So my week and weekend were packed to the rafters with work and life responsibilities, making it nigh impossible to produce a timely edition of this, the Total Football Café. I was disappointed about that because if ever there was an MLS talking point it is this radical newfangled MLS logo, yet here it is already Monday after the logo’s initial release last Thursday, which means it’s already way past yesterday’s news. But I’m going to bring it up anyway.
My initial reaction to the new logo was, “that’s kind of cool.” And then I looked at it some more, and then the head scratching began. I completely agree that it’s time for a new logo. I always felt the ol’ cleat & soccer ball were too much of a cartoony rip-off of Major League Baseball’s logo. I also agree that MLS’ upcoming 20th season is the perfect time for a new brand launch. Yet, I’m not blown away by this new logo. The colors are great. And I think I get the much-derided empty white space (I think the league is purposefully inviting the kind of fan tinkering with the space that has already yielded plenty of creative designs). I also appreciate the minimalist, streamlined, no-frills approach of the logo. However – even the biggest leagues in Europe feature a soccer ball in their logo. I can’t really believe MLS decided not to work in a soccer ball somehow. And that “kick stand” line protruding out the bottom left hand side – what is that? It certainly makes the logo distinctive, but not necessarily in a good way. It’s kind of just annoyingly flapping out there.
So overall, to borrow descriptors from another sport, it’s a warning track logo for me. Good colors, good approach, but in the end not the home run it could’ve been.
Speaking of home runs that could’ve been, FC Dallas at LA Galaxy Saturday night: yikes. Blas Perez with an expert fade away header goal early in the second half, only to be thwarted by two Galaxy goals, including a late winner from suddenly afire Alan Gordon. FCD are still six points ahead of 5th place Portland, but I’m starting to get a bit antsy about the playoffs.
I’ve rarely felt stranger watching a goal than Frank Lampard’s equalizer for Manchester City against Chelsea yesterday. Absolutely unbelievable. He looked like he felt terrible about it. I was mad at Pellegrini for putting him in the game in the first place. It’s not like Pellegrini didn’t have plenty of other bench options (Samir Nasri was sitting right next to Lamps on the bench for goodness sake). It almost seemed cruel to make Lampard go on against his old team, because Lamps was obviously pretty emotional about the whole thing. I can’t be mad at Frankie for scoring, he’s just doing his job, but it was still a low blow. Regardless, Chelsea really should’ve sealed the win. That’s two troubling games in a row for Chelsea (the other being the Champions League draw with Schalke last week), games they should’ve won.
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