Exclusive: Rapids Unveil New Uniforms for 2005 (Story and Photos)

ColoradoRapids.Com – The Colorado Rapids today unveiled the new designs for the team’s 2005 home and away uniforms. The new kits by the team’s official uniform supplier adidas will be worn by the club in a regular season match for the first time on April 2 2005 in the Rapids’ season opener at Arrowhead Stadium vs. the Kansas City Wizards.

With the home uniforms adidas and the Rapids took steps to incorporate the Rapids' traditional color scheme of Black and Blue into the design while also updating the look to a more modern design seen in adidas-sponsored teams the world over.

The Rapids will continue to have mostly white away kits with some slight design changes from the ’04 season. The new adidas kits incorporate a new design on the chest and introduce a bit more color into the away jerseys and shorts.

The new adidas uniforms are lightweight and breathable with mesh underarm panels and a unique system designed to whisk away sweat.

"Adidas has always made a quality product that has always been designed specifically for soccer players said Rapids Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni. "Once you wear adidas products even the training gear you can tell the difference from other brands and how much more superior the quality is."

"Is a great change for the overall look of the team the uniforms are going to look sharper but also more importantly for the players they are going to be more comfortable and more desirable to wear Mastroeni added. "I've been wearing adidas for many years now and they always have done an excellent job to cater to the player's needs. Even thought they have reached to other sports the brand has always focused more on soccer and the specific needs of our game so that when you wear their products you can be confortable enough to perform at the highest level."

Be the first on your block to get your hands on the new Rapids adidas gear! The new kits are expected to be in stores by April 1st 2005. In the meantime don’t miss your chance to get some great discounts on last year’s Rapids gear; visit the official Rapids team store at the Pepsi Center to get 2-for-1 discounts on all of last year's Atletica gear! Call the Rapids Team Store at (303) 405-1304 to take advantage of these special savings.

Check out the Rapids players modeling the new home and away kits below. The photos are exclusive to ColoradoRapids.com!