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Guest Post: JR Francis on Atlanta United 2017 Home Kit

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It’s… fine.

The best assessment I’ve heard of the kit goes like this, “Its exactly what you thought it was going to be.” In many ways, this is a good thing, but when it comes right down to it, there is simply nothing, design-wise, to get excited about.

It is thrilling to HAVE a kit now. A coach, many players, a world-class training facility and a soccer specific stadium on its way for the coming season. These are all things for the fans to celebrate and get excited about. The team we have all been waiting for is coming, and with each passing landmark, actual games are creeping closer and closer.

We are incredibly lucky that the team was able to partner with a company that allowed their logo to be rendered in gold. So many teams around the world have their kits ruined by a terrible sponsor logo, a clashing color, or by having to sport a pyramid scheme across their chest. We have a respectable company, with heartfelt commercials. They have a simple, clean, horizontal version of their logo, and it’s in beautiful gold across the front. Three cheers to American Family for being a great partner.shirt

But overall, it’s a vertical striped kit.

My complaints are really just nitpicks and some are even more about Adidas templates than this particular design. It’s a red shirt. Bah. I’m in the camp for minimizing red, and using it as a pin stripe or highlight. Think how Philly uses baby blue. I was really hoping for a black base with red stripes, as this would provide the richness and severity of aggression. Red is an entirely overused color in sport to the point of being cheap. The collar is just a plain black ringer with a sewn V-neck treatment; no stripes, lines, no work-friendly golf collar.

The stripes, as one likely could have predicted, are simple. Thick black, thick red, clean edges, no pin stripes, no texture within the stripe, no design along the edges. I’m assuming we will get all of those additional features in future years, as they are required to update a jersey every year.

The plain red back is bad. It looks like two different shirts were sewn together, one striped, one plain. There have certainly been some awful back treatments on striped designs, but to not even try is a fail. The widest two black stripes could have been run down the back, leaving room for the numbers. The stripes could terminate above and continue below the number. Something. At least the back got a jock tag with the cool 2017 logo from one of the first t-shirt designs.

The Adidas stripes stopping at the sleeve hem is wonky. I would have preferred it having a gap for the MLS logo, and going all the way down the sleeve. The MLS logos and badge in their plastisized, textured style on the authentic are really nice and the only spot we’ve added much of any personality.

The jersey is fine. It looks nice. I will scream at the top of my lungs for the guys wearing it. But it certainly ain’t “lit” or “fire” or anything of the like. Its’ simple, clean, and good.

More than anything else, this jersey reminds me of how bad the name is and how much I despise red and black. We will never be the Oregon Ducks of MLS, we will never have a huge stylistic play, we will never be the boldest or most distinctive design in the store. It can certainly be argued that classic and plain are a good thing and we don’t want to look wild and crazy. But it certainly isn’t an option. And our name SO means absolutely nothing to anyone. In a city full of incredible history, we certainly cheaped out and picked a name with zero visualization.

Here is looking forward to seeing what the away brings. I’m hoping for zero white on it at all, like the majority of ATL UTD marketing. My fingers are crossed for a real collared shirt and LOTS of gold!

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JR is a frequent guest on the SoccerNomad podcast and you can follow him on twitter @paynomind.

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Atlanta United 2017 Home Kit

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Atlanta United unveiled their 2017 home kit last night in a big celebration at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. Susannah Collins from MLS emceed the event, which included Arthur Blank, Darren Eales, Carlos Bocanegra, and Mayor Kasim Reed.

Recently I became a season ticket holder and an email hit my inbox last week about an upcoming event: the unveiling of Atlanta United’s inaugural home kit. This has been one of the most talked items about the team since the announcement. Once the logo and color scheme were released, fans and designers have been posting concept kits and discussing possible looks. I was honored to be part of the Design Football.com Atlanta United concept kit contest and fans from all over the world came up with some really great designs. On top of that, Dirty South Soccer has been accumulating designs and has made it a big topic on the Mouths of the South podcast.

