Long before Nike release on Thursday uniforms of the US men’s team at the 2022 World Cup, and even before jerseys leaked Last month, some USMNT players saw and even modeled the threads they’ll be wearing in November – and Weston McKenny, linebacker and fashion aficionado, “tried to tell them”.
“They” were allegedly Nike and US Soccer. players, Tim Weah said, were “as evil” as the fans are now. But by then they had no choice.
Nike officially unveiled the jerseys early Thursday morning along with 11 other World Cup kits, including for Portugal, France and Brazil. The US home jersey has a relatively plain white design.
The away kit includes a blue tie-dye top, plain royal blue shorts and socks.
The US women’s national team will also wear both kits and then get their new uniform ahead of the Women’s World Cup next summer, a US Soccer spokesperson told Sportzshala Sports.
In a press release regarding the American uniforms, Nike stated that they were “inspired by ideas and conversations with athletes”. And here are the three athletes who spoke about them – McKenny and Weah in the comments on Instagram, and midfielder Yunus Musakh spoke on Zoom last month indicated that USMNT players are unimpressed.
Musa is probably the most positive character on the whole list, asked about them and he said: “These sets – yes, these are the sets that they made, you know. I’m sure they will look good on us on the pitch.”
When asked to put his thumb up or down, he smiled and moved his thumb to the side. “In the middle,” he said. “In the middle.”
(Musa has a promotional deal with Puma. McKenny works with Adidas and Weah with New Balance. None of the team’s pro-Nike players commented prior to Thursday’s release; several people posted prepared messages on social media Thursday.)
How USMNT kits were developed
Nike, which has not yet answered detailed questions from Sportzshala Sports about how the uniform came to be, said in its release that the white “unit design includes brightly colored stripes, an enlarged central crest similar to basketball jerseys, double swoosh on the sleeves.” reminiscent of those used on American football jerseys, unique shoulder and sleeve construction with cutouts and seams, a hockey uniform pattern and timeless block letters.
The away kit was inspired by design techniques used in the American fashion and streetwear industry. “Nike’s design team used a unique ice-dye technique to create a vibrant, youthful print that brings the kit to life.”
Fans, however, vehemently opposed both designs. Many have compared both jerseys to warm-up jerseys or practice jerseys. In social media comments, they pleaded in vain for Nike and US Soccer to rethink the situation.
Privately, some US Soccer officials like blue tie dye and think it will sell well as long as the team performs well. Past USMNT and USWNT t-shirts that were initially derided such as “waldos” as well as “The bomb is popping,” there is now celebrated. They often look much better on the pitch than they do in leaked photos, and are better when numbers are added to the relatively minimalist design.
But the design is also not in the hands of US Soccer. Nike asks for and accepts information, but takes the reins for most of the process – in the creation of USMNT kits and others.
Nike releases other kits for the 2022 World Cup
Nike also released jerseys for all participants in the 2022 World Cup, except for one, whom he equips. It stated that the material for all of them would be “modern” and “light”.
The only form of Nike that has not yet been fully revealed is from England. Included in Thursday’s edition are (left to right and top to bottom): United States, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Qatar, Poland, Netherlands, Croatia, France, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Australia.
Adidas and Puma have already produced World Cup jerseys for their respective national teams, including Mexico, Germany, Argentina and Belgium (all Adidas), as well as Ghana, Senegal and Uruguay (Puma).
The tournament will start on November 20 in Qatar. The US and other countries will showcase their new uniforms in friendly matches next week.