CHICAGO (April 22, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has unveiled a new Nike home kit the team will wear throughout the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The USA kits are available in women’s, men’s, and youth sizes and will be available for sale on ussoccerstore.com starting today at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also purchase the jerseys starting today through the Nike Soccer App (gonike.me/SoccerApp), Nike stores and Nike.com.
Tonight, U.S. WNT forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan will make a special appearance on American Idol, