The Canadian Premier League’s newest club, Atletico Ottawa unveiled their first home kit on Thursday evening.
The event, broadcast live on Facebook, was hosted by Gareth Wheeler, and featured special guests from the club. Atletico Ottawa manager, and former Toronto FC striker, Mista was among the guests, as well as players Francisco Acuna, Ben Fisk and Antoine Coupland, club President Jeff Hunt, CEO Fernando Lopez, and CPL Commissioner David Clanachan.
The new kit, as expected, is similar to that of Atletico Ottawa’s parent club, Atletico Madrid. It features Atletico’s famous red and white vertical stripes, with a blue collar, and blue cuffs on the sleeves.
The blue is named “Rideau blue” after the famous river in Ottawa.
The kit sponsor is streaming service OneSoccer, who will show every single CPL game when the league gets going again, as they did in the league’s first season in 2019.
One of my favourite things about the kit is the maple leaf on the back, and there’s a lot to like about the kits. They’re a refreshing take on the historic striped kits that Atletico have been wearing for over 100 years — since 1911.
The inaugural 7 CPL clubs all have the same combo of white shorts and white socks on their home kits, but Atletico will be different, as Ottawa’s kit will be worn with blue shorts.
“Now more than ever, Ottawa is the city that unifies our country,” said Atletico Ottawa President, Jeff Hunt, in a press release. “With the arrival of Atlético in the capital and with an aim of inspiring and mobilizing the local soccer community, we are beyond excited and proud to launch these incredible jerseys. I am looking forward to seeing the red and white stripes all over our city.”
Kit numbers for the club’s inaugural season were also unveiled on Thursday, including Ben Fisk wearing the number 10 he wore last season for Pacific FC, 16-year-old Antoine Coupland taking number 11, and Kunle Dada-Luke, who was on the Footy Talks Podcast this week, taking number 13.
2020 away kits are yet to be unveiled, but will be at a later date, as we move closer to the start of the league’s second season.
Here’s a few more photos of the stunning new jerseys:
- Midfielder Francisco Acuña showing off his new kit Canadian Premier League
- Antoine Coupland Canadian Premier League
- OneSoccer will be the club’s kit sponsor in 2020 Canadian Premier League
- A closeup of the “Rideau Blue” collar Canadian Premier League
- The league’s motto, “we are many, we are one” below the collar Canadian Premier League
- An infographic with more details about the kit Canadian Premier League