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The Evolution of the MLS Game Ball

Major League Soccer fans anxiously await the reveal of the MLS game ball each year. 2020's did not disappoint. Drawing upon inspiration from the original game ball in 1996, and to celebrate the league's 25th season, this year's game ball incorporates similar blue and green hues to tie back to the 1996 classic. Any MLS fan will know that sustainability is always at the forefront of the league's mind. The 2020 game ball is made of 100% recycled water based materials making it the most sustainable game ball the league has ever used. 

The 2018 game ball (above) was one that celebrated unity and story telling as much as it did on field technical performance. As Ernesto Bruce, Senior Director for adidas Soccer stated, "Soccer is a global sport that transcends beyond borders. The new design of the 2018 MLS Official Match Ball is our way of celebrating and embracing unity on the pitch, while offering a superior performance ball for all levels of athletes across North America." 

 

 

The 2016 game ball (above) was one that fans from all across the league could connect to as it displayed familiar marks from both United States and Canadian flags. Every season, MLS looks to make their match balls inclusive for all fans while improving the ball's technical on field performance. Which MLS game ball is your favorite?

 

Image credits: First image: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports. Second image: Amy Kontras, USA TODAY Sports. Third image: Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports. 

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