The Complete History of Portland Timbers Jerseys (1975-2024)

1975
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The North American Soccer League (NASL) expansion Portland Timbers wore white at home and green on the road in their inaugural season.
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Provided by Oregon Athletic Supply, a local sporting goods store, the first home jerseys were plain, V-neck shirts made of polyester. They featured the adidas Trefoil logo on the right breast, along with three green stripes on each sleeve, matching the name and number appliqués on front and back.
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Partway through the season, the team received green away jerseys from Jelenk, a branch of Jantzen sporting goods company. The shirts had four stripes on the sleeves, and gold twill names and numbers. Some were affixed with the team badge on front, while others were not.
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An updated home jersey by Jelenk was also introduced at this time. The new home shirts sported the crest, and were further characterized by wide-hole mesh, crewneck collars, and sleeves with no stripes. The team wore these jerseys in Soccer Bowl ‘75.
1976
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“American Revolution Bicentennial” patches appeared on the left sleeve of jerseys across the league in 1976.
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White shirts from the previous season were probably reused, with a team badge covering the adidas logo on front.
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Collared variants of both the home and away jersey appeared on Admiral and Jelenk shirts. The green Admiral jersey sported a white and yellow stripe along the sleeves, while the white Jelenk version was marked by four stripes on the collar and a plastic team badge affixed with glue. White, instead of gold, twill names and numbers were sewn on green shirts from this season.
1977
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In 1977, the Timbers swapped their home and away colors, wearing green at home for the first time, and sporting wide-hole mesh shirts with big collars.
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It was also the first time that player numbers appeared on the sleeve.
1978
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The 1978 Portland Timbers reused their green home jerseys with gold collars from the previous year, but changed the color of the crest from white to gold.
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They also wore a crewneck shirt at home without name sets. Goalkeepers donned yellow jerseys with green collars.
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There was an update to the material used for white jerseys in 1978, now supplied by adidas, that were otherwise the same style as the season before.
1979
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The first-ever soccer kit produced by Nike debuted on the local side in 1979. The Nike jerseys were collared and featured appliquéd Nike branding on the right sleeve, with player numbers on the left. The team badge and player numbers switched places on the front in this season.

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White shirts used by Nike were manufactured by Barbalan.

1980

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The Timbers returned to wearing white at home in 1980, and adidas replaced Nike as kit supplier. These jerseys had three stripes on the sides and sleeves, and featured a new, stylized player name font.
1981
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1981 marked the first appearance of a team word mark on Timbers jerseys—a  large script “Timbers” appliqué sewn across the front.
The player numbers changed sides again, falling below the tail of the word mark.
1982
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Nike took back production of uniforms for the Timbers during their final season in the NASL. A straight script word mark replaced the former, and the player number on front moved to the center.
2001
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The Portland Timbers returned to action in 2001 as an expansion team in the United Soccer League (USL), wearing dark green (home) and white (away) Umbro kits with zippered collars and logo taping on the sleeves. The 100% polyester fabric featured fine vertical ribbing throughout. A brand new team crest design was embroidered on the left breast, and the Umbro logo on the right. OregonLive.com replaced the big “Timbers” hit on front as the club’s first-ever jersey sponsor.
2002
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Umbro rolled out a V-neck template in 2002. The new fabric had vertical stripes and repeating Umbro logos woven into it. The embroidered Umbro mark was moved from the right breast to the center.
2003
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The 2003 season was sartorially defined by the team’s first “hoops” jersey with green and white horizontal stripes.
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But a dark purple shirt appeared too!
2004
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Nike resumed production of Portland Timbers uniforms in 2004, and held the license until the Major League Soccer (MLS) era, retaining OregonLive.com as the sponsor in its first season. The iconic Total 90 template became the chassis for shirts.
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The jersey retained the same placement of team badge, sponsor mark, player number, and maker’s logo as the earlier Umbro shirts.
2005
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The Portland Timbers retired their USL-era crest after the 2004 season in favor of the club’s earlier, NASL-era badge. Toyota replaced OregonLive.com as jersey sponsor in 2005.
2006
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In 2006, the Nike swoosh moved to the center of Timbers jerseys on a new shirt template.
2007
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The Timbers introduced a new alternate kit in 2007. It was yellow.
