Breaking Down Vancouver Whitecaps' New 2013 Kit

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 28, 2013

Photo via whitecapsfc.com
Photo via whitecapsfc.com

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC have launched their new kit for the 2013 season, which will be worn this Saturday in the season opener against Toronto.

According to a statement released by the club, the kit was launched at an exclusive event for season ticket-holders, and is now available for sale.

“Today’s kit reveal continues to build momentum as we lead up to the start of our third season in Major League Soccer on Saturday,” said Jay DeMerit, Vancouver Whitecaps FC captain. “The primary kit and its unique design speaks to the club, the environment within which we play, and pays tribute to the long and deep rooted history Whitecaps FC has in Vancouver. We will all wear the new primary kit with honour as we represent this city and province.”

The 2013 kit is thought to be inspired by the city of Vancouver, with the fundamental elements of the club's pre-existing kit (colors, logo and brand) all remaining the same. It is also an "evolution of the original MLS primary kit" according to the statement, which the club launched in 2010.

As the video above highlights, the kit is a predominant white outfit that features deep blue thin strips running diagonally across the front of the jersey as well as thicker blue strips that run down the shoulders and upper sleeve.

The tag of "since 1974" also sits on the back and inside the necktape as a nice gesture towards the club's 39-year history in the city of Vancouver. 

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The Canadian flag on the left sleeve and the Major League Soccer logo on the right arm are both nice touches.

As with most jerseys these days, the kit is a lighter fabric material that will invariably hug the players more as they perform out on the pitch. It is said to be lighter than that of the jersey last year, and should feel better on the players when they play.

As a whole, it's a pretty simple but elegant-looking kit.

The designers haven't done too much to the kit—which is both good and bad to some extent—though the blue stripes down the sleeves are nice. Having the Canadian flag, the MLS logo and the "since 1974" tags are all nice touches as well.

As far as all-white kits go, this one is definitely one of the best.

Overall: 9 out of 10

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