We've been distracted by the current collective bargaining agreement negotiations between Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union, so forgive us for the tardiness when it comes to posting about the new gear.
Last night the Portland Timbers rolled out their new 2015-2016 home kits: white shorts, green socks, and a green jersey with white and "moss green" chevrons prominently displayed on the torso.
Reactions have remained mixed on the new kits, despite some significantly more flattering images coming out of the unveiling where it was modeled by Fanendo Adi (above), Diego Chara, Liam Ridgewell, and Rodney Wallace.
The Timbers will wear the kits on the field for the first time this Saturday as they take on Real Salt Lake in the season opener.
The Timbers' press release:
TIMBERS UNVEIL NEW PRIMARY JERSEY
Debut of new kit, team apparel highlight club’s season kickoff event Tuesday night
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers and adidas unveiled the club’s official new primary jersey for the 2015 MLS season as part of a special season kickoff event Tuesday night at the Exchange Ballroom in Northeast Portland.
Timbers players Fanendo Adi, Diego Chara, Liam Ridgewell and Rodney Wallace revealed the new primary jersey at the private event that featured other Timbers players, coaches and staff and also showcased new clothing and merchandise items for the upcoming season.
Portland’s new primary jersey is available for purchase online at shop.timbers.com. The jersey, in men’s, women’s and youth sizes, will be available starting Wednesday at the adidas Timbers Team Store at Providence Park; the team store opens at 11 a.m. (Pacific) Wednesday. Additional 2015 clothing and merchandise will also be available in the adidas Timbers Team Store.
Inspired by the club’s crest, which features three chevrons representing the Timbers’ membership in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the USL and the current MLS franchise throughout the club’s 40-year history, the focal point of the new primary jersey is a two-colored chevron pattern prominently displayed across the front of the shirt. Featuring adidas’ adizero technology as the lightest jersey made, the new primary kit features an embossed chevron pattern on the back of the jersey at the bottom hem.
The popular Timbers Army refrain, "Let it rain. Let it pour. Let the Portland Timbers score," is highlighted in the jersey’s neck tape with the Timbers word mark displayed on the back neck. The club’s secondary logo is featured on the left chest while a Timbers 5/40 nod, recognizing the team’s fifth year in MLS and 40th anniversary as a club since the team’s founding in 1975, is included on the jersey’s jock tag.
All 20 MLS clubs will debut at least one new jersey ahead of the start of the 2015 regular season this weekend. The Timbers kick off the regular season Saturday, March 7, as they play host to the Real Salt Lake at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).