When one of my tweets ended up on the article 'Jeff Cassar and The Turtleneck: A social media love story', "King of the Soapbox" Matt Montgomery (that's what he makes us call him at least) joked that I should do a write up on the high-profile fashion choice.
ed. note: Nobody calls me that.
We know you come to RSL Soapbox for the latest news and the highest quality opinions and we would be doing you a disservice if we dedicated a whole page to one coach’s choice of knitwear...
So here are the top five sweater-wearing coaches of MLS!!!
5. Jeff Cassar
Ditching the usual shirt and tie combo, Cassar debuted his 'Dad Jumper' look at the 0-0 opener with Toronto. Now, I'm a dad and I love a good jumper, but I'm putting him in fifth for two reasons. Firstly, it's the only time he has worn this one and you can't just be the number one sweater-wearing coach of MLS on the basis of one outing. Secondly I'm docking him points because despite him pulling off the turtleneck and the chunky size, he's gone for the wrong color here. With his jet black hair, he needed a darker color to make this work. Maybe something in grey would have been a better choice, but I still think he's approaching that 'Your mum bought your dad a a nice sweater to make him smarter' look that we all know.
4. Ben Olsen
The man behind the resurgence of DC United, Ben Olsen is no stranger to the sweater game. When he isn't in his natural sportwears, he opts for the more reserved 'Dad's come home from work and hasn't gotten changed yet' look with a shirt and tie. Still smart but you know he's ready to get home, get comfy and watch a few episodes of Law and Order with mum before bed.
3. Carl Robinson
Now we are into the more full time sweater dad coaches. Robinson keeps the same look Olsen has gone for but wears it far more often. Sweaters are a good choice when you're out there in chilly Vancouver (Maybe Cassar and Robinson can swap style tips on the 9th of September when the two clash at BC Place) so Robinson moves above Olsen simply due to the frequency of wear.
2. Pablo Mastroeni
He couldn't not be on this list, really. Still with a usual tie, the bright colors take him into the realm of 'fun dad who sometimes embarrasses you'. His impressive facial hair takes away from the dad look a bit, perhaps he's your dad who's gluten free and listens to Drake in the car but there's no denying he's a sweater icon in MLS.
1. Mike Petke
I mean, it couldn't not be, could it. His sweater has it's own twitter! The new Monarchs coach made sweater wearing cool before any of our new favorites joined the club. He has that 'Dad who drops his kids off at school that all the mums love' look going on which is why he's the number one sweater dad coach of MLS. Heck, they've been covered extensively and now that he's within the Real Salt Lake organisation, I think it's fair to safe to say that Real Salt Lake is number one for style in 2017!
Have I missed any out? Are there any bad sweaters out there which have graced the MLS field. Should all coaches be mandated to wear a sweater? This is the big issue coming out of a our 0-0 opener for 2017. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.