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I'm from the UK, I want to buy an MLS Jersey, quite like FC Dallas' jersey or Colorado Rapids.

I'm visiting The USA in May as my girlfriend has to go back home to graduate(been doing her degree online)

Looking online they all seem expensive to get sent to the UK apart from cheap ones from China where the prices seem way too cheap to be genuine.

Is there any dedicated MLS shops in Las Vegas, LA or San Fransisco as we are definitely visiting these cities. Or does anyone from these cities know a place that has good prices on MLS jerseys?

I have found a couple of sport shops on google, but wondered if anyone with local knowledge knows some hidden gems, we will have a car so don't mind going out of the way a little.

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    Perhaps ironically, I think you will find it easier to find Premier League gear for sale almost anywhere in the U.S. – choster Feb 1 '18 at 15:41
  • Because of licensing issues, I doubt you will find much price variation in genuine articles. There are street vendors in San Francisco who sell counterfeits (I see the seizure reports in the news from time to time), but the chance they have MLS jerseys strikes me as small. – Andrew Lazarus Feb 1 '18 at 16:38
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If you're looking for authentic collection level memorabilia (match jerseys) from a brick and mortar store, your best bet is to go to a team's official store. Although CGCampbell is correct in that you'll be able to find some type of jersey for a local sports team at any given sporting goods store, it is unlikely to be an authentic jersey, even more so for a smaller market US league such as MLS. Always remember, "licensed" just means MLS accepted money to allow a company to use their logo, it says nothing about the quality of the product. Also, you will never see significant discounts on authentic jerseys, that's just the way these premium goods are marketed.

For example, I just did a search on Dick's Sporting Goods' website for both LA Galaxy and SJ Earthquakes jerseys and found they only sell "secondary" "replica" jerseys. "Secondary" meaning they only have the away game colors and "replica" meaning it is not the same quality as "authentic" match jerseys. Team stores will have both home and away colors as well as vintage and other special seasonal jerseys all at match level quality.

That being said, which team store should you go to? Out of your three specified locales only Los Angeles and San Francisco have MLS team stadiums within driving distance.

The LA Galaxy play at the StubHub Center in Carson which is ~15mi / 24km from both LAX Airport as well as Downtown Los Angeles. Open Tue-Sat (and game days) 10am-5pm. LAG team store webpage

The San Jose Earthquake play at the Avaya Center in San Jose which is ~45mi / 70km from Downtown SF and ~35 mi / 55 km from SFO Airport. Open Mon-Fri 10am - 3pm and starting 2 hrs before games. SJE team store webpage.

Note 2018 will be LAFC's inaugural season and Banc of California Stadium will presumably have a team store, at the time of this writing I could not confirm its existence. Also, the first home game will not be until April 29, 2018 so it would also be unknown whether it would open when OP will be visiting. I will update when confirmation is available.

Having lived in both the SF and LA areas for years, I can tell you the traffic to both locations can be horrific if you are travelling at the wrong time. I would say the most convenient option would be to go to the Galaxy team store on Saturday as soon as it opens. If that isn't possible, my next suggestion would be to attend a game, the 2018 MLS season starts early March and playoffs won't be until November. At least then the commute time isn't entirely lost for just a jersey.

Regarding selection, from the LA Galaxy webpage:

In addition to LA Galaxy apparel, the Team Store carries official team merchandise for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Team, plus merchandise from other countries and clubs.

It would still be unusual for a team store to carry jerseys for other teams in the same league. Therefore I would like to suggest another option. Contact any of your hotels you have reservations for and notify them you will be receiving a package. Then purchase the jersey through the MLS online store and have it shipped to the hotel before your arrival. It should be quite a bit cheaper than shipping it to the UK. The online stock will pretty much guarantee you get the team, color and size of your choice without the hassle of taking a side excursion out of your valuable vacation time.

Lastly, having sponsors as the primary logo on a jersey is just stupid. The only reasonable kits left in MLS are the NY Red Bulls, and maybe Minnesota. Some are just mind boggling, I'm looking at you Portland, with a big fat "Alaska" across your chest.

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    The last couple of paragraphs, esp using the hotel as a receiving point, is an EXCELLENT idea. – CGCampbell Feb 2 '18 at 14:59
  • Wow great answer! I wouldn't min a Galaxy jersey as my team play in white so I could wear that too. I quite like the FC Dallas jersey that goes from white to blue with like night stars in the blue bit. Would also be interested in the national team jersey so thanks for the heads up on that. I'll try and attend a game while I'm there if my girlfriend allows it ;) we are coming for 2 weeks so might have time! – BritishSam Feb 2 '18 at 16:31
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There are actually many chains that carry MLS licensed apparel. A quick google search for MLS apparel turns up many. I chose, at random, Dick's Sporting Goods. This is a large national chain of sporting goods stores. There is at least one in Las Vegas, two in the Greater Los Angeles area, and 3 in the San Francisco area.

However, like I said, there are many different stores that carry the real deal. When you are in any major metropolitan area, hit up a mall (yes, there are still malls around) and look for a sporting goods store, any chain. Most malls have them, and most of them do carry MLS merchandise, believe it or not, in addition to the more familiar (to a US customer, especially an older one) NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL teams.

I would add that actual honest-to-goodness licensed apparel, from any major sport league, is going to be on the expensive end, no matter where you go. If you were a shopper in the US, or perhaps Canada, I would just suggest shopping online. Prices there will be essentially the same as at a b&m store. However, seeing as you are actually in the UK, I do agree that the additional shipping costs to send overseas makes your particular use case more appropriate for waiting until you are visiting here.

  • Thank you, will use your answer when I go :) I like collecting random jerseys of soccer teams, MLS seem the most expensive online! I’ll definitely grab one when I’m there – BritishSam Feb 1 '18 at 18:47
  • I would note, however, that most physical stores will only stock merchandise for teams with a local fanbase (in any sport). Even teams with a significant super-regional following like the Cowboys or the Lakers won't get a lot of shelf space in the Peoria Target, and I would think this to be acute with the MLS, given its smaller footprint. – choster Feb 1 '18 at 21:30

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