- Nike Obsidian Blue Jersey with White Sash and Red Trim Echoes Uniform Worn by 1950 U.S. World Cup Team
- Most Environmentally-Friendly and Technologically-Advanced Uniform Ever Produced
- U.S. to Face the Netherlands at Amsterdam ArenA at 2:30 p.m. ET, Live on ESPN2 and Galavision
CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2010) - The U.S. Men's National Team will debut their new Nike away uniform next week when they face the Netherlands on Wednesday, March 3 at Amsterdam ArenA.
Kickoff for the team’s final FIFA international date before the 2010 FIFA World Cup is set for 2:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can follow online at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
The new away jersey, which the U.S. will wear during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is obsidian blue with a white sash with red trim across the front from the right shoulder to the left side, and includes a red round-neck collar.
Designed by Nike with the national culture and identity of the U.S. in mind, the jersey echoes the uniform worn by the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which they defeated England 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in the history of soccer.
The replica jerseys are available to fans now at ussoccerstore.com and will begin to ship on March 3, the day of the jersey’s debut on the field. The jersey is entirely constructed with fabric recycled polyester from plastic bottles and features materials to stay cool and Dri-Fit moisture control. The U.S. Soccer crest is embroidered over the heart.
In addition to the historic background, the authentic jersey also includes a number of unique modern elements. On the back of the collar it reads “USA”, while inside there is a graphic of a coiled rattlesnake. Inside the jersey, on the back of the gold-outlined U.S. Soccer crest over the left chest, there is a similar coiled rattlesnake, accompanied by ‘DTOM’, which stands for ‘Don’t Tread on Me’, a rallying cry adopted by the most passionate U.S. supporters in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup.
U.S. Men’s National Team players will also be wearing the most environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced kit ever produced. In an important step to make all Nike products more sustainable, the U.S. uniform – along with all of Nike’s national team kits – was made entirely from recycled polyester, with each jersey produced with yarn made from up to eight recycled plastic bottles.
The innovative uniform is designed to keep the players drier, cooler and more comfortable to allow them to maintain an optimum body temperature and perform at their best on the field. With improved Nike Dri-Fit fabric, which is 13 percent lighter than before, players can stay drier by drawing sweat to the outside of the garment where it evaporates. There are also ventilation zones on each side of the jersey – up to 200 tiny laser cut holes – so air can pass across a player’s whole torso to keep him cooler. There are also additional ventilation zones on the kit’s shorts below the waistband and near the space of the spine, areas that are prone to high sweat levels.
U.S. MNT Authentic Nike Away Jersey Features
- Obsidian blue base color with a red round-neck and a white sash with red trim across the front
- Gold-outlined U.S. Soccer crest over the left chest
- The phrase “USA” across the back of the neck
- Graphic of a coiled rattlesnake inside the neck
- “Don’t Tread on Me” graphic on the inside the jersey, on the back of the U.S. Soccer crest
- Numbers on the back are inspired by numerals used throughout college and professional sports in the U.S.
Comfort and Fit
- Improved Dri-Fit that is 13 percent lighter than past designs to keep players drier, cooler and more comfortable
- Up to 200 tiny laser cut holes create ventilation zones on each side of the jersey and on waistband and near base of spine of shorts help to enhance breathability
- Fabric used to increase air flow by up to seven percent compared to previous kits
- Air can now pass across a players’ whole torso, keeping him cooler
- Jersey’s double knit structure gives it a sleeker appearance, 10 percent more stretch and also boasts a new dynamic fit cut to follow natural contours of the body to allow for maximum airflow and movement
- Most environmentally-friendly jerseys are made entirely from recycled polyester
- Each jersey is produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles
- Nike fabric suppliers sourced discarded plastic bottles from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill sites and then melted them down to produce new yarn that was ultimately converted to fabric for the jerseys
- The yarn-making process saves raw materials and reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to manufacturing virgin polyester
- In creating jerseys for all of their national teams, Nike prevented nearly 13 million plastic bottles from going into landfill sites.
- If the recycled bottles used to make the jerseys were laid end-to-end, they would cover more than 1864 miles (which is more than the entire coastline of South Africa)