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First look: Sporting Kansas City to wear retro rainbow jerseys

The back of the retro Wiz jersey Sporting Kansas City will wear during its April 13 home match against Colorado.
The back of the retro Wiz jersey Sporting Kansas City will wear during its April 13 home match against Colorado. Courtesy of Sporting Kansas City

At long last, the rainbow jerseys are back.

For one night only.

When Sporting Kansas City celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first match during a Major League Soccer home game on April 13, it will pay homage to its Kansas City Wiz history.

The club will wear the rainbow-designed kits — or lifesaver uniforms, if you preferred that description — during warmups before the match against Colorado. And during the game, Sporting will don its alternate white kits with the retro-colored design painted into the numbers on the jerseys.

Love ’em or hate ’em, they were certainly one of a kind. The Wiz wore similarly-designed jerseys in their first MLS season. The match next week marks the exact 20th anniversary of their first game — defeating the same Colorado Rapids, 3-0, at Arrowhead Stadium.

The warmup jerseys will be available for purchase in the stadium during the match, along with limited edition 20th anniversary scarves and T-shirts.

As part of the commemoration, the club will recognize its 20-year season-ticket holders and 20-year team employees.

The Papa John’s Magic Minutes promotion will also return for the match. If Sporting Kansas City scores during the 74th-76th minutes, Papa John’s will give away a free select side or dessert the day after the game. The first 10,000 fans to arrive for the match will receive a retro jersey koozie.

Sporting KC has been running a fan vote for the club’s all-time Best XI, which will be released on the night of the game.

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