Let’s be clear about two things before I begin my critique of this kit. First, I’m not a big fan of purple as a kit color, and especially as a primary kit color. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling: I like to think I know a fair bit about football kits across the world and Fiorentina is literally the only other club I can think of that wears a primarily purple kit and I think there’s good reason for that. Second, I am suffering from “Adidas Fatigue.” I am sure that Adidas produces dozens of kits across a range of styles, but at the end of the day there are only so many that are appropriate for the professional level and, let’s face it, for better or worse, Adidas has a certain “approach” to kit design that limits the kind of creativity one might hope to see.
There’s a lot going on with the shirt as you can see from the diagram above and I’m going to try to pick out the things I like.
I like the crest. They’ve managed to make it modern, clean, and distinctive without looking overly “engineered.” I also like the fact that they’ve put their USL-Pro crest on the backside of it (see diagram).
I like the pop of color (gold) on the crest, the collar, and the sleeve patch.
I like that the sponsor logo is, relatively speaking, unobtrusive.
That’s about it.
Here’s what I don’t like.
I’ve always said that I like a simple/traditional kit (which this certainly is) that features one, well done, design feature. This kit doesn’t have one. Yes, the back and front (but not the side panels) of the top have sublimated stripes, but that’s not really distinctive in any way.
While I like the club specific crest on the left arm, I don’t like that it is both off-center and undersized. The gap that Adidas has left for the patch appears to be twice as big as it needs to be. It just doesn’t look…right.
I also don’t think that the shorts and socks bring nothing to the party. Both are solid purple with typical Adidas white stripes down the sides of the shots and around the cuff of the socks.
Maybe this kit will look great in action, but right now I’m hoping for a fantastic change kit to be released next.