More sick kits for MLS | #SickKitFriday

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More sick kits for MLS | #SickKitFriday

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

These are the sickest kits that dropped this week.

PORTLAND TIMBERS

The Timbers’ new away kit for 2018 is something beautiful – “a retro look,” the club describes, “with echos of the club’s earlier eras.”

The green and gold sit as accents on a plain white kit, lacing the collar and sleeves in a thick-green/thin-gold combo that draws from the club crest. But the white is not entirely devoid of its own design either; if you look closely you can see the mesh hoops.

And, in typical Portland spirit, the Timbers Army are built into the kit as well. Two lines from a Timbers Army chant — “WE’LL SING FOR YOU TIMBERS – ’TIL YOU FINISH THE FIGHT” — are sewn into the inside collar. A kit perfect for player and supporter alike.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Philadelphia Union fans – who have watched their team make the playoffs only twice in the past eight seasons – have been clamoring for a big change on the field. Instead, they got a big change off it.

But at least it’s a really, really nice one?

The Union have traded their one center panel stripe for horizontal ones, or #DOOPhoops if you prefer your changes to rhyme.

But the classic center stripe isn’t total left for dead, only to be remembered in history books; it’s instead been moved to the brand new, updated club crest, which accompanied the kit release.

New kit and badge, who dis?

REAL SALT LAKE

It’s rare that a goalkeeper kit stands out above the bunch in a release, but Real Salt Lake’s new one is truly something – especially when compared to the rest of the release.

This is the primary kit. It’s not a bad kit by any means; it’s just a very simple application of the club’s colors:

But this is what their keepers get to sport:

Real Salt Lake’s primary colors – red, gold, and blue – could be over-done when combined with a bold graphic and just lead to a visual mess. The club has kept it smart by focusing on just red and blue, with mismatched, disrupted stripes. Great on its own, and a great accompaniment behind solid-colored kits for the rest of the team.

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

The Galaxy, unlike the Union, have not parted with their own classic stripe (well, sash). Instead, they’ve just changed it a little. Instead of two solid stripes side by side, navy dominates with two thinner gold stripes surrounding it on either side.

Oh, and their signature “This Is LA” jock tag returns — the same year that LAFC begins. Coincidence?

AIK

Swedish side AIK obviously does not play in the United States’ Major League Soccer, but their kit deserves a shoutout because it was so good it literally crashed their website when it was released.

It’s a throwback to 1901, and it’s all black everything: background, Nike swoosh, club crest, and sponsor. Everything.

(Well, except the numbers on the back; those have a white outline. But only because those should probably be very visible.)

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