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Fan design for NYCFC kits and scarves impresses

Jun 20, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT


And now, for something a bit different.

Since Major League Soccer’s announcement of it’s 20th team, New York City Football Club, has been soliciting ideas from readers regarding potential looks and designs for the club’s kit.

The site has done a nice job of highlighting different concepts and has created a gallery that diplays the different offerings. Today, MLS highlighted the designs of Mike Retrum, a designer and lifelong football fan, and we here at Pro Soccer Talk are flat out impressed.

Retrum not only created a crest, but three kits, a goal-keeper get-up and scarves.

The crest features five verticle stripes representing the five boroughs, his own stylized ‘NYC’ type, the Queens crown and a single horizontal stripe representing the boroughs united as one.

The kit utilizes the sky blue of Manchester City (and the sponsor as well) along with black and white accents, a five stripe pattern that mirrors the badge and a ‘Superbia In Proelio’ slogan embroidered at rear collar.

NYCFC Primary Kit

The away kit is charcoal with black, yellow, and sky blue accents, as well as the five stripe pattern and slogan.

NYCFC Secondary Kit

The third kit is yellow with black accents, a sash design throwback to 1973, the slogan and the Queens crown embroidered jock tag.

NYCFC Third Kit

The scarves rock the sky blue home color, the charcoal away color, and utilize the slogan or a bridge logo.

NYCFC Supporter Scarves

So what do you guys think? Should NYCFC be hiring Mr. Retrum sometime soon? One thing is for sure, the time and effort he put into creating these designs only underscores the incredible passion that American soccer supporters have for the game.

For more information on Mike’s work, visit his website.

  1. danielofthedale - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Not a fan of the unis, they are just pretty much clones of Man City and I would hope the team would be able to have their own identity.

    That said the scarf is pretty sweet!

  2. overtherepermanently - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Crushed it. This will almost definitely be better than what they actually come up with.

  3. charliej11 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    4 games in MLS yesterday and NBC chooses to talk about rumors of clothes and too many articles about a foreign league’s offseason.

    Are you kidding me ?

  4. p1sforsoccertalk - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I probably would’ve enjoyed the article, but I got distracted by the spelling mistake in the first sentence: “Since Major League Soccer’s announcement of it’s 20th team…”. You should have “…of its 20th team….” It’s is the contraction for “it is”. Remember that no possessive pronouns have an apostrophe: his, hers, theirs, ours, and–contrary to popular belief–its.

  5. footballer4ever - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM


    That was so condescending of your part. I guess there is nothing better that you can do than to find other people’s mistake. Your big mistake was to have replied and not have said anything about the topic in place.

    Go ahead, you are welcome to find grammar mistakes on my post. I am sure you get a kick out of that. LOSER!

    • joeyt360 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      That’s other people’s mistake**s**! PLURAL!

      AHAHA Epic Burn!!!!

      (lawlz just havin’ a good time.)

    • p1sforsoccertalk - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Reading my comment again, its tone may have taken as more condescending than helpful, and for that I apologize. It’s always preferred when an apology is given when it’s due, right? The crest and kits are great. I especially like that the designer didn’t use any NYC icons like the Statue of Liberty or skyscrapers. It’s trite for a club to include those kinds of things in its crest, don’t you think? I also like the creative twist on the NY lettering.

  6. footballer4ever - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    As far as the fan created NYCFC sample uniforms, let’s make sure MLS keeps this club unique in every way aside from any influence from MCFC or NYY. MLS wants to make sure they unite the Ny football fans and not dividing it by bringing in club colors/designs from another football club and another sport club, baseball. BIG HINT: CHIVAS USA. Learn from the past and do not repeat them.

    • charliej11 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Agreed, felt that way about the name too. Let’s (correct use of ‘ ) call it name of the city FC.

  7. footballer4ever - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    That is right. Don’t abbreviate FC and simply spell it out : New York City Football Club (NYCFC)

  8. judgereed - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    As an already sworn enemy and a new rivalry brewing (Union Supporter & Sons Of Ben Member) I really think these ware very well made. I disagree that the 1st kit with the colors similar to Citys colors won’t alienate fans. It still has it owns spin on it, and hell Citys brass invested a ton of money( The record 100mil fee might alone pay for the next TV rights) into the MLS I think they have every right to at least throw there colors into a kit. I think the team should let the Fans decide about the kit, however the Galaxy just proved that might be an awful idea lol.

  9. footballer4ever - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Agree they have every right to make a “mini-me” football club replica if they want. For the sake of the club/sport/league, you want our leagues’s rivalries sentiments to be kept within the league and not bring in rivalries from another league / sport which can affect the NYCFC in the long run.

  10. ndnut - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Alienation may help to some degree, as those fans would have s new incentive to support RBNY.

  11. footballer4ever - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM


    LOL…Party pooper!!! That was left for that other one to find the mistake and he can feel better about himself. LOL.

  12. wfjackson3 - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    That is some fantastic work. The logo especially.

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