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"Steel grey," "rave green" and other color-adjective combinations | #SickKitFriday

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

These are the sickest kits that dropped this week.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

Grey: you don’t want it to describe your weather or your hair, but it’s really working for the 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps alternative kit.

But the kits are not just grey; they are “steel grey,” both in color and a subtle graphic design that mimics steel structure, as an homage to the British Columbia ironworkers who “have built and bridged our communities.”

Following up on last year’s “Rain” kits, Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said: “This year we wanted to represent the heart of Vancouver, and that’s the grit and hard work of our city.”

And, of course those hard-worked steel bridges physically uniting the city. The interlocked triangles of the steel graphic also represent the connection between the city, the players, and the fans as part of the “Unity” message.

Everything about this release-slash-call-to-arms — from the kit itself to the promotion including both players and fans in true “Unity” fashion — makes it a strong contender for MLS Kit of the Year.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS

The Sounders’ new primary kit is another that pays homage to the fans while looking great in and of itself in the process.

It is “rave green” with a “brush stroke” print, ensuring that each jersey has a unique pattern — presumably reflecting the uniqueness of each individual supporter.

And to integrate the fans, “You Will Hear Us” — fan site Sounder at Heart’s motto and something that, if you’ve ever been to a Sounders game, you know to be true of their rackous support — embroidered under the back collar.

And accompanying keeper kit is red and from a graphic template, albeit a very nice-looking template, ensuring that it will always be Christmastime at CenturyLink.

SPORTING KC

Presumably following the rousing global success of Swedish side AIK’s all-black kit released last month, Sporting Kansas City have decided to become Men In Black too. Well, at least whenever they have to wear their secondary kit.

All the applications on the shirt are a metallic silver, standing out brightly against the black. And under the back neckline is a small argyle design, drawing from the design used in their black argyle kit five years ago and white one in 2015.

NIGERIA

And here, we’ve saved the best for last. The best release of 2018 so far, maybe of ever, is Nigeria’s set for the World Cup.

The whole collection, from the kit to the jackets and everything in between, is just wonderful. The abstract zig-zag pattern is based on the Super Eagles’ shirt from the 1994 World Cup, which was their first appearance at the tournament.

A great case if we’ve ever seen one for introducing a best-dressed trophy at the World Cup.

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