It's been a busy couple of days for Manchester City. While most of the attention was on the Premier League club's agreement with the New York Yankees to create an MLS franchise, City also released their home kits for next season.
City official Tom Glick made the following comments about the new Nike kit to the club's official site:
We are delighted to join forces with Nike. Having them as our new Technical Kit Partner demonstrates City’s growing global appeal, and we look forward to working alongside Nike to build and engage our fan base around the world
He also talked about City's belief in the growth of the sport in the United States:
We are also pleased to unveil our new look during our matches in New York and St. Louis this week. This is our third visit to the USA in the last three years, and we enjoy a fantastic following here. It’s an exciting time for soccer in the States, and we are big believers in its future. Passion for the game from fans and participants is strong and growing, and we look forward to playing a part in its on-going development.
As for the kit itself, the new design follows a common theme for jerseys around the world. Teams are trying to keep an overall retro style, which harkens back to an earlier era of the club, while still instituting modern updates.
City went with a style that flashes back to the 1892 squad while incorporating a jersey that weighs just 150 grams, an example of modern technology. As always, the sky blue color scheme remains unchanged in the new kit.
That's the most important thing. When people take a quick glance at the new kit, they should instantly think Manchester City. Keeping that tradition alive is always the key to a successful new design and City certainly remained loyal to their past (image via EPLTalk.com).
So in respect to keeping up with tradition, City receives a passing grade. As Glick mentioned, the club will show off the new look during exhibition matches in the coming week. It will give supporters their first in-game look at what to expect next season.
The bottom line remains the same, though. The more trophies City are able to win wearing the jersey, the better it will look to the fans. Winning overshadows a kit design.
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