Poll: Sporting KC’s new striped jersey: Love it or leave it?

03/05/2014 7:22 AM

03/05/2014 7:22 AM

Sporting KC unveiled its new secondary jersey on Tuesday and this was one of the first snarky reactions: They kinda look like prison uniforms.

Someone on Twitter even posted a photo of Mike Tyson in his prison stripes next to a photo of KC’s soccer champs in their new jerseys. Eerily. Similar.

The public got to see the jerseys for the first time Tuesday at the Sporting Takeoff celebration at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, where about 2,000 fans helped usher in the new season for the Major League Soccer champs.

Unveiled as part of MLS’s annual Jersey Week, the jerseys were well-received by the avid supporters there, who scooped up team merchandise in a heartbeat.

Though the Adidas jersey may look black-and-white in some photos, they are actually in the team’s Sporting Blue and dark indigo colors.

“The style is influenced by fashion trends and we feel strongly that it will look great both on and off the pitch,” John Moncke, the team’s vice president of merchandise, says on the team’s website.

Mobile users, find the poll here.

The stripes scored big points with Nate Scott on

USA Today’s For the Win

blog.

Writes Scott: “Whew. What a set of uniforms! The argyle was already a fan favorite, but the new alternate jerseys with the horizontal stripes in those two shades of blue? Not to mention the seamless integration of the sponsor? Just gorgeous. These guys are doing it right.”

Women, on the other hand, know that horizontal stripes are an unflattering fashion no-no. But super-fit soccer dudes don't have to worry about that.

The team will debut the new secondary kits on March 22 when it plays the San Jose Earthquakes at Sporting Park. Fans can buy the new uniform, while it lasts, beginning Wednesday at

shop.sportingkc.com

and at the park during home matches.

So, what do you think of them?

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