Comparing the new Canada jersey to the greatest Canada jersey of all time By Steven Sandor Posted on May 16, 2018 2 0 192 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Google Analytics has taught me one thing. When you write about kits, you get way more interest than writing about players, games or, well, pretty well anything else connected to soccer. If a team launches a new kit on the same day Messi announces he’s leaving Barcelona to play in the Canadian Premier League, the kit story might win when it comes to views. I am pretty sure, judging by how kit news makes soccer supporters slightly bonkers, that all of us are secretly huge fashion fans, in a way that other sports fans can’t understand. So, yes, I am going to write about Canada’s new home kit — released today by Umbro Canada — because, well, I need to cash in a bit. It’s a simple, red kit, with the same number and letter font from Canada jerseys before. Gone are the stripes, replaced by images of maple leafs embedded into the fabric of the shirt. It’s a good, crisp, clean look. Nick Dasovic in the Greatest Canadian Jersey, But, let’s compare that to the Greatest Canada Kit of All Time (as decided by a jury of one, namely, me. Hey, I edit a magazine where we regularly feature fashion trends, so I’m qualified!). And that’s the white Canada kit of the mid-90s. During this cycle, Canada also had a red home kit and a black third jersey, but it was the white kit that’s never been repeated in terms of sheer awesomeness. First off, in the 1990s, the trend was to put as many different colours and designs into a jersey as possible. If you could get chevrons, stripes and polka dots — in five different shades of red, — on a shirt… good! This was the high point for busy soccer jerseys, before all the big manufacturers decided to clean things up and go with simple looks to start the new century. Alex Bunbury in the Greatest Canadian Jersey The white kit was awesome for a number of reasons. A red maple leaf emerged from a black line that ran diagonally across the shirt. There was taping across the shoulders and sleeves, with the word “Canada” repeated on it, just in case anyone who saw the big maple leaf on the front wasn’t yet convinced that, yes, this was a Canadian national-team shirt. Woven into the white fabric were the crests of all the provinces and territories. You had to get nice and close to notice them, but they made for the Busiest (and Greatest) Canada Jersey of All Time. I still have mine; I bought it at Commonwealth Stadium during a Canada game. It was the first Canada shirt I bought It’s a prize possession. It’s the antithesis of what soccer shirts are today. But, as we welcome the new maple-leaf red shirt, let’s toast that fantastic maple-leaf shirt of 20 years ago.