The Portland Thorns are two-time National Women’s Soccer League (NSWL) champions and own the league’s highest average attendance. When the team takes the pitch in 2019, it will do so with yet another distinction: Its kits will mark the first time that Nike has created a unique visual identity for a women’s club team from top to bottom.
The design, which spans match, training and leisurewear, celebrates the team’s citywide fandom. At its core are the Rose City Riveters, who, clad in red, green and black, are among the most raucous supporters in women’s professional soccer. The atmosphere these fans form in the Thorns’ stadium, located in the heart of the Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood, is the basis for the new kits.
“I love the little details in the kits that pay homage to our fans and to our city, which are essentially what we’re all about,” says Meghan Klingenberg, defender for the Thorns. “I love that we get to take little pieces of home with us on the road, because we’re going to be on the road for a long stretch this season. It’s nice to have touches on our uniform that say, ‘This is what we play for, this is why we’re fighting.'”