Two-time MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City has released its 2022/23 away jersey from Major League Soccer technical partner adidas.
According to SKC:
Continuing the team’s tradition of a Dark Indigo secondary kit, Sporting’s newest jersey pays homage to the unique importance of the state line for both the city and the club with a subtle embossing of 913 and 816, the regional area codes for Kansas and Missouri respectively, emanating from the state line that anchors the club’s crest.
The state line brand element, which was introduced in the center of the club’s crest during Sporting’s rebrand in 2010 and has been featured in team jerseys since 2011, signifies the shared border between Kansas and Missouri. In 2011, the original state line kit debuted with a single-needle stitch intersecting the crest on secondary jerseys.
In 2013, the state line was prominently showcased on both the team’s primary and secondary jerseys as Sporting won MLS Cup in the now iconic State Line Split kit. Most recently, the state line was incorporated into the windowpane pattern on the Sporting Blue primary kits in 2015 and 2016.
The State Line 3.0 kit, which will be worn with Dark Indigo shorts and socks, brings back the distinctive design detail and will be the first secondary kit in club history in which the team’s signature Sporting Blue is utilized as the exclusive color for sponsor logos as well as player names and numbers. The jersey also features Sporting Blue trim around the neck and sleeves in addition to notable elements emblazoned to both the interior and exterior of the back neck.
Above the player’s number and name is a meaningful mark honoring two pieces of historic architecture – one from each side of the state line. A shuttlecock pays tribute to the iconic sculptures at the world-famous Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, while the Rosedale Memorial Arch commemorates local citizens who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
In addition, a necktape adorned to the inside of the kits is accentuated with the 913 and 816 area codes as well as the words “Two states. One City. One Club.” The mantra, a celebration of the special ability for soccer and Sporting to unite the region, was first featured on Sporting’s new primary kit in 2021 and now links the two jerseys in 2022.
Photo Credits: Sporting Kansas City, adidas and MLS