MLS Kits


The MLS 2010 season came to a close with Colorado Rapids winning the MLS Cup and LA Galaxy winning the Supporters’ Shield. Now that league and cup competitions are approaching their climax in Europe, Major League Soccer has gone on a break and waiting for the 16th season to start on March 15th, 2011.

Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will make their MLS debut – taking the total number of clubs to 18. Both the Timbers and the Whitecaps will join the Western Conference and Houston Dynamo will move into the Eastern Conference.

Despite criticism from fans and FIFA, MLS has managed to sustain their timing of its league schedule. Taking advantage of the difference of calendars of MLS and the European leagues, players have taken advantage of it by participating in the MLS and in a club in Europe, allowing them to play throughout the year. Notably, Landon Donovan and David Beckham played for LA Galaxy in the MLS and with Everton (England) and AC Milan (Italy) respectively.

Another criticism has been the complete lack of promotion and relegation system common in other parts of the world. Rather they are based around a system of fixed franchises and the reason behind it is cited by the league as the natureof the single-entity business structure, wherein the owner purchases the right to operate a majore league team in a specific city and relegation will be a breach of that contract by the league.

As far as the kits are concerned, adidas is the lone supplier of the kits for all the clubs playing in the league. Because of that, questions are raised about the amount of involvement by the club in the final decision of the kits. For example, when Seattle Sounders’ third kit for 2011 was unveiled, fans and media personnel wondered whether the Sounders actually opted for electric yellow or was it forced upon them.

The general consensus is that, clubs do have a final nod in the decision of the kits they will wear. So yes, Seattle Sounders did opt for electric yellow as their third color only after joining MLS in November 2007.

Here are the 2011 MLS kits:

Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire 2011 Home Shirt
Chicago Fire 2011 Away Shirt

Chivas USA

Chivas USA 2011 Home Shirt
Chivas USA 2011 Away Shirt

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids 2011 Home Shirt
Colorado Rapids 2011 Away Shirt

Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew 2011 Home Shirt
Columbus Crew 2011 Away Shirt

DC United

DC United 2011 Home Shirt
DC United 2011 Away Shirt
DC United 2011 Third Shirt

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FC Dallas

FC Dallas 2011 Home Shirt
FC Dallas 2011 Away Shirt

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo 2011 Home Shirt
Houston Dynamo 2011 Away Shirt

Los Angeles Galaxy

LA Galaxy 2011 Home Shirt
LA Galaxy 2011 Away Shirt

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New England Revolution

New England Revolution 2011 Home Shirt
New England Revolution 2011 Away Shirt

New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls 2011 Home Shirt
New York Red Bulls 2011 Away Shirt

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Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union 2011 Home Shirt
Philadelphia Union 2011 Away Shirt
Philadelphia Union 2011 Third Shirt

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers 2011 Home Shirt
Portland Timbers 2011 Away Shirt

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake 2011 Home Shirt
Real Salt Lake 2011 Away Shirt

San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes 2011 Home Shirt
San Jose Earthquakes 2011 Away Shirt

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders 2011 Home Shirt
Seattle Sounders 2011 Away Shirt
Seattle Sounders 2011 Third Shirt

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC 2011 Home Shirt
Sporting KC 2011 Away Shirt

Toronto FC

Toronto FC 2011 Home Shirt
Toronto FC 2011 Away Shirt

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 Home Shirt

Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 Away Shirt

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