New York based illustrator Daniel Nyari was commissioned by Major League Soccer to direct the visuals for this year's rivalry week posters. Below is his own explanation of the project and the description of each poster.
"I was commissioned to art direct this year's Match Posters for MLS Rivalry Week. It gave me the opportunity to have a lot of fun with these and really try to re-imagine what the modern soccer poster can look like. A lot of soccer posters and sports posters in general rely heavily on simply juxtaposing rivals in stylized poses with flashy graphic elements. Sometimes it's just a star player or two. I really wanted to inject these with narrative depth going deep into the history of the competing clubs."
New York City FC vs. New York Red BullsRecalling the famous scene from 1933’s King Kong, NYCFC’s and New York Red Bulls’ players race to the top to plant their teams’ respective flags and claim victory in the new city rivalry.
FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
Like the Spaghetti Western was a novel kind of Western, the Texas Derby also introduces fans to a new kind of derby between the state’s two best teams battling for the El Capitán cannon. The poster frames the three major components of the derby in classic widescreen cinematic panels.