Sometime tomorrow in DTLA (Excuse me, “The heart of Los Angeles”), LAFC will undoubtedly make a big deal of unveiling their 2018 MLS kits in a showy presentation as they lay claim to the colors black and gold.
Technically, they are correct. LA is black and gold...just not like they advertise.
For those of us who have followed MLS since its inception, it feels like only yesterday when the league launched after a successful World Cup in the States. As a charter member, LA debuted with a black and teal jersey featuring red and gold trim that’s long been considered the classic Galaxy kit.
After a few years the Galaxy transitioned to a simpler teal jersey with black and gold stripes, but the shorts and socks remained black.
Eventually the black would make way for a teal look LA would capture their first MLS Cup with, but when the Galaxy moved into the $237 million dollar Home Depot Center dubbed “The Cathedral of American soccer”, the gold kit was born.
“Wait a minute” sneers your skeptical friend LAFC Kyle. “The Galaxy might have worn black, but these are yellows, not gold gold”.
Behold, the Adidas 2011-2012 3rd kit. Punjab blue and light old gold reign supreme in a sexy ensemble universally regarded as one of the league’s greatest kits of all-time.
It’s certainly fine and dandy for LAFC to use these colors to their liking. But much like the manner in which Chivas USA rented the Home Depot Center from the LA Galaxy, the rightful owners of black and gold reside a short distance away in Carson.