MLS and adidas unveil new-look match ball for 2012

The adidas PRIME match ball takes over for Jabulani in MLS

It’s out with the old and in with the new as MLS heads into 2012.

A new expansion team, a new schedule, a set of new jerseys and now you can add a new official match ball to the list.

MLS and adidas on Tuesday unveiled the new adidas PRIME, which replaces the adidas Jabulani ball beginning in 2012. Designed exclusively for MLS, the adidas PRIME was created to improve on “accuracy, consistency and performance” under all field and weather conditions, according to adidas.

“We worked directly with both field players and goalies to rigorously develop a ball with the truest and most stable flight path,” said adidas' MLS manager, Ernesto Bruce, in a statement. 

The aesthetics of the ball also change and will feature a new panel design, a matte finish designed for a better grip and a graphic look that employs the colors of the MLS logo and elements from the MLS Cup trophy.

The new MLS official match ball is available exclusively at the league’s official online store, MLSGear.com.