With March comes the return of youth competitive soccer nationwide. Whether you’re coming out of the cold or carrying on in the sunshine, it’s an exciting time of year. Not so coincidentally, the MLS season kicks off this weekend as well. We spoke to Bill Hamid, Oguchi Onyewu and Jermaine Jones for practical tips on prepping for the new season, and also hear their predictions for the year ahead.
Baseball has long been ingrained in American culture – bringing forth traditions, and customs that are “unspoken”. With the exception of batting helmets and catcher gear, baseball protection has been historically non-existent.
For most soccer players, shin guards are an afterthought. They’re the last thing you put in your socks before you run onto the pitch and you only wear them because you have to. In sharp contrast, cleats/boots hold a prominent place in a player’s mind. They are a way to express yourself on top of all the performance benefits they bring.