For the second year in a row, Nike is creating a unique visual identity for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
The Thorns FC have one of the biggest fan bases in the league, and the 2020-21 home jerseys feature stylized dark roses as homage to the city the team plays for. While on the road, the club’s white jersey carries thorn graphics that pull the spirit of the home fans through as metaphorical body armor. Each kit also includes the marker “B.A.O.N.” printed on the inner neck, referencing fans’ favored literary phrase, “By Any Other Name.”
“The fans here in Portland are such an important part of this club,” says Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair. “The fans make being part of the Thorns family unique, so to have our jerseys reflect their support, especially on the away jerseys, they’ll always be with us with the subtle touches on this kit.”