Re-imagining Bay Area teams' current jerseys as soccer kits
Golden State Warriors
Multi-colored sleeves, it turns out, look just as good on a blue-and-gold kit as they do on one that's red-and-white, claret-and-blue or any other common combination you'd see on a soccer pitch. The Warriors'
home Association whites look as clean as any other NBA uniform, and the same is true of their home kit here. I'd shudder to see anyone stain it by sliding in for a challenge.
The away kit immediately made me think of the Warriors' sleeved yellow jerseys from 2013, when the NBA -- and Adidas, then the league's uniform supplier -- experimented with the look. Sleeves look much better on a striker than a Splash Brother, but Steph Curry's soccer skills mean he could pull it off. The alternate kit makes me think the Dubs should start thinking about striping on their next iteration of jerseys.
San Francisco 49ers
The simplicity of the 49ers' color scheme translates well to the pitch. Just as the gold helmets allow the 49ers' red home jerseys to pop, the home kit's shorts do the same for the paired shirt. The home look is often the one most synonymous with clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere across Europe, and the 49ers are no exception in this exercise.
Gradient patterns are increasingly prevalent in Nike's kits, and the 49ers' away shirt reflects that trend while channeling the team's popular white throwback jersey. The alternate kit is simultaneously familiar and striking, evoking kits of other clubs around the world but with a color scheme far more synonymous with the gridiron.
San Francisco Giants
Jeff Kent wasn't a fan of the Giants' cream-colored jerseys, but perhaps seeing them on a pitch, rather than on a pitcher, would win him over. The Giants' home look is distinct in baseball, and it would be especially so in soccer.
Orange and black are strong accent colors, and arguably even stronger as primary ones on the away and alternate kits. Those two kits would give the Netherlands' iconic all-orange look a run for its money.
For the same reason I unabashedly love current A's kelly green jerseys, Oakland's home kit just might be my favorite of the bunch. The kit effectively channels the look the Swingin' A's made famous in the 1970s, and any A's-branded soccer team would have to take the pitch in white cleats.
Green and gold just works on a soccer kit, no matter the shade, as evidenced by the A's away and alternate kits. The color scheme calls to mind Norwich City, an oft-overlooked club constantly yo-yoing between the riches of the Premier League and the relative anonymity of the second division. Wait, did A's fans just stumble on an English team to call their own?
San Jose Sharks
Teal is as uncommon on pitches as it is on the ice, and other teams are worse for it. Far too many soccer teams are red, blue or a shade of the two, so seeing the Sharks' iconic teal in, say, the Premier League would introduce some much-needed variety.
Considering the Sharks have had three different black jerseys in their history, it's fitting the away and alternate kits predominantly rely on it. San Jose's "stealth" color scheme, in particular, translates really well to a soccer kit. Of course, the full set begs the question: Would a Sharks soccer team take the pitch by walking through a giant Shark head, as the hockey team currently does before home games? We can only hope, logistical problems be damned.