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I've been a fan of Real Salt Lake since it joined MLS and took to the field in 2005, and I've been a fan of MLS since it began in 1996. Lately however I've started to worry about the path MLS is taking and the poor decisions they are making that in my mind threaten the growth of soccer as a whole in the US. (see "Columbus conspiracy" section) Soccer in America will grow only when we have a vibrant and diverse minor league system, something that MLS seems to be smothering at the moment. (see "American soccer wars" section) Let's keep our eyes on the situation and hope for the best, a future where grass-roots soccer and the minor leagues can not only exist but flourish, as well as where the contributions and history of the league's early clubs are appreciated and preserved.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A purple 3rd

Over the years I have always mentioned when given the chance that I think RSL should have a third uniform in the color purple. "A purple 3rd!", I always exclaim.
Sometimes a few people will agree with me, sometimes people just look at me like I'm weird.
I was happy when three or four years ago RSL did venture into the 3rd jersey realm but wasn't all that happy with the Victory Gold choice. I guess it was ok but the blue and red that was on the shoulders/sleeves made it look a little odd.
Anyway, lately I've been thinking again that RSL could use a little shot in the arm in the uniform dept., even though I love the claret and cobalt just as much as the next guy it is always nice to change things up a bit.
I even had an epiphany the other day while looking at some news sites on the web and came across a story about "spirit day" and wearing purple to show solidarity against bullying. (By the way, October 17th is the official day to wear your favorite purple clothes.)
I thought a perfect way for RSL to take a stand against bullying would be to next year come out with a purple 3rd uniform and wear it several times throughout the year to draw attention to bullying. Especially where so many of RSL's fans are kids and teenagers who certainly come across bullying at school on a regular basis.
Maybe on the back of the uniform where the player's name would appear they could replace the name with the words "end bullying" or something similar.
I think it is a great idea. I've never been one to "get involved" when it comes to social issues, I usually just keep to myself and keep my head down, but at least I can suggest it to the Front Office folks in an email or letter and see what comes from it.
I'm sure they would be intrigued by the thought of boosting their replica jersey sales as long as a few dollars from each purple jersey sale could be donated to a local anti-bullying group perhaps.
What do you think? 
(link to this year's Spirit Day which will be October 17th)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013