The Columbus Crew unveiled the team’s new 2021 “Innagural Stadium kit to the public on Tuesday morning. As is the case when these things debut, there was plenty of reaction from the supporters, most of it mixed.
It’s a slick look for the Black & Gold with a grey jersey and the new stadium roof pattern mixed in along with yellow trim. The debuted kit also featured yellow shorts that were worn last year with the yellow socks, although that may change depending on the competition the kit is worn in.
There were plenty of different opinions thrown around on social media by the Crew faithful, more being disappointed or upset than anything.
Trash saving my money this year.— ⚽️⭐️⭐️Josh Payne ⚽️ (@theshark1302) March 2, 2021
Not a fan of lighter kits. The guys get super sweaty and then it's just like a wet Tshirt contest...— Carrie Harris (@76CarrieAnne) March 2, 2021
I don't think there's a sports league as bad at picking decent uniforms as MLS is. This is so bad. https://t.co/SKXHaFAOiI— Antonio Ravioli (@philneezy) March 2, 2021
Fans were disappointed that the two stars on the kit, that represent the Crew’s two MLS Cup championships, including the one won just last year, are difficult to see with silvery on grey.
Wasn't the second star supposed to be golden?— DANILO porém el (@Dani_el_Campos) March 2, 2021
You can see the stars?— Kerry N. Moore (@Crewfan011) March 2, 2021
Unless u buy a replica. Then zero s.— ToeKneeNo M. (@ToninoM) March 2, 2021
I can’t see em— Travis (@effzehNSC) March 2, 2021
Not everyone hated the Crew’s new 2021 secondary kit, with some fans attempting to put a positive spin on the release.
I like it. Very clean. The defending champion star is a nice touch.— Joshua Black (@joshblack225) March 2, 2021
It’s a warm up shirt. But it’s being worn by THE MLS CHAMPIONS which makes it the greatest warm up shirt posing as a jersey the world has ever seen.— Ted Masthay (@TMasthay) March 2, 2021
Anybody complaining here needs to realize a few things— Tony Snider (@tony_snider) March 2, 2021
1. Change isn't always a bad thing.
2. The white/grey with yellow detail and yellow shorts is HOT and you know it.
3. This shirt has 2 stars over the crest thus making it the best shirt the club has EVER HAD. #Crew96
There were even some fans who already made their own edits to the kit — which again, won’t necessarily feature the gold shorts and gold socks.
Had to see if I'd like it better with black shorts, more subtle pattern, and simpler socks. So I stole @knaas's photo and made some edits. I do like it better— Chris Blain ⭐️⭐️ (@CHRlSBLAlN) March 2, 2021
And yes, I know it's easier to edit an already final design, but I get my work torn apart for a living, so chill #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/QoT89wKo4Y
Love the top.. needs black shorts— Abbi Pritchard (@abbipritchard) March 2, 2021
And if you don’t like the new grey kit, have no fear. The gold look is not going anywhere and could be back sooner than you think.
And while many Crew fans take new kits very seriously, some decided to be a bit more lighthearted with their thoughts on the new look for the Black & Gold.
And while all of this reaction will likely subside, it may boil back to the surface once the Crew takes the field this year and the grey kits make their official debut on the players. The first time that could happen is on April 8 when the Black & Gold (Black & Grey with a Gold trim?) travel to Real Esteli in the Round of 16 in the CONCACAF Champions League.