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New MLS uniform analysis: Houston, LA, San Jose and DC

Mar 3, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

It’s “Jersey Week” for the folks at MLSSoccer.com, and obviously league supporters worldwide wide, so we thought we’d catch you up on some of the new looks (and what fun would it be without handing out analysis?).

DC United

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Nothing too out of the ordinary here, but the details are nice. I like the red and white stripes on the upper back and I’m a sucker for mottos and other words “hidden” near the collar (“Tradition” in this case). The black-on-black eagle for the lower jersey is a neat touch as well.

San Jose

I’m all-aboard for the two-tone blue kit and appreciate the “fault line” pattern (That’s what I’m calling it, even if it’s not the case. Not specifically wild about the red shirt, as it just seems a bit “done,” but simple is better than going nutty. Plus what the above photo barely show is a nice blue stripe coming down the back of the ribcage.

Los Angeles

While the striped diagonal stripe feels a little busy to me — thanks in large part to the adidas stripes on the shoulders, I don’t mind the changing of the color. To be fair, I’m not a huge guy for the diagonal stripe anyway. The road blues are sharp and the third kit is what third kits should be: a calculated risk. Will they go over well with the fan base? Don’t know, but it’s not garish or awful. Two words for teams who come out with something awful: test groups. I bet the Galaxy used at least one.

Houston

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Simple enough… until you get to the socks. I’m not quite ready to embrace the odd striping patterns on the legs. It’s easy to dig the Texas flag on the lower front, sitting “below” the American flag on the sleeve.

  1. egb234 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Interesting that they elected to have the three stripe from the collar to the sleeve.

  2. jrocknstuff - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    The LA 3rd Jersey was created by a fan. They had a contest for fans to create a third jersey and that was the winner.

  3. jdfsquared - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    It’s not that I don’t like the idea behind the SJ jerseys (fault lines or otherwise), but the execution just feels so bland. They look like high-end workout clothes, not uniforms.

    Agree with everything you said about LA. Love DC, and the Houston whites.

    Why is it teams can’t hold onto jersey sponsors? Is it that they’d rather go without than lower the price? Are they keeping them exclusive by holding out for a time when they’ll be super-lucrative? It always seems weird when one team has it and the other doesn’t. One of those awkward tip-offs that MLS isn’t quite there yet.

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