In last weekend’s LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake MLS matchup, I was thrown for a loop with the unusual kit worn by the LA Galaxy. After doing some digging, I found we at soccercleats101 had missed one of the more interesting MLS kit launches of the summer.
For this years LA Galaxy third kit, the club took inspiration from the social media driven world, and decided to allow fans to enter their own kit designs which were put to a Facebook poll to decide the winner.
The winning design was submitted by Galaxy fan Carlos Rodriguez. In an interview with the Galaxy, Rodriguez emphasized his desire to draw inspiration from the kit the Galaxy wore in the first year of MLS play. In a once in a lifetime opportunity, Rodriguez joined Galaxy president Chris Klein for the unveiling of the kit earlier this summer. Below you can see the initial kit. For me it is easy to see how it inspired the new design, and I think Rodriguez did a great job transitioning an old design into a modern kit.
It is always interesting to see clubs allow full input from their supporters, and this is a great example of how to do so. It will be interesting to see if more crowd sourcing happens in the MLS, which is always open to greater fan interaction. I hope this is just an example of more to come from one of the world’s fastest growing leagues.
You can pick up the LA Galaxy 3rd kit at soccer.com