We are now approaching the halfway stage of the MLS season and Los Angeles FC looks to be running away with the Western Conference. It has made a blistering start to the campaign, with 11 wins from 16 games, and that leaves in nine points clear of local rival LA Galaxy at the top of the standings. Over in the east, Philadelphia Union is out in front, but the division looks wide open at Atlanta United is likely to improve.

A look at the odds offered by the best-reviewed sportsbooks shows that LAFC is the overwhelming favorite to win the MLS Cup this year. But many fashionistas are a lot more concerned by the quality of each team’s jerseys. Here are the top five new jerseys in the league this year:

Atlanta United

This franchise’s rise to prominence has been remarkable since it launched in 2017. It has broken MLS attendance records, it is already the most valuable club in the league and it walked off with the MLS Cup last year. That is largely down to the strong bond the fans have with the team, and they were consulted during the process to choose the colors. They went for classic red and black stripes in a bid to symbolize pride, passion, strength, and power, plus a dash of gold to represent a commitment to excellence. It has inspired their nickname, the Five Stripes, and they have been playing like the great AC Milan sides of yesteryear. This season’s jersey features some nice, minimal changes and it remains a supremely classy offering.

Vancouver Whitecaps

This year’s Whitecaps jersey is a retro delight, taking inspiration from the 1971 strip seen when the franchise was founded. It is a really nice way to mark the team’s 40th anniversary, and incorporating the original crest into the tag area is a great touch. The designers have pulled off a smart trick in wrapping a band around the shirt without it looking clunky, while the red name and number adds a great touch of color. It has not yet inspired the Whitecaps to greatness as they are languishing outside the playoff places, but there is plenty of time for them to turn that around.

Portland Timbers

Adidas’ monopoly over MLS jersey designs can lead to a lack of creativity borne out of the absence of competition, but it deserves great kudos for this year’s Portland shirt. It is a strong evocation of the green forests of the Pacific Northwest, and the hoops look like logs stacked upon one another in a nod to the team’s name. The gold trim is classy, the attention to detail is high, but the team is struggling and sits rock bottom of the table. However, it has games in hand and it could shoot up to fifth if it wins them all.

Seattle Sounders

The pink on black color scheme for the Sounders’ 2019 jersey is gorgeous. The club took a risk by making a full departure from its classic brand colors, and it has paid off. It is strong, but also dynamic and exciting, and the badge is not too overpowering. The sponsor’s logo is a little unwieldy, but otherwise, this is a great shirt. The shirt change seems to have sparked a shift in style, as the Sounders’ defensive solidity has gone out the window, yet they are up to third as a result of their offensive dynamism.

New York City FC

This jersey looks a lot like that of parent team Man City, the all-conquering EPL side, but there are some really nice additions. The city inspired details are brilliant, including the NYC flag, the pigeon and the line through the badge. It is a modern interpretation of the city flag and the overall jersey is fantastic. NYC FC clearly miss the legendary David Villa, although they are still hovering around the playoffs.

 

Published by Mohaned Gadnne