The Chicago Fire are out with two new adidas jerseys the club has dubbed the “Lakefront” kits ahead of the 2021 season.
The team will again wear navy at home, so fans wanting a switch back to red will have to hope for change next year. It’s a very similar jersey to last season’s home shirt, but this version has a bit more red trim, and lacks the red pinstripes. The fact that the “crown” logo is there will surely disappoint some fans, but the club has said all along the crown would have to stay for 2021, because adidas’s production times wouldn’t allow for a change until the 2022 season. The neck tape on the navy shirt reads “Bold. Brave. Big-Hearted,” while the jock tag at the bottom features the four six-pointed stars from the Chicago flag.
The white away shirt is a massive upgrade from last year’s plain white jersey. It features wavy blue pinstripes, and large Chicago stars run from top to bottom. They’re subtle, and don’t show up in every photo, but they’re a nice touch. The neck tape features Daniel Burnham’s popular slogan “Make No Little Plans”, and the jock tag is a red outline of the Soldier Field columns. The crown logo appears in a monochromatic navy, which helps, but this jersey might have become a classic if it had a different crest. It’s the best of the four crown jerseys, and this might be the one you want to pull out at a match 10 years from now to show off your Fire street cred.
Motorola is back again as the primary sponsor on both shirts. The navy jersey will feature a red Motorola logo for the home opener at Soldier Field, while the remaining games will highlight a white logo. The Motorola logo on the white jersey is navy.
The star from the 1998 MLS Cup will appear above the crest on both jerseys. You can pre-order the shirts on the Fire’s website.