Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire FC are taking inspiration from a local landmark for their 2022 home kit, hoping they can show the same resilience as it has come to represent.
Unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 17, the kit is predominantly navy blue, with an embossed pattern that lifts details from the architecture of the Chicago Water Tower. “A rallying point for the city after becoming one of the only public buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Water Tower stood as a symbol for a city determined to rise from its own ashes,” the club’s website reads.
The V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs are solid blue with red trim. The Adidas logo and shoulder stripes are also red. This is the first Fire kit to feature the club’s redesigned crest.
While the jerseys shown in most of the promotional photos have no sponsor on the front, the Fire also announced Thursday that they’ve renewed their deal with Motorola for that space.
When the crest redesign was announced back in June, the club mentioned that this kit was already in development, but they intend to return to a red home kit starting in 2024. The away kit design from last season will carry over with the new crest added.
The Fire open their 2022 MLS season on the road against Inter Miami on Saturday, Feb. 26. Their first home game of the season is on Saturday, March 5, when they host Orlando City.
Feature photo courtesy ChicagoFireFC.com