After a clean white home kit, Nike has unleashed quite a different look for USA’s World Cup away kit. Instead of simple and subtle, the Americans’ away top is loud and proud patriotism. Starting with a royal blue around the neck and shoulders, next comes a white stripe, and then finally the red that dominates the rest of the kit. The jersey’s sleeve ends are red that wrap around to a solid red back.
With a friendly fixture tomorrow (April 2nd) versus neighbor Mexico, the U.S. Men get another no-stakes match to prepare for Brazil and their supremely daunting Group G of Germany, Ghana, and Portugal. Nike’s new campaign is called “Risk Everything”, and they have fashioned an away jersey that will make sure the USMNT do not feel timid on the pitch. Bold and garish, you can’t ignore the feeling of patriotism the colors inspire here. To help you with that, Nike have piped motorcycles and eagles into their marketing for this jersey. Amurrica!
On the front is a sharp-looking blue U.S. Soccer crest, along with the white Nike Swoosh. As you can see on Clint Dempsey above, the players’ names and numbers will be in white, contrasted with the blue of the home jersey. Finishing out the kit is the shorts and socks, which continue with the same shade of red featured on the jersey, making this kit about 75% red. If you’re thinking of getting it for yourself, hopefully you like that color.
Of course, Nike decks out their apparel with the best technology you can find. The $150 retail Match jersey includes laser-cut holes for ultimate ventilation to keep you cool, while the less expensive Stadium jersey still has that Nike Dri-FIT material to give you a sense of its quality.
People have been calling this the “Bomb Pop” jersey or pointing out its similarity to the France national flag. I do think it looks a bit “kid-ish”, but it’s good to see Nike and USA go for something a little more daring on the away strip. Now we have home and away kits that could hardly be more different from each other – classic vs. modern, white vs. colorful, simple vs. audacious. Bring on the World Cup.