The 2021 "Thick N Thin" Kit is no more. Orlando's primary purple strip for the last two seasons has officially retired, and it's set to be replaced Saturday by the club's new home kit.
Not much has been leaked about the new jersey --- at least that I've seen (and I hope you haven't seen anything either) --- so fans have been limited to tiny glimpses and hints.
Outside of these tiny glimpses on social media, we've also seen peaks from Major League Soccer media days. Facundo Torres filmed an interview for MLS Season Pass at media days sporting what appears to be the new kit.
The main shirt was covered by a pullover, but some details can be parsed. Both from the teasers and Torres's interview, we can tell that there will be more gold in this year's shirt. The gold accent has been missing from Orlando's home shirt since the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The gold made a comeback last season with the "Sunshine Kit," which will continue to be used through this season. Los Angeles FC are the only other team with a proper gold in its color way, and the gold popped alongside the purple in the '17/'18 shirts.
Torres's interview set-up provided more specific details about the home uniform. The shorts purple with gold accent stripes on the side and gold numbers. The shirt has some kind of gold accent near the collar.
While there's not a ton to go off of, these little glimpses are enough to get fans excited. The return to the gold accent color is a welcome addition after years of just purple and white. It's also good that from all appearances, it seems like the shirt is still primarily purple --- an essential element for any Orlando City home shirt.
Fans will be able to ring in the new kit by watching the club in its final preseason match against the New England Revolution. The match is open to the public at Exploria Stadium, and the Lions will don the new strip for the first time against the Revs.