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USL Top Five – Black Friday Shopping

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 11/25/17, 11:51AM EST

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What’s on offer for the USL fan in your life for the holidays?

Now that almost everyone’s recovered from the tryptophan-induced sleep of Thanksgiving, the festive season is upon us, and the USL’s clubs have plenty on offer in their online and in-person teams stores in terms of deals and holiday fare as Black Friday arrives.

With than in mind, here are five items that could be on your shopping list for this holiday period – plus some bonus stocking stuffers at the bottom – for the USL fan in your soccer family.

OKC Energy FC Ugly Holiday Sweater

The ugly holiday sweater has become a tradition of its own in recent years, especially for office parties, and OKC Energy FC got into the spirit of things with this crew-neck version that includes the club crest, soccer balls, and some rather entertaining looking snowflakes.

Also available as a t-shirt, the sweater will run you $40 and likely go down a treat over the upcoming month.The ugly holiday sweater has become a tradition of its own in recent years, especially for office parties, and OKC Energy FC got into the spirit of things with this crew-neck version that includes the club crest, soccer balls, and some rather entertaining looking snowflakes.

Also available as a t-shirt, the sweater will run you $40 and likely go down a treat over the upcoming month.

Sacramento Republic FC Sugar Skeleton T-Shirt

OK, so this isn’t quite the right holiday, but that’s OK because Republic FC’s juggling sugar skeleton – created in commemoration of the Day of the Dead earlier this month – looks damned cool year-round. Available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes, the design was created by local artist and Republic FC fan Jeremy Nash.

The t-shirt runs $26 for men’s and women’s sizes, and $20 for youth, and will be a go-to away from Papa Murphy’s Park for the Republic FC fan in your life.

Richmond Kickers 25th Anniversary T-Shirt

The Richmond Kickers’ 25th anniversary season wasn’t the greatest on the field, but the club’s history was beautifully commemorated by its fans and with a special selection of anniversary gear that also included a t-shirt and scarf incorporating the club’s throwback colors from 1993.

Alongside their longtime rivals the Charleston Battery – whose own 25th anniversary collection is also well-worth checking out – the Kickers’ celebration of a storied history is well worth grabbing a piece of at $20.

FC Cincinnati Christmas Tree Ornament

Designer Christmas tree ornaments have been around for a long time, and the orange and blue of FC Cincinnati’s logo makes it pop nicely among the branches among the other baubles that will join it.

Important to note, thanks to the fragile nature of the bulb it’s only available for in-store pickup from FCC’s team store on East 4th Street in the Central Business District, but for $15 it’s certainly a must-have for any FC Cincinnati fan.

Louisville City FC USL Cup Champions T-Shirt

Speaking of must-haves, no championship is really complete without a commemorative to go with it, and Louisville City FC’s USL Cup-winners t-shirt has a sharp design that incorporates the club’s “For The City” playoff slogan into the celebratory mood around the city.

Available in both purple and gray at $25, there are sure to be a lot of these appearing underneath the tree for fans across Louisville over the next month.

Bonus Stocking Stuffers

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Ziggy Stuffed Mascot – The Switchbacks’ mascot Ziggy has been a fixture at Weidner Field, and he’s also available to bring home for an on-sale price of $14

Phoenix Rising FC Didier Drogba T-Shirt – Available in men’s, women’s and youth, the clever design incorporating Rising FC’s logo is available on sale for Black Friday at just $13

Tampa Bay Rowdies Kick in the Grass T-Shirt – The Rowdies always have been, and always will be, a Kick in the Grass, and this ringer t-shirt brings the history to life with a classic style for $19.75

Nashville SC 2018 Replica Jersey – Revealed this week and available for $85, get ready for the 2018 USL expansion club’s first professional season, and while you’re there vote for what should be the club’s second jersey design.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Hounds Head Beanie – Just the thing for the winter months in the Steel City, the Riverhounds’ beanie has a distinctive look in its black and gold design and goes for just $20.

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