Team USA Jerseys By Phil Knight & Nike

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Straight from, the new USMNT jerseys. Not all that bad….

Very choreographed

“Hey Landon, you need to fill-up that sash with some merit badges, Mr. Boy Scout.”

Should we dub the jersey “The Semi-Finaler” or “The Redemption Jersey?”

Thanks to TSG commenter Joe for passing along….

42 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by CJ on 2010/02/19 at 2:18 PM

    What is this a beauty pageant? It’s the national team not the boys u15… Keep it simple and classic not new and edgy.


    • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/02/19 at 2:26 PM

      Sashes are extremely traditional. This design is neither new nor edgy. I quite like it.

      Here’s an old USA jersey.

      Doesn’t get much more traditional than that for us.

      If they’re selling this at the match next week, I guess I’ll have to buy one. (because I’m pathetic like that.)


      • That’s not pathetic, to soccer fans anyway. Though, my wife thinks differently and gives me crap about the “outfits”. I’ll have to let the new white one grow on me a little and pick it up when they eventually go on sale, then I’ll have the ’95, ’02, ’04, ’06, ’08, ’10 home jerseys. That’s not too lame is it?


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/19 at 2:50 PM

          Nick, Matthew from TSG….if you take a picture of yourself in all of those jerseys…I’ll put up a page on the site that has them so everyone can see your fandom.


        • I’m not sure that’d be considered fandom, maybe a Finkle-esque obsession. Plus you already had one embarassing picture of me up on this site.


        • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/02/19 at 3:44 PM

          Nick, it’s good to be surrounded by similarly-afflicted people. :)

          I shudder to think of how much I’ve spent on jerseys. I have all the US ones since 1990, including several jackets. Still waiting to pick up the current ‘anthracite’ one which I really like. I also have well over 100 other national team and club jerseys (about 35 of which are DC United ones.)

          My wife frets about how much room they take up (an entire large walk-in closet in our bedroom) so I packed away some of the more obscure ones like Orlando Pirates (SA) and Johore Bahru (Malaysia.)

          You can use me as a cautionary tale…


        • Wow, that’s impressive. I’ll use your example to put my wife in her place when she starts in on me about it. I’ve only got 14. One question, how do you have 35 DCU jerseys? I didn’t know they had that many different ones, or are some the same with different players printed on there?


        • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/02/19 at 4:18 PM

          I have a lot of signed authentic DCU jerseys, so they’re not all unique designs. My two favorites are Eddie Pope’s jersey from MLS Cup ’96 and the ’96 George Gelnovatch. (who?)


      • Posted by CJ on 2010/02/19 at 9:09 PM

        Point well taken, I should’ve done some research. Still leaves me with a “meh” feel looking at the full home uniform. I do like the 3rd more…


        • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/02/20 at 9:38 AM

          I find that I like or dislike jerseys based upon how the boys do while wearing them. That’s not a dominant factor, but I know it plays a part. So if we lift the trophy in SA, I’m going to think these are the greatest jerseys EVER!


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/19 at 2:23 PM

    I’m not sure how I feel about the jersey–I didn’t post the home one as this one had more color contrast–but one thing I’m not a fan of…

    ….if you are going to put the Nike symbol on the jersey, please, kindly, do not put it on the sash which is the most visually visible part of the jersey due to the contrast.

    Put the US flag, put the player’s number, put nothing…just not the swoosh…that’s not cool.


    • The Swoosh must remain on the upper right chest. That’s where it’s always been, Nike can’t change now….

      All kidding aside, I hated the leaked photos of the home and the away kits when I first saw them, but then I also hated the current home kit when I first saw it and now I’ve gone through a lot of trouble to purchase one.

      I wonder why they didn’t do the photo shoot in the white kit, that’s our home shirt color, right? Wonder if Nike is forcing a change, and will there be a red kit this time around; maybe not for the WC but later just for funsies and more $$$?


  3. Posted by Sam on 2010/02/19 at 2:26 PM

    Here she is… Ms. Lanmerica…

    Nah, the third kit is supposed to be white on red, this is the away one as far as I know.. with the home kit being white with a kind of subtle almost ghostflamed off-white-grey sash.

    They are all VERY similar to juventus’ current away jersey though.

    At least Nike isn’t doing to us what they did to University of Oregon’s (American) football team.

    384 different combinations, all horrendous.


  4. I don’t mind the all blue combination, but I hope the home kit isn’t white on white on white, that makes them look like a cricket team…throw some color in there and mix it up a bit.


  5. I wasn’t sure how I felt about these jerseys when I first saw them, but now that I see one on Landon, I really like them. I won’t say “love” yet, not until we win in them. But they’re nice and the sash is a good touch in modernizing a more traditional design.


