New York City Football Club: Creating Uniforms for the MLS Expansion Franchise
It's a big day for Major League Soccer, as the league has announced that it will be adding a 20th team for the start of the 2015 season in New York City.
Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees have teamed up to bring us the club that will be known as New York City Football Club (or, presumably, NYC FC).
“We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday in a league statement:
This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country. The New York area is home to more than 19 million people, and we look forward to an intense crosstown rivalry between New York City Football Club and the New York Red Bulls that will captivate this great city.
There are still plenty of questions to be decided before the club begins to take form. Where will they play? How do their neighbors, the Red Bulls, feel about the expansion? Which big-name players and coaches—either domestic or foreign—will they lure to the team?
But perhaps the most fascinating issue to be worked out is that of the uniforms.
Most major clubs have new versions of their kits released each season, often with minor style tweaks, slight color or design changes or even new sponsors.
But with an expansion team on the way, we're starting with a fresh slate.
So, without further ado (and using the amazing design blog "Soccer Without Context" as inspiration), here's one adaptation of what the new NYC FC kits might look like:
Both home and away jerseys feature the Umbro brand that until this year had been manufacturing the Man City uniforms. They both also feature the pinstripes of their parent club, the Yankees, though in rather different styles.
In terms of color, much like the two super-clubs that came together to produce NYC FC, it makes sense to combine the sky blue of Citizens with the darker navy blue of the Bronx Bombers.
There are obviously plenty of sponsorship options—another issue for MLS to work out over the next two years—but the New York Stock Exchange (home) and Saks Fifth Avenue (away) seem appropriate.
The badge or logo will likely be designed over the next several months. But for the purposes of this exercise, I incorporated the logo of F.C. New York, a franchise that played in the USL Professional Division and National Premier Soccer Leagues in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
So what do you think? Do you like these options? How should they be changed? What will NYC FC look like when they take to the pitch in the spring of 2015?
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