Timbers And Adidas Hit Homer With New UniformsDecember 11, 2010 at 6:29 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps In MLS, Whitecaps New Uniform and Logo | 5 Comments
The Portland Timbers unveiled their new Adidas uniforms today, and I must say, I think they look fantastic, perhaps the best uniforms in the league. Unfortunately, the Timbers kit is the exception to the rule: Adidas has generally produced unforgivably boring and unimaginative kits previously for Major League Soccer.
Many of the Adidas uniforms in MLS are very boring indeed, including the new uniform of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Adidas has a monopoly on providing uniforms to MLS teams through their sponsorship of the MLS, and the uniforms they have created generally demonstrate the poor results consumers get when they can only buy from one source. Why create innovative and interesting designs when there is no competition and when the consumer is forced to buy directly from you and no other source?
In the design of the Whitecaps new uniform, Adidas has produced a dull and unimaginative design. It is almost as though they were actually seeking to create a bland image for the team. I must say, however, that Portland has managed to escape the generally poor Adidas MLS designs and gotten lucky: their new kit looks very smart indeed. Why they get such luck and not us is beyond me. I am very jealous…
While the sponsorship with Adidas benefits the MLS, my own view is that other soccer kit manufacturers should be brought in to force Adidas to get off their ass and produce more interesting kits like they have for the Timbers. Then we could get rid of our own bland product and hopefully get a Vancouver Whitecaps uniform which inspires us. Adidas has failed us Whitecaps fans miserably in my view, so Don Garber, please let Nike or Umbro have a go!!!
The Timber’s new uniforms can be see here: http://www.portlandmls2011.com/