The Chicago Fire will officially celebrate the launch of their new primary jersey tonight with fans and players. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Centerpoint Chicago on 3310 N. Elston Ave. Players including David Accam, Jonathan Campbell, Michael Harrington, Harry Shipp and Michael Stephens are scheduled to attend along with coach Veljko Paunovic and general manager Nelson Rodriguez.
The event will also include a tifo build for opening day and a raffle for attendees to win the new jersey before it goes on sale.
But before all those festivities take place, writers at Hot Time in Old Town got their Joan Rivers on and gave their initial thoughts on the new design, which was unveiled Monday. Here is what they had to say:
I want to like it, I really do. But the red seems a bit too bright. However, the fact that Adidas is letting teams lose the three stripes on the sleeves is fantastic. All in all, a tentative thumbs up
The problem that I have with it is two-fold: one, the designers seemed to think that adding the white stripe would be enough to energize the fan base, and two, much more minor, the Valspar logo type is so thin that when contrasted against the sturdy Quaker wordmark it seems a little amateurish.
This new jersey is a welcome sight after having to see the white stripe disappear from the Fire's home jersey four years ago all because the "powers that be" decided that there needed to be a change from tradition. To make matters even worse, the club leadership approved that abomination which was dubbed the "spider man" jersey by supporters.
In my opinion, the primary jerseys of the past four years have been the worst in club history and it all came down to wrong choices from the very top of the club, where everything must be approved. The white stripe is back and I love it. People may say that the color is a little too bright, but it does kind of remind of the color that was used for the 1998 and 1999 jerseys. I'm a minimalist at heart and I could have done with out the embossed Chicago flag stars or the "Live Red" (I thought it was "Don't Stop Living in the Red") on the inside of the collar but the axes on the back are a nice touch. Other than that I'm good with it and I'm glad that someone had enough intelligence to go back to the club's traditional look.
Any initial thoughts on the new kit?