In 2006, MLS went to Adidas kits full-time, around the entire league. One way to look back on the history of jerseys, as part of jersey week here at SB Nation, is looking at the fonts used for numbers and names.
So let’s look at the last decade and a half of MLS jersey fonts, and see how the design has evolved.
This font gets the job done. No frills, it is legible, straightforward and workmanlike.
In 2008, they switched to this “futuristic” font, and kept it around for a very long time, through 2012. I think in some ways this font is pretty popular because it was the time a lot of folks got into MLS, but the further we get away from this font, the more dated it looks, in my humble opinion.
In 2013, the typeface became modernized, the tilts were straightened out, and the letters became more legible. This is a big improvement, and never looked old while it was used.
So if you get to a nice, clean modern design, the next step is to mix it up and go bold, which they have done for this year. It has a disco vibe? Very retro-futuristic. I’ll be honest, I’m still on the fence on these. I think the numbers look pretty good but I’m not thrilled with the letters showing the same bisected font. Time will tell how this font ages.
Which font is your favorite? What do you think about the new jersey fonts for this year? Let’s chat about them in the comments below!