New York City FC officially unveiled their new home kit for the 2023 and 2024 seasons at 10 am ET today, and it’s already firing up the fans. The “Interboro Kit” is a sky-blue shirt with a subtle pattern on the front and sleeves that references the tilework in the New York City subway system, and that nod to daily life here in Big Apple resonates with the NYCFC faithful. Orange piping on the collar, sleeves, and side seams give the dark blue accents a jolt of color.
The Interboro Kit is the fifth home kit in NYCFC’s short history, and it’s easily the most creative. Let’s take a minute to savor the fits:
The inaugural kit, introduced in 2014, remains the iconic NYCFC shirt: Sky-blue, dark-blue badge with orange piping, and white accents. It also leaned heavily on the classic Manchester City shirt, which was perhaps understandable for a team that had yet to play a game and was looking to establish itself in the soccer ecosystem. Writing in Hudson River Blue, Rafael Noboa y Rivera said “It’s the shirt that so many people expected, despite wanting something bolder. That doesn’t make it a bad shirt. When you’re introducing yourself to the world, there’s a lot to be said for being conservative and sober-sided.”
The second home kit, introduced in 2017, set out to create an identity that was more specific to NYCFC while building on the traditions established with the inaugural shirt. It was a darker shade of sky-blue, with dark blue accents and orange piping around the sleeves. As Sum Dunn put it in these pages, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.”