Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New but not improved


The United States national team unveiled the men's 2008 home kits.

There are quite possibly the worst US soccer jersey since the mid-90s. I mean, what are we playing, soccer or rugby?

According to U.S. Soccer, these jerseys are going to make their "world debut" against Mexico a week from today. Let's hope for US fans' sake that the team looks better than their jerseys.

29 comments:

A.C. said...

It's probably me, but thin little stripes make me think of pajamas. I didn't like the other pinstripes (Ecuador game) either.

Anonymous said...

Best kit ever, completely love it and hope it's stay around a long time. It would be nice to see us stay with a kit like other countries do so people immediately know it's the USA.

RP said...

I hope Tommy Hilfiger got a nice fee for his new design.

WHo knew the MNT soccer jerseys also served as the US National Sailing Team shirt?

Nike announces heavy recruiting drive for design majors who from sororities and fraternities at Ivy league colleges and major southern universities.

I could go all day...

Seriously. If the "denim" jersey from 1994 wasn't out there, this would be tied with the current royal blue with pinstripes third jersey as 2nd worst USA jersey ever. Are those gray and white stripes separated by a horizontal red pinstripe? Blech is putting it too mildly.

What was wrong with the red jerseys from 1998? Or the classic one-off Don't Tread on Me jersey from pre-2002? Hell, what's wrong with the current design scheme?

Toddzilla said...

I wonder if Nike would make more money if we actually stuck with one of these damn things. I agree that this one looks like the yachting team, but then again, there (for some odd reason) aren't numbers on the thing yet - maybe it looks better with them. God, I hope so.

I didn't think the Ecuador game kits were that bad at all during the actual game - they looked horrible to me on the website beforehand, though. Maybe those ridiculous goals that Landon scored helped my perception, though...

Anonymous said...

giving this one a thumbs down. why does nike have such a hard time remembering that our colors are red, white and blue? i understand the whole less is more thing, but seriously, gray? and is that black or navy piping? hopefully there will be a red away jersey released for qualifying. what's worse, the new training gear is pretty sweet...www.ussoccer.com.

FC Uptown said...

Complete crap. When does our Nike contract run out again?

RP said...

This classic Slate article says it all:

Homely and Away
THE U.S. SOCCER TEAM'S GROWING UNIFORM CRISIS.
By Michael J. Agovino
Monday, June 18, 2007, at 7:42 AM ET

http://www.slate.com/id/2168476/

Anonymous said...

I'm in the minority, obviously, but I like it.
I think the goal of these kits is to make something people would wear not just on a field, but around town, in the office, etc.
By that standard I think they are doing a fine job.

eastlachiva said...

This looks like a women's kit. Based on the cut and design, I would have to say that is a very embarrassing jersey.

Hops said...

I respectfully disagree. I like it. Lets call Tim Gunn and get his opinion.

Anonymous said...

I like it!

L.B. said...

Tim Gunn!

Actually now that you mention it, isn't this what got Victoria voted off last week?

Anonymous said...

Complete Crap!!!!!!

kevin n. said...

I like it, but not as much as the last white shirt with the vertical stripe. It does look a bit to much like a rugby shirt with the horizontal stripes.

Anyone know if this is the home or away kit?

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Count me among those who really like this design. It's subtle and classy.

I haven't liked a U.S. men's jersey since the 1998 World Cup. I know that tournament was a debacle but it had nothing to do with the uniforms.

I also liked the 1990 kits that adidas manufactured for the World Cup. Those, frankly, were the best in my lifetime.

Anonymous said...

These are kind of retro Nike/USA circa mid 1990's.

Does it pass the test of whether I would wear it....Yes and No.

I might wear this shirt before and after games but as a national team uniform, it's hard to look tough in these.

truth said...

At least it's not gold like that hideous uni Nike gave the USWNT before the World Cup....

I prefer the Don't Tread uniform the team wore in Hartford before the 2006 World Cup:

http://www.ussoccer.com/sights/index.jsp_photoGallery-136-1.html

Why don't we ever get a uniform that incorporates the iconic US flag?

Speaking of Tim Gunn, maybe we can persuade Project Runway to do a new US jersey as a challenge.....they couldn't do worse than this boring kit.

just another one of you said...

any soccer related news? Like who Chivas is looking to fill it's coaching vacancies or if minimum salaries are ever going to be increased or if other draft picks are going to choose anything over the MLS?

jamesey said...

Awful awful awful.

I think the denim jersey from 94 is slightly better than this.

Beax Speax said...

I think Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon in that shirt back around 1980...

Martin said...

beax speax said it all with the Bjorn Berg comment! It also looks like the cheap polo shirts on sale at my local grocery store, 2 for $10!

Well at least Clint Mathis and Zach Thornton are no longer US internationals because those horizontal stripes would make their guts look even bigger!

shaj said...

weaksauce, indeed.

my take on it: www.thehnoeic.wordpress.com

yet i guess its not too bad considering france's and germany's new adidas unis..

Hops said...

well done L.B. Well done.

Joan said...

This uniform looks like they wanted to appeal to the backwards-baseball-cap-wearing frat boys. They'll just sneak it onto a rack at Hollister, Abercrombie & Eagle, LTD and hope the guys are so drunk that they don't notice they're buying "nancy-boy" soccer jerseys.

It's not ugly, it's just dumb.

Anonymous said...

It's definitely a lame design.

So which country currently has the best kit?

Anonymous said...

This uni is amazing!

Luke said...
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Luke said...

don't like it. Like many others I like the red "Don't tread" jersey. The USA crest used on them is an improvement on what we use now.
I've liked Mexico's kits for a while because they have a strong green/white/read theme...like the bandera. We should use a strong red/white/blue theme in our uniforms with blue and red being the two dominant colors rather than white. Leave the subtlety behind and wear the national colors with pride!

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