NEW YORK (June 21, 2007) - In a celebration of women's sports on the 35th anniversary of Title IX, U.S. Soccer and Nike unveiled the new U.S. Women's National Team uniforms at an interactive event on Thursday afternoon at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City. The team's new gold uniforms will make their debut on Saturday, June 23, when the U.S. Women take on Brazil at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., live on ESPN2 and Galavision at 5 p.m. ET.
The new uniform, which the U.S. will wear in China at both the upcoming 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2008 Olympic Women's Soccer Tournament, is arguably the most unique kit in U.S. Soccer history.
“Whenever we are unveiling a new jersey, that always means that there is a World Cup coming, and that is when you are most excited to wear the U.S. uniform,” said U.S. forward Abby Wambach. “The team loves the new gear, and we’re looking forward to debuting the gold jersey against Brazil on Saturday and throughout the Send-Off Series, with the end goal to be wearing these jerseys in the Women's World Cup final in China."
The uniform features a solid gold torso, marking the first time the U.S. Women have worn a color other than red, white or blue as their primary color. The new kit has a gold-outlined U.S. Soccer crest over the left chest and a gold collar, and features white and blue trim on the right sleeve and red and blue trim on the left sleeve.
The second jersey is white with red and blue trim on the top of the sleeves. The gold jersey will be worn with blue shorts and socks with gold trim when it debuts Saturday. The white jersey will be worn with white or blue shorts with white socks that are trimmed in the other colors of the uniform.
The team's appearance at Sara D. Roosevelt Park took place just two days before the Title IX anniversary. The event featured coaches and players from the U.S. team on the field and interacting with local club teams and young fans.
"We are thrilled to have the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team here at Sara D. Roosevelt Park before their big match against Brazil,” said New York City Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba. “Today’s celebration of women’s sports provides our city’s young athletes with a wonderful opportunity to interact with their role models and see them in action. The introduction of these talented women is especially significant as we approach the 35th anniversary of Title IX and celebrate the accomplishments of female athletes nationwide. On behalf of the City of New York, I wish our Women’s National Team all the best of luck on Saturday against Brazil and at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.”
Following their match against Brazil on Saturday, the U.S. Women will continue their Women's World Cup Send-Off Series with a match on July 14 in Hartford, Conn., against Norway. The tour continues two weeks later in San Jose on July 28 against Japan, and concludes with two matches in August (against New Zealand on Aug. 12 in Chicago and against New Zealand on Aug. 25 in Carson, Calif.). The U.S. opens the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 vs. North Korea, before facing Sweden and Nigeria to round out group play.