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adidas, MLS Reveal Official Match Ball for 2016

By John Burns, Associate Editor
December 11, 2015


adidas, Herzogenaurach, Germany, unveiled the newly designed NATIVO, Major League Soccer’s (MLS) official match ball for the 2016 season.

Teams around the world have extensively tested NATIVO, and the company claims it has been scrutinized to provide the greatest control and accuracy. The design includes six symmetric panels alongside a textured surface.

“Each year we strive to take the official match ball to the next level of performance,” says Zola Short, senior sports marketing manager, adidas. “The NATIVO delivers on that goal while giving clubs and fans a look that’s unique to Major League Soccer.”

MLS’s three pillars of club, country and community inspire the color of the design, infusing the flags of the league’s two home countries: the United States and Canada. The ball also is imprinted with the MLS crest and adidas logo.

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