Kit Nerd Corner : NYCFC home & away

Disclaimer : I care and because I want to.

New York City FC home



In a nutshell : boring, not terrible.

2015nycfc-home-infographicThe kit feels like it falls out of a catalogue with noticeable exceptions on the sleeves where the colour coded MLS badges will be affixed. That may be standard but they seek to be new.  For all of the iconography NYCFC have at their disposal, it’s a shame the didn’t co-op any of it.  It may be cliché, but you just have to pick one. Something embossed into the fabric like the interlocking initials or the new World Trade Center or the city crest.  The white trim is a crime given the navy blue throughout the sponsor and manufacturer.  Navy cuffs and collar would have stepped up the class.

Get if : gotta have them all, sitting with the home supporters, like things that won’t draw much attention to you.


New York City FC away



In a nutshell : boring with no effort whatsoever

2015nycfc-away-infographic-smThe blue trim is ok. Not a fan of the orange cut at the bottom of the collar, but it is easily overlooked for the black base and the absurd five slightly diagonal stripes.  I can think of a dozen better ways of representing the five boroughs than this weak look.  The sponsors will be pleased as the eyes immediately are drawn to it.  Adidas had the wherewithal to include the interlocking initials but stuck on on the back of the neck.  Best part of the badge put in a terrible position. And black?  Really?  Not the navy blue? The one in your brand new badge?  How about a navy kit with a black band and put the sponsor in there. Shame about the orange in that it is best used on the new MLS team-branded badges.

Get if : you like being a billboard more than other supporters of clubs, think that black goes with everything, really hate sky blue.

Author: Mark Hinkley

Mark is a full-time graphic designer, full-time smart ass and full-time logo, stadium and kit nerd. When he isn't writing ridiculous match reports or redesigning logos for his own amusement, he's salivating over the day that promotion and relegation occurs in MLS. You can follow him @kitnerdmark on the twitterz.

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  1. didn’t co-opt their iconography? Iit’s a Man City jersey, how much more blatant can they be about what they are? Maybe I’m missing your point. either way, meh.

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    • I felt that if this club is going to go on about New York City as much as they do, playing in Yankee Stadium, they could do a little better than having no city icons in their kit, so my problem is that this will likely never be anything other than “Manchester City USA” (someone else’s idea, not mine) and little to do with NYC. It can still be a predominantly Man City kit without it being an Adidas Man City kit, which is exactly what we got.

      I genuinely believe that the “club identity” thing is more important to a supporter than the logo, but if you’re saying right from day one that the identity is deliberately someone else’s… then what if you like footy, but don’t like Manchester City?

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