News in Brief: Chris Wright, MLS Kits, and More

by on 9 April 2018

In depth with Minnesota United FC CEA Chris Wright

Soccer America sat down with Chris Wright of MNUFC to talk about a variety of topics, ranging from Wright’s days with indoor-league Strikers to the Timberwolves and Lynx. Wright shares his thoughts on if and when the NWSL could come to Minnesota and his efforts to bring big investors to soccer in Minnesota prior to Bill McGuire. He also speaks to the search for a stadium before the finalizing of the Midway site in Saint Paul.

MLS kits and creativity

The similarity between several MLS kits this season has been noted, as has how the goalkeeper kits are clearly based on the same pattern. Could this lack of diversity be due to the exclusive deal MLS has with Adidas? Pro Soccer USA looks into the issue. One thing is for certain: U.S. Soccer has plenty of creative and beautiful kits in lower leagues. Why the MLS kits lack that punch is a question worth answering.

USL and ESPN announce broadcast agreement

USL and ESPN have reached an agreement to air six regular season matches. Additionally, ESPN+ will be the subscription service for USL matches after its launch on April 12.This is the third season USL has partnered with ESPN.

News bits

Jeff Rueter wrote a profile on MNUFC head athletic trainer Stacey Hardin

MLS weekend roundup

Orlando City SC came back from down 2-0 to win 3-2 over Portland

Real Salt Lake downed Vancouver 2-1

Chicago got their first win of the season 1-0 over Columbus

FC Dallas rescued a 1-1 draw against Colorado

Philadelphia and San Jose battled to a 1-1 draw

Atlanta scored early and often to down LAFC 5-0

Minnesotan Teal Bunbury scored in New England’s 4-0 win over Montreal

LA Galaxy fell 2-0 to Tim Melia and Sporting KC

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