In tandem with Adidas, the official on-field supplier for MLS, FC Cincinnati designed the team’s inaugural MLS kits in record time after the team’s May invitation to join MLS in time for the 2019 season.
The kits were concepted and designed in just two months – in June and July – to be ready for presentation and league approval at the 2018 MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta. The normal MLS kit design process takes 18-20 months prior to its scheduled release.
The 2019 FC Cincinnati primary jersey features a royal blue base, which is distinctively accented with vibrant orange throughout.
Based on a Mi Adidas template, the inaugural FCC kit has short diagonal orange accent lines of varying widths that form virtual vertical stripes on the front.
Mercy Health, the club’s kit sponsor, is featured prominently in white across the chest – overlaid on top of the stripe design.
The team’s crest is emblazoned over the player’s heart, and features special metallic thread for the inaugural season. A special jock tag on the left front hem features “2019 Inaugural Season” with the 0 in 2019 replaced with the club’s crest.
The neck and arms feature white and orange fabric to form a double-layer edge. Adidas’ trademarked “Three Stripes” are featured in orange on the jersey shoulders. MLS logos – in the same orange and blue metallic thread as the crest – are positioned on each arm.
The shorts are a lightweight royal blue material with Adidas’ “Three Stripes” featured on the outside seams of both legs. The club crest is positioned on the right leg’s hem.
The kit is completed with royal blue knee-high socks, which feature three orange stripes on the top cuff.
The 2019 FC Cincinnati secondary jersey is a simple and powerful pure white design with monotone, textured horizontal stripes of varying thickness. The Adidas “Three Stripes” are in white on the shoulders, and Mercy Health’s logo is showcased in black on the front chest. The neckline and cuff fabric are also white.
The same metallic-threaded FC Cincinnati logo as is on the primary jersey also appears on the left chest of the secondary kit, and the MLS logos in blue and orange appear on both sleeves.
A white jock tag with the same design as the primary jersey also appears on the lower left hem.
FC Cincinnati’s debut MLS game will be at Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 2, at CenturyLink Field. The Orange and Blue will make their home debut as an MLS team at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, March 17, when the team hosts MLS Cup finalist Portland Timbers.
Photo Credits: FC Cincinnati and MLS