  6. Posted by KL on 2010/02/19 at 3:38 PM

    Don’t hate em, gotta have one though…Has anyone heard when they go on sale?


    • According to FootballShirtCulture they’re launching tomorro (2/24) and should be available for purchase then.


  7. Pretty bummed they are changing the kit. The USMNT has had so many different looks over the past 12 years that I don’t think they can even build an affiliation with one jersey at this point. I know nike wants to sell jerseys, but bouncing back and forth endlessly just annoys the fans and doesn’t allow them to build ties to a shirt. I really like the current home kit and think the away kit is okay, but I would rather have tweaks of the current setup for the next 20 years so fans could build an affiliation to the shirt and people would start to recognize it then a unique US jersey every two years.


    • I used to be firmly in that camp Biggy, but I’ve come to like the ever-changing kits we have. Sure there’s no similarities, but if you look at a picture of the US, you know exactly when the picture was taken (within a two year timespan). Plus it helps me justify (to myself, but mostly to the missus) spending the cash on a new kit every couple of years. Now when I want to show my pride, I can select from an array of different options instead of one tweaked look.

      Other than Argentina, Brazil, and Holland (and Mexico & Germany to some extent) are there any other nations that that have the same kit from year to year?


      • true nick, however, for us diehard fans it is an opportunity to drop more scrilla, for the casual fan it almost excludes them. why buy a jersey once when you know it is going to be drastically different two years later? Unlike somewhere like Arsenal, where the jersey style is the same, regardless of sponsor or year (the red anyway) you could show up to a game wearing it and be distinctly an arsenal fan. Chamo has 118 chelsea jerseys, but each one is identifiably chelsea. american soccer has finally established itself as the real deal, why dont we do so with the jerseys? I have no issue with the new blue, but the current home is the most distinctive and unique US jersey I feel. It is so American, and the side has had great success wearing it. Why not tweak it a little and keep it around? I don’t particularly like the new white, so I am biased there, but if we stick to it, I will be happy. I guess I think of a national team shirt as more then a shirt, more like a flag. you fly your colors with it when you want to be identified, not hopelessly skewed across five different styles.

        @Joe, I would be quite okay with that. I like both the red and blue more then the white. Regardless, what my boys wear is what I will be wearing and proudly. I understand the history connection, but US soccer history is pretty ugly. I’d rather stick with the new and fresh, that hope that the last 3 years has been, and build on that.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/19 at 4:43 PM

          @Biggy…not that I agree, but I am going to take the contrarian view here.

          First, new jerseys mean new money….yes that maybe penalizes the diehard fan, but it brings it allows for more dollars to be earmarked for player development, or marketing or whatever for US soccer

          Second, new jerseys are buzz generating.. Since I put this story up over 250 people have already read it today….they are a lightening rod and they get folks talking about the team…casual fans sometimes as well

          Third, it allows Nike to put their promotional dollars behind soccer…more buzz

          I don’t disagree with you, I’m just presenting the other side of the argument.

          I love what Barcelona does…I think it’s so classy how they create multiple shirts (they’re all pretty cool in my book) and then put a non-profit on the front.
          I think that’s great.


        • @matthew lol it wont let me reply to you. it’s like it wants you to have the last word hahahaha. with the revenue factor, I agree and don’t mind, evident by the 6? US kits I own, and there would be more if I was older. I’d rather buy a US jersey then any other, as my money supports what I love. I don’t even mind the tweaks in jerseys, I guess I’m frustrated with the lack of identity they instill in the USMNT. I don’t think a casual fan could pick out any of the last 3 jerseys, maybe the 2002 one, as that is super distinct, and was on TV a lot.

          if new jerseys can act as a lightning rod for more publicity and coverage, and maybe get them on sportscenter more, i’m all for it. your example of barcelona is so so clutch, they are the other team I think of with that distinct red and blue jersey that you can recognize even though it changes regularly, and their other jerseys they do unique colors and styles that are edgy, basically combining your thought process and mine. tweak the home jersey, change the away. it would be a perfect storm of a recognizable look and new looks to drive both revenue and USMNT image. we need to take over nike apparently. also, the Barca sponsorship could be the most awesome thing in sports, using fame for good, gotta love it.


  8. Posted by Joe on 2010/02/19 at 3:43 PM

    @ Biggy- Im honestly hoping that’s what they do with this jersey. This Jersey is unique to all the countires i can think of and has a lot of history tied to it. This should be our staple… and this is the jersey that little tweaks should be made on.
    I love these jerseys, and ill be getting the third jersey if it comes out… if not, im going with the away.


  9. Really diggin’ these, it’s a bit of a throwback but in a good way…and more than a bit poetic as we open up World Cup play v England.

    Question: where’d you find this on the Nike site? I can’t find it anywhere, looks like they’re hyping it for an announcement next week.


