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Heaven is in the details: The 2015-16 Vancouver Whitecaps shirt

It was on sale.

I’d imagined I ordered a simple, white jersey. Another they all-look-the-same MLS shirt, brought to you by Adidas since 2004.

But a closer look revealed a delicate design, quiet even.

And unless you’re pulling the shirt over your head for Saturday morning pick-up, the small details are easily missed.

The shirt is both modern and retro. Harking back to the Whitecap’s NASL days, the tag below the collar reading: Since 1974.

“No that’s not the year I was born.” I explain to my teammates. It’s when the Vancouver Whitecaps were foun…oh never mind.

No. That’s not my birth year.

The club motto – Our all. Our honour. hides below the nape on the inside collar.

A perfect mental lift when playing indoor 5-aside, and all oxygen has escaped your lungs, but your team has no subs.

Our honOUR

The slogan reappears on the navy strip near the waist. Helpful again, when stricken with side stitch.

At the hip

Across the upper chest are the fade-to-blue-to-white jagged edges of the North Shore mountains. An homage to the local landscape. And yes, I googled “Mountains in Vancouver”.

The majestic North Shore peaks.

True kit aficionados know a classic shirt sponsor can unify the entire design.

See D.C. United’s all black VW shirts. Or Fiorentina’s Nintendo kit.

The Bell logo knits all the design elements together, and isn’t a too obnoxious plea for market share.

Kit diversity is missed when one brand sponsors a whole league. The styles become repetitive, homogeneous, dull.

Somehow the Vancouver Whitecaps 2015-2016 shirt escaped this fate.

Further reading: Graham Ruthven on kit designs and the MLS adidas partnership.


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World Cup Haikus: Broken Curses

 

Broken Curses

 

Match Day 19

 

What England is this? Jamie Vardy sprinting around in extra time, poppin’ his bubble gum? Confidence.

 

 

 

 

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World Cup Haikus: Bits and Pieces

 

Bits and Pieces

 

Match Day 18

I’ve been watching this World Cup in chunks. It’s been a mix of late lunch break treadmill jogs, hijacking my brother in-law’s DVR and refreshing ESPN on my phone until the data plan exploded.

I long for summer days, free from responsibility where my mornings and late afternoons were planned around watching matches live.

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World Cup Haikus: Signals and Noise

Signal and Noise

 

 

Match Day 8

Maybe because it’s the first year I’m taking the subway to work, but this is the first World Cup where I’ve noticed strangers rockin’ their countries kits.

This week alone I’ve seen 2 Argentinas, a Germany, and a Mexico. And then on Friday, out of no where, a French “Henry” number 12 shirt.

I always want to yell something real at these true believers. Something like “aww man, cool jersey bro.”  The best I could muster was an awkward thumbs up to the German gentleman . He smiled an efficient smile and got off at the next stop.