Here’s a question: If and when you buy a jersey, do you put a name on the back?
There are three choices here: You can keep it blank, you can customize it, or you can put a player’s name on the back.
The blank option can be the most thrifty for two reasons — it normally costs less to not put a name on the back, and you don’t have to worry about the player leaving or becoming an embarrassment in various ways.
The customized version is nice, you can put your name or something clever on the back.
And then there’s the classic method of putting a player’s name on the back. Which begs the question: Which player?
Again, a few options to choose from here:
From a Los Angeles Football Club perspective, this one is kind of no-brainer. Carlos Vela is building a case to be a bonafide MLS legend, let alone a transcendent star on his team. The good news is (assuming no big future embarrassments, etc.) Vela would be timeless. Even after he departs and/or retires, people will continue to wear his jersey a long time, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
The secondary star/cult hero
Vela is cool but maybe too obvious? What about Diego Rossi, the best young player in the league? What about fan favorite Latif Blessing? This is a way to say you’re plugged into the team while still repping a regular.
The hipster pick
Perhaps you picked one of the Perezes. Or you’re Alejandro Guido’s No. 1 fan (not in his family). Here’s a chance to take a deep cut and show your fellow supporters you’re a real one, you can go 30 deep with this roster.
So, which would be your pick? I want to hear what you would do (or have done).
For me, I will admit I am cheap and don’t normally ponder this, but if I were to get a jersey and put a player’s name on the back, it would either be Vela as a timeless selection since I’m not going to get a new jersey every year, or I would get Brian Rodriguez. This is less because I’m a huge Brian Rodriguez fan than because my last name is also Rodriguez, so I would be killing two birds with one stone to keep the jersey evergreen.
So it would be one of those two for me. What about you? Let’s chat in the comments below!