Daily Archives: February 17, 2015

From Sea to (Shining) Sea

America’s shining, beautiful soccer jersey?

The 2015 away kits have been revealed for the USMNT and USWNT. The human Bomb Pops appear to have finally melted away its final steady defender (sort of like the real USMNT) in favor of a jersey that features shades of blue, blue and blue.

(Footy Headlines)

(Footy Headlines)

The above design is virtually the exact same for both the USMNT and USWNT, with the primary exception of the two World Cup stars for the women. Also, the design is the same on the front and the back. Considering the fact that the shade of blue closest to the one stitched on the American flag is the darker portion at the bottom, that seems like a really peculiar miss for Nike. By the way, did Nike run out of the color red or is that going to be more prominently featured in a new home jersey? It’s kind of a great color. After all, the U.S. is the red, white and blue.

Speaking of which, what was wrong with the “Where’s Waldo?” jersey?

As has been mentioned on this blog before (as starting points), the collar should be blue to represent a gritty, relentless blue collar work ethic with a jersey design that is sharp to symbolize a cool and innovative white collar style of play. This would encapsulate the spirit and identity of America and its daring declaration of independence, from its inception in 1776 through today and into the future.

The new jersey is better than the Bomb Pops, but it looks like a training shirt. When the designers and the brightest minds at Nike Soccer have the American flag, its beautiful combination of colors, our nation’s history (soccer and non-soccer) and lots of time, it’s a sincere mystery how this becomes the final product.

Perhaps I’m being too harsh, except I don’t think I am. It may look a little better on the field with names and numbers, but it still begs the question of what the design could (and should) have been.

Most of all, I wish American ingenuity had been a component for this new soccer jersey.