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The Blazing Musket Roundtable: Grading the Defiance Kit
The staff of The Blazing Musket grades the Revs latest kit
The New England Revolution released their new Defiance kit on Wednesday ahead of the 2023 MLS season.
The design features a white jersey and red shorts, with red socks and red trim along the shoulder and sleeves.
“The shirt’s design is punctuated by a bold red “strikethrough” across the chest that embodies New England’s famous spirit of positive defiance,” a release from the club reads. “Revolution is the ultimate act of defiance, and the club’s new kit honors that resilient spirit that sparked the American Revolution, laid the foundation for our country, and has resonated throughout the New England region for centuries thereafter. The kit design also recalls the red “strikethrough” in the Revolution’s crest, which anchors the club’s refreshed brand identity in that same spirit of positive defiance.”
The jersey also features the heritage tree (seen above Carles Gil).
After the release of the kit, the staff of The Blazing Musket gave their grades.
There is no denying that this is an upgrade from the plan white tee that New England boasted the last two seasons. The sash is a beautiful touch even though I wish it covered UHC. Having the sash be gradiant and also dissolve is an interesting choice.
I like that the club was able to include the heritage tree and pay tribute to the history of the club. The crayon flag may be no more but the club hasn’t forgotten its roots.
Also as someone who owns the new Manchester United home kit, I’m glad that the collar isn’t gigantic and is more of an athletic design. The minimalist Adidas logo also is a nice look.
The reason this drops into a C+ is because an authentic kit costs $194. The price is just absurd and makes it really easy for me to say I won’t buy one becaue it has the UHC logo when in reality I am just a broke boy.
Overall, these kits are good but not the cream of the crop (Seattle’s Bruce Lee kits are my favorite).
I will start by saying that I'm not a fan of white kits so it was always going to be difficult for this shirt to get a high mark. I do like the sash, though I'm not loving how it "fades" out. I like the idea of revisiting the sash for future kits because it matches the new logo. In short, this is a fine jersey and a big improvement over the last secondary jersey.
I love sash kits, the United States should bring back their 2010 version for both the men and women's national teams. My love for this Revs jersey is tempered by the fact that this jersey is over a year late with the current rebranding and might be the first sash related item in the Revs store aside from the actual logo.
As for the actual shirt I think there's enough blue from the lettering and numbers to offset the red trim and I do like the red socks and shorts that go along with it though white socks would have done just as well. Obviously wish the actual sash could go through the sponsor but I'm sure there are reasons why that can't happen. Significant improvement over The Fort shirt.