BRAMPTON, Canada—One day after confirming their plan to return to action, Canadian Premier League clubs revealed their 2020 away kits on Thursday afternoon.
All eight of the kits, made by Macron, are black and each feature a theme or symbol that represents their club and community, hence the “City Edition” name. They will all be worn with black socks and shorts as well.
The reaction to the kits has been mixed with some fans disappointed at the lack of originality, while others are fans of the new designs.
Nice kits. Wasn’t too excited by the prospect of all black away kits but pleasantly surprised. I think the Cavs kits is awesome. HFX really nice too. #canpl— Matt Mahoney (@MattEM18) July 30, 2020
I support CPL and everything it’s doing for soccer in Canada but let’s talk about these kits for a sec. Why’s every teams away kits primary black accented with team colours? That kinda takes away from the originality of each team.— Ur Bout To Lose (@UrBoutToLose) July 30, 2020
Here’s a full rundown of all the kits unveiled on Thursday, starting out east with HFX Wanderers and moving west:
HFX Wanderers’s “City Edition” kit features the Macdonald Bridge. Built in the 1950s, the bridge “represents protection and shelter while standing tall and rooted in the community of Halifax.”
The league’s newest club features a silhouette of one of Ottawa’s most famous buildings — Parliament Hill. With a similar design seen on their club crest, the graphic is a clean representation of the national landmark.
York9 have stayed true to their name by representing all nine municipalities in York Region. The green outline of the region stands out, and maps out all nine areas—Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Forge FC have one extra thing that separates their kit from the rest — the addition of the gold CPL badge on their sleeve, commemorating their victory in the 2019 CPL Finals.
The grey design on Forge’s kit is influenced by Hamilton’s famous Gore Park Fountain, a landmark in the city, and the orange accents give it a bit of colour.
Valour’s kit is a sharp design, with a gold sponsor and Macron logo that really stand out. Across the front of a kit is the Winnipeg skyline with Provencher Bridge, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Fort Garry Place as the focal points.
FC Edmonton’s kit includes an image of the Alberta Legislature Building. The design is meant to represent “Alberta’s strength, stability and potential.” Edmonton’s famous “Rally Rabbit” also makes another appearance, on the lower back of the kit.
Cavalry’s 2020 away kit represents the Rocky Mountains. A red and black gradient design makes for a bold kit that shows off one of Canada’s most beautiful geographic regions.
Pacific’s kit includes a nod to the Fisgard Lighthouse. A National Historic Site of Canada, the lighthouse is a popular tourist sight on the west coast. Pacific’s purple and blue colour scheme helps the lighthouse stick out.