This morning Toronto FC released a new alternate kit for their tenth season in Major League Soccer. The kit was controversial having introduced the colour blue, normally associated with the club's rivals. At least it was adventurous, for the most part of the years the club's kits have stayed pretty static in colours and design.
Nonetheless, we take a look back at the best kits that the club has ever had, with hopes of influences kit designers on what they should and shouldn't do in the future.
10. Toronto FC 2016 Alternate Kit
The new kit squeaks in at the bottom of the list mostly for what it didn't do rather than what it did. Yeah, there is blue, but there really isn't much else of substance. However, the colour scheme still puts it in front of at least one of the light grey kits and that salmon one. Let's be honest here for a second, neither of those make for good kit colours. This kit might even move up the list eventually, but the initial reaction wasn't great.
9. 2007 Toronto FC Alternate Kit
If the novel is to be believed, there are 50 shades of grey, and Toronto FC may have chosen one of the ugliest ones for both of its grey kits. These ones get the nod over the other greys because they were what the club wore in their first ever game on April 7, 2007. Other than that there isn't all that much to like as they look more like training shirts than anything.
8. 2011 Toronto FC Away Kit
While this kit does kind of make Toronto players look like cat in the hat, overall it isn't all that bad. For one the all red Toronto FC logo is nice and the colour scheme is pretty decent as well. This was back when the club wall all about the collars but this really isn't that effective of use. This kit also didn't exactly fall during the best times in club history.
7. 2009 Toronto FC Home Kit
Kind of looks like the players are wearing a backpack, which is fitting because De Ro was likely carrying a lot of the team around at that point. The shoulder pads might be the only real downside of the kit, which is overall decent. The club had some good moments in this shirt as well, such as the miracle in Montreal.
6. 2007 Toronto FC Home Kit
This one definitely gets a nostalgia boost, but that is only fair. Probably the most classic of classic Toronto FC kits, this was the shirt worn when the club scored their first ever goal. Shut your eyes and think of one Toronto FC kit and one player, it is hard not to think of Danny Dichio wearing this 2007 kit.
5. 2012 Toronto FC Home Kit
This was probably the clubs most creative kit attempt. The Canadian maple leaf and background imagery was a really cool idea, and for the most part was pulled off well. There were two big downsides to the kit however, the first being that the cut of the kit didn't make it very flattering for supporters. The second was that the kit made the players look like they had horrible sweat marks. Overall still a solid kit though.
4. 2009 Toronto FC Away Kit
Now THIS is how you use blue in a Toronto FC kit, and how you use a collar. Nothing outstanding, but an overall very solid kit. For a club that hasn't made very nice alternate kits this was one of their best. It also had potentially the most hidden maple leaf of them all.
3. Toronto FC 2015 Home Kit
Originally when it came out it was criticised for being too bland, but that might be why this kit is so effective. It doesn't try to do too much and in the end looks clean and crisp. Oh and this is the one that Sebastian Giovinco has worn, so good times were had by all.
2. 2011 Toronto FC Home Kit
To date this is the best use of Toronto FC's primary colours. It fixed everything that was wrong with the 2009 kit and ended up being a very strong looking kit. A little boxy at the top would be the only concern, but that doesn't really stand out that much. Overall still the best home kit the club has ever had.
1. 2014 Toronto FC Away Kit
This might be the only kit the club has ever released that wowed from the moment it leaked. The colours and incredibly complementary, and the pin stripes work perfectly to accent the kit. Yes, maybe in hindsight there were too many maple leafs, but for once they actually worked.