Its Jersey Week stateside which means that a number of the MLS teams are launching their new kits for the coming season. Adidas hold the rights to make all of the kits for the United States’ top division unlike in other European leagues where clubs negotiate their own individual deals. The German sportswear giant signed an 8 year deal with the league in 2010.
The Canadian maple leaf, made up of geometric shapes is the most prominent feature of Darren O Dea’s club shirt Toronto FC. The shapes represent the different parts of the organisation including the fans. The club slogan “All For One” is highlighted on the back of the kit.
Colorado Rapids’ new home kit features the names of every season ticket holder in the darker hoops of the burgundy shirt. White sleeves and the Colorado state flag are new additions to the design of the club’s shirt.
Philadelphia Union’s third shirt pays homage to American soccer’s heritage. The black Union shirt includes the “B” of Bethlehem Steel, the American Soccer League club of the early 20th century that won a host of titles back when the sport wasn’t a minority sport. The shirt also includes a tag on the inside of the shirt with the Bethlehem Steel logo.