Toronto FC did a good job of keeping their kit under wraps this year, as it took until the 11th hour for it be released. After being leaked early this morning, the new kit is modeled by Sebastian Giovinco on the cover of today's Toronto Sun sports section with the headline "the whole kit and caboodle".
The biggest question surrounding the new kit was whether or not there would be blue, and how much. The concern was two-fold: that blue would make the club too close to either rivals Montreal Impact or BMO Field tenants the Toronto Argonauts. Instead blue is only featured as a secondary colour on the new kit.
Transitioning the club towards blue was never the intention of this kit, it was only ever meant as a tribute to the city's sports heritage. But during this uncertain year you can't blame anyone for jumping to conclusions.
The new 2016 away kit will replace the onyx kit that the club has worn since the 2014 season. In the club's tenth season the kit is a nod to the history of soccer in Toronto.
TFC honouring Toronto's soccer history in 2016. STORY: https://t.co/UCERlFaaLN pic.twitter.com/ryUB4J32oh— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) March 1, 2016
Whether or not it is based on the city of Toronto flag as Waking the Red had previously suggested it could be, it certainly displays all three of the colours. The blue and red provide a trim for the mostly white kit, with recently renewed sponsor BMO displayed on the front.
The club will wear red shorts and white socks to complement the new kit. The socks will have "all for one" written on them. The entire kit is a simplistic design, which is very similar to what they did with last year's home jersey.
This is not the first time that the club has had blue on their kit, as they had a blue trim on their 2010 away kit. It, however, was certainly less bold and prominently displayed. Otherwise the club has mostly stuck to shades of red, grey and black.
Toronto FC had been teasing the new kit for the past few days, but did not offer up much about its design. All that was revealed was the release date, today, although the exact time is not known.