Change is the order of the day for the Philadelphia Union out of Major League Soccer. Chief among the changes are an updated team crest and logos, and a new 2018/19 primary kit from adidas that sees the removal of an established element exchanged for a new one.
A staple of Union shirts since their inaugural year in 2010, the golden vertical center stripe has been replaced with broken mesh hoops in a tonal navy shade. The club have dubbed the incoming jersey the “DOOP Hoops.” The shade of gold has also changed, with a brighter shade of metallic gold, with a shiny gradient look. The crest itself has had an update with less of the light blue, or Signal blue taken out of the center roundel for a less detailed, simpler appearance.
On the neck, the v-neck collar has an overlapped gold trim, with adidas’ trademark three-stripes on the shoulders.
Even the MLS logos on the sleeves reveal the updated lighter gold, with gold trim on the bottom of the sleeve cuffs.
The back is a gold-trimmed replica of Benjamin Franklin’s Join, or Die political cartoon from 1754. The snake, like in the original panel, is cut into eight pieces, depicting eight then British colonies and a region that would later form the 13 Colonies, and would become a symbol in the American Revolutionary War.
Another Revolutionary symbol, the Gadsden snake, is coiled up on the bottom left of the jersey as a jocktag in the new brighter gold. The shorts will also be dark navy with the bright new gold on the sides as three-stripe trim. Bimbo Bread returns as shirt sponsor.
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