The 2019 Major League Soccer season kicks off this weekend with a handful of games on Saturday afternoon. It looks as good as any to take a look at the new uniforms that will grace the MLS pitch over the next nine months
The overall theme this year seems to be keeping it simple. Most of the teams stripped away elements from their previous jerseys going with very plain designs, sometimes it works well, sometimes it's a little too plain.
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We start things off with the champs (and also, we're going through the team-by-team to show you the new look as well as what jersey is being replaced. well, alphabetical order)
ATLANTA UNITED FC
A slight change to Atlanta's primary kit, the vertical stripes are now thinner and in greater abundance, the sleeves. A state map of Georgia has been added to the bottom left of the jersey with a "17" in reference to their inaugural season as well as being the number the club has designated for their supporters
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Chicago has updated their secondary kit to match their primary kit, adopting the full horizontal stripe across the front.
The only expansion side in 2019, FC Cincinnati will bring their blue and orange color scheme up with them to Major League Soccer.
The Rapids dropped their secondary design inspired by the blue, red, and yellow State flag of Colorado in favor of one that better matches their actual color scheme of burgundy and silver.
COLUMBUS CREW SC
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Still alive! The Columbus Crew have simplified things a bit for 2019, the checkerboard pattern has been removed from either side of their yellow jerseys.
The trend of simplification continues with the DC United who have removed their red sleeves and the silver-to-black wing gradient from their secondary jersey.
FC Dallas introduced their new secondary kit dubbed the "Reunion" jersey, paying tribute to architecture in Dallas. It's subtle, yes, but the all-white jersey includes a diagonal striping based on the design of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, a circular patch similar to the top of the Reunion Tower on Lamar Hunt's sleeve honoring.
The rainbow guts live on but slightly reduced capacity. Reducing the colors from five to three, the Houston Dynamo rainbow pattern, very obviously in the tribute to the old Houston Astros uniforms, are now higher up on the chest and in the shape of a chevron.
LIGHT BLUE has been added as a trim color on the sleeves and remains at the collar and on the stars above the badge. ] The Los Angeles Galaxy will acknowledge each of their MLS Cup victories with five stars above the badge instead of just one star to represent all five.
The new secondary jersey adds vertical stripes in the new "glitch" pattern while also removing all traces of gold from the color scheme. ] The second-year Los Angeles Football Club is dubbing their new secondary design as their "Street By Street" jersey. It features a concrete block pattern to "represent the texture and strength of our streets".
MINNESOTA UNITED FC
Simplification continues throughout MLS, Minnesota United removes their silver shoulders and the stripe at the waist for a largely plain white jersey with light hints of powder blue.
Montreal Impact retains their trademark look while getting in on some of that simplification action going around. The stripes, like Atlanta, have been slimmed down and increased but now fade away about halfway down the jersey.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
New England eliminates red from their secondary "Colonial" jersey, now light blue is added as a sleeve color as well as on either side of the main base. Adidas stripes remain, now in blue.
NEW YORK RED BULLS
The Red Bulls go from white to gray on their primary (19659002)
The back of the jersey features the name of the team in large red letters at NYC FC
This may be the update I like the most. NYC FC keeps their vibrant baby blue jersey but adds a thick vertical strip in navy blue and orange (love that color pairing).
ORLANDO CITY SC
Orlando City keeps it purple but removes the gold from the Adidas stripes on the shoulder.
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The Philadelphia Union has eliminated their blue sleeves and striping the sides (Adidas striping remains) in favor of a more clean look. The snake logo has been added to the bottom right which also originates from a sunburst pattern.
For both their primary and secondary jerseys, Union has removed the color from the sponsor logo to help match the rest of the design. ]
The Portland Timbers with a nice update to their primary jersey, keeping green as the base team has added dark green hoops while also removing the gold adidas stripes on the shoulders.
REAL SALT LAKE
The original size of the alphabet was converted from the original stock. Real Salt Lake goes in the opposite direction of those other teams going for a simple design adding a digital glitch pattern to their otherwise plain design from 2018. Blue takes a back seat in 2019 as red dominates the Real Salt Lake secondary kit
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
No jersey sponsor for the San Jose Earthquakes who introduced
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Talk about going in a completely different direction, the Seattle Sounders have adopted a new c olour scheme for their secondary "Nightfall" jersey.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY
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Sporting KC is one of many that adds the "digital glitch" style to their jersey, the new primary kit keeps the powder blue but drops the vertical stripes in favor of this diagonal pattern;
The poster-child for simplification in 2019, Toronto FC eliminates everything outside of the badge.
] The Vancouver Whitecaps are reaching their past for their new primary design, the horizontal striping and collar both loosely based on what NASL's Whitecaps wore forty years ago in 1979.
That's for 2019 , in 2020 we will have a couple of new expansion teams to look forward to in Miami and Nashville as well as the usual slew of changes across the league. Until then, you can do your MLS jersey shopping here!
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