Soccer fans, does that crest and jersey look vaguely familiar to anyone else?
The US national team's Centennial celebration collection of jerseys and off-field apparel has been a huge hit with American soccer fans since its unveiling on March 1. So much so that many fans have called for the Centennial crest to replace the current, perhaps out-dated, official crest of U.S. Soccer.
Nike went right back to that same Centennial celebration drawing board when they designed USA Hockey's jerseys (above) for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi, Russia.
Are those fake, screen-printed laces below the neckline? When do we get the fake, screen-printed, naked-colored V-neck on a soccer jersey? Or the fake, screen-printed collar that doesn't actually flip up or fold down?
For what it's worth, Nike, you did a much better job with the Centennial soccer crest and jerseys. The hockey jerseys almost look like a generic, non-licensed, knock-off version of the soccer kit that you might find in the boys' section at Wal-Mart.
Somehow, I don't think the hockey jersey will be a wildly popular best-seller like the Centennial kits and gear have been, even if it is only a once-every-four-years phenomenon. Soccer is still outside the "big four" sports on the outside looking in at hockey, though, right?