The Sounders are one of my favorite MLS franchises around for many reasons. They’ve got players I love, such as Freddy Montero, Kasey Keller, and Alvaro Fernandez. The squad has the best fans cheering for them at Qwest Field and are two time US Open Cup Champions. The best part? They’ve got most unique color scheme of any team in the league, in a great way. The ball represents the culmination of all these factors and the new Seattle Sounders Ball really hits the sweet spot for an affordable team replica ball.
The ball’s color scheme borrows heavily from the Away and Home kits the Sounders sports and combines the best of both worlds from each. The ball is primarily dark shale (essentially a navy blue/dark gray mix), which is the primary color on the away kit. To accent the ball, greens and blues from the home kit are utilized akin to the general design of the 2010 World Cup Ball, the Jabulani (at least in design, not color-way). Luckily, the performance of this ball is a bit different and more predictable then its infamous brother. We’ll get to that later. Anyways, the ball sports official Adidas, MLS, and Seattle Sounders Logos and look clean and professional against the dark shale coloring. A highly modern looking product, the Sounders ball fits right in with the personality of the team.
The ball features a butyl bladder which provides excellent air retention. Plus it’s machine-stitched, has a TPU casing, and features a Nylon Wound carcass. The result is a ball that gives your passes and shots predictable flight patterns, high durability, and a clean soft touch no matter the condition presented to you. The ball has held up well through testing and has yet to show any noticeable marks or knocks, in part due to the color scheme but also in part due to the high quality materials Adidas outfitted the MLS ball with.
The Sounders are a modern club and for that, they have a modern, high performing ball at an affordable price. A real win if you are remotely a fan of the club.
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