Orlando City unveiled its new kits for the 2015 MLS season today in a ceremony at Orlando Health—the team’s official jersey sponsor.
As expected from the team’s sneak preview photos on Twitter and Facebook, the shirts are a gorgeous purple with a subtle hoop pattern, bearing the sponsor’s name in white on the front, gold neck trim, three white stripes on the shoulders, the Adidas logo and new team badge on the chest, and the new MLS logo on the sleeves. On the long sleeve version, the shoulder stripes run the length of the sleeves.
The crown from the team logo is on the back neck of the jersey, according to Orlando City President and Founder Phil Rawlins, “to represent and remember the championships we’ve won in the minor league.” “Today is another step on our momentous journey to major league soccer,” said Rawlins, prior to the big reveal. Rawlins presented a framed photo of Orlando City players wearing the new kits to Orlando Health officials.
Orlando City’s jerseys will be in high demand, and the pre-sale starts today on the club’s website. Several versions will be available, including men’s short or long sleeve authentic, men’s short sleeve replica, women’s short sleeve replica and youth replica.
“I kind of wanted to bring out a black and white striped one today, but I decided to stick with the purple,” joked Rawlins during the unveiling.
A nice touch by Orlando City was to include the two major supporters’ clubs and the USL Pro heritage within the jersey. Stitched inside the home jerseys will be “This is Orlando,” representing the Iron Lion Firm. “Forever Our City”, representing The Ruckus, will be stitched inside the road jerseys. In addition, the old three-lion USL Pro crest will be inside the jerseys, right over the players’ hearts.
“We worked very closely with Adidas during the design process of our first-ever MLS home kit, as we want the jersey to have a simple and classic look that accurately represents our brand and prominently displays our long-time partners Orlando Health,” said Rawlins in the club’s release. “We are very proud of the end result, and we can’t wait to see our team take the field next year.”
Rawlins said after the event that the away kit will be revealed during MLS Jersey Week and there will be no alternate kit in 2015.
Photos from the event (credit: Andrew Marcinko,, Austin David and Orlando City SC):