That’s the Sounders FC’s new third kit, revealed Tuesday at the Sounders FC Pro Shop at Pacific Place. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Fredy Montero and Steve Zakuani sported the new jerseys while owner/GM Adrian Hanauer talked about the benefits of the addition to the Seattle jersey realm.
“It’s another opportunity to make a statement about our brand,” Hanauer said. “We’ll use them, not exclusively, but largely in the friendlies and potentially in the Open Cup or Champions League.”
Hanauer didn’t limit the possibilities to non-league games though.
“I wouldn’t put it past Sigi to mix it into a league game if he thought there was the potential to get points by putting a different color jersey on,” he laughed. “I think everyone knows we’re a rave green team, but it’s nice to add another palette and a little bit of fun.”
With over 100 fans on hand for the unveil, the jerseys have already hit the streets. And while the reaction was somewhat mixed, the general response from those who saw them in person was positive.
“I like it. I’m all for trying something different. It’s a bold statement and it still has the rave green,” said Alliance Council member Greg Roth. “When we launched our rave green kit that was a pretty bold statement, too. It’s right in alignment with the philosophy of creating an international brand.”
Added fellow Council member Jason Evilive, “It’s not bad. I was expecting something else, so when I saw it I thought it wasn’t too bad. I actually think it’s kind of cool in person. I’m definitely excited to see it on the field.”
Steve Zakuani said that he liked the kit, but the results on the field will help shape his long-standing impression. “It’s like Brazil, he said. “So if we can play like them when we wear it, it’s perfect.”
The first chance to see them will likely come in the club’s friendlies, which are expected to be announced soon.
The performance design cues carry over with adidas FORMOTION and CLIMACOOL. FORMOTION technology allows the uniforms to move naturally with the athlete's body resulting in ideal comfort while in motion. CLIMACOOL technology combines moisture wicking fabric with strategically placed mesh material in the player's heat zones to keep the athlete at optimum temperature.
Fans can purchase the third kit at the Pacific Place and Qwest Field Pro Shop's or through the team's website.
For more information on Sounders FC merchandise visit http://proshop.soundersfc.com.