Originally created 02/10/00

Major League Soccer sports new look



NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer has ditched the shootout and countdown clock. Now every team in the league, except Colorado, will have new uniforms this season.

The biggest uniform changes will be to New York-New Jersey, Dallas, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Teams will no longer have different colors based on the same design. Each team now gets it own look, a fashion move requested by the league and the clubs. Notably, the pinstripes are gone.

When Don Garber replaced Doug Logan as commissioner last year, he pledged a more traditional approach.

"We're getting back to the world's game," MLS licensing director Peter Sparaco said. "The looks are consistent to what the rest of world looks like."

In some cases, like Chicago, the changes are minimal. In others, like Tampa and San Jose -- where the club changed the team nickname from Clash to Earthquakes -- it's an overhaul.

For some teams, the uniform changes will be the fourth in five years.

In a sport where teams around the world change shirts almost annually, MLS has gotten its suppliers to agree to suspend more alterations for two years.

"We're trying to control the changes," Sparaco said. "It's important to have a look that can be identified."