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Results: Best Sporting KC/Wizards Kit of the Decade

We add up the fan votes and throw our votes into the ring too.

SOCCER: APR 19 MLS - Impact at Sporting KC Photo by WIlliam Purnell/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nearly two weeks ago, we asked you to vote for your favorite Sporting Kansas City or Kansas City Wizards kit of the last decade. We’ve closed the polls and tallied the results and we’ve got ourselves a winner. Or really winners, depending on how you look at it.


We allowed for votes for your top five favorite kits. If we just took first place votes only, the winner would be the 2014-15 Secondary with Sporting Blue and Indigo/Navy hoops. But, that isn’t the method we went with to pick a winner (though that’d be a worthy winner).

Instead, we took the votes and tallied them with a first place vote being worth five points, a second place vote being worth four points and so on all the way down to fifth place being worth a single point.

And the Winner is...

With that method, as if the graphic on top of the article didn’t give it away, the winner was the 2013-14 Alternate Black Argyle kit. It had the second most first place votes and then it was first in both second and third place votes while remaining consistent in all five positions.

Interestingly, and maybe this swayed things, was many people chose not to vote beyond just first or sometimes second place. The actual ‘highest’ vote getter in the fourth and fifth spots was a ‘blank’ vote. I removed them, but that would have had them outscore many of the other kits over the years.

Last Place

The kit that came in last was the 2011-13 Secondary Navy kit. The picture below (and in the original story) probably doesn’t do it justice. There are subtleties you simply can’t see in that picture. Interestingly enough the next to last ranked kit, even above the plain blue and plain white of the final Wizards kits, was the 2019-20 primary kit. Adidas calls it a glitch logo but many fans have taken to calling it tire treads (me included). Sporting definitely got ‘run over’ in 2019 so hopefully that curse won’t carry on into 2020.

Blue Testament Staff Votes

Chad Smith - Since I put this together, I’m going first. I was personally torn between two kits. The 2014-15 secondary with the hoops and the 2016-17 secondary with it’s hoops. I voted for the 2016-17 version more for it’s wearability. It has classic football jersey tendencies but it’s also a little more subtle. From a distance the 2014-15 version definitely catches the eye more though. Third I put the white argyle. Up close it’s great. From a distance in the stands though, it’s kind of rough.

Cody Bradley - The original hoops has my vote. They were bold, unique, and just the right amount of flashy. The socks are the icing on the cake that really complete the look. Moreover, the kit had the gold star the year it debuted and just has a positive connotation to being the champs.

Thad Bell:

1. My favorite is a little more because of the design and the idea than the overall look. The 2013-14 State Line kit made the most of the first Sporting KC State Line motif kits. Not only unique in the style but also an MLS Cup season kit.

2. The 2014-15 blue/navy hoops bars (they have to go all the way around to be hoops). Great look, great use of both team colors. Won an Open Cup.

3. The 2013-14 Alternate Black Argyle could be one of the best kits of all time. Loses a little in the voting for being an alternate. I can like a primarily black kit as long as it includes the teams colors in some way. This kit did that in a stylish way unlike the last boring black kit.

4. 2011-13 secondary kit in navy was not flashy but a very solid design, used the State Line in the design again and had the little details that made it unique.

5. The 2011-12 primary started the State Line motif and was a key part of the rebrand.

To sum it all up, Sporting KC has had some great designs that could be part of an iconic look but they keep abandoning those designs. Use the State Line, use the Argyle. Always use the team colors in some way and I will be happy.


Below are the full poll results broken down by vote category and sorted by total score based on the methodology above.

Best SKC Kit from 2010 to 2019

Kit Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
Kit Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
2013-14 Alternate (Black Argyle) 71 54 39 31 18 768
2014-15 Secondary (Blue/Navy Hoops) 77 45 35 24 12 730
2016-17 Secondary (Navy/Indigo Thin Hoops) 37 45 30 30 32 547
2013-14 Primary (State Line) 43 34 37 23 21 529
2015-16 Alternate (White Argyle) 26 33 33 39 26 465
2018-19 Secondary (Black and Silver) 18 9 28 27 22 286
2015-16 Primary (Blue Cross Hatches) 6 28 19 25 25 274
2017-18 Primary (Blue w/ White Pinstripes) 13 14 19 23 27 251
2010 Primary (Last Wizards Blue) 2 12 7 11 18 119
2011-12 Primary (Sporting Blue) 4 7 8 7 14 100
2010 Secondary (Last Wizards White) 6 4 8 8 13 99
2019 Primary (Blue Glitch) 3 2 14 6 16 93
2011-13 Secondary (Navy) 1 7 7 7 6 74

Here are all the kits in case you’ve forgotten.

2019 Primary (Blue Glitch)

Sporting Kansas City

2018-19 Secondary (Black and Silver)

SOCCER: MAY 05 MLS - Colorado Rapids at Sporting Kansas City Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2017-18 Primary (Blue w/ White Pinstripes)

SOCCER: OCT 28 MLS - Los Angeles FC at Sporting Kansas City Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2016-17 Secondary (Navy/Indigo Thin Hoops)

MLS: Sporting KC at Minnesota United FC
Oct 7, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio (11) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against the Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

2015-16 Primary (Blue Cross Hatches)

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Sporting KC Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2015-16 Alternate (White Argyle)

SOCCER: SEP 30 US Open Cup - Final - Sporting Kansas City at Union Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2014-15 Secondary (Blue/Navy Hoops)

Los Angeles Galaxy v Sporting Kansas City Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

2013-14 Primary (State Line)

SOCCER: SEP 03 MLS - Sporting KC at Revolution Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2013-14 Alternate (Black Argyle)

SOCCER: APR 19 MLS - Impact at Sporting KC Photo by WIlliam Purnell/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2011-2013 Secondary (Navy)

Sporting Kansas City v Los Angeles Galaxy
Tough to find any pics of this jersey in the database, sorry!
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Update: Thad got us a better look at that detail.

Thad Bell

2011-2012 Primary (Sporting Blue)

Colorado Rapids v Sporting Kansas City - 2nd Leg Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

2010 Primary (Last Wizards Blue)

San Jose Earthquakes v Kansas City Wizards Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images

2010 Primary (Last Wizards White)

Kansas City Wizards v New England Revolution Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Head to the comments and let us know how mad you were (or if you agree). Defend your choice!