It seemed like an endeavor destined to fail. When Massive Report first reported that Columbus Crew SC would go away from the traditional gold kits in favor of an alternative uniform that would pay homage to the Columbus flag, fans were not pleased. When fans saw what their team would be wearing in 2016, they were furious.
While the Black & Gold (or should we saw white, light blue, red & gold) players and coaching staffed claimed to like the new kits or be indifferent, the complaints from those who had to watch Crew SC in them continued throughout the year.
Despite the complaints, the jersey sold well as owner Anthony Precourt revealed that it was among the top four sellers in Major League Soccer.
What it didn’t do was help Crew SC on the field and that’s something Precourt also took note of.
Although there wasn’t much winning for Columbus this year — Crew SC finished six points outside the last playoff spot with eight total wins — the Black & Gold struggled mightily in the new kits.
While wearing the blacks jerseys that were reintroduced the year prior, Crew SC’s record was 5-5-7. Even the gold uniform, which was brought back after an outcry from supporters that it was going away, managed a 1-1-1 record. The ‘For Columbus’ unis? Columbus was 2-8-4 and didn’t get the first win while wearing them until late August.
While it would be silly to blame the new kits for the Black & Gold’s struggles in 2016, it is one of the changes made to a side that brought back all 11 starters from a run to the MLS Cup Final. We won’t go that far, but we will say this: So long ‘For Columbus’ kits. May you forever remain in the back of all fans’ closets.