After months of teases and semi-accurate leaks, the Portland Timbers officially unveiled their 2019 primary jerseys from Adidas. The new kit features horizontal stripes, or hoops in soccer lingo, in alternating shades of "Ponderosa Green" and "Green Night" with gold and white trim.
The dark green kit is the first to sport stripes in many a year—not since then-defender, now-general manager Gavin Wilkinson wore this bad boy during the 2002–2003 season. T2, the Timbers current minor league team, has had the option of wearing white and green stripes since 2016. [Update: as a couple Facebook commenters pointed out, the team did wear a secondary red and black striped jersey, which I own. The bold, green striped look is, indeed, new.]
On Twitter, the fan reception was overwhelmingly positive. But Portland Monthly style editor Eden Dawn, when pressed for her opinion, wavered.
"They're not bad by any means but I feel meh about the stripes," says Dawn. "What are they adding? A bit of texture, yes. Will you see that on a green field? Is it enough?"
She adds, "They do have that ubiquitous '90s rugby tee vibe we all wore, which is a good thing."
Whatever you think, we can all agree they're better than the Seattle Sounders' new dirty dish towel-textured jerseys they revealed on January 17 to much online mockery. (The corresponding Seattle Reign jerseys are totally fine, we maintain.)
According to the team release, the jersey will go on sale to the public on February 4 at 10 a.m. PT at shop.timbers.com and at the temporary team store (1967 West Burnside).