Swapping Shirts: Cosmos Switch From Under Armour to Inaria

IMAGE, NY COSMOS

by JAKE NUTTING

For the third time in their reboot era, the New York Cosmos will have a new uniform supplier when they take field against Puerto Rico on March 25.

As first reported by the This is Cosmos Country Podcast, the North American Soccer League team will be wearing uniforms supplied by the Canadian sports apparel company Inaria. The Cosmos were previously outfitted by Nike in their first three years before switching to Baltimore-based Under Amour last season. UA also supplied the official league ball in 2016 and will again in 2017.

Some supporters held out hope that the Cosmos would stick with Under Armour after seeing them wearing UA tops during their preseason matches in the Dominican Republic last week. But it appears that things changed after the new Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso took control in January.

At an event in Coney Island (where the Cosmos will play their home games this year at MCU Park) on Monday night, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce presented Commisso and the Cosmos with a special Inaria jersey with “Brooklyn Cosmos” splashed across the chest (photo above). This as players posed wearing their Under Armour warmup jackets. It’s unclear if Inaria gear with the Cosmos branding will be available for sale to the public. An issue for fans in past seasons was the limited availability of Nike’s Cosmos gear. That improved last year as Under Armour increased the volume of Cosmos branded merchandising. Inaria is not as big as the two U.S.-based sporting goods giants.

With headquarters in Toronto, Inaria has added offices in the U.S. and China in recent years. The company supplied the uniforms for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Minnesota United in the past and will outfit FC Edmonton and the San Francisco Deltas this year, in addition to the Cosmos.


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