Seattle Sounders FC today unveiled, in conjunction with Major League Soccer and adidas, its newest Rave Green kit, which will serve as the club’s primary jersey for the 2020 and 2021 MLS seasons.
Officially dubbed “Forever Green,” the kit includes special elements recognizing Sounders FC’s commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the region, while including a league-wide celebration of MLS’ 25th season with retro ‘90s features. The jersey is will be available at World Soccer Shop, Lovell Soccer, Pro:Direct Soccer, UK Soccer Shop and Kitbag.
One of the most noticeable elements of Seattle Sounders 2020 Forever Green home jersey is its distinctive wave pattern across the front panel. The waves serve as both a nod to the club’s historic pre-MLS logos while also symbolizing the team’s dedication to sustainability, including respecting the waters of the Puget Sound.
In 2019, Sounders FC became the first professional sports team across the five major men’s professional sports leagues – MLS, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL – and the first professional soccer team in North America to become carbon neutral, putting into practice the team’s stated commitment to environmental causes.
The team’s crest features two stars this season: a permanent silver star commemorating the 2016 MLS Cup Championship, as well as a larger gold star located above the silver star in recognition of Sounders FC’s status as defending champions following the 2019 MLS Cup title.
The Sounders FC 2020/21 primary jersey’s jock tag and back neck transfer are also unique to Forever Green and symbolize the club’s love and respect for its homeland. The jock tag now features an outline of the state of Washington, paying homage to Seattle FC’s place in the Pacific Northwest.
The neck transfer displays the Cascadian flag, one of the primary symbols of the Cascadia bioregion. Designed by Alexander Baretich in 1995, this tricolor flag consists of horizontal stripes of blue, white and green, with a Douglas fir tree centered on top of the bars. The colors represent the blue of the sky, lakes, Pacific Ocean and Salish Sea; the white of clouds and snow; and the green of the region’s fields and evergreen forests.
The fir tree symbolizes endurance, defiance and resilience. In its entirety, the flag was designed to represent the interconnected nature of the bioregion and the various forces that are reflective of the special area. Sounders FC worked directly with Baretich for permission to include the flag on the Forever Green kit as part of the club’s desire to show its passion for the region and its dedication to preserving the unique ecosystems therein.
As MLS celebrates its 25th season in 2020, kits league-wide feature distinctive retro elements, including three bold stripes across the right shoulder and wider cuffs and collars. Additionally, all jerseys feature a new font in 2020.
The official MLS name and number jersey font for 2020 is a dynamic, energetic and bold graphic typeface that introduces a layering tri-line effect. The font was designed in collaboration with MLS by Rick Banks, lead designer and typographer of Face37, an award-winning graphic design studio based in Manchester, England.
The popular Seattle Sounders 2019/20 Nightfall away kit, introduced last season, remains Sounders FC’s secondary option in 2020. The unique black kit with striking pink accents was designed by the club and adidas using inspiration from the evening sky over CenturyLink Field during an iconic match in Sounders FC history, as Seattle faced rival Portland in front of 64,207 home fans on July 13, 2014.The pink sky highlighted an amazing game in which Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa led the team to victory with a goal apiece.
Photo Credits: Seattle Sounders FC