The general consensus was that the shirt would be similar to the AC Milan home shirt and their iconic black and red vertical stripes. After that, speculation focused on all the permutations: thickness of the stripes, striped or solid sleeves, collar/no collar, solid or striped back, trim and accent color, and finally the placement of the trademarked three Adidas stripes.

Speaking of Adidas, ahead of Euro 2016, the company made a major design change, moving their three stripes from the shoulder to the torso. Adidas has a contract with MLS through 2017 and most of the kits released for the 2016 season incorporated this change, so I wondered. . . 1) where would the stripes be and b) what color would they be?unveil

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After a series of speeches and cheering, Tito Villlaba, Chris McCann and Andrew Carleton stepped forward in the new strip.

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I loved it. Five broad stripes with gold Adidas striping on the shoulders. I would have preferred the mark on the torso but I’m over it. Two things really grabbed me: the red sleeves and the crest. Most mock ups had striped or black sleeves. The red lightens the tone of the kit and this really works for me. The A, which is the focal point of the crest, has texture on the authentic shirt, created by a series of diagonal lines. Close up the logo really jumps out and this is a wonderful feature. Another feature of the authentic shirt is the cuff, which has Atlanta United on it. Something to keep in mind when deciding between authentic and replica.

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Finally, American Family Insurance altered their logo to gold to complement the shirt. Had they kept their standard branding, the shirt could have gone sideways very quickly.

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I pre-ordered my shirt ahead of the event. Didn’t even need to see it. This is the first shirt ever for the club so that in itself made it worth having. Plus I didn’t want to stand in line. (I admit I was jealous of those that wait in line and were able to walk out of the event with the shirt on.)

To wrap up, I asked some Atlanta United fans their thoughts and here’s what they had to say.

Heather McBrayer Cooke After some reflection, I think it’s fine. Not great, but fine. I’m never a fan of the broad vertical stripes but I do absolutely love the black shorts with the gold stripes. The detail on the back is a very nice touch as well. I honestly think the unveiling was so stinking dramatic that it set you up for a let down.

Robyn Saghini ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ it!

Jorge E. Alonso 200% on board. Absolutely love it. And it looks beautiful with our (Terminus Legion) scarf on it.

Cristoforo Romano Classy!

Justin Koehn Not too shabby. I like it untucked much more for some reason with the solid black shorts. Not a huge fan of the solid color back, but overall I’d say i’m happy with it.

Charles Phillips It’s exactly what we expected, but it’s executed perfectly. I like the broad bars as opposed to thinner stripes. I also think the red field on the back in place of stripes is going to look great with the number sets. The Inaugural Season flair on the back of the neck is a great touch that’ll make this particular shirt special. Part of me was hoping for the new Adidas style stripes down the torso, but the shoulder stripes work great too. I would’ve preferred some accents or design on the socks, but I can appreciate them going clean and elegant.

Kelly Carter Love it. Prices are fair and comparable to the league. Design was expected but desired. Sizing runs small for authentic per usual. I’m glad the AmFam logo isn’t bigger like other sponsors in the league. Yes, it does look quite similar to the MetroStars jersey, but that was bound to happen given the color scheme.

Jon Hicks Pretty damn cool. I concur with Charles the Adidas strips down the torso would have been awesome but I can live without it. The inaugural season on the back is killer. 

Matheus Gonçalves Some might say the kit is kind of too basic, or that Atlanta United stayed in the comfort zone and haven’t been innovative or creative enough. I understand the point but we’re not talking about Apple, Microsoft, Google that needs to innovate and be disruptive or, you know… this is a soccer team kit. Maybe, for the future, or for the 3rd kit we could have some fading lines down the torso, or some different design but still the Atlanta United kit is classy, It’s sharp, the golden and black stripes are solid and the kit is awesome, I love it.

Andy Hollums I love it! Executed perfectly. And in really glad they went solid on back. The only thing I don’t like about Montreal’s shirt is that they have short stripes at the bottom on back. I’m really glad we didn’t do that.

