adidas and Major League Soccer Unveil New Official Match Ball
The NATIVO structure features six identical panels to optimize aerodynamics, stability and symmetry in flight. A unique, micro-texture surface provides improved grip, touch, and control. As adidas' most tested ball ever, NATIVO performs well in all conditions and draws praise from professionals and amateurs around the world.
"Our partnership with MLS is incredibly important to us because together, we're ensuring our homegrown athletes have viable opportunities to play soccer at the highest level," said Ernesto Bruce, Director of Soccer at adidas America. "Entering the league's 20th season, we're excited to bring our most advanced ball ever to the soccer pitch so we can help players perform at their best." .
NATIVO's design is an expression of the new MLS brand. Prominent maple leaf and star images represent the League's two home nations, Canada and the United States, while the red, white and blue reflect the colors of these nations and the MLS brand. The distinctive NATIVO name alludes to the ball's stature in the game and pride in the domestic League. NATIVO features the new MLS logo, the adidas logo, along with the signature of MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
The NATIVO official MLS match ball is available today at MLSgear.com, adidas.com and other retail accounts for $160.
New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, New York City FC forward David Villa, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and other MLS stars tested NATIVO this fall for a short film about the ball's creation (watch here).