The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy will wear adidas Parley jerseys on Sunday in their match at StubHub Center (1 p.m. PT; ESPN, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360AM), and the Sounders players are excited about the opportunity to promote awareness of the harmful impact of marine plastic pollution.
“I like the initiative,” said Sounders midfielder/defender Gustav Svensson. “I like everything that has to do with the environment and saving the environment…It’s a very good jersey and I hope that we can perform really [well] in it.”
The Sounders and Galaxy are two of four Major League Soccer teams participating in the cause, joining New York City FC and Orlando City SC. The jerseys feature alternative colorway details and special neck-tape reading “For the Oceans” to commemorate the unique repurposing process that helped create the jerseys from marine plastic debris.
“I’m pretty excited about [the jerseys],” said midfielder Cristian Roldan. “I think it’s a cool idea, unique for sure. It’s not our colors, but I think it’ll be a fun and cool thing to wear.”
The Parley initiative is part of MLS WORKS’ Greener Goals campaign, and in the buildup to Earth Day, clubs around the league are partaking in a Week of Service. You can learn more here.