What were rapper Trinidad James, Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, YouTube comedian Scooter Magruder and college football reporter Katie Witham all doing in New York City on Wednesday night?
The answer is simple. They were rocking, modeling and showing off their favorite Major League Soccer club’s new kits at the Penn Plaza Pavilion.
As part of the celebration leading up to the league’s 25th season, MLS hosted a special cast of celebrities and characters to unveil new Adidas kits for each of its 26 teams at the “FORWARD25” showcase.
Some of the kits are flashy, while others keep it simple and fresh. A few of the league’s original clubs, like D.C. United and the New England Revolution, drew on inspiration from kits they wore in the ’90s.
Each of the new kits revealed Wednesday features the iconic three-stripe Adidas EQT on the right shoulder, a design which first debuted ’90s when MLS was formed. Fans of the FIFA video game from EA Sports will be able to play matches with these new kits beginning Feb. 12.
Classic look for a classic squad. 💯 pic.twitter.com/b3Wi8ARe5o
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) February 6, 2020
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) February 6, 2020
For expansion sides Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF, Wednesday was the night MLS fans got a look at the first-ever away kits for the clubs.
Nashville Vibe x #FORWARD25
— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) February 6, 2020
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) February 6, 2020
Other celebrities on-hand for the event included actor and director Colin Hanks, comedy group Dude Perfect, rapper Murs, Top Chef star Justin Sutherland, country singer Lindsay Ell, Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Boston Scott, and MLS legend Jaime Moreno.
Hanks — the son of Academy Award winner Tom Hanks — didn’t miss an opportunity to take a dig at LAFC’s El Trafico rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
“It’s Carson. I don’t get down to Carson very often,” Hanks said of the Galaxy. “I think it’s great that (Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez) is in the league. I just think it’s a shame that he’s not playing for Los Angeles.”
Hopkins, a three-time NFL All-Pro for the Texas, is a longtime soccer fan and said that Barcelona FC star Lionel Messi is one of the reasons why he wears No. 10.
“Yeah, that’s true,” Hopkins told MLSsoccer.com of his Messi fandom. “Messi is obviously considered one of the greatest ever. He’s short, you know, not the tallest. I feel like he’s got that underdog mentality… I’m not the tallest, I’m not the biggest or the fastest. When you look at me, you might not think I’m the best receiver but my play shows for itself.”
MLS will kick off its 2020 season on Feb. 29 when D.C. United hosts the Colorado Rapids at 1 p.m. ET at Audi Field.