A day after the club announced a historic partnership deal with Sutter Health to be their jersey sponsor, the San Jose Earthquakes unveiled their new secondary kit for the 2016 MLS season. A primary white design with prominent red elements, the new away jersey was worn by the first team during a preseason game against the club's Academy team at Avaya Stadium.
The primary jersey remains unchanged from the design that debuted in 2014 along with the club's rebranded logo, but now features the Sutter Health name across the chest. Without a jersey sponsor for three seasons, San Jose, the only team in MLS prior to now, boasts a shirt that finally looks complete. The new kit, with new sponsor printing, is already available for sale at the team store at the stadium.
The new away jersey expands on the previous design -- an almost all-white kit in 2015 -- to add red sleeves and a prominent red stripe down the front. The seismic shift pattern that is a hallmark of the club's rebranding is contained within the red stripe. As is the case with all new jersey designs from Adidas, the company's iconic three stripes now run down the side panels, not across the shoulder panels as before.
Unique to the Earthquakes new secondary kit are some nods to the club's past. Prominent in the inside neckline are the words "Unity, Devotion, Heritage," which represent the three pillars of the club, and a "SJ74" jock-tag embossed at the bottom of the red stripe, a nod to the NASL-era club's founding in 1974. A little less obvious is a tiny Clash logo -- the team's moniker for its first four years in MLS -- printed above the inside neckline text. The redesigned kit will be available for sale on March 1.
Getting the first chance to see the debut of both kits were Earthquakes season ticket holders, who amassed at Avaya Stadium to watch the senior squad take on the Quakes Academy kids. And while the score was anticlimactic -- an 8-0 romp by the first team -- the look of primary jersey vs. secondary jersey was a sight to see. Please enjoy a collection of photos from the game, courtesy of Center Line Soccer photographer Lyndsay Radnedge.