SEATTLE, WA—(club release) Seattle Sounders FC today unveiled its new secondary kit for the 2017 Major League Soccer season, releasing the new design in conjunction with MLS and adidas. The white kit, named “Heritage,” replaces the previous Olympic White secondary option and joins the season lineup with 2016’s Rave Green and Pacific Blue options, which will remain the team’s primary and third kits, respectively.
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The Heritage kit celebrates the new heights achieved by Sounders FC in 2016 while hearkening back to the club’s origins and proud soccer history. The jersey is designed with a lifestyle look in mind, done in clean white with a polo collar and bright cyan details. A throwback crest from the NASL Seattle Sounders graces the back neck, and the jock tag reads “Born in 74,” referencing the year the Sounders first took the pitch in Seattle. The back of the jersey also features adidas’ engineered Adizero back panel to aid in player comfort and temperature regulation.
In one of the hallowed traditions of the soccer world following major title achievements, above the Sounders FC crest Heritage jerseys are emblazoned with the iconic gold star, inset with “16,” honoring the the team’s 2016 MLS Cup Championship. In news released earlier today, the club announced that in an agreement with the league, a new retail policy for championship stars has been adopted, which allows for the stars to be included in the future production of all 2017 jerseys. Additionally, the embellishment of existing 2016-1017 Rave Green or Pacific Blue replica jerseys is now permitted. Effective immediately, this new policy is a result of collaboration between MLS, Sounders FC and the Alliance Council, which played a large role in advocating for the change.
The latest installment of the Rave Green strip continues as the team’s primary kit in 2017, featuring the custom-designed interlocking “S” fabric, “Sky of Blue, Sea of Green” neck tape and the Seattle city crest as the jock tag. The Pacific Blue kit, also introduced in 2016, remains as the club’s third option. Inspired by the Puget Sound, the kit is shades of blue and the back neck insert reads “Sounders FC” while the Seattle city crest can again be found as the jock tag.
For the ninth-consecutive season, Xbox returns as the club’s jersey sponsor, with the iconic letters of the Microsoft-owned gaming and entertainment system emblazoned across the chest of each kit. Xbox has been the lone jersey partner for Sounders FC since the club joined MLS, originally agreeing to a multi-year partnership on May 28, 2008.
Sounders FC faces Columbus Crew SC on Saturday in the Rave Green’s final match of 2017 preseason presented by adidas, with kickoff slated for 1:30 p.m. PT at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina as part of the Carolina Challenge Cup. The match is being live-streamed on SoundersFC.com. The Rave Green begin their MLS campaign on Saturday, March 4 on the road against the Houston Dynamo.
2017 Season Ticket Memberships, including new seat options in the upper bowl, are still available by calling 877-MLS-GOAL or emailing Sales@SoundersFC.com. Single-match tickets recently went on sale and can be purchased via the following link: SoundersFC.com/Tickets/Single-Match-Tickets. Seating for all games is subject to availability at time of purchase. Complete information on all Sounders FC ticket packages can be found at SoundersFC.com/Tickets.