Here is a snippet of the club's statement:
“Our third jersey is perhaps the most vibrant reflection of the values we always wanted to instill in this club: we must be proud of our roots, we must always respect those who have come before us and no matter the challenges, we must always stay true to our colours,” added Joey Saputo.
The jersey was reportedly done to honor the inaugural season and jersey of 1993, which is very similar to the version the Impact wore two decades ago.
Granted, some stylistic and technical changes have been made, but in essence, the jersey is exactly the same as it was 20 years ago, as shown in the video below.
This year's edition is much darker than the one they fielded 20 years ago, but the blue and black stripes still remain true to the original design. A collar has been kept, though revamped to "hold it's shape better," according to the club's statement, while the jersey itself is far more close-fitting than before, with a slimmer fit implemented across both the chest and the arms.
As far as acknowledging the past goes, this is a very solid and appropriate gesture by the current Impact management, and they've done a good job keeping with the original style and design that they wore back in 1993.
Yet what is more special is the fact they've also managed to make a very nice looking jersey, and one that would be fine even if it were not commemorative.
The very fact that it is just adds to the kit overall.
The slimmer style holds well with the current way in which jerseys are made and will no doubt fit well on the players, and the collar and neck area as well is effectively constructed. Simply put, there are few areas not to like about this jersey and it should be a great fit for the Impact players.
It looks great and is an appropriate nod to the past by recognizing where the club has come from and how important that still remains to them today.
For that, it's hard to fault this kit at all here.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10
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