Women’s Professional Soccer unveiled the uniforms for the 2010 season (click picture for larger image). In all honesty, they look way better than last years ill-fitted uniforms with the odd, square-shaped neck line. Yeah, I know I said last year’s uni’s looked good, but then again the players wore pristine uniforms in a dimly lit room with skorts. Not sweaty and dirty on a soccer pitch. Seriously though, last year’s skorts overshadowed the rest of the kit. I was so overwhelmed with how it would actually be functional during a competitively fierce professional soccer match that I couldn’t focus on anything else. In the end it was all for show. I only pray that these new uni’s are supposed to be tucked in. There’s just something inherently wrong with untucked jerseys.
So let’s discuss the new digs:
The colors chosen for the Independence and Sky Blue FC are very appealing. It’s like the perfect shade of gray, accentuated with the yellow stripe across the shoulders. Same with Sky Blue FC’s uniform with the blue and orange. Last year, some of the jerseys had these huge triangular shaped shoulder patches highlighted in a different color. This year, the alternate color on the uniforms are subtle, making the kit look clean and elegant.
The Freedom’s pinstripes give Washington its own unique flavor. It reminds me of those pinstripe business suits. Maybe that’s were they got the idea since it is D.C.
LA’s court jester outfit is interesting to say the least. If the shorts have the opposite paneling I will literally throw up. I don’t know where they got that idea, but its definitely different.
Atlanta has some funky yellow uniforms. Let me repeat. It’s Yellow. It’s rain slicker, taxi cab, “The Man in the Yellow Hat”, perfect for running at night yellow. I mean, jeez, that is some freakin’ yellow.
For some reason I could never get used to the graphics on Chicago’s jerseys. The white bar behind the stars looks like someone stuck a giant piece of masking tape over the chest. But without the white bar the red stars look like they’re floating in space. I think one centered star on the jersey would have gotten the job done, but since the moniker is in the plural form (red stars not red star) I see why that might not have worked. Two stars would have made the uniform look like a strippers outfit. If you are going to do three stars, then you might as well just add one more star to complete the set. So I sort of see what Chicago was thinking, but I just don’t think it works. Other than that, the uniform looks the same as last year.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That’s probably what St. Louis and Boston thought. These uniform look virtually the same as last years.
And FC Gold Pride decided to stick with the ninja black which always looks cool.
What I loved most about the uniforms is that each team’s is unique. It’s not the same cookie-cutter uniform as last year’s or that is perpetuated in the WNBA. I mean the league is now going on for fourteen years and each team can’t help create its own uniform?
Props to WPS and PUMA for the new design. Call me a homer, but my favorite is definitely Sky Blue FC. For some reason the orange stripe fits perfectly with the blue. I honestly don’t have a least favorite. I like each team’s uniqueness – even Atlanta’s blinding yellow.
After all the hoopla with the draft and the unveiling of the jerseys, I’m getting quite excited about the start of the WPS season in April.