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Quick question - how original were the 1996 jerseys to MLS? They were all Nike creations, correct? Did Nike actually make ten unique uniform designs or were some of the designs used by clubs in Europe, South America, etc? Did Nike have a big footprint in soccer back then? Adidas gets ripped on for being lazy using templates used around the globe and shoehorning the MLS identities into them, but the cost of producing a (relatively) minor run of 28-32 unique designs, plus thirds, must be astounding.

Also, that LA Galaxy leak is pretty tremendous if real...

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8 minutes ago, schlim said:

how original were the 1996 jerseys to MLS? They were all Nike creations, correct?

 

They weren't all Nike; for example, DC United was Adidas.

 

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Thanks for pointing that out! I guess I forgot the mid nineties were still when sports leagues hadn't started to sign league wide apparel contracts. I guess I always heard the stories about Nike helping name the teams that even went to 98 expansion team Chicago nearly called the Rhythm with a snake logo or something. I just can't picture Liverpool or Manchester United in a Clash template.


edit: Turns out Nike only did half the league.

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checked other teams

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That Galaxy away shirt is really nice. Not only is it a pretty good reinterpretation of their ‘97 shirt, but it’s also the best and most distinctive away shirt they’ve had since their rebrand to the navy and gold. It’s also another example of how, if nothing else, Adidas can execute retro-inspired kits pretty successfully:

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20 minutes ago, upperV03 said:

That Galaxy away shirt is really nice. Not only is it a pretty good reinterpretation of their ‘97 shirt, but it’s also the best and most distinctive away shirt they’ve had since their rebrand to the navy and gold. It’s also another example of how, if nothing else, Adidas can execute retro-inspired kits pretty successfully:

 

Yet they don't use designs they've created for the league.😑

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15 hours ago, schlim said:

Quick question - how original were the 1996 jerseys to MLS? They were all Nike creations, correct? Did Nike actually make ten unique uniform designs or were some of the designs used by clubs in Europe, South America, etc? Did Nike have a big footprint in soccer back then? Adidas gets ripped on for being lazy using templates used around the globe and shoehorning the MLS identities into them, but the cost of producing a (relatively) minor run of 28-32 unique designs, plus thirds, must be astounding.

Also, that LA Galaxy leak is pretty tremendous if real...

 

The particular strain of strangeness was pretty exclusive to MLS, and not just Nike -- see also those wacky Revs confetti kits by Reebok, and those Wizards gems were Adidas. Of course Europe had its own bizarro 90s kits, just not quite as flamboyant as MLS had.

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Well it's better than most the away kits they've had.

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16 hours ago, schlim said:

Quick question - how original were the 1996 jerseys to MLS? They were all Nike creations, correct?


There were four kit manufacturers for Major League Soccer's inaugural season - adidas, Nike, Puma, and Reebok. The breakdown of teams  by manufacturer was: 

adidas
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
Kansas City Wizards

Nike
Dallas Burn
Los Angeles Galaxy
New York/New Jersey MetroStars
San Jose Clash
Tampa Bay Mutiny

Puma
Colorado Rapids

Reebok
New England Revolution

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So to begin with, Adidas made the best (and seemingly most popular in hindsight) kits. My how times change.

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Knocked it way out of the park. This is what everyone should have been doing LAST year, I think, instead of rationalizing that arbitrary shoulder stripe template as something special. It's a bit odd now that neither Galaxy kit has navy and gold, but that's the fault of their terrible home kit.

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2 hours ago, Digby said:

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Knocked it way out of the park. This is what everyone should have been doing LAST year, I think, instead of rationalizing that arbitrary shoulder stripe template as something special. It's a bit odd now that neither Galaxy kit has navy and gold, but that's the fault of their terrible home kit.

I hate that I like anything the Galaxy does, but this is fantastic!

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Wonder if they would just port the print from the Arsenal away kit. But uh, desaturated so none of the red bloodspatter.

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It wouldn't actually be too bad. Would definitely be better than the plain white if they do it well. 

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28 minutes ago, Digby said:

Wonder if they would just port the print from the Arsenal away kit. But uh, desaturated so none of the red bloodspatter.

This is my thought as well

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Sadly the Whitecaps retro hoop kit is due to be replaced this year. Seems to be no info on what they're doing this year. 

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On 2/7/2021 at 9:15 AM, upperV03 said:

That Galaxy away shirt is really nice. Not only is it a pretty good reinterpretation of their ‘97 shirt, but it’s also the best and most distinctive away shirt they’ve had since their rebrand to the navy and gold. It’s also another example of how, if nothing else, Adidas can execute retro-inspired kits pretty successfully:

 

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I so wish the Heritage Away kits had the light blue shorts instead of the plain white ones. It would of been so much better.

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