The Philadelphia Union debuted its adidas 2013 third jersey during Saturday evening’s 1-3 home loss to Sporting Kansas City. It is now available at World Soccer Shop.
The MLS website describes the inspiration behind black and white Union 2013 third kit:
To this day, people still know the Bethlehem Steel, who last played a game back in 1930. Their record five US Open Cups (tied with Maccabi Los Angeles), including four of the first six tournaments played, are etched in people’s mind.
The Union’s new black-and-white third kit pays homage to the club with a “B” on the lower left corner of the jersey and the Bethlehem Steel logo and years of existence on the back (1911-1930).
“We have a small felt ‘B’ that is traditionally something they would’ve done,” said adidas product manager Mike Walker. “We’ve got the Bethlehem Steel FC logo and the years they were a team in the Philadelphia area. … That’s the foundation of soccer in the Philadelphia area that helped the Union kind of become what they are today.”
To stay with the retro feel, the Union logo is embroidered and also has a vintage look.
“It’s made of felt,” Walker continued. “It’s not all these high-tech materials that we use today, but the fabric of the jersey is still very much high tech.”
Photo Credits: Philadelphia Union