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.
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.
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
|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.