New Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner has had a difficult opening three fixtures to contend with, facing Portland Thorns, North Carolina Courage, and Reign FC — the top three teams from last year — in the opening eight days. While he ambitiously attempts to completely overhaul the team’s playing style on the field, it is the Englishman’s style off the field that is catching the attention of the league. In honor of our unexpected fashion hero, I hereby declare that I am no longer a soccer writer and will dedicate 100% of my time to #StylishSkinner content.
Another such admirer is former Chicago Red Stars and USWNT forward Stephanie McCaffrey, who hailed Skinner for setting a new standard never seen before in NWSL:
Marc Skinner’s sideline style is setting the standard this league needs. I don’t know who makes his black jeans but I want them.— Stephanie McCaffrey (@smccaffrey9) April 17, 2019
Against North Carolina, he rocked a long black hooded cardigan and classic plain white tee combo complete with the scarf of Orlando Pride supporters group, Black Swans, a touch appreciated by many.
Thanks for taking us on the road Coach!! @MDSkinner83 @ORLPride #taketheblack pic.twitter.com/7vrOqFS8vV— BlackSwans (@BlackSwansDC) April 17, 2019
Coach Skinner repping the @BlackSwansDC scarf on the sidelines. Nice fashion statement, Coach! #NCvORL— Lion's Teeth (@lionsteethblog) April 17, 2019
Is Skinner wearing a soccer scarf during the match?— RJ Allen (@TheSoccerCritic) April 17, 2019
I kind of love it. #NCvORL #NWSL
What is Skinner wearing???? Doubt he wore THAT on the sidelines at Birmingham City, but I LOVE IT!!! #NCvORL— Scott Spurgeon (@SpotScourge) April 17, 2019
For a chillier evening in Tacoma at the weekend he traded up for a heavier, what looked like stonewashed bomber jacket complete with black fur trim but I was relieved to see the trademark skinny black jeans remained, with many likening Skinner’s latest look to a musician.
I see Marc Skinner is going for the casual alternate Brit pop sort of look.— Gwyn Erso (@gwynniepeg) April 22, 2019
Orlando’s new coach, Marc Skinner, is out there looking like Ethan Hawke.— Liz S. (@LizShattler) April 22, 2019
And who said you can’t look stylish while protecting your British complexion from the Florida sunshine at training?
New Orlando Pride coach .@MDSkinner83 rocking a new look for today's training session. pic.twitter.com/imdab8QUHA— Jordan Culver (@JordanCulver) March 29, 2019
The Pride return home this Saturday as they take on the Utah Royals — likely the last time the new boss will still have World Cup stars at his disposable, so, while the starting XI may pick itself, it remains to be seen what outfit #StylishSkinner will pick.
Just listened to #EQZPod and I have to say...we really need to make #StylishSkinner a thing.— Jackie Maynard (@jmaynard_21) April 23, 2019
Go on, @MDSkinner83! https://t.co/QNTuhNkjjF