It is once again that time of the year where we either throw all of our money at our favorite footballing institution, or we clutch our pearls and gasp as we inhale copium, telling ourselves it isn’t as bad as it looks. That’s right, it’s NWSL Kit Launch season! While Angel City continue to chase the high of that inaugural ‘Daylight’ kit (arguably the best inaugural kit soccer has ever seen) they did manage to avoid disaster with the launch of not one, but two new kits heading into the 2024 NWSL season.

The kits represent grit and joy for the Los Angeles squad. The grit and determination that is needed on the pitch along with the collective joy felt by both players and fans alike. The black home kit (Moonlight) and the Sol Rosa away kit (Sol) were made to not only represent the team’s colors, but to represent the two sides of the club. That tough, dark, gritty attitude on pitch, and the fun, bubbly, bright side off. The true balance of work hard, play harder.

Angel City FC forward Alyssa Thompson styling the Moonlight kit. Photo courtesy of Angel City FC

The Moonlight kit prominently features the signature wings of the angel on the ACFC crest as a nod to the club’s mantra, “Volemos.” The mantra, meaning “Let’s fly together” is also found on the bottom left of the jersey. The texture of the wing design reflects the grittiness demanded on and off the field. “Grit” is often used by ACFC players and coaches when asked what quality they possess as a club and how they made the 2023 NWSL Playoffs in their second year in the league.  ACFC forward Sydney Leroux said of the 2023 season, “It’s been a tough year for us so far, but we can show that we can get results. We can have grit, we can have heart. I think that’s the most important thing, to get out there and fight.”

In contrast to the grittiness that the team hopes the dark kits represent, the away kit, entitled “Sol,” tells a story of joy and optimism. The sunrise gradient across the kit illustrates that regardless of the outcome, the sun in LA rises and shines each day. The Sol kit celebrates the relentless joy that is at the core of Angel City’s club, team, and community. Both designs are part of a league-wide reset. While the home kit designs are unique for each club, the away kits all use the same gradient design in each team’s colorway, speaking to the strength of the collective.

Angel City FC midfielder Rocky Rodriguez shows off the new Sol kit. Photo Courtesy of Angel City FC

“While these two kits are intentionally very different, you can’t have one without the other,” said ACFC President and Co-Founder Julie Uhrman in a statement. “They are yin and yang, the moon and the sun, the dark and the light. You have seen the incredible hard work that our players put in day in and day out on the pitch at every single game. Yet they play with such infectious joy. It is how our team shows up on the field and how we show up in the community—with determination to make a difference and the optimism that we will achieve our goals.”

As the saying goes, look good, feel good, play good, and this kits definitely check off the first two boxes, now we wait and see if it helps with the most important box that needs checking. You can shop the new kits right now, HERE.

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