Wednesday, March 21, 2007

U.S. Soccer Inroduces New 3rd Jersey


The United States national team has released a new 3rd jersey, a royal blue affair with thin white pinstripes. I don't hate the design, but I'm not sure yet if I like it. I have to soak it in a little and see how it actually looks on the pitch. This jersey will make its debut this March 27th when the U.S. takes on Ecuador in a friendly. A few observations:
I like the fact that a royal blue shirt has been re-introduced. The U.S. team has been wearing white home shirts and navy blue away shirts for some time but in the 80's I think the home shirt was royal blue. So the shirt is a throwback of sorts. I mention the 80's also because the pinstripes are definitely an 80's thing.

It seems the shirt will be paired with both royal blue or white shorts and royal blue socks. I think the kit will look much better with the white shorts.

The 3rd jersey is a rarity for national teams. I know I've seen a few national sides wear them, Wales being one other example.

One interesting note from the website: the shirt features "raised nodes on the underside that lift the shirt away from the players' bodies to keep their skin drier and reduce shirt cling." Now, I don't want to come off as a Nike marketing guy but that is pretty badass. That's some future-is-here type of stuff.


More on this story to come...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey man, nice blog, got here from uni watch. This Saturday Chile plays a int. friendly v Brazil, and there's a contract dispute between the Chilean FA and the kit provider (Brooks), so there's a good chance the will use a no logo kit. With this, we could hopefully see the return of the real national team badge to the shirt, as opposed to the elongated oval flag they have worn over the last 7 or 8 years.

Cheers! Keep up the good work.
nico

Anderson Kane said...

Hi Nico, thanks for the kind words. Thanks also for the news tidbit about the Chilean FA, my wife is actually Chilean. I'll try to watch that match, I believe it's on Fox Soccer Channel, and keep an eye out for the Chile shirt. Chile def. deserves a badge!
BTW, one of my favorite young players is Chilean, Matias "Matigol" Fernandez.

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Nice jersey, i am happy to check out the color, i just love this, i am sure all soccer lover will go crazy for this collection.

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