Historical Football Kits

 

Major League Soccer 2018

mls logo 2015

History was made in 2017 as Toronto became the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup (not to mention the Supporters' Shield).

MLS rules stipulate that only one new strip can be introduced each season although for obvious reasons this does not apply to expansion teams.

Los Angeles FC have now joined MLS, four years after being awarded a franchise. The Miami Beckham United Group, part owned by David Beckham has now been officially awarded a franchise and will enter the competition in 2020. The commissioners plan to further expand with up to 28 teams during the next decade.

The restructuring of the CONCACEF club competitions means that only the MLS Cup and US Open Cup winners are guaranteed a place in the CONCACEF Champions League from 2019. However, as Toronto take up the single place allocated to Canada, the spare slot will go to the US team that finishes with the best aggregate record in the 2017 and 2018 regular seasons.

2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Logos are the property of MLS and MLS franchises. Opinions expressed on this page are those of HFK and not contributors.

 

Atlanta United (Eastern Conference)

atlanta united 2017 1st kit

Primary

atlanta united 2018 1st kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: American Family Insurance

atlanta united crest 2017For their home game against Orlando in September, Atlanta sold 69,256 tickets one more than the record held by LA Galaxy. Atlanta have opted to replace their secondary strip for 2018 and have gone for all-white with orange trim.

 

Chicago Fire SC (Eastern Conference)

chicago fire 2018 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
chicago fire 2017 2nd kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Valspar

chicago fire crestChicago improved on their poor 2016 performance and reached the play-offs last term but were knocked out by Red Bulls at the first hurdle. Their first choice kit is new for this year.

(Primary kit to be confirmed.)

 

Colorado Rapids (Western Conference)

colorado rapids 2018 1st kit

Primary

colorado rapids 2017 secondary kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Transamerica

colorado rapids crestColorado had a forgettable 2017 campaign finishing tenth in their conference. Normally Rapids primary kit is claret and white with light blue accents so the new version is quite a change. On the other hand, the design is standard fare with a few bespoke details.

 

Columbus Crew SC (Eastern Conference)

columbus crew 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
columbus crew 2018 change kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Acura

columbus crew crest 2015Columbus made it to the Eastern Conference final where Toronto got the better of them by a single goal over two legs. The new change strip is black with grey trim and yellow applications. The jock tag celebrates the team's status as charter members of MLS.

 

DC United (Eastern Conference)

dc united 2018 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
DC UNited 2017 1st kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Leidos

dc united crest 2016United finished bottom of the Eastern Conference with just 32 points. Their updated first strip is all-black as usual, with silver trim and horizontal bands on the shirt along with minimal red accents.

 

FC Dallas (Western Conference)

fc dalas 2018 1st kit

Primary

FC Dallas 2017 secondary kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Advocare

fc dallas crestThe familiar hoops are consigned to the dustbin as Dallas have unveiled a new first strip loosely - very loosely - based on the Texan flag. The initials of their founder, Lamar Hunt, are printed into the single (lone?) star on the left sleeve. In my view this is not a patch on the blue and white outfit held over from last season.

 

Houston Dynamo (Western Conference)

houston dynamo 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: BHP Billiton

houston crestHouston improved on their poor 2016 season to reach the Western Conference Final.

 

Los Angeles FC (Western Conference)

Primary

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: YouTube TV

los angeles fc crest 2018Established in 2014, three days after Chivas USA were wound up by the MLS Commissioners, the latest expansion team means that once again Los Angeles has two sides. Originally chosen as a placeholder, the name was confirmed in 2015 by Henry Nguyen, the principal owner at the time, and follows the recent trend for European rather than American naming conventions. LAFC play at the Banc of Calfornia Stadium, a brand new soccer-specific stadium in the Exposition Park area of the city.

 

Los Angeles Galaxy (Western Conference)

la galaxy 2018 1st kit

Primary

la galaxy 2017 change kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Herbalife Nutrition

la galaxy crestMLS' glamour team had a rotten season and finished bottom of their conference with the worst record in MLS. Their latest first strip is a variant on the usual white outfit with a dark blue and gold sash.

 

Minnesota United (Western Conference)

minnesotaunited 2018 1st kit

Primary

minnesota united change kit 2018

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Target

minnesota united fc crest 2017The Loons had an unremarkable first season in MLS, finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference. Last year's attactive light blue sash is dropped from the primary shirt which is now striped in two shades of grey, this season's couleur du jour. Fans who hoped the Loon Bird would return to prominence on the shirt are likely to be disappointed but how likely are the owners to approve a large bird and a target on their team tops?

 

Montreal Impact Impact de Montréal (Eastern Conference)

montreal impact 2018 1st kit

Primary

montreal impact 2017 change kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Bank of Montreal

montral impact crestThere was no play-off fun for Montreal who could only manage ninth place in their conference. Since 2015 the Olympic Stadium has been graced by a 1.5m tall bell weighing 715kg known as the North Star. Ths was acquired by a supporters group to celebrate goals and victories. Rather than replace their popular first choice strip, Montreal have retained it for a third year with a few additions to mark their 25th year. There is a special anniversary badge between the Adidas logo and the club crest while the squad numbers and players' names on the back of the shirt are printed in silver.

