With just one week to go until the start of the 20th MLS season, several high-profile kits have been leaked on social media for expectant fans to pour over, analyze and dissect.
World Soccer Talk gives you the run-down, and our take on each one of these jerseys which will be worn by the likes of Kaka, David Villa and (maybe) Frank Lampard.
Unfortunately (or fortunately in the case of MLS teams), not all of the jerseys have been leaked by the teams, so we’ll have to keep on guessing until MLS jersey week happens next week.
In the meantime, here’s what we’ve discovered thus far.
Here are the ones that have been leaked as of press time:
Chicago Fire 2015 away jersey
Chicago Fire 2015 third jersey
Colorado Rapids away jersey
The Colorado Rapids have kept a tight lid on what their home and away jerseys will look like for 2015. However, the above image gives a clue that the away jersey is likely to be yellow in color with a blue trim. When released or leaked, let’s see if the new away jersey looks like Sweden’s home jersey or not.
Columbus Crew 2015 home jersey
Columbus Crew 2015 away jersey
DC United 2015 away jersey
Houston Dynamo 2015 home jersey
LA Galaxy 2015 home jersey
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LA Galaxy 2015 away jersey
Montreal Impact 2015 away jersey
While simplicity usually works well on soccer jerseys, this one is simple to the point of blandness. It’s predominately white, with blue accents and almost nothing on the jersey stands out.
The sponsorship design from BMO is awful – the font doesn’t go at all with the overall tone of the jersey design and the garish red blotch of a logo sticks out like a sore thumb.
Finally, the light gray hoops on the torso are supposed to break up the monotony, but unfortunately they’re too subtle to catch the eye.
All in all, the less said about this jersey, the better.
New England Revolution 2015 home jersey
New England Revolution 2015 away jersey
New York City FC 2015 home jersey
With its combination of a crew neck, white shorts and Etihad Airways sponsorship logo, from afar it’s almost identical to Manchester City’s 2013/14 jersey, despite being made by adidas.
The jersey has a number of unique, commemorative design features.
First, the badge is made up of three colors – Manchester City’s traditional sky blue; the navy of the franchise’s other owners, the New York Yankees, and orange taken from New York City’s flag.
The design is also based on the iconic subway token, and was chosen in a poll by more than 100,000 fans.
A badge commemorating New York City’s inaugural MLS season can be found on the bottom-left of the torso, while the new MLS logo on the sleeve is in the club’s own sky blue-and-navy combo.
It’s an attractive jersey, and the minimalistic look is perfect for their first home design. Like sister club Melbourne City, the New York side clearly want to resemble their parent club as much as possible, while showing their individuality more with the away jersey.
New York City FC 2015 away jersey
The away jersey is black with sky blue (adidas stripes, Etihad logo) and orange (collar triangle) accents.
The best part of this jersey is the back-neck graphic – an intertwined NYC in New York orange which, on top of the black jersey, evokes the old baseball Giants logo.
Finally, we have the five subtle diagonal stripes across the jersey, representing the city’s five boroughs.
This again, is a great jersey and could prove commercially successful as it represents the club’s individuality. You sense that the home jerseys could be too close to Manchester City’s, so fans wishing to celebrate their own club’s identity might opt for this one instead.
New York Red Bulls 2015 home jersey
Past New York Red Bulls jerseys have been predominately white with red detail, but the secondary color plays a much bigger role on this 2015 jersey, made by adidas.
The torso is white, while the sleeves are totally red, like an inverse Arsenal jersey.
The sponsorship, obviously, is supplied by Red Bull, giving the jersey possibly its most recognizable feature.
With NYCFC’s entry into the market, the Red Bulls wanted people to know they’re still the big dog in town (even though they play in New Jersey), so they’ve stuck ‘New York’ in large lettering near the bottom of the jersey.
Like NYCFC’s jersey, it’s an attractive offering, yet more radical and new-age than their city rivals. With the departure of poster-boy Thierry Henry, the club will have to forge a clear identity for the future, which is possibly the reason for the funky new template.
And while this jersey will surely be a fan-favorite, it’s doubtful they’ll be able to shift the same kind of numbers without the Frenchman, especially outside the city and country.
New York Red Bulls 2015 away jersey
Orlando City 2015 home jersey
New MLS team Orlando City will wear an adidas jersey of the same template as a number of European giants, including Valencia CF and Olympique Lyonnais.
This is a gorgeous jersey. All the parts work together, with the brilliant white Orlando Health logo fitting in seamlessly with the adidas markings and the horizontal stripes across the torso.
Not to mention the predominant deep purple color of Orlando City is fantastic, meaning Brazilian superstar Kaka and company will run out on opening day looking immaculate.
Even though the 21st MLS franchise sport gold as their secondary color on their badge, it was definitely a good choice to go with white for the detailing. Gold would have been too garish, so Orlando fans should buy their jerseys now, for fear that future incarnations aren’t as attractive.
Orlando City 2015 away jersey
Philadelphia Union 2015 home jersey
Philadelphia Union 2015 away jersey
Made by adidas, Philadelphia Union’s away jersey is white with navy and gold accents, which unfortunately combine for a nausea-inducing design.
There are some redeeming features, however.
The Bimbo sponsorship logo wins brownie points for evoking the look of a team in Liga MX. Also, the snake motif found on the inside-back collar is a nice touch.
But overall this jersey is one of the worst in recent memory. It’s forgettable, which is not the attribute you want with a new jersey design.
Portland Timbers 2015 home jersey
This jersey features the same template as New York City’s away kit, but in dark green with lime accents. Again, the slashed ‘V’ in the collar is the most striking feature.
This is a pleasing jersey without being extraordinary. Alaska Airlines supply the sponsorship, amidst a chevron motif which evokes Oregon’s mountainous region.
The adidas markings come in green, as does the inside of the collar, which reads ‘Let it rain, let it pour, let the Portland Timbers score’, a nice nod to the club’s passionate supporters.
Real Salt Lake 2015 away jersey
Seattle Sounders 2015 home jersey
Seattle’s 2015 home jersey features the traditional rave green with emerald blue, while adidas and Xbox return as jersey manufacturers and sponsors, respectively.
But while there’s a lot of continuity with this jersey, there’s also a lot to get excited about. For the first time, a Sounders jersey will feature white pinstripes across the torso, which is one of those love-or-hate features among most fans.
Also, as previously alluded, the emerald blue in the detail is slightly darker than in previous incarnations.
The jersey design template is a rather modern, simple design, which suits the club and its down-to-earth, passionate fan base really well.
Overall it’s a very attractive jersey, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – Seattle always manage to pull off great designs.
It doesn’t really matter, however, since Sounders jerseys fly off the shelves anyway. Boasting the highest average attendance in the league, CenturyLink Field will be packed to the rafters with fans wearing this jersey come opening game.
Seattle Sounders 2015 away jersey
Sporting Kansas City 2015 home jersey
Tablecloth or beautiful design? You decide.
Toronto FC 2015 home jersey
Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 home jersey
It couples a minimalist, elegant design with a unique navy blue diamond graphic up near the top of the jersey, which evokes the snow-capped mountains of the region.
The jersey, which is predominately white, is rounded off with navy blue commercial markings (Adidas, Bell Canada) and a simple crew neck.
The new MLS logo on the sleeve is customized in white and navy blue.
This is a strong showing from the Whitecaps, who haven’t had the best form in the past when it comes to their uniforms, but it is the pick of the bunch, as far as we’re concerned.
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