Notice anything pink about Major League Soccer over the weekend?
It was almost impossible not to.
MLS, like the National Football League and other American professional sports leagues, is participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. To mark the occasion, a number of MLS players designed special cleats with Adidas.
The color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is pink, and for that reason, so were the special cleats.
Several players participated in the effort, including Fredy Montero of the Seattle Sounders, Teal Bunbury of Sporting Kansas City, Chris Pontius of DC United, Darlington Nagbe of the Portland Timbers and Kenny Cooper of the New York Red Bulls.
Wearing his new shoes, Montero scored in Seattle's 3-0 victory over Portland on Sunday.
All of those players designed the shoes themselves (you can do the same thing at miadidas.com), and the results were on display around the country this past weekend.
For Bunbury, designing the cleats had personal meaning.
"I wanted to make something fun and exciting and that definitely looked good," Bunbury said in a press release. Mainly though I wanted to show my continued support of Breast Cancer Awareness having that a family member was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Having the ability to design my own cleat gave me the freedom to express my passion for the game."
Cooper expressed similar sentiments.
"My inspiration for why I designed my boots with pink stripes and laces are all those who have had breast cancer," he said. "I know when I look down on my boots and see the pink that represents Breast Cancer Awareness that I will be inspired by their hope and strength."
The MLS regular season ends this month. After three rounds of playoffs, the MLS Cup will be held Dec. 1 at a location to be determined.