  10. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/19 at 6:31 PM

    I wish you Yanks wore something poposterous like you did in 1994. Apart from goalie tops, they have to be the worst kits I have ever seen!


    • Posted by Freegle on 2010/02/19 at 7:42 PM

      George they were an outrageous abomination… and quite possibly the best jersey ever created.


    • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/02/19 at 7:45 PM

      OK, George, let me be perhaps the only dissenter. I LOVE the denim stars jersey of ’94 because it was unique and unabashedly American. There are too many jerseys out now that are simply knockoffs of any number of other designs you’ve seen. That one was distinctive and the denim pattern evoked an American icon. I own that jersey, the away one of the same vintage (the ugly one with the vertical wavy red stripes – I guess to evoke the flag) and a USA ’94 jacket with denim body panels and red/white striped sleeves. It’s as ugly as sin, but a great souvenir.

      The only other jersey I can recall that had so strong a national tie-in was the Mexico jersey of a few years ago (’94 – ’96 maybe?) it was green, as they all are, but it had a sublimated Maya design on it. I loved it so much that I bought one (despite my healthy dislike for that team.) It was a terrible shame when they changed to the insipid green and white designs they’ve had since.

      Here’s what it looked like. In real life, the pattern was much more subtle.


      • Actually the sublimated pattern is the face from the Aztec calendar, not the Mayan one. The Mayan calendar is a lot less ornate. In the 2006 WC, Nike sublimated part of that design into the White chevron on the chest; it was the best Nike made Mexico kit. Everything adidas has done since has looked like astro-turf.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/20 at 6:25 AM

          I am surprised the American home kit is not a tricolour, lke France…

          I agree with you about the ‘platform’ designing nowadays – where 90% of the design is the same and 10% is tweaked… After all, Bracelona has “copied” the mighty Palace!


  11. Posted by Freegle on 2010/02/19 at 7:40 PM

    This may sound strange… When I first saw the leaked photo a few weeks ago, I didn’t like it. But, seeing it on a player, and with the number on it, I think it looks great. I know those are pretty subtle changes but for me they made a huge difference.


  12. Posted by Joe on 2010/02/20 at 1:24 AM

    Matt thanks for the shot out. Heres the site it was found on. scroll alllll the way to the right where the pics are and you will see them….hidden for some reason.

    I like the all blue combo and the whole kit to be honest. I dont love it because its a little homecoming like. I am going to say though that if they come out with the same exact jersey in white I am going to hate it. Why not go a whole different route and make a different design. Make a diff. design on the 3rd jersey too. Shows laziness and lack of creativity.

    The jackets look pretty sick too, cant wait for the whole gear section to be updated also!


  13. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/02/20 at 12:52 PM

    My first thought seeing these a few months back were that they are ugly. The blue is slowly growing on me but I still think the stripe is to thick. It might look good on the players, but what about the fans? I, for one, don’t want to be walking around with a sash. I’ve only seen the home jersey in the leaked photos and I don’t like the white strip on white, to plain. I have the last 2 WC jerseys so I’ll probably get one of these. Right now the blue is winning.

    This has been a hot topic on the forums over at US Soccer for the past few months. Some have come up with their own designs and a few aren’t half bad.
    In the Supporters’ Section under:
    -Design Your Own US Jerseys Here
    -best and worst WC 2010 soccer jersey?


    • Posted by Kevin on 2010/02/21 at 9:21 PM

      I think you should email Sunil with some of those and demand he demands Nike to hire the creator of those. Some are pretty sick, and there was one with a DTOM shadow on the sleeves. I like it, but these officials aren’t bad.


  14. Posted by Joe on 2010/02/20 at 1:35 PM

    Yea Jen I think I have posted in the forum on that topic like 40 times. The jerseys some people have come up with look really sharp and great. Freegle… the blue looks good because it has diff. colors but when that white jersey comes out its going to look like a 2$ jockey tshirt from walmart. Hopefully they are re-designing it


  15. Posted by Kevin on 2010/02/20 at 5:40 PM

    I don’t mind it. I know people complain about the US not having a consistent jersey, but if you think about it, 06 that single stripe. 08 the stripes. and 10 the sash (which you can think of as a diagonal stripe). Maybe Nike is getting some consistency and whether you like the designs or not, you should still get around that. Oh yeah and 110 days until kickoff. It seems like just yesterday it was 150.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/20 at 5:58 PM

      At least there is some sort of consistency from USSF / Nike – white home tops and navy blue away tops.


  16. Posted by Timmy on 2010/02/22 at 2:50 PM

    NIke has removed the pics from their site.
    I like the away kit better than the home kit. Looks like I will picking up a Blue jersey for the World Cup. After all, we are the Blue Coats.
    I think this kit has the possibility of being the best kit EVER! You heard it here first.


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