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Match Fitness: Kit competition, pt. 2

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The voting continues with a collection of Sounders home kits.

Photos: Sounders vs. Earthquakes

With one batch of voting out of the way, today’s voting will look at a selection of Seattle Sounders home kits. There have been plenty of iterations and applications of the team’s Rave Green, some more creative or inventive than others. The team has achieved some degree of success in each home jersey they’ve ever worn, but it’s time to put that aside and measure them on their aesthetic value.


2009-10 Sounders Home

SEATTLE - MAY 22:  Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against the San Jose Earthquakes on May 22, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Earthquakes defeated the Sounders 1-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - MAY 22: Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against the San Jose Earthquakes on May 22, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Earthquakes defeated the Sounders 1-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Whether it’s the best jersey the team’s ever worn is certainly debatable, but the first home strip of the Seattle Sounders’ MLS era is probably their most iconic. The introduction of the club’s signature Rave Green look certainly made them stand out among the rest of the teams in MLS, even if it’s a color that can at times blend in on the turf fields they so often play on. Some of the shapes and accents on this jersey are extremely of the era - the swoops and cut-outs, especially in the bright green of the Sounders jerseys, could only have been dreamed of in the aughts — but the Adidas three stripes down the arms feel classic, and the height of the collar is actually a cool detail. The green top-blue shorts combo is incredibly strong, and works so well that the team has really never gone away from it.

2011-12 Sounders Home

SEATTLE - MAY 14:  Alvaro Fernandez #15 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against Diego Chara #21 and Darlington Nagbe #6 of the Portland Timbers at Qwest Field on May 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - MAY 14: Alvaro Fernandez #15 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against Diego Chara #21 and Darlington Nagbe #6 of the Portland Timbers at Qwest Field on May 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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I’m going to be straight-forward with you all: this jersey is good. The noise about the “bra straps” is garbage, in the same vein of toxic masculinity as people complaining about players wearing tracking gear that looks like a sports bra. I’m not here for it, and if you’re reading a fashion-related column and bringing that kind of energy, please never read anything I write again. The difference between the silver bands on these jerseys and the way the contrast color wrapped up the chest on the 2009-10 jerseys is marginal, and I’d be happy to see the team integrate silver into more of their jerseys. The collar on these was kind of weird, but it kind of works.

2013-14 Sounders Home

Best of 2013: Sounders FC by JaneG.Photography

The 2013-14 Sounders home kit was probably the most creative and individual jersey the team’s ever worn, bearing a sort of wire-frame depiction of the Space Needle on the right side of the top. The Space Needle was rendered in green-on-green, with the lines of the image being a slightly lighter color, meaning that the greatest contrast came from the texture of the fabric rather than the color. To balance the intricacy of the image the rest of the jersey was kept pretty simple. The move towards a striped crewneck is a great touch.

2015 Sounders Home

Sounders 2015: A Season in Photos

The only jersey the team’s ever worn for just one season, the pinstriped Rave Green kit the Sounders wore in 2015 is actually a low-key gem. I’m not totally sure why this kit only lasted a season between the wire-frame Space Needle kit and the blue-sleeved jersey the team wore as they hoisted the 2016 MLS Cup, but the combination of pinstripes and the solid blue stripes that seem to bracket the top burned bright, if only for a little while. Maybe the pinstripes just didn’t feel right for the team, but they continued to wear the cursed Olympic Whites, which also featured pinstripes, lasted for another season. Rest in power, my sweet, stripey boys.

2016-17 Sounders Home

Mike Russell Foto

Simple and strong, even if this kit weren’t actually good it would surely be fondly remembered as it’s deeply ingrained in many fans’ minds as the kit the team wore as they won their first MLS Cup Final in 2016. I’m a big fan of making the blue a more significant part of the Sounders’ look, and the contrast color sleeves gives this jersey a cool baseball tee vibe. Again, it’s impossible to disconnect this jersey from the memories of seeing the team play and win in it, just as it’s impossible to do the same with the jerseys from the inaugural season. It’s great, but is it the greatest?

Poll

Which kit is best?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    2009-10 Sounders Home
    (50 votes)
  • 1%
    2011-12 Sounders Home
    (5 votes)
  • 52%
    2013-14 Sounders Home
    (223 votes)
  • 6%
    2015 Sounders Home
    (26 votes)
  • 27%
    2016-17 Sounders Home
    (117 votes)
421 votes total Vote Now