About the Archives
This site is simply a labor of love, and while it is unofficial and not
endorsed, it's sole purpose is to be an open celebration of Major League
Soccer with other fans of the league and the World's game at large.
Major League Soccer, founded in 1996, is the top-flight professional soccer
league in the United States and Canada currently comprised of 19 teams (6 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada) and
now is the midst of its 18th season.
The well managed growth of the league by the front office, coupled with the
viable economics of profitability by construction of soccer-specific
stadiums for teams, has enticed new investors to join the fray in moving the
league's reach even further. This growth has lead to the league announcing New York City FC as its 20th team, and Orlando City Soccer Club
as its 21st team, both to begin playing in 2015, followed by Atlanta joining the league under expansion in 2017
As a result MLS continues to move forward providing fans with an engaging,
enticing and exciting level of professional play set forth be a wide array
of talented domestic and foreign on field talent.
As the league grows so does its history and legacy. In the first decade and
as the league evolves key teams have changed owners or ownership groups and
as result been renamed and/or relocated and further two teams were all
As a dedicated fan of my home town Chicago Fire, and loyal advocate of MLS
as a whole, I found myself collecting bits and pieces of memorabilia to
extend my connection to the Fire and other team's and player's in the league
I admired or supported.
As many fans of the game know soccer has many traditions, and one that I
always found unique is when players from opposing teams exchange jerseys as
a sporting gesture or hand a game worn jersey to a fan as a thank you for
their support when a match is complete. As such I started to focus on
acquiring game worn jerseys to equal this post match ceremony of course like
most collectors the hobby soon grew into an obsession.
After the birth of my children Sophia and Nico (a lot can happen in a
decade), as it does with most parents, my sense of history become heightened
and it dawned on me that by way of my jerseys I had in my possession some
key pieces of the ever evolving history of Major League Soccer.
This realization made these special pieces of memorabilia even more
important to me as they deepened the connection I had with the sport and the
league I reverently follow. As I obtained a few more jerseys I started to
puzzle over how quickly things can accumulate and despair how costly
collecting can be unless you focus.
By combining the idea of the history of the league with my passion for the
game I found I could focus my future acquisitions on a very specific subject
and my aim now with this collection is to have a game worn or at the very
least team issued home and away jersey from every MLS team for every year
they have been in the league. Along the way I have also acquired game worn
goalkeeper and special issue jerseys.
When opportunity presents itself I ask the player that wore the jersey to
autograph it. One of the refreshing things about MLS is the players, coaches
and GMS are for the most part very approachable and generous with their time
for fans. In fact some players are aware of the collection and make a point
of occasionally gifting me their jerseys as these know my efforts to archive
this bit of league history and the enormous cost for me to do so. As a fan I
can honestly say there is no higher honor.
As my collection grew other fans have asked to view my personal collection
of game worn jerseys and when I could I would invite them to my offices
and/or home where the jerseys are kept, but for the obvious reasons of
location and privacy this is not always possible, so I felt the next best
thing I could do was launch a site where any fan of MLS can check in and
view the collection as they wish 24/7.
As embarked on the design and programming of the site, I felt beyond
featuring the jerseys found in the collection it was important the site
chronicle key Major League Soccer team and league publications such as media
guides, yearbooks, MLS Cup and MLS All-Star game programs, which are
important research pieces to properly date and authenticate actual game worn
and team issued jerseys as well as act as an ongoing source of news and
community content in the appreciation of MLS and the game of soccer/football
As such, I hope you find this site works to properly archive the history of
the present and past Major League Soccer team uniforms (also known as
jerseys, shirts, strips and kits) and Major League Soccer team and league
publications for your entertainment, informational, historical, and
Enjoy and Best Regards