These are the sickest kits that dropped this week.
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 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.
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) January 26, 2018
New kit and badge, who dis?
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.
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?
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.)