Well, it depends on who you ask. The home jersey is mostly yellow, with the new main attraction being a collar. I’m not a huge fan of soccer jerseys with collars, but it seems like the club wanted to go with a clean, professional look. So much so that it almost doesn’t even resemble a jersey anymore. However, if you are a fan of the Crew’s polo shirts, you may not have to buy a new one this year if you purchase the home jersey!
The new away jersey is drawing more ire. The Crew wanted to pay homage to 1996, MLS’s inaugural season. That year, Columbus played in a mainly white kit, with yellow and black horizontal stripes across the shoulder that ended at the sleeves. The remake is mainly white as well, but the new stripes are vertical and come to an abrupt stop at the chest. Depending on the short and sock color that goes with the away, it may not be the most pleasing to the eyes. The large blank area needs to be filled, either by a sponsor or with the player’s number. The back of the shirt has not been shown yet, making me wonder if the strips continue on the upper back, or not.
Even with all of those question marks, I am actually leaning toward buying the away. The players may not like it, but I think I do. The home is too plain for my liking, while the away offers up something different. It is supposed to honor the original Crew team, and I am all for paying tribute to the past.