Seattle Sounders FC today announced that the club is scheduled to wear specially designed adidas Parley kits on Sunday, April 21 as the team plays away at Los Angeles FC in a nationally televised match on FS1.
The unique collaboration between adidas, Major League Soccer and environmental network Parley for the Oceans began in 2017, when Sounders FC was one of four MLS teams selected to participate in the program, which was designed to raise awareness around the harmful impact of marine plastic pollution. Following a successful launch, the initiative was expanded in 2018 to include all MLS clubs, in conjunction with MLS WORKS Greener Goals and the league-wide effort to highlight MLS’ commitment to environmental sustainability.
The 2019 edition of the jerseys comes in two colorways – Blue Spirit and Legend Ink – to represent the depth of the oceans, and all MLS clubs have been assigned one of these two kits, which are being worn over Earth Day weekend. Seattle is donning the Blue Spirit kit in its match against LAFC on April 21, while LAFC is wearing the darker Legend Ink kits.
The kits are created from technical yarns containing Parley Ocean Plastic – upcycled marine plastic that has been reworked into fibers that are repurposed for apparel. Along with the unique fabric, the jerseys feature special neck-tape reading “For the Oceans,” to commemorate the unique repurposing process that helped create the jerseys from marine plastic debris and each club’s name is featured on the back-neck.
Sustainability is one of the club’s key community pillars and Sounders FC has long been dedicated to environmental causes. Earlier this season, the Rave Green announced their commitment to going carbon neutral in 2019 and beyond, becoming the first professional sports team among MLS, NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL organizations, as well as the first professional soccer team in North America, to do so. The club also regularly partners with Washington Green Schools, recognizing the importance of teaching sustainable practices and environmental stewardship during childhood, and last year created a collaborative “Rave Green Certification” program across Washington State to honor schools that have demonstrated outstanding leadership through taking actions that make their communities greener and healthier.
Before traveling to Los Angeles next weekend, Seattle hosts Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field this Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. PT kickoff (JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). The club is unbeaten in its first five matches of the 2019 season, the best start in franchise history.