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MLS Cup champions to receive silver sleeve patch

Gold star now reserved for five-time Cup winners.

The 2021 kit for the team that wins Saturday’s MLS Cup final is going to look a little different than in years past, after MLS announced updates to the honorifics received by Cup-winning clubs.

Most prominently, the league is returning to a type of scudetto. The Cup-winning team will now wear a commemorative silver MLS crest with the MLS Cup logo on the sleeve of their kits during the following season. The last time MLS used a scudetto was from 2006-2011. The silver MLS crest will be available on the winning team’s 2020 kits at the MLS store soon after the final whistle on Saturday, and if you’ve already purchased a 2020 kit you will be able to have a silver patch added locally, with details to come from the winning team after the match.

In conjunction, the oversized gold champion’s star that replaced the scudetto has been retired. The winning team will now get a silver star over their crest, the same size and design as any silver stars from prior wins. Only teams that have won five MLS Cups — at the moment just the LA Galaxy — will receive a golden star to replace five silver stars.

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