Soccer players are measured on their skills, their attitudes, their athletic ability, and other such soccer related qualities. I think that’s fine. Great. Important to a “winning” team. Fans tend not to care who the best dressed MLS players are. Style is less than an afterthought in the analysis of a team’s performance. But let me remind you of a quote from one of the great minds in sports,
“If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” – Neon Deion Sanders.
That quote can be summed up in one word: confidence. You want your favorite athletes to have a LOT of it. When you stroll out of the house to meet up with your friends or a hot date, and you’re feeling yourself, you know it’s gonna be a great night. Laughs will be easier. Meeting strangers is a breeze. Would you care to dance? Of course you would, I look fantastic. Soccer players are no different. They want to roll up to the stadium doing their best Beckham, because they need to get on that pitch feeling good feeling great. Maybe some bad losses can be partly attributed to showing up to the stadium looking like they just robbed a Wal-Mart. We think so.
With the 2017 season approaching, we figured we’d give you an early read on who is going to show up this year looking fresh and ready to ball. Here are HotFooty’s pre-season best dressed MLS players.
1. Andrea Pirlo
It may not be obvious to the casual observer, but Pirlo is a walking textbook of sartorial mastery. He doesn’t rock the latest trends like the younger guys, but instead slips modern Italian flair into classic looks. An authority on choosing sweaters and a frequent expert-witness in court cases involving soft-shouldered jackets, the maestro can put together an outfit. Take note of the following examples and report back on what you’ve learned about collars poking out of sweaters:
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) May 24, 2016
Around the city 🏙 pic.twitter.com/FP7fpaymdp
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) October 17, 2016
Honored to be at UN for the Change The World Model 2016. pic.twitter.com/5eCSmjr8Fl
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) March 20, 2016
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) February 28, 2016
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) October 30, 2015
Ringrazio gli amici della Drutex S.A. Sono molto orgoglioso di poter proseguire la nostra collaborazione! pic.twitter.com/vDchBs6Xup
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) March 20, 2015
2. Robbie Rogers
The former Maryland star and current LA Galaxy starter can not only rock a suit but has his own clothing line, Hampton and Baker, which has recently been featured in GQ. He exudes modern class and has been recognized by some major publications for it. If you’re wondering how to dress for a trip to Cali that includes formal galas, celebrity beach parties, and the occasional modeling shoot, you’ve found your muse.
3. Wil Trapp
This guy is sneaky. You take a quick scroll through his Instagram and you see a lot of jerseys, t-shirts, sweatpants, and then boom a high end outfit. Do enough digging and you see a pattern. He cleans up, especially in the sneaks dept (which is helped by him being sponsored by adidas) If you’re looking for a 20-something preppy-bro look to emulate your style after but don’t want to look too GQ, Wil Trapp, Columbus Crew stud and MLS All-star, could be your guy.
I’m having a hard time understanding if Wil Trapp is indeed old enough to be in the MLS, but nevertheless, solid outfit
this coat is a bit absurd, but it works for some reason
4. Giovani Dos Santos
Gio has really nailed down the streetwear look. It’s not so overblown that it looks like a caricature of someone stylish, which a lot of these younger guys tend to look like when attempting this look. Just classic casual looks with a modern touch. Definitely someone to emulate if you like partying, going to clubs with the guys, or casual walks around the stadium grounds to sign autographs. See also: David Villa.
top two buttons buttoned with the rest free-wheeling. slight rip in jeans. This is how you wear the street.
if you’re gonna rock a longer tee, it better be either because you’re about to do pilates or you are also wearing a jean jacket and black jeans.
modern casual defined: white kicks, joggers, white tee under open button down, backwards hat and sunglasses. and nothing trying too hard.
this dude shows up to win LAG player of the year award in this? OK
5. Damien Perrinelle
The guy just gets it, and he does things very well. Can’t go wrong with most of these design cues.
These are just a few of the very stylish dudes in the MLS. Going forward we’ll be doing a #MLSStyleWatch to get you caught up on what some of the looks trending in the league are and who is rocking them well.