As the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) kicks off it’s fourth season, there is a palatable change in the air. For the past three years, the league has felt like a house built on wet sand. Perhaps because we’ve never seen a professional women’s soccer league survive past year three in this country. Now, here we are in the fourth season and there’s a sense of steadiness. Like the once wet sand has turned into solid concrete.
The change in the air could be a reflection of a changing mindset – a confidence that has planted a stake firmly in the ground and says, “Not only are we here, we belong here. We deserve to be here.”
Or as NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush recently said, “The exciting part about the fourth season for me, is that we’ve earned the right to expect more from ourselves.” That sentence won over a lot of fans, Mr. Commish.
Those expectations can be seen in many different ways. One is in the stadiums they’ll be playing in (thank you Toyota Park. Thank you Citrus Bowl – for now). Another is in the sponsorships (Thank you Dominoe’s Pizza. Thank you Microsoft).
Still another exciting change we’re seeing is in the new kits unveiled from almost every club. Gone are the t-shirts that looked like they were found at the local bargain basement and then washed with ‘unlike’ colors.
Even the teams that didn’t do a whole lot different, added a little detail here and there – just enough to justify pulling out a credit card and purchasing the 2016 version.
So, to celebrate this new mindset, this change in thinking, this sense of belonging, here are all 10 of the 2016 NWSL kits in all their glory. Oh, and don’t forget, they are all available for purchase on your favorite team’s website. Let’s support the league!
Boston Breakers fans have a lot to be excited about in 2016. Firstly, their new head coach Matt Beard lead Liverpool Ladies FC to two consecutive FAWSL titles. And secondly, they have these new wicked pissah kits (that means they’re good). (L-R: Whitney Engen, Kristie Mewis, Libby Stout, Abby Smith).
Who else to model the Orlando Pride inaugural home kit, than the captain herself, Alex Morgan. Tom Sermanni’s side will host the Houston Dash at the Citrus Bowl on April 23, 2016.
Dash On! Not only do the Dash stay true to their Houston Dynamo roots, they also give a cheeky nod to the Houston Astros. And oh how it works! L-R: Stephanie Ochs, Kealia Ohai, Carli Lloyd, Ellie Brush.
Seattle Reign FC
Nothing goes together more than Microsoft and Seattle (are you listening Starbucks?). Having the software giant as a sponsor is a huge win for Reign FC and the NWSL! Pictured: Lauren Barnes (LT) and Beverly Yanez (RT).
Chicago Red Stars
One of the cheesiest kit launches ever! But this is what we love about the NWSL – they can be and do whatever they like and no one blinks an eye. Check out the blooper reel (which is actually better than the original), featuring young Stars Alyssa Mautz, Sam Johnson, Danielle Colaprico, and Vanessa DiBernardo.
Portland Thorns FC
In dramatic fashion, Portland Thorns FC revealed their new kits on opening day at Providence Park against Orlando. And won! Pictured (L-R): Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long.
Sky Blue FC
While Sky Blue FC wear the Meridian Health logo front and center, they are one of the most sponsored teams in the NWSL. Local businesses such as Wally Park, Shop Rite, Jersey Shore Wellness Center, and more continue to support this storied franchise. Now fist pump! Pictured: Christie Rampone.
Any kit looks good when you have Crystal Dunn (pictured), Diana Matheson and Ali Krieger on your team. And when you have one of the best kits in the NWSL, why mess with perfection?
FC Kansas City
We mean it when we say “Thank you Domino’s Pizza!” Be honest, did the old cow logo keep you from buying a jersey? We appreciate you Borden’s, but not your logo. FCKC finally look like the 2-time champs that they are and now hopefully they’ll sell a few more shirts.
Western New York Flash
Another team that elected to unveil new kits on opening day, this time on the road. In an away match against 2-time NWSL champion FC Kansas City, Western New York came away with a win and plenty of swag in their new threads. Pictured: Sam Mewis.