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NASL remembered: FC Edmonton unveils its 1980 Drillers retro kit

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For the second season in a row, FC Edmonton’s alternate jersey will pay homage to the Edmonton Drillers of the old NASL.

This season, the team will honour the 1979-1980 editions of the team, with a bright orange kit that’s very close to the one worn by the Drillers 32 years ago. The only differences will be a Sears sponsor crest on the back and that the new alternate kits won’t utilize the retro Adidas logo. The team has confirmed that unlike the spec picture below, the jerseys will carry the modern Adidas three-stripe badge.

The team will wear the jerseys in both the June 10 home date against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and again on the road against the Strikers June 16. Jerseys won’t be available for sale at Clarke Stadium on Sunday, but the team will have details soon on how to get them.

FCE will also wear the Drillers retro shirts for the July 15 home date with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Sept. 23 visit of the Strikers to Clarke Stadium. As those franchises carry the names and wear kits similar to those of their ‘70s-‘80s NASL forebears, these make for a nice tribute — and a nice link from the modern NASL to the original version of the league.

Last season, the Eddies wore a hooped orange and white Drillers shirt as its alternate. Even though the club wore Umbro home and road kits last season, the third jersey was made independently.

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