That's the goalkeeper glove design that Sporting Kansas City netminder Jimmy Nielsen will wear at some point this year. Created by Sporting KC supporters group, the Cauldron, with an obvious mind paid towards Sporting's beautiful argyle third kits being worn in 2013, this is player-to-fan interaction at its very best.
Nielsen, following his move to Kansas City in 2010, quickly became a fan favorite due to his true appreciation for the fans that show up week after week — Nielsen has previously purchased on his own and given as thanks to the Cauldron, many cases of alcoholic beverages for the long bus rides and tailgates of supporters traveling to away games — and is always the first player willing and ready to mix and mingle with them.
Not only will the above glove be worn by Nielsen in a game later this season, but fans can also purchase their own limited edition Jimmy Nielsen and KC Cauldron collaborative goalkeeper glove on the Cauldron's website. A private signing event will also be arranged at a later date for purchasers of the gloves to have autographed by Nielsen himeslf.
The Cauldron organized an almost identical event with Nielsen last year.
If you're not familiar with the manufacturer's logo on the glove, Nielsen — and the rest of Sporting's collective goalkeeping unit — sport gloves made by a Kansas City, Mo., company by the name of Pro Ebiria, established in 2010. The 36-year-old Dane earned his 2012 MLS-All Star selection and 2012 Goalkeeper of the Year award while wearing the Pro Ebiria gloves, as well as eight MLS Save of the Week honors.