2008
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Cricket Wireless’ logo was added to the lower back of jerseys in 2008 as the club’s new corporate sponsor. A new shirt template was used, with the Nike swoosh reverting to the right breast in order to accommodate the V-neck collar.
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An “Oregon Pinot” third kit replaced the yellow alternate in 2008.
2009
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The Toyota logo was moved to the right sleeve and its word mark enlarged on Timbers jerseys from 2009. Player numbers no longer appeared on the front of jerseys.
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The 2009/10 third kit was black.
2010
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2010 was the Portland Timbers’ final season in USL.
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The jersey sponsor changed from Toyota to SolarWorld. Otherwise, kits remained the same as in 2009.
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The Timbers donned their third shirts with SolarWorld branding on July 17th, 2009 in a match against Manchester City
2011
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MLS-license-holder adidas assumed production of Portland Timbers kits upon the club’s entry to the league in 2011. Primary and secondary jerseys were based on nearly-identical templates, with the Timbers wearing green at home and red on the road. Alaska Airlines debuted as the jersey sponsor, and a newly-designed team crest found placement on the left breast. The MLS logo patch featured on the right sleeve, and the US flag patch on the left. It was the first time Timbers jerseys were manufactured in multiple tiers—replica and authentic—but this article will focus on the authentic-grade shirts used on the pitch, which employed different materials and more design details than replica versions.
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The Portland Timbers’ 2011/12 home shirt was a two-tone color split jersey with contrasting white sleeves and chevrons down the middle. It was accented by three white stripes on the sleeves and “Volt Green” trim. A rising sun jock tag was added to the front, along with rising sun embossing on the lower back. The club’s axe logo marked the back neck.
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A “Rose City” logo badge was applied to the right breast of away jerseys. In place of chevrons, a thorn pattern divided the front. The same thorn pattern decorated the inside collar. “Rose City” was printed on the back neck.
2012
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The Timbers first alternate jersey in the MLS era came in 2012 by way of an NASL-inspired shirt. Designed and manufactured in Portland, the white shirts with green collars were made of 100% recycled cotton, featured the team’s secondary crest for the first time, and employed the sans serif font used by Alaska Airlines in 1979, when the airline began jet service to Portland.
2013
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As in 2011, the Timbers’ new kits relied on the same design scheme for primary and secondary jerseys. Both featured contrasting white sleeves and diagonal panels on the sides, bordered by a line of chevrons. A rising sun graphic embellished the back neck on home jerseys. "Stand Together” was imprinted in the collar, and the jock tag was the Portland flag in the shape of Oregon state.
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The “Rose City FC” away jersey was embossed with a rose surrounding the team badge, and included a matching jock tag. “We are the Rose City” appeared at the back neck, with the phrase “You Cannot Stop Us” lining the collar.
2014
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The Timbers introduced a new third jersey in 2014 that was widely considered their finest shirt. Based on the 2012 alternate template, the 2014 version flipped white for dark green, with a gold collar and trim details throughout.
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The Timbers Army chant, “When I Go Make Sure I’m Wearing Green And Gold,” appeared inside the collar, and the acronym “RCTID” (Rose City Till I Die) on the jock tag. A crossed axe logo marked the back neck. The secondary logo replaced the primary as the crest.
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Also in 2014, the Timbers replaced their secondary kits after only one season. The “Rose City” away jersey featured a black-to-red gradient fade down the front and back panel, accentuated by sublimated rows of thorns. The team badge received an upgrade to metallic black and red, and the prior rose jock tag was repeated. The phrase “Stand Together” was printed on the back neck, and the Timbers Army chant, “No Pity in the Rose City,” lined the collar. After 2014, the club would alternate between home and away kit releases each season
2015
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In 2015, the flag patch on MLS jersey sleeves was replaced by team-colored league patches. The Timbers’ new primary jersey featured a large white-and-lime-green chevron prominently across the chest. Inspired by lines in the club’s badge, the chevron was marketed to reflect participation in three different leagues. A “5/40” jock tag commemorated the Timbers’ 40th anniversary and fifth season in MLS. The Timbers adopted their secondary logo as the crest on all kits going forward.
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The Timbers would hoist the MLS Cup in this jersey at Mapfre Stadium.
2016
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At long last, the Portland Timbers added a championship star to their jerseys in 2016. As defending champions, the star was gold.
