There is a new, retro style kit in town, and it set to be worn on 2015 away days by the US Men’s and Women’s team. Featuring a gradient graphic on the entire front and back of the shirt, Nike has gone for a distinct contemporary style with this kit, designed to creates a sense of continual movement. The graphic starts in white at the shoulders, but gradually blend with a series of light rays before intensifying to deep blue at the hem.
Along each side of the jersey is a wide white stripe, which extends to the shorts. When players are in motion, the stripe moves to accentuate the natural contours of their bodies and accentuate their speed. There is a direct connection to visual cues on this one!
The jersey also boasts a new signature clean and modern V–neck collar that blends with the shirt’s gradient graphic, and features a red triangle insert at the front to ensure all three of the USA’s national colors are represented in the kit. Inside the back of the neck is a pennant tab featuring 13 red and white stripes to represent the original colonies that declared independence and formed the first states.
Players’ names and numbers on the back of the jersey appear in a unique, specially designed font that is modern, angular and directly influenced by U.S. college and varsity sports.
And as you’d expect, there is plenty of tech talk to go with this jerseys construction. Nike took 3-D body scans of many of the world’s leading soccer players to create a kit with the Perfect Fit. The fit allows the body to move more naturally within the kit to effortlessly improve players’ comfort and performance. They also continue to place environmental sustainability at the heart of their kits, which are made of polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles. The kits have been created to provide both unrivaled performance benefits and a lower environmental impact. And finally, Nike Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the jersey and short where it can quickly evaporate. This allows players to perform at their absolute best by remaining cooler, drier, and more comfortable. The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels featured in key areas of the kit also improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies, helping to regulating their body temperature.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will be the first to don a bold new away kit that combines their strong sense of national pride with a stylish gradient design during the Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 4 to 11. While the Men’s Team will wear the kit for the first time on March 25 in a friendly against Switzerland.