US Soccer reveals new-look uniforms for national teams ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup
US Soccer officially unveiled the new away kit for the men's and women's national teams on Tuesday, revealing the bright red secondary look the US will field at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
The US will debut their new, flag-inspired uniforms in Wednesday night's friendly against Mexico at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (11 pm ET, ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas).
In a dramatic departure from their previous navy-blue alternates, the new kits are a bold red color, trimmed with royal blue and white colorblocking atop the jerseys.
In a nod to the diverse climate range the USMNT will encounter in Brazil, the fabrics are designed with maximum breathability in mind and can be paired with base layers of varying weight depending on the weather conditions of a given match.
As usual, Nike has added a few subtle extras that should please the detail-minded. A pennant tab inside the back of the neck features 13 red-and-white stripes to represent the original 13 colonies, and each number on the back of the jersey – which feature a “modern and angular” custom font – bears a small US Soccer crest at the bottom.
One line of continuity from past editions of US kits: The shirt, shorts – and for the first time in a national team kit, the socks – are created with environmental sustainability in mind.
Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, leading to 100 percent recycled polyester in the shorts, 96 percent recycled polyester in the shirt and 78 percent in the socks.