testing process here.

I find it funny that a day after the MLS Cup final that MLS can introduce a new ball for the 2015 season, but have yet to release the 2015 league schedule. Your thoughts on the new ball? Do you like it better than the Brazuca?