This week seems to have passed by with all the speed and precision of Jabba The Hutt during a Blue Milk riddled sesh on Batuu (the proper Blue Milk). I've whiled away the hours, waiting for the unveiling of the next excessively overpriced Orlando City jersey. Has the price tag stopped me buying it? Nope. Nor should it stop you.
For me, soccer jersey unveilings tend to go one of two ways. Well, or not well. Duh. But Orlando City (and MLS. And Adidas. And everyone else involved) can be proud of this effort. I've always been a fan of jerseys paying homage to the area, which this jersey does well with the inclusion of the Florida state flag on the back of the neck. This can also be seen as a subtle, or not so subtle, kick of the proverbial dirt towards Fort Lauderdale. Which is a particularly amusing thought on the day MLS launches a formal investigation into their handling of Blaise Matuidi's transfer.
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The overall darker complexion and foreshadowing of the jersey, give this jersey a more unique feel than previous primary jersey efforts. I like the inclusion of buttons. I wish I had something more eloquent to say about this, but I'm English. I like buttons. The fading between the stripes give the kit a uniquely Orlando feeling. The classic purple is offset with a darker violet. The signature three stripes adjourn the shoulders. The white stripes contrast the overall tone of the jersey well.
My verdict? I love this jersey. It's been a long and dark year, and the jersey captures the essence of the pandemic well whilst also acknowledging the light is very much at the end of the tunnel. The dark times of Covid-19 and no play-offs are very much set to become distant memories.
I love this jersey. I think it feels very OCSC. Which I realise is something of an oxymoron, but it's the truth. It's edgey without being ridiculous, and it perfectly encapsulates the club and the city.
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