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Atlanta United’s 2019 home kit surfaces online

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Is this our first glimpse of the new shirt?

2018 MLS Cup - Portland Timbers v Atlanta United Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Despite the best efforts of the club to keep the design of Atlanta United’s 2019 home kit under wraps, Franco Escobar seems to have spilled the beans on instagram.

So yeah, about the stripes... It’s nine now, although the “Five Stripes” moniker can remain due to the five stripes on the crest remaining constant. That said, I’d still expect a moderate-to-high amount of banter from opposing fans regarding this nuance.

The trim on the collar and sleeves has also been tweaked with some sharp looking fine gold trim. The star looks nice and shiny above the crest. Also, the backplate appears to be black, which will be a big change from last year’s red back plate if true. If only Franco would’ve been so kind as to give us a full body shot so we could check out the shorts and socks pairing with this shirt.

So... initial reactions? Yay or nay? How to we pair the shorts and socks? Discuss!