U.S. Soccer Reveals New Away Kit
By Young Kim
U.S. Soccer and Nike will debut the new away kit when the Stars and Stripes take on Mexico in a friendly match this Wednesday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The base and the cuff of the sleeves has a prominent red color, the middle band and the middle of both sleeves are white, and the upper torso and shoulder region are blue. The shorts and socks are red as well.
"The USA has a profound and passionate pride in their nation," said Martin Lotti, Global Creative Director for Nike Soccer. "We wanted to create a design that reflects this in a daring and colorful fashion to give them an even more imposing appearance on the pitch."
Although the designer did a great job deviating away from the traditional blue and white pattern for a more tasteful display, some have criticized the jersey due to it’s resemblance to other teams’ kits, including France and Yugoslavia.
Even if the new kit looks like the French flag or the Domino’s pizza logo, Seattle Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey, who was selected to model it off, voiced his support for the shirt.
“I like the patriotic design and color scheme and I think it will look great on the pitch,” said Dempsey. “Hopefully they will serve us well as we head into a competitive group."
The new jerseys is said to feature Nike’s Dri-FIT technology to help regulate the players’ body temperature during the match along with “burnout” mesh and laser-cut ventilation holes to allow ventilation and breathability on the skin. The red shorts are allegedly slimmer with a cut designed to bring out better movement and promote comfort.
Several celebrities and athletes were featured in Nike’s portrait series of the new kit, including NFL stars Andrew Luck and Ndamukong Suh, director Spike Lee, and U.S. Women national team player Sydney Leroux.