The USMNT’s new home and away jerseys for the upcoming World Cup was released Thursday by Nike. Here’s what fans think of the new threads.
Nike released the U.S.’s new home and away soccer jerseys for the World Cup on Thursday to some bad reviews from fans.
The World Cup kicks off in Qatar in Nov. 20. The USMNT are in Group B, along with England, Wales and Iran. The United States opens the tournament on Nov. 21 against Wales.
The home jersey is white with the U.S. Soccer crest on the chest and Nike logos, adorned by a blue and red stripe, on the sleeves. The away kit is blue tie-dye with hints of black.
In a news release, U.S. Soccer described the jerseys this way:
"“Designed to inspire unity, symbolize diversity and celebrate Nike and U.S. Soccer’s commitment to expanding the game for the next generation on and off the pitch, the uniforms will be worn by both [men’s and women’s] national teams as part of the federation’s belief in ‘One Nation. One Team.’ Through a bold and vibrant reimagined design, the new USA uniforms serve as a symbol of pride for team and country, representing diversity and togetherness — values that unite the country.”"
USMNT fans not thrilled with World Cup jersey
The Americans will be donning the new uniforms at the tournament — although not everyone is excited about the design and colors.
Many on Twitter thought the new kits were too plain and looked like a practice jersey.
As a result of the outcry, an online petition was also launched by fans to get rid of the shirts.
The designs had been leaked a few weeks ago with some U.S. players criticizing it. In a tweet, midfielder Weston McKennie wrote, “Tried to tell them.”
At the same time, new World Cup jerseys for Mexico and Argentina, both put out by Adidas, have received rave reviews in recent weeks.
The new U.S. jerseys are currently for sale at U.S. Soccer’s website and at your local sports retailer.