Charlie Flint I think it’s safe and relatively what everyone expected – but a great design and looks good!

Jen Pahl I really like it. It is sharp and we will stand out on the pitch.

 

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John Devlin/True Colours

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John Devlin/True Colours

John Devlin, author of True Colours: Football Kits from 1980 to the Present Day, Volumes 1 and 2, came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk kit history and design. His wealth of knowledge is remarkable and I learned a lot. After a great conversation, we finished with some listener questions.

Learn more about kits and get in touch with John.

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Sample page from True Colours

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Early kits

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Aston Villa 1878-1879

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Woolwich Arsenal 1894-1899

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(images courtesy of Historical Football Kits)

Sample jersey styles from Picking Up the Threads

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Kit Design Elements

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Collar Styles

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Design Football Podcast–Manchester United kits

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Design Football podcast–Manchester United 2016-17 Kit Special

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Jay from the Design Football blog invited me on the Design Football podcast to talk about the 16/17 Manchester United kits. We had a great conversation about United kits past and present. Check out the pod and Manchester United fantasy kits.

SoccerNomad Podcast: EPL 16/17 Kit Preview

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EPL 16/17 Kit Preview

JR Francis (@paynomind) returned to the SoccerNomad podcast to look at the kits for the upcoming EPL season. After we both rant about the Manchester teams, we gave comments on the rest of the league and picked our top 5. Plus there’s some news and notes on the manufacturers.

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Best (and Worst) 16/17

Ahead of each season I skim football kit websites looking at the upcoming season’s offerings. Here are some of the best and worst I came across. (Note: no EPL kits below as I will be doing an 2016/17 EPL kit preview when the new season starts.)

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NK Maribor first came to my attention in the late 90s/early 2000s during their dominant period in Slovenian football. When I saw their away shirt I instantly loved it. One of adidas’ new templates is a horizontal bar that alternating different shades of the same color, in this case purple, which switches in the middle of the chest. The yellow trim around the crew collar is a nice touch. Definitely a hipster’s choice.

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As I scanned through the jerseys for the upcoming season, this kit from Bologna really jumped out at me. Similar in the way the Crystal Palace home shirt from last caught my eye, the home strip for I Rossoblu gets the job done. The half and half colored collar and sleeves and big bold stripes give the strip a great look.

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Another Italian team got a really nice shirt for the upcoming season. Palermo is usually associated with their pink home shirt but their white away kit kit for the upcoming season is gorgeous. Taking the band that typcially goes across the chest, Joma broke it up and it serves to highlight the club badge. A pink collar accents the shirt as well as the black piping. Beautiful shirt and wonderful set from Joma for the 16/17 campaign.

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Porto almost always makes this annual post, usually for bad reasons. For this season New Balance has taken a recent design element one step further. Pinstripes inside of solid vertical bars seems to be a trend, I’m thinking Montreal Impact, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, and the American company has amplified it with a gradient visual.  Up close it’s an interesting take but will probably barely even see it on TV.

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Staying in Portugal, while I like shirts painted on women as much as the next guy, this release from Benfica is top notch.

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OMFG. What can you say about this? Bordeaux’s third strip uses images from the city and maybe it’s because I’ve never been there but this doesn’t work for me at all. Cluttered, jarring, just not good. Perhaps had they taken one image and shadow printed it, that might have worked. Puma overstepped the bounds on this one.

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No idea how I found this one but Hummel produced a jersey Danish club Odense that uses their iconic chevron branding and combines it with vertical stripes. Inside the bars you will not find pinstripes but a checkered geometric pattern. I like this shirt, the stripes, the color and solid back for the number set.

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Usually when I look at Turkish teams, I am drawn to Galatasaray, who have had some really sharp designs over the last couple of seasons. Scrolling though the 16/17 kits I saw Besiktas’ home offering and wondered if this team going to compete for the Turkish Super Lig or the American League crown. Holy pinstripes. Don’t like this one at all.

