SBD/March 4, 2014/Franchises

Dynamo, Timbers, Sounders, Galaxy Unveil New Jerseys In Lead-Up To '14 MLS Season

Several MLS teams this week are unveiling new kits for the '14 season, which begins Saturday, and the Dynamo last night made public their "secondary uniform, which is predominantly white," according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The V-neck jersey features the team crest "on the left breast, light blue and orange on the neckline, the U.S. flag on the left sleeve and the Texas flag on the left side at the bottom of the jersey." Dynamo President of Business Operations Chris Canetti said, "We're on a cycle where the orange jersey is going to change every two years. Next season, we'll have a new orange. The secondary will now alternate every two years. Every year, fans will have an opportunity to see a new uniform unveiled. ... In the future, we may look to get more daring and creative, but at this time we chose to stay with white as our primary color of our secondary versus any other unique color. I think the soccer purists and traditionalists are really going to like it." Ortiz notes the socks are "white with eight stripes clustered closely from the top of the ankle up to a few inches below the knee" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/4).

A ROSE IS A ROSE: In Portland, Jamie Goldberg reports the Timbers "unveiled their new secondary and third jerseys to fans" at a public event last night. The secondary jersey "has red sleeves and features a gradient effect, fading from black at the top of the jersey to red at the bottom." It also features a "metallic black and red Timbers crest on the left chest." The kit includes "matching red shorts" and also "features red socks that read, 'Rose City.'"  The Timbers' third jersey is a dark green color "with gold lettering and matching green shorts." The jersey "features the slogan, 'No Pity in the Rose City,' in the neck tape." The kit also includes "green socks with gold stripes." The Timbers for the event "set up a runway in the center of the venue and held a fashion show where each player strutted down the platform." A few Timbers players and season-ticket holders also "walked the runway with brand new 2014 merchandise." Timbers D Michael Harrington "modeled a Timbers cap and blue Timbers t-shirt" (Portland OREGONIAN, 3/4).

PITCH PERFECT: In Seattle, Joshua Mayers noted the Sounders' third jersey is called "Pitch Black" and includes "radiant green trim, shorts and socks." The Pitch Black jerseys will "include the 40th Anniversary logo," commemorating the history of professional soccer in Seattle, and an "iconic band on the back of the jersey, above the players name and number, which represents motion in a salute to the World Cup and Brazilian influence." The club's primary "Rave Green jersey and secondary Cascade Shale jersey will remain the same this season" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 3/3).

KEEPING THINGS SIMILAR: SOCCER BY IVES' Dan Karell reported the Galaxy's new uniform "looks nearly identical to last season’s home uniform, a white shirt with a blue sash diagonally across the uniform." One difference is that the sash is "made of 11 separate lines, which the Galaxy say signify the starting eleven and the eleven facets of their club" (SOCCERBYIVES.com, 3/3).
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