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MLS Kits 2020 (Vancouver 3/11)

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With the 2019 MLS season getting underway this weekend, I was inspired to start another MLS concept series where I design the kits for the next season. I did one of these back in 2015,’16, and ‘17, but never got around to it last year. With this season’s crop of new kits being fairly dissapointing, I figured this was an appropriate time to bring it back. As usual, I’ll only be designing the kits that’ll be released next season (so for most teams it’ll only be one kit). The new expansion teams starting next season, Nashville and Miami, will obviously get two kits. And Cincinnati will be replacing their primary and secondaries next year, so I’ll design two for them as well.

 

I’m gonna start with my hometown team, the Portland Timbers. After unveiling their classy, albeit somewhat pedestrian white secondaries last year, I wanted to come up with something that was a bit more adventurous, while still keeping the classiness that we’ve come to expect from them in recent years. The kit is meant to have a bit of a retro feel with the color scheme, but it’s not an actual throwback. The athletic gold base color is taken directly from the stripes in city flag, and the shirt has a tonal plaid/tartan pattern made up of those same stripes. The gold base color is paired with a darker green than their regular green, similar to the base color of their ‘14/15 thirds. “Rose City ‘Til I Die” is on the back neck, and the city flag (with the green darkened to better match the kit) is used as the jocktag. Green shorts are the first choice option, with yellow clash shorts available as well. Yellow socks round it out. Let me know your thoughts!

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19 hours ago, upperV03 said:

With the 2019 MLS season getting underway this weekend, I was inspired to start another MLS concept series where I design the kits for the next season. I did one of these back in 2015,’16, and ‘17, but never got around to it last year. With this season’s crop of new kits being fairly dissapointing, I figured this was an appropriate time to bring it back. As usual, I’ll only be designing the kits that’ll be released next season (so for most teams it’ll only be one kit). The new expansion teams starting next season, Nashville and Miami, will obviously get two kits. And Cincinnati will be replacing their primary and secondaries next year, so I’ll design two for them as well.

 

I’m gonna start with my hometown team, the Portland Timbers. After unveiling their classy, albeit somewhat pedestrian white secondaries last year, I wanted to come up with something that was a bit more adventurous, while still keeping the classiness that we’ve come to expect from them in recent years. The kit is meant to have a bit of a retro feel with the color scheme, but it’s not an actual throwback. The athletic gold base color is taken directly from the stripes in city flag, and the shirt has a tonal plaid/tartan pattern made up of those same stripes. The gold base color is paired with a darker green than their regular green, similar to the base color of their ‘14/15 thirds. “Rose City ‘Til I Die” is on the back neck, and the city flag (with the green darkened to better match the kit) is used as the jocktag. Green shorts are the first choice option, with yellow clash shorts available as well. Yellow socks round it out. Let me know your thoughts!

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I love the pattern you have for Portland. I fits the team so well. Excited to see what you have in store for the expansion teams and the Revs!

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Looks good. The darker forest green is ideal, IMO. I always like a good flag-inspired uniform!

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Thanks for the comments, guys. Glad you like the Timbers’ kit. I’m back today with a new secondary for the Whitecaps. Their current dark grey/silver secondary is not only off-brand but a bit stale as well, so I decided to focus on their two shades of blue for this new kit. The shirt also has a diamond/argyle pattern made up of various shades of blue and based on the shapes from the crest. The crest, as well as the entire kit, is navy and light blue without any white or grey. Navy shorts and socks round it out. Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, etc.

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Vancouver looks good, but I thought it was Sporting KC until I noticed the logo

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19 hours ago, Section30 said:

Vancouver looks good, but I thought it was Sporting KC until I noticed the logo

Understandable given the similar color schemes. I started by primarily having white accents, but the kit felt a bit plain and too similar to their past navy away kits, which is why I ended up embracing the light blue. For SKC I have something a bit different in mind. Thanks as always for the comment!

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I like how the Argyle pattern on Vancouver’s kits meshes with the crest.

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On 3/11/2019 at 11:41 AM, upperV03 said:

Thanks for the comments, guys. Glad you like the Timbers’ kit. I’m back today with a new secondary for the Whitecaps. Their current dark grey/silver secondary is not only off-brand but a bit stale as well, so I decided to focus on their two shades of blue for this new kit. The shirt also has a diamond/argyle pattern made up of various shades of blue and based on the shapes from the crest. The crest, as well as the entire kit, is navy and light blue without any white or grey. Navy shorts and socks round it out. Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, etc.

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I would buy that shirt in a heartbeat. Beautiful.

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