The San Jose Earthquakes unveiled their new primary jersey ahead of the 2021 season on Wednesday, and it hearkens back to the looks of 2001, when the club won their first MLS Cup.
The new jersey maintains the club’s primary colors of blue, but eschews the black that’s been a foundational color in recent years, instead accenting with white aside from a black neckline, and will keep the Intermedia Communications sponsor across the chest that debuted in 2020.
Most notably, the new jersey has white panels along the sides, which was a look back in 2001.
It’s not necessarily a like-for-like remake of the 2001 jersey, but there are definite echoes between the two kits, which I think is a nice touch, especially on a 20th anniversary and to look back at the first MLS Cup-winning campaign for the club.
An ode to 2001.— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) March 3, 2021
A benchmark for Earthquakes soccer.
Introducing The First Star Kit. pic.twitter.com/WSKeX13Udr
This jersey will be used for the 2021 and 2022 seasons, and the club will keep their alternate “408 Edition” jerseys for the 2021 season, which were quite controversial and panned when they first dropped, but as often happens in these situations, when the team started winning in them the “buttered popcorn” look suddenly became endearing.
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