US Soccer Releases New Kit Celebrating 100 Years
Any fashionista will tell you never to forget your roots. US Soccer has a new jersey that celebrates 100 years of the federation (although we fans only like to count the last 20 or so) with a crisp, simple design that looks anything but old fashioned to me.
The blue sleeves and collar give the look a sturdy frame. The bright white is a clean base; and the eye is drawn to the new badge immediately. Let’s talk about the badge, eh? Not many people love the current USA crest. The flying soccer ball is more little league anything else and the stars (which are meant to represent men’s, women’s, and youth programs) seem to others like we’re claiming championships we’ve never won.
The new crest is simply our flag in the shape of a badge, which again references historic designs. The stars and stripes are unmistakably American and the lack of the ball or US Soccer logo show more confidence that the team’s public image has risen to the point where they don’t have to tell you what you’re looking at. I hope this is a permanent change.
The rest of the uniform honors the simplicity of the shirt. There are no superfluous elements, this is basic, classy, sharp-looking stuff. If you buy this, it will still be cool in 20 years. My only complaints are that the crest on the shorts is unnecessary and the swooshes on the socks are a bit more prominent than necessary. Otherwise, this is an impeccable look that should do us proud all the way through Brazil 2014 (fingers crossed, lord willing).
I might have to pick one of these up, as this is the year I will attend my first World Cup qualifier. A writer for the gay soccer blog can’t be showing up in last year’s look.