I’ll be posting throughout the draft so look for those. A couple of things before the draft begins…
UPDATE: The Philadelphia Union have done a lot of dealing in the last 24 hours, picking up two more first-round picks in trades with DC United and FC Dallas.
MLS has signed a sponsorhsip partnership agreement with Continental Tire to become the official tire of MLS.
And there’s a new ball in store for MLS, read about it below in this announcement from the league…
adidas and MLS today will unveil the new MLS Official Match Ball during live coverage of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft on ESPN2. The MLS ball features the same technology and radical new design as the adidas “JABULANI”, the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. adidas has been the provider of MLS match balls since 2006, consistently keeping with the blue, green and silver color scheme highlighted in the MLS logo.
The newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile enables an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all weather conditions. Comprised of only eight completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically molded, make the ball perfectly round and the most accurate ball to date.
3-D panel shapes:
The adidas MLS Official Match Ball features a completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are molded together, harmoniously enveloping the inner carcass. The result is an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. Players all over the world are enthusiastic about the design and are promising many goals with this new ball.
Grip ‘n’Groove profile
Aero grooves create the clearly visible profile on the ball’s surface. The Grip’n’Groove profile circles round the entire ball in an optimal aerodynamic way. The integrated grooves provide unmatched flight characteristics, making this the most stable and most accurate adidas ball ever. The ground-breaking performance features of the ball have been confirmed in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and countless checks in the wind tunnel and the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany.
Since the introduction of the “goose bumps” surface for the last European Championship ball, the microtexture of the new ball’s outer skin has also been given a visible facelift. The ball has a futuristic texture with fantastic grip, giving players full control over the ball under all weather conditions.
In the future, adidas will continue to use innovative technology to extend its world-leading position in football production and thus strengthen its position as the authentic symbol of high-performance sporting goods for professionals and amateurs alike. adidas also intends to unveil more revolutionary innovations in match ball production for future MLS, UEFA, FIFA and CAF competitions. The adidas innovation team (aIT) is already working on innovations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The 2010 MLS Official Match Ball will be available in stores February 1st onwards, with a SRP of $150.00, at adidas Sport Performance Stores, shopadidas.com, MLSGear.com, EuroSport and Dick’s Sporting Goods.