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Match Fitness: Kit competition

Determining the best kit in the Puget Sound

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The suspension of sports continues, and while we’ve all found means of soothing and distraction, it’s always nice to have another option. In that spirit, this week we’re turning to the jerseys of our beloved sports teams. The two top-tier professional soccer teams in the Puget Sound, the Seattle Sounders and OL Reign, have worn some great jerseys, and now’s the time to decide which one is the greatest. Over the course of this week we’ll be looking at 25 total jerseys, five each day, from the Sounders and the Reign, and voting on the best in each group. On Friday we’ll take the five winners and determine the definitive best jersey.

There are a few conspicuous absences from the group of 25 jerseys here. The 16 Sounders jerseys and 9 Reign jerseys leave out the home and away looks from the Seattle Reign inaugural season, mainly because they’re pretty plain and clearly the result of a league and teams being put together quickly. We’re also not including the Olympic Whites that the Sounders had as their away kit in 2015 and 2016 because we don’t get down with curses in this household. Included a cursed kit is really just asking for trouble with this whole venture, and I’m not here for it. Besides, they’d just lose anyway.

Let’s take a look at some of our options!

2009-10 Sounders Blue Away

Seattle Sounders FC v Houston Dynamo Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Sounders change-color look from their first two MLS seasons utilized a gorgeous, cool blue color that stood out from the royal and navy blues that most sports teams utilize. The combination of this blue and the early iteration of their Rave Green worked well together, and provided an example of the stylish secondary and alternate looks that the team would often utilize.

2011-12 Sounders Shale Away

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 18:  Joao Plata #7 of Toronto FC shoots past James Riley #7 of Seattle Sounders FC during MLS action at BMO Field June 18, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 18: Joao Plata #7 of Toronto FC shoots past James Riley #7 of Seattle Sounders FC during MLS action at BMO Field June 18, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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In need of a darker option than the bright green of their home jerseys, in 2011 the Sounders debuted the first of two dark grey jerseys that they’d end up wearing. The color was called shale, and while the jerseys were generally pretty solid - the shale and green color combo was a sharp one - the 2011 and 2012 version suffered from the inclusion of the bands around the chest that were often described by fans as “bra straps,” which distracted from the rest of the design, and were ultimately overshadowed by the far superior 2013-14 shale jerseys.

2014-15 Reign Blue and Black Home

The Seattle Reign’s first real jerseys came in 2014, and their home jerseys from that batch remain some of the best the team has ever worn. Royal blue and black, the colors reflected the colors of their crest, and the vertical color-blocking provided a rather unique look.

2014 Reign Black and White Away

Seattle Reign unveil new kits from atop Space Needle

Alongside the black-and-blue home jerseys, the Reign also sported these black-and-white numbers when they needed a change during 2014. The away kits certainly weren’t bad by any stretch, but while the home colorway now seems almost iconic, the away could be confused for a Fulham jersey if you weren’t looking closely enough. Still, these were a marked improvement over either of the looks from the team’s inaugural season.

2019-20 Reign White Away

Reign FC social media

Not all white kits are good. Some times they come out looking overly plain, little more than a branded t-shirt, while others hit the details right that elevate a white kit to something wonderful. The black and white color scheme utilizes enough black to make it stand out, with the all-black crest, Nike logo and Zulily sponsor logo really making the look work. The patterned stripe, comprised of a series of diamonds broken only by the Zulily logo, is the piece that makes this look special.


Which kit is best?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    2009-10 Sounders Away
    (91 votes)
  • 12%
    2011-12 Sounders Away
    (48 votes)
  • 28%
    2014-15 Reign Home
    (110 votes)
  • 1%
    2014 Reign Away
    (5 votes)
  • 34%
    2019-20 Reign Away
    (133 votes)
387 votes total Vote Now

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