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NEC Nijmegen won promotion to the Eredivisie and decided to put two designs up to fan votes. Based on the post from Football Fashion, the voting was so close that the club will two home jerseys. I like the simplicity and use of club colors for both. Whether two shirts is good or bad, I’m not sure and hope this doesn’t give major manufacturers and clubs a horrible idea moving forward.

If you know anything about the early years of the Premier League, then you’ll know about this shirt:

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Now there’s this:

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Errea decided to bring it back but in white. I think the only positive is that the Canaries are in the Championship, so I won’t have to see this unless I really really want to.

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Let’s end on a high note. Footy Headlines brought the new Hajduk Split home kit to my attention and I am so thankful. What a kit. Clean white shirt with hints of gold paired with royal blue shorts and royal blue socks with white turnovers. Real beauty.

 

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Check out my previous season previews and other kit reviews on the Strip Club page of the SoccerNomad blog.

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So those are the ones that caught my eye. If you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the following sites. . .

Football Fashion

Football Kit News

Football Shirt Culture

Footy Headlines

Quality posts, great pictures and a wide selection on offer.

Plus there are several great podcasts on kits and kit design. Check out the Football Attic kit podcast and the podcast from Design Football.

Manchester United Dollar Date (16/17 home kit)

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Photo courtesy of Footy Headlines

Manchester United released the new home shirt for 16/17 season, the second offering from the new adidas contract.

I recently recorded a podcast with Design Football regarding the new kit and Manchester United kit design in general. In my preparation I was struck by the fact that very little is known about the early kits of Newton Heath. Also the club has used red first choice tops since being renamed Manchester United in 1902 except for an all white strip with a giant red v from 1922-27 and a cherry and white hoops shirt for a short time in the 30s.

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Photo courtesy of Football Fashion

Several design elements are used on the new shirt. Red is used on the crew collar and cuffs, rather than a contrasting color, and this hasn’t been done since the 2007-09 seasons. That shirt is one of my favorite United jerseys and the look really works. The red is complemented by white adidas stripes down the torso rather than the shoulders.

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Adidas has also introduced a vertical stripe of interlocking hexagonal shapes that divides the shirt in two shades of red. According to the Manchester United press release. . .

In the second year of the partnership with United, adidas has taken cues from the club’s illustrious history, with a two-tone red-split design evoking the two-tone Newton Heath kit of 1878.

The official coat of arms for the City of Manchester was the basis behind the idea for the honeycomb graphic that knits together the two red block designs on the shirt. It was inspired by the worker bee which appears in the crest and originates from the Industrial Revolution, in which Manchester played a significant role. The strong work ethic of the city is also part of the club’s DNA, instilled in the players whenever they pull on the red shirt and represent the club.

Regarding the Newton Heath comment, I just don’t believe that’s true. United’s earliest home shirts were white with a blue cord. The assumed green and gold kit didn’t arrive until 1881 and there indications that a red and white home shirt was used in the late 1880s and early 1890s. If anything I would love for a manufacturer to create a half red/half white shirt, although it could a) cause kit clash headaches and b) make people think that Feyenoord are playing.

As for the hexagons, using the bees from the Manchester Coat of Arms is a bit of a stretch. I don’t mind it, even though, as Jay from Design Football mentioned, the way the hexagons are causes the shirt to not be divided evenly.

There are also small touches, with a Newton Heath plaque on the inside neck and the letters MUFC in the hexagon shapes on the back of the neck.

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Photo courtesy of Footy Headlines

The shorts are white with red adidas markings and look fine. I’m sure there’s some sort of technological advance but essentially they are the same shorts. I really like the socks which are black with a red band on the turnover plus a red devil on the shin. I applaud adidas for using this part of the badge and hope they continue to do so in the future.

Another great home kit from adidas and will keep my eye out for a deal so I can pick one up.

Read my comments on the away kit here.

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Official Manchester United release

Find out more about the history of Manchester United kits at United Kits and Historical Football Kits.

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