Sporting a minty-fresh secondary kit seems to be the trend in Major League Soccer this year. Charlotte, the league’s newest club (and perhaps our future rival?), introduced this week its “Newly Minted Community Kit.” The black jersey with mint shoulder stripes and logos plays off the city’s history as currency mint and even has a “Mint City” logo near the hem. Meanwhile in Austin, the one-year-old club launched its “Sentimiento” kit, which has a vivid, all-over color that rivals the most vibrant of mint-chip ice creams. The color is referred to by the team as “cool verde,” a lighter version of the green in Austin’s primary kit.
And here in Atlanta—where ironically, a theme of our previous our gold-and-white secondary kit was “minted in the ATL“—we’ll be sporting the pale green hue as well. On Saturday, at an event for season ticket holders at Piedmont Park, Atlanta United unveiled its Forest Kit, which honors the city’s famous tree canopy.
The jersey features an all-over geometric print that is meant to symbolize Atlanta’s fusion of city and nature, according to Georgia O’Donoghue, Atlanta United’s VP of Business Operations: “[It symbolizes] how the treeline connects to that skyline.” (ATLUTD President Darren Eales reportedly said it reminded him of this late ’80s/early ’90s-era away kit for Germany’s national team, also made by Adidas.) Forest green shoulder stripes and accents pair with the bright mint-and-white pattern on the front and solid mint back. The Forest Kit also has a theme of sustainability—the kit itself is made with 100 percent recycled fabric, and Atlanta United will partner with Trees Atlanta to plant 1,000 trees in the city over the course of the next two years.
“It’s not like any color we’ve ever done before, and it’s really off of our normal color palette,” O’Donoghue said of the mint, “which is the whole point of a secondary kit—to really push the boundaries and get outside of our norm.”
The kit can be purchased online or at Atlanta United’s team stores (the authentic retails for $139.99; the replica is $89.99), and will also go on “tour” throughout the metro area in the next couple of weeks. (The team did a similar tour last year with the BLVCK kit.) The tour dates are as follows:
February 22: Takeover Tuesday in Marietta, 4-7:00 p.m.
American Family Insurance, 3750 Palladian Village, Marietta
February 25: 5-Stripe Friday at Piedmont Park, 4-8:00 p.m.
Park Tavern, 500 10th Street Northeast
February 26: Block Party in Kirkwood, 3-8:00 p.m.
Pratt-Pullman Yards, 225 Rogers Street Northeast
March 5: Viewing Party in Decatur, 5-8:00 p.m.
O’Sullivan’s Pub – 111 Sycamore Street, Decatur
March 6: Pop-Up at Plaza Fiesta, 12-3:00 p.m.
Plaza Fiesta Shopping Mall, 4166 Buford Highway Northeast