Seattle Sounders FC fans will watch their team do battle in jerseys that have a little extra fighting spirit designed into them on Sunday. In celebration of the release of “Gears of War 4” on XBox One and Microsoft Windows, the team will be wearing Pacific blue jerseys with the XBox and “Gears” logos.
Sounders players definitely got their game faces on for a photo shoot to show off the jerseys.
Defender Román Torres looks especially intimidating with his tattoo sleeves and menacing scowl as he and teammates posed with models dressed in battle armor from the video game.
Hopefully the Sounders will have plenty of fight left in them on Sunday. It’s a big match for the team as they wrap up regular season play against Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field. With a win, the Sounders will enter the MLS playoffs as a No. 4 seed. A draw or loss opens up a wide range of scenarios, according to the team’s website.
The “Gears” jerseys proved to do the trick when they made their debut in Los Angeles, where the Sounders beat the Galaxy 4-2 on Sept. 25.
“Continuing our collaboration with Xbox to close the regular season wearing ‘Gears’-themed jerseys adds a special flair to the game,” Sounders FC owner Adrian Hanauer said in a news release. “We certainly hope for a similar result as what came from the premier of the jerseys against the LA Galaxy a few weeks ago.”
The jersey initiative marks the second-consecutive season that the Sounders have altered their shirt mid-season after it became the first club in league history to do so last year with its “Halo 5: Guardians” jerseys.
Fans who want to sport the new look can enter a special sweepstakes via the Sounders website. There are also lots more behind-the-scenes team photos to check out.
Seattle is also saying farewell to Sounders player Zach Scott on Sunday. The longtime defender is retiring after 15 years. The team will pay special tribute to Scott before the match and the first 20,000 fans to arrive at CenturyLink will receive Zach Scott bobbleheads, courtesy of Xbox.