As the Revolution came into their own in the late 90s and beyond, the club found a way to cover a wide (and incredibly diverse) spectrum of kits: outrageous, confetti-covered jerseys with bubble numbers; simple white jerseys with minimal detailing; and colorful, puffy-sleeved jerseys fit for 17th century kings.
Thankfully, you have no reason to worry: the dawn of the second decade brought more consistency--and much, much better designs. We break down the second set of Revolution kits, starting in 2006 and ending in 2014. Which designs catch your eye?
1. Clint Dempsey, 2006 Primary Kit: The free-flowing arch design on Dempsey's 2006 shirt became an iconic look for the red, white and blue. We dig the corresponding red stripe on the socks and shorts--and undoubtedly miss the overt Sierra Mist patches.
2. Jeff Larentowicz, 2006 Secondary Kit: Clad in white, Larentowicz's kit mirrors Dempsey's navy look. Of course, Jeff earns bonus points for his signature red locks--which, if we're pointing out the details, perfectly coordinate with the jersey's red trim. Several Revolution stars donned this legendary kit; we're big fans.
3. Sainey Nyassi, 2008 Primary Kit: Nyassi's 2008 jersey replaces the arch with red and white detailing around the arm, delivering a nice, modern look. TBM approved.
4. Steve Ralston, 2008 Secondary Kit: Much like Larentowicz's 2006 kit, Ralston's look offers a clean, white take on the team's primary jersey. We want more red on the shirt--but that wonderfully-preppy collar steals the show.
5. Marko Perovic, 2010 Primary Kit: Without question, Perovic's 2010 jersey symbolizes the start of a multi-year rebuild--both in performance and in kit design. We're high on the collar, and can live with the grey arm patches, but the rest of the design--including those vertical red stripes--look a bit outdated, even for 2010.
6. Shalrie Joseph, 2010 Secondary Kit: Though clean and simple, Joseph's secondary kit suffers from the same problems as the primary version. We're thankful the kit doesn't incorporate the vertical red stripes, though the overall design still looks a tad too generic.
7. Benny Feilhaber, 2012 Primary Kit: The first year of the Jay Heaps era brought a much-welcomed new look. One of our favorite kits to date, Feilhaber's primary shirt features the modern design we loved during the middle part of the decade. An instant favorite.
8. A.J. Soares, 2012 Secondary Kit: We're all about clean, minimal jerseys, but Soares' 2012 kit may look a little too clean. The introduction of the New England flag--which also appears on the primary kit--revolutionized the team's look and, if we're being honest, saves this jersey.
9. Lee Nguyen, 2014 Primary Kit: The Revs' current look takes cues from the 2012 secondary kit, offering a classic Adidas design with three iconic stripes on the sleeves. We like the white shorts--and and desperately hope those socks stick around.
10. Matt Reis, 2007 Keeper Kit: Baby blues, bright yellows, soft purples--Reis' kit incorporates an unconventional color palette, though we have to admit: we love the look. And, with colorful curved detailing, the guy looks like a fearsome predator. A fitting description indeed.
11. Matt Reis, 2012 Keeper Kit: In 2012, Reis returned to his bright, bold, blue look, though we're not so crazy about this design; the Revs' vet looks more like a tube of toothpaste than an accomplished goalkeeper. Thankfully, his contributions more than make up for the less-than-ideal look.
12. Bobby Shuttleworth, 2014 Keeper Kit: We don't mean to over-analyze the keepers...but something about the short-sleeved kit looks sloppy. Bobby saves the look with a unique blend of colors, a modern design and...that signature scream.