FIRST LOOK: The Columbus Crew’s new all-black kit for 2018

CREDIT: Columbus Crew

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Crew unveiled a new black kit on Thursday that the team will wear in what may be its last season at MAPFRE stadium.

The black and gold jersey gives a nod to Columbus’s history as the very first Major League Soccer club. The shirt is paired with all-black socks and shorts.

The Crew described some of the new jersey’s features on its official website:

“The 2018 Black Kit features a one-button collar, embossed checkerboard fabric and three dark-on-dark stripes along the kit’s sides. The black is offset by an all-gold Crew SC badge on the front as well as gold-colored names and numbers on the back. A one-of-a-kind jock tag designating “Charter Member #01” rests on the front of the jersey in recognition of being the first MLS club charter awarded. Additionally, a heritage shield commemorating the club’s initial MLS season in 1996 is affixed to the back just above the player names.”

The Crew will wear the yellow Acura kit unveiled last year as their primary uniform, and will use the black checkered kit as a secondary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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