After the disturbing images I shared with you this morning, I thought it might be nice to have the visual equivalent of a palate cleanser- a little visual sorbet, if you will. With that in mind I bring you the new away uniforms that will be worn by the
Columbus Crew Aberdeen F.C. this season. The Dons already upset a few people this summer when they decided to switch back to white shorts from red for only the second time since the mid-1960s, so any chances they might take with the away uniform were less likely to be problematic.
Some of you might be thinking to yourselves, “Which one is Brian McBride?”, but the fact is that Aberdeen’s home colors from 1904-1939 were black, yellow, and white, so they predate MLS’s Columbus Crew by almost a century. The one major concession that the club has made to fashion is that they have eschewed the most commonly used color for shorts a century ago- blue- as well as the second most popular one- white- and gone with a more non-descript black.
So, what do I think of these? I quite like them actually. They look completely modern, but with a nod to the past and with the exception of the aforementioned Columbus Crew, they don’t look like anything else I’ve seen in European football. I have only two quibbles- only one of which the club can control. First, it bothers me a bit that the Adidas stripes on the sleeves and on the shorts are different colors. I’m not sure whether I’d like to see both white or both yellow, but one of each just doesn’t settle well with me.
The other issue is the boots. This kit looks best with all black or all white boots, but as you can see, chances are that the players on the team are going to wear every color of the rainbow with them and that just makes the whole thing look rather garish. Then again, as long as the players get to wear the make and model of their choosing, why can’t the club mandate the color?
I don’t know if you’ll like this kit as much as I do, but it’s been a few minutes since you thought about this morning’s Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Arsenal kits, hasn’t it?