Yesterday we brought you a series of four uniform moves made my MLS teams during “Jersey Week” (San Jose, Houston, L.A. and DC). Today we move to Portland and Seattle.
Let’s get Cascadian, folks.
Portland is abiding by the Meatloaf corollary, that “two out of three ain’t bad.” I’m cool with both the red road kid and the throwback kit (full marks to Alaska Airlines for playing along by allowing an alteration of its logo). What I don’t like is the jagged design running along the sides of the home shirt, or what adidas is calling “two-sided Chevron design.” It totally messes around with a kit that look that is already messing with the eyes, within reason, by the stark green and white. All three jerseys are amplified by their “jocktags,” which include, in order of coolness, the Portland City flag, the Rose City alternate logo and “RCTID.”
No beef here, as all risks being taken are happening on the road and third kits. Love the simplicity of the primary shirt; When your club has as unique a color combo as the Sounders, there’s no need to slap your supporters’ retinae around. The vertical blue and green stripes on the navy shirt take what Los Angeles was doing with its diagonal stripe and make it work well (though I assume a lot of this aesthetic judgment comes from the lesser contrast that comes with not doing it on a white shirt). The “Pitch Black” third kit (right) is just perfect for a night match in Seattle. Dig it.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
JK: Alejandro Bedoya can’t make it due to illness. He’ll be replaced by Bobby Wood on the roster for tomorrow night. #USMNT#USAvMEX
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.