Taking a cue from the club’s logo, Adidas designers magnified the Quakes iconic faultline pattern and made it a prominent feature on the front of the jersey. The primarily black design from the top merges into the blue patterning by the bottom, creating a reflection of the motif present in the left-chest logo. The team’s jersey sponsor Sutter Health has its imagery in between the two features.
In addition, the familiar “SJ 74” jock tag from the team’s current secondary jersey also appears on the new home jersey, this time in blue and black. The famous Adidas stripes are also present, running along the tops of the shoulders. They are a matching blue color inside of the typical white, a pleasant departure from the norm. And on the inside of the nape of the shirt there is a single red band of color — the only red accent on the new design.
It is a striking look to say the least, and heralds a return to a predominantly black jersey, last seen in San Jose back in 2013. The Quakes went blue shirt and black sleeves the last three seasons after having black home jerseys since the club’s return to MLS in 2008.
The Earthquakes will officially release the jersey on Thursday, February 16, as part of a preseason party for fans and supporters. The event, which will feature a live band and plenty of player appearances, will be held at San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose, the same location at where the Quakes unveiled their new logo prior to the 2014 season. Those who plan to attend should RSVP in order to be entered into a raffle for free Quakes gear.
While the look of the new 2017 home jersey is now out there, keep in mind that this is the replica shirt and not the player-issue authentic version. That one will be released at the Quakes unveiling party and is sure to have more detailing then this replica, including the two stars over the logo signifying the club’s MLS Cup championships in 2001 and 2003.
Another reveal to look forward to are images of the entire kit. Will the Earthquakes pair the jersey with shorts of the same pattern, or perhaps stick with a monochrome blue or black? And what about the socks? Maybe a black and blue hooped version of those used with the current red and white away kit? In previous seasons, the club did both, so there are still some secrets out there. The official jersey release party may be the first chance to see the entire 2017 kit revealed.
What do you think of the new 2017 San Jose Earthquakes home jersey? Ready to attend the party and be the first to get yours? (Psst... season tickets holders get 20% off team merchandise this year).