At a time when adidas seems dead set on boring to death MLS fans with uninspired kit designs, the Seattle Sounders newly unveiled jerseys at least buck the trend. The black and pink kits that were unveiled on Monday will be a unique look within MLS, utilizing a color combination that only a few teams around the world have ever used (albeit one that Inter Miami is already using on their crest).
The shirts themselves will also have a few elements of flair, with pink stripes on the side panel, “Cascades to Sea” on the neckline and an image of Mount Rainier behind the CenturyLink Field arch on the jock tag. The kits have been dubbed “Nightfall” by the marketing folks.
The Sounders will also be just one of five MLS teams not to have a white kit in their repertoire, as 11 teams unveiled new white kits this year alone. “Nightfall” will be their secondary kit, while their rave green kit will continue to be their primary. The “Heritage Whites” were retired at the end of last year.
This will be the second time the Sounders have gone with black as the primary color of one of their jerseys, following in the footsteps of the “Pitch Black” shirts the team used in 2014-15. They’ve also used shale — which is technically part of their primary palette — on two occasions, from 2011-12 and 2013-14.
The new jersey is consistent with the Sounders’ willingness to use bright colors in their kit designs, but pink represents a bit of a departure even for them. While previous jerseys have incorporated colors like “Electricity” and “Super Cyan,” those were at least in the same color families as their core colors. Plenty of teams around the world have made similar decisions, but it’s a practice that is far less common in MLS, especially with the elimination of third kits.
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