The best and worst of MLS’ Jersey Week

by Neil Sherwin

Major League Soccer kicks off on March 8th and once again the season is being preceded by ‘Jersey Week’, a hugely successful concept started last year.

This year, all 19 clubs have launched at least one new kit for 2014 with only DC United and the San Jose Earthquakes releasing theirs before Jersey Week.

Here’s our goods and duds.

Six of the best

Portland Timbers (Third)

A real contender to be the standout shirt of 2014, the Timbers have got this one spot on. The green and gold work superbly together, the collar is very neat, and the minimalistic club crest looks great.

Seattle Sounders (Third)

The contrasting colours work really well here, with the bright green standing out against a black background.

Sporting Kansas City (Away)

While this shirt is really, really nice, the fact that the colours are the same as the home shirt can’t be ignored. What’s the point of an alternate kit if it’s not actually alternate? Make this the home option and you’re sorted.

Columbus Crew (Home)

Columbus are lucky in the sense that they are the only MLS side with a predominantly yellow home shirt so it’s always going to stand out, and this year’s offering is simple but very effective with the black trim.

Colorado Rapids (Home)

Jerseys with the ugly logo of a sponsor are always welcome, and the Colorado Rapids have delivered yet again. The big embossed C on the front works well, while the Adidas three stripes on the shoulders are light blue and fade into burgundy once they meet the sleeves. The number “5280” is on the back of the neck to represent Colorado’s feet above sea-level is a very cool touch.

Toronto FC (Away)

Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley will be running around in this tidy little number in 2014. The black and red work very well, and tie in nicely with the Canadian flag on the sleeve, while the use of the maple leaf to form eight vertical stripes down the jersey is a lovely touch.

Three of the worst

Chicago Fire (Home)

Oh dear, what have you done Chicago? This Spiderman outfit is simply horrendous thanks in large part to a piss poor attempt to blend navy and red. The fact that some Fire fans booed the kit’s release on launch night says it all.

Real Salt Lake (Home)

As the old saying goes, “less is more”. There was really no need to mess around with the gold “crown bar”, as it is officially called, across the jersey which doesn’t even line up properly with the sleeves. Just no.

New England Revolution (Home)

As uninspiring as it gets, this yawn-provoking jersey is a major let down from a club that has regularly produced interesting designs throughout the years. The loss of the white trim from last year, coupled with an oversized sponsor, do it no favours. At least Toronto jazzed up their similar style shirt with the little maple leaves.

Author Info

Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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  1. Ben Callan says:

    Do addidas have a deal with the league?

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