When tasked with finding every jersey in MLS history, where would you start?
Way back to the league's inaugural kits ahead of the 1996 season, with the colorful LA Galaxy kits of yore? How about through the 2000s — including the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion — or backtrack from today, as the league prepares to enter its 25th season? With another two expansion sides taking the league's current total to 26 in 2020, it's a bit of a challenge, to put it lightly.
But it's something Classic Football Shirts took up without hesitation.
"You’re almost on a treasure quest of sorts," Gary Bierton, general manager of Classic Football Shirts, told MLSsoccer.com. "As soon as the guys from MLS were pretty much like ‘can it be done?’ Yeah. You can’t really help but take that challenge up.”
The Manchester, England-based retailer of soccer kits — nostalgic and new — from across the globe are about 85% complete with their quest, Bierton says.
Classic Football Shirts came into existence to satiate the appetite among supporters for memorable kits from years past, ranging from decades ago to even knockdown prices on recent kits. Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winning shirt? Sure. The Netherlands' classic orange 1988 European Championship winning shirt? You bet. AS Monaco's full kits from last year, too, plus everything imaginable in-between. (For more info, the BBC did a wonderful profile of the company last year.)