MIAMI, Fla. (el 17 de enero del 2020) —
Recently the internet site TodoSobreCamisetas.com revealed what it claims are the inaugural shirts that will be worn by Inter Miami for the 2020 season. The report showed images of the primary and secondary shirts.
It’s important to keep in mind that this is a kit rumour and the actual kits will not be shown until early February, but reports such as this one generally are not far off the mark. The shirts shown are also claimed to be only the replica versions, and not the actual game shirts that will be worn by the Beckham club. As is the case often in MLS, the replica kits differ in some details from the official match shirts.
Disclaimers aside, let’s dive in a take a look.
The most glaring feature of the shirts shown is actually what is not present: namely, a pink shirt. This is going to disappoint many fans of the Rosanegro, since the use of pink as an official team colour would put Inter Miami in rare company on a world stage. The most well-known pink-wearing club to date was Italian club US Città de Palermo, known unofficially as the “Rosanero.” Palermo was a storied team and with their pink shirts were instantly recognisable. Alas, the original Palermo went bankrupt in 2019 and a new club, SSD Palermo, has risen in their place starting in the fourth division, taking the familiar pink and black kits that were the patrimony of Palermo calcio.
Primary and secondary kits of Inter Miami for the 2020 season
As we already know, the club colours are white, pink (Pantone 1895C) and black. The primary shirt is all white with a pale pink used to make the ubiquitous adidas three stripes and the adidas logo on the shirt. On the shirt there appears to be the white herons and the sun/moon logo embossed on the shirts, while the word “Miami” appears over the back neckline of the shirt. It is reported that the shorts and socks will also be white, resulting in a monochromatic look.
The secondary shirt uses the special 25th anniversary MLS template that adidas has created (based on the Condivo 20) and it is supposed to resemble the shirts that MLS teams wore back in the league’s beginning (although better fitting). In Inter Miami’s case this means a completely black shirt that has a pink adidas logo and the three stripes in EQT style over the right shoulder. The herons and the elcipse (sun/moon) element are embossed on the shirt. There is also a jock tag referencing the inaugural season. It has also been said that the shorts and socks will be black, again resulting in a monochrome look.
Here are the details of the shirts.
Using pink as a shirt colour should have been a “no-brainer.”
While they’re not terrible, it is a missed opportunity. With only a white and a black shirt, Inter Miami will miss what surely would have been a best-seller shirt in its historical first season. Not only rare in professional sports, pink is seen everywhere in Miami. Moreover, it is a colour seen in nature in South Florida, in the skies at dawn or sunset, in flowers, painted on Art-Deco buildings — quite literally, everywhere. The solid white and solid black look do not help Miami distinguish itself from so many other teams that have white and/or black.
Prior to the adoption of the brand and club colours, several teaser videos were released by the club across social media channels. All of these featured a variety of bright colours. While these were probably done to gauge the public’s likes, the general thought was that Miami would have a distinctive, bright look. Many, including myself, thought that it would be an aqua/teal shade (Miami FC ended up using a shade in that spectrum when it was founded in 2015.) David Beckham mentioned that his club would need to have something bright soon after announcing he had chosen Miami as the city where he would found his new club:
Co-owner Jorge Mas has remarked about the incorporation of “horizon pink,” referring to it in a poetic way as the “colour of our passion rising to the surface and reflecting the bright Miami sun.”
Finally, the team even depicted Miami playing in pink shirts in its conceptual drawings of the eventual Miami Freedom Park stadium:
It was widely assumed that a Miami pink shirt was a certainty, and practically every concept kit that graphic artists have imagined have included a pink shirt in the ensemble, usually along with a white and black set also. (Some examples can be found here.)
What went wrong? Unfortunately, Major League Soccer has disallowed the use of third kits. Furthermore, there is no competition among kit suppliers to outfit MLS clubs. This thanks to the league’s exclusive contract with adidas, which runs through 2024. It is adidas’ largest investment in North American soccer.
As observers have noted, the company’s designs for MLS teams have been very bland at best. The lack of a third (change) kit is a glaring mistake, and it forces MLS’ clubs to have one of their two shirts be white or predominately white. There is no logical reason for this. As a soccer league that aspires to compete on a global scale, MLS should feel free to model itself after other leagues, not the NFL, NBA, or NHL. In soccer, games are often played by two teams both of which are wearing coloured shirts. It seems that creativity has gone out the window in exchange for kit templates that are used for multiple teams. As was noted in reference to the 2018 MLS kit releases:
While MLS was once renowned for its unique and distinct collection of jerseys, now there is a palpable sense of indifference around the designs being served up. As Brian Strauss wrote for Sports Illustrated after the release of this year’s crop, “you’ll see an awful lot of white and black, a ton of monochrome, and what looks like a conscious effort from several clubs to scrub every bit of individuality from their brand.” — (Does MLS’ kit deal with adidas stifle creativity?)
It goes without saying that we would see much more creative designs in MLS if teams were allowed to negotiate their own kit supplier agreements, as is the case in Europe and elsewhere.
Miami deserves to have kits that are much better than these simple black and white shirts. We are a very colourful and vibrant city, uniquely set in a semitropical climate zone. The team’s logo is very well done. We need to be able to say the same thing about the kits. Maybe finding local artists would be a good place to start. Let real Miami artists design Inter Miami kits. That would be innovative.
Ironically, since the time Miami was announced in 2014, many teams around the world have come out with kits featuring pink. In many cases, the shirts are away or alternate ones. Notable examples are Manchester United and Real Betis Balompié. In the U.S., USL One club Forward Madison FC, has adopted a look that one would expect to see in South Beach, going with a light blue and bright pink scheme — complete with a flamingo in the logo. What any of that has to do with Wisconsin is hard to grasp, but the team is popular and fans have bought in to the unusual concept. In MLS, the Seattle Sounders have a sharp-looking away kit featuring black and pink.
When Miami is being “out-Miamied” by Seattle, Madison, Wisconsin and others, that’s not a good thing. Inter Miami was bold enough to adopt pink; why not go all-in? One only has to look at the example being set by the NBA Miami Heat. Each year, they have come out with alternate uniforms that tie directly to Miami’s look and culture, by using “Miami Vice-inspired” shades of pink, teal and black on the team’s uniforms, as well as on a separate line of clothing called “Court Culture.” The Vice style uniforms have been widely acclaimed and have had massive appeal.
So far, reaction to the leaked Inter Miami shirts on social media has been mixed. Many commentators have focused on the lack of creativity in MLS kit designs. Others have questioned why there isn’t a pink shirt.
Short of launching a third shirt in pink, one idea to immediately improve the look is to come out with pink socks. This is something that could become a regular feature of Inter Miami kits. Another idea is to use either the white or black shirt, and each season adopt a secondary kit in any of the many bright colours that the club test- marketed back in 2018. Again, this is soccer, and it’s not necessary that a team’s kits always match its official colours.
As it stands, there is no passion in these leaked kits. The good news is that by next year at this time, the club and adidas will know how their designs sold, and, there will also be a new debate about the 2021 Inter Miami kits. And, take heart those of you who wanted pink shirts for Miami: Things could be worse – at least this is not Chicago, where the MLS team took a logo and look that wasn’t broken and replaced it with among the worst-conceived logos in sports history.
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