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The road strips for 2016/17 employed a tonal red hoops pattern on black V-neck shirts. “No Pity” appeared at the back neck, along with USA flag and crossed axe jock tags on the front.
2017
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The MLS Timbers’ fourth primary jersey debuted in 2017 with simple gold accents and a button-collar. A new material branded “Ponderosa Engineered Flannel” was employed by adidas. The Timbers Army chant, “There’s a party in Portland - No one’s sleeping tonight,” appeared inside the collar. Crossed axes marked the back neck, with the flag of Portland for a jock tag. The championship star changed to silver, as the Timbers were no longer defending the title.
2018
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The Timbers’ secondary jersey for 2018/19 was a simple white shirt with “Ponderosa Green” and “Ravens Gold” trim. A Timbers Army chant, “We’ll sing for you Timbers—‘til you finish the fight,” lined the collar, with “Timbers” printed at the back neck. Three green stripes ran along the sides. The MLS sleeve patches were white.
2019
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“Ponderosa Green” and “Green Night” hoops defined the primary jersey for 2019/20, with gold and white trim accenting the collar and cuff. The Timbers Army chant, “We’ll Sing For You Timbers—‘Til You Finish The Fight,” featured inside the collar, with crossed axes marking the back neck.
2020
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In 2020, the Portland Timbers celebrated their tenth season in MLS. A jock tag commemorated the occasion on the club’s new “EQT” jersey. The 1990s-inspired, oversized V-neck shirts were further characterized by three large gold stripes on the right shoulder. “Forever Green & Gold” was printed inside the collar, and the MLS sleeve patch was white.
2021
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TikTok was introduced as the Timbers’ official jersey sleeve partner in 2021. The new primary jersey referenced the club’s inaugural MLS design, characterized by a two-tone color split with chevrons down the middle. Unlike the 2011/12 version, this jersey had a button collar, and gold accents instead of white. “King of Clubs” imagery—a nod to Timbers Army tifo from 2011—was printed inside the collar, and a “Soccer City USA” jock tag featured on the front. The Timbers wore this jersey for the 2021 MLS Cup Final at Providence Park.
2022
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Marking a departure from the club’s traditional color palette, the Timbers rolled out a pink “Rose Heritage” away strip in 2022. The “Vapour Pink” shirt was defined by an all-over rose pattern on the front and sleeves, with “Victory Crimson” accents across the collar, shoulder, and cuff. The phrase “Rose City ‘Til I Die” appeared inside the collar, with the Latin translation gracing the jock tag alongside King of Clubs imagery.
2023
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The Timbers’ first-ever plaid jersey debuted at the season opener in 2023, incorporating “Ponderosa Green,” "Shadow Green,” and gold. The words “For the Rose City” appeared with a stack of victory log slices on the jock tag, along with the image of a two-person crosscut saw inside the collar.
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In 2023, MLS and Apple TV began a ten-year broadcasting deal that included logo placement on every team’s left sleeve. The size of the league patch was reduced to make it fit.
2024
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The Timbers unveiled their “Nature Unites” away kit in 2024. Wrapped in a hand-drawn leaf pattern, the ivory shirt featured “Shadow Green” trim on the sides and around the cuff and collar. Highlighting community partner The Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit’s logo appeared on the back neck, along with the message “Nature Unites Us” inside the collar. Never before had the team badge or adidas logo received center placement on a Portland Timbers jersey.
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On February 24th, 2024, local home improvement contractor DaBella debuted as the Portland Timbers’ new jersey sponsor, replacing Alaska Airlines on the home shirt. It was the first time in the MLS era that Alaska Airlines didn’t sponsor the Timbers’ in-game jersey, and the last time that DaBella ever would.
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Four days later, the Timbers terminated their corporate sponsorship with DaBella, citing allegations of misconduct made public in a court filing on February 23rd, which accused DaBella CEO Donnie McMillan, Jr. of sexual harassment. He was also alleged to have engaged in a romantic relationship with DaBella employee, Yvette Lares Garcia, who was sentenced to ten years in prison for shooting a cop in Clackamas County. The Timbers played their next ten matches without a front jersey sponsor.
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On May 12th, Oregon-based dairy cooperative Tillamook was announced as the Timbers’ new, multiyear jersey sponsor.
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