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Exclusive: A First Look at LAFC’s New Away Jersey for the 2019 MLS Season

[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]AFC unveiled their new kit Saturday morning and L.A. Taco got an exclusive first look at the club’s 2019 away jerseys.

The 2019 season of Major League Soccer will kick off next weekend, bringing with it a sea of new jerseys for the league’s many teams. For the Los Angeles Football Club, the new threads will give them the opportunity to take a symbolic piece of L.A. with them for road games thanks to their new “Street By Street” away jersey.

Carlos Vela in the new LAFC kit. All photos courtesy of LAFC.
Carlos Vela.

The new jersey does away with the glitz and glamor of last year’s white-and-gold away jersey for a look that reflects the urban grit and gridlock of the city streets that surround Exposition Park where the team's Banc of California stadium is located.

Last year’s jersey featured a minimalist design that utilized a bold and bright white canvas with gold stripes on each shoulder and a vibrant white and gold logo. The new jersey paves over the white canvas with numerous, visually discordant stripes across the front torso colored in various shades of grey, representing the incongruent city streets of L.A.

The design is influenced by the team's rally cry of growth and unity of “Street by Street,” “Block by Block”, and “One by One.” Other fine details include a “Shoulder to Shoulder” tape on the inside of the back collar, which represents the collaboration between the team’s front office, the fanbase, and the community that built LAFC.

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The jersey will be matched with a pair of white shorts with the iconic 3-Stripes in gray plus white socks with grey LAFC wings. YouTube TV returns as the team’s jersey sponsor.

LAFC will hope to repeat much of their success last year, which saw them break a number of records as an expansion team in its inaugural year. They also reached the MLS playoffs but lost to Real Salt Lake in the first round.

Manager Bob Bradley has boosted the squad with new players, such as forward Rodolfo Zelaya of El Salvador and defender Mohamed El-Monir of Libya, to strengthen the team for the new season.

LAFC will play their opening home game of the season on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30pm vs. Sporting Kansas City.

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