Toronto FC players Jim Brennan, Danny Dichio, Todd Dunivant, Rohan Ricketts, Chad Barrett and Greg Sutton joined hundreds of team supporters Thursday night to unveil the team's new 09/10 kits home and away uniforms.
It is the first time the team has changed its uniform since its inception. The new home jersey is red with grey trim and has a distinctly Canadian flavour with an embossed maple leaf featured in the centre and an embroidered Canadian flag patch on the left sleeve. A major new element of the new home jersey is the addition of a collar. The phrase 'ALL FOR ONE' is printed on the back of the collar to symbolize the unique relationship between the team and its supporters.
The new away jersey is grey, without a collar, and also includes an embossed maple leaf.
"We're excited about the changes to our uniform and we know that our supporters will like them too," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "Working with our partners at Adidas, we've made some subtle, yet unique, additions to the jersey that recognizes Toronto FC as Canada's team in Major League Soccer."
"We like a nice-looking jersey, a nice-fitting jersey," said Toronto FC goalkeeper Greg Sutton, when asked if the players cared about uniforms.
"It makes you comfortable and when you're comfortable, you feel a little more confident, I guess. So I think it's important to have a nice-fitting and nice-looking jersey and these are them. I think the guys will like them."
As a goalie, Sutton's gear is slightly different but the Toronto resident said he won't be opting for the bright orange that Chelsea's Peter Cech sometimes wears.He expects to wear black or grey during the season.
Players will benefit from technological developments which have been incorporated into the jersey, including the Formotion three dimensional engineered fit for enhanced natural movement. The jersey also has mesh inserts for ventilation across the back, neck and under arms.
Toronto FC will wear the new uniforms during the 2009 Major League Soccer season which begins in March 2009. Toronto FC faces the Kansas City Wizards in Kansas City for its first game of the 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) season on Saturday, March 21. Toronto FC will host MLS's new expansion team the Seattle Sounders FC, in its home opener on Saturday, April 4 at BMO Field. Kick off is at 3 p.m.