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Major League Soccer will enter its 20th season in 2015, and to mark the occasion the league has launched MLS Next. This is a platform for the continued development of MLS as it aims to be considered among the top leagues in the world by 2022. A new logo has been released, as MLS celebrates new teams, more stadiums and bigger stars.

The new MLS logo is hugely different to previous forms. The ball and cleat have been removed, and it takes on a shield shape as opposed to previous square logos. The blue perimeter represents the touchlines on the field, and the slash across the shield signifies the speed and energy of the game. This dissects the crest in two, creating a first and second half. The three stars denote three important aspects of the MLS brand – for club, for country, and for community.
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Each club will also get their own version of the new logo, in their colors. This will not replace their current badges, but be used alongside them. The new logo will start to appear this fall, before a full launch in January 2015.
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The rebrand comes at an exciting time for MLS, with interest in soccer high after the US teams exploits at the 2014 World Cup. Two new teams will join the league in 2015 – New York City FC and Orlando City SC, bringing with them world-class players such as David Villa, Frank Lampard and Kaka.
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They will be joining top talent already in the league, such as Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Thierry Henry and Jermain Jones. The future looks bright indeed for Major League Soccer. #MLSNEXT

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