It's been a banner week for new soccer jerseys in the Bay Area.
On Tuesday, the San Jose Earthquakes announced that Sutter Health agreed to a three-year deal to be the club's jersey sponsor, and the Blue-and-Black primary kit the team has used since 2014 was getting an upgrade with the healthcare network's logo and name splashed across the chest. So far, the news of the partnership agreement has been overwhelming positive.
On Wednesday, the Quakes unveiled their redesigned secondary kit -- a blend of white and red that invokes the club's NASL-era roots -- during a scrimmage between the first team and the Academy teams at a season ticket holder event at Avaya Stadium. The upgrade to 2015's rather bland all-white kit has received mixed reviews so far, but no one argues that it is a step in the wrong direction. Still there are those in Quakes-land that would like to see the return to an all-black kit in the future.
In some small part, the future is now.
On Thursday, the primary, secondary, and third jerseys of the Earthquakes' USL Premier Development League U-23 affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, were leaked on social media, and one of them features a whole lot of black. The other two -- one white and one green -- follow the same design pattern. A club official confirmed to Center Line Soccer that the images of the three jerseys are indeed authentic, and that a sponsor will be announced in the few weeks. He added that a final decision on which jersey would be home, away, and alternative had not been finalized.
2016 Burlingame Dragons FC home jersey
2016 Burlingame Dragons FC away jersey
2016 Burlingame Dragons FC alternative jersey
The Dragons new jerseys are manufactured by Dethrone, a clothing company based in Burlingame and founded by Nick Swinmurn, co-owner of the soccer club. Dethrone produced much of the Dragons merchandise in 2015, the team's inaugural season, and is stepping up its role this year. Swinmurn was also the founder of online shoe retailer Zappos, and he is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors ownership group.
Burlingame made news earlier this week with the signing of former Earthquakes Academy and current Georgetown Hoyas goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski. The Big East freshman of the year also recently featured for the U.S. men's national team U-20 squad in a series of friendlies earlier this month. On Thursday, the team announced the commitment of defender Josh Smith of the University of San Francisco for the 2016 season. The former USMNT U-17 player was the Dragons captain last year.
The Dragons play all of their home games at Burlingame High School; season tickets are available for the 2016 regular season through the club's website.