 

New England Revolution (Eastern Conference)

new england revolution 2018 1st kit

Primary

new england revolution change kit 2017

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: United Health Care

new england revolution crestNew England failed to make the play-offs once again in 2017. There's a lot less red in the new primary strip than in previous versions but the two vertical stripes are retained. These are now placed on the left and are in two shades of blue. You may ask why? And the answer is probably, why not?

 

New York City FC (Eastern Conference)

new york city fc 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
nyfc change kit 2018

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Etihad Airways

new york city fc crestThe City Football Group now owns or co-owns six clubs on four continents and is setting out to realise a vision first developed by Ferran Soriano to create a multinational corporation that has been called the Coca Cola of football. The idea is to trawl the world for young players, train and polish them in state of the art academies run by the group's lower ranked teams before selling them on or sending the best to higher ranked teams within the group, with Manchester City the flagship.

(Secondary kit to be confirmed.)

 

New York Red Bulls (Eastern Conference)

NY Red Bulls 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
ny red bulls 2018 change kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Red Bull

new york red bulls crestRed Bulls reached the Conference sem-finals where they were beaten by Toronto on the away goals rule. They were also finalists in the US Open Cup. Launched with the slogan, "All New, All Red," the design, "Signifies our passion and desire to give our fans what they asked for." Well, there's a lot more of this drivel but I was particularly struck by the remark by General Manager Marc de Grandpre who said, "Our priority is delivering the best experience to our loyal fan base," presumably by selling them lots of fizzy energy drink.

 

Orlando City SC (Eastern Conference)

orlando city 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Orlando Health

orlando city sc crestOrlando once again failed to make the play-offs.

 

Philadelphia Union (Eastern Conference)

philadelphia union 2018 1st kit

Primary

philadelphia union 2017 change kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Bimbo

philadelphia union crestPhiladelphia finished eighth in their Conference. They have gone for a new look, dropping the broad vertical stripe that has featured on their first choice shirts since they joined MLS and losing the "natural khaki" in favour of a lighter shade of gold. The result is pretty dull fare.

 

Portland Timbers (Western Conference)

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2017 1ST KIT

Primary

portland timbers 2018 change kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Alaska Airlines

portland timbers crest 2016Portland won the Western Conference. They finished with the same number of points as their main rivals Seattle but were ranked higher because they had won 15 games compared to Seattle's 14.

We have to go back to 2012 for the last time Portland wore a white kit. The latest version, trimmed in their signature dark green and gold, looks very smart indeed.

 

Real Salt Lake (Western Conference)

real salt lake 2018 1st kit

Primary

real salt lake 2017 change kit

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Life Vantage

real salt lake crestSalt Lake failed to reach the play-offs last year. There's a bit more cobalt blue on the new primary kit than the previous version and the gold trim is familiar but it's otherwise the usual "claret." Not really very inspiring.

 

San Jose Earthquakes (Western Conference)

san jose earthquakes 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
san jose earthquakes 2018 2nd kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Sutter Health

san jose earthquakes crest 2014The Earthquakes reached the Knock Out stage of the play-offs but were hammered 5-0 by Vancouver. Their new change strip is based on an Adidas design from 1986.

 

Seattle Sounders FC (Western Conference)

seattle sounders 2018 1st kit

Primary

SEATTLE SOUNDERS 2017 CHANGE KIT

Secondary

buy football shirts at kitbag

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: XBox

seattle sounders crestSeattle met Toronto in the MLS Cup final for the second time in successive years but it was the Canadian side that triumphed this time round. The new primary strip is in Sounders' distinctive colours but with some novel features. There's a mottled print on the front of the shirt and the phrase, "You Will Hear Us," is printed below the back of the collar, the motto of a Sounder's fan site. The jock tag celebrates ten years of the Sounder's Alliance Council, a group elected by season ticket holders to liaise with the front office and the owners.

 

Sporting Kansas City (Western Conference)

sporting kansas city 2017 1st kit

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
sporting kansas city 2018 change kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Ivy Investments

sporting kansas city crestSKC won the US Open Cup for the fourth time beating Red Bulls 2-1 at their home ground in Kansas. We have a new secondary strip which is an austere black affair trimmed in silver grey.

 

Toronto FC (Eastern Conference)

toronto fc 2017 1st kit

Primary

toronto fc 2018 change kit

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Bank of Montreal

toronto fc crestHaving reached the final of the MLS Cup last season, Toronto have now gone one better and are the first Canadian side to win the title. They also won the Supporters' Shield.

Somewhere in Adidas' design department there is a designer who really, really likes grey.

(Secondary kit to be confirmed.)

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Western Conference)

vancouver whitecaps 1st kit 2017

Primary

buy football shirts at kitbag
vancouver whitecaps 2018 change kits

Secondary

Designer: Adidas

Sponsor: Bell

vancouver whitecaps crestVancouver had a moderate season, reaching the Conference Semi-Finals. I'm tempted to suggest that the white "rain shirt" is now complemented by the secondary "foggy with low cloud" strip in two shades of grey. The shirt has tiny triangles embossed into the fabric, a theme borrowed from the badge.