The Vancouver Whitecaps revealed their 2019 home shirt on Monday, which is inspired by the shirt worn by the Caps during the 1979 North American Soccer League winning season.
“As we embark on the 40th anniversary of our 1979 championship, we’re excited to bring back the uniform that each and every one of us on that team wore with such pride for the club and city,” said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. “This is a kit that we’re confident our fans and supporters are going to love,” he added.
The 2019 Hoop Jersey, crafted in conjunction with league equipment sponsor adidas, features the return of the wrap-around hoop made famous during the club’s NASL days.
For the first time in the MLS era, the primary kit will feature a combination of white jersey, blue shorts and white socks. Furthermore, to celebrate the Caps Canadian heritage, the numbers will be in red.
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) January 25, 2019
The red numbers are the one aspect where the shirt design deviates the most from the original shirt worn by the Whitecaps in the 1979 season. It also drew some criticism from fans as they fear that the numbers and local journalists as they fear that the numbers would be hard to read from the stands.
Love everything about the new 'Caps kit apart from those red numbers on the back. They look stupid going over the hoop like that and look to be hard to read from a distance, especially for broadcasters. That aside, it's golden. #VWFC
— AFTN (@aftncanada) January 25, 2019
“The tradition and history of this club is something that we are very proud of,” added Mikkel Strøjer, Whitecaps FC vice-president of brand and fan engagement. “To this day, many of our long-time fans and supporters talk fondly of their memories from the NASL days. We’re thrilled to bring that heritage back to the forefront with our 2019 kit.”
The Vancouver Whitecaps open the 2019 MLS regular season against Minnesota United FC on Saturday, March 2 at BC Place.