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Electricity kits going; something as divisive coming

Sounders FC will wear its “electricity” yellow kit for what is expected to the final time Tuesday, when the club concludes CONCACAF Champions League group play with a visit from Monterrey.

But for those who say “good riddance” to the eye-searingly bright uniforms comes a word of warning that the club already has settled on a new alternate kit for next season. And while they’re not ready to be unveiled, general manager Adrian Hanauer implied they could be every bit as controversial as the ones they’re replacing.

“What I can say is that just like the electricity, it will be divisive,” Hanauer said. “Some people will love it. Some people will hate it. It is not going to be gray. Other than that, people have to wait until it leaks.”

The Sounders haven’t decided when they will unveil the new uniforms.

However, they will become the fifth distinctly different jersey the club has worn since it first took the pitch in 2009. In addition to the basic rave green, they wore a blue second jersey in their first two seasons, switched to Cascade shale this season and added the yellow third kit in 2010. There also have been some lesser changes in stripes and accents along the way.

“We are set on being a green team – a rave green team,” Hanauer said. “That said, I tend to acquiesce to the branding police within our organization and the retail-operations group and Adidas and those that are better equipped to make the decisions on jersey transitions and how quickly we turn that over. From a personal standpoint, it’s always exciting to me to see the new designs; and Adidas seems to keep coming out with hits for us, so that’s fantastic. I’m sure there are some fans who would like to see more consistency; some like it that we change them often.”

Here's more from the club on the out-going yellow kits:

Tuesday night's match with Monterrey marks the last likely appearance of Sounders FC in their bright all- neon yellow third kit known as Electricity. For the past two seasons Electricity has been donned for Open Cup and international matches, and for MLS play on occasion. Some of the biggest moments in the club's history have occurred in the strip appropriately resembling a highlight marker.

Chronologically, among the more memorable matches were the 2010 third-round Open Cup shootout win at Portland; the draw at El Salvador's Metapan which secured advancement to Champions League group play; the triumph over Columbus for the 2010 Open Cup championship; this season's comeback victory at Portland and the successful culmination of the Open Cup three-peat by beating Chicago earlier this month. Sounders FC will unveil a new third kit for use beginning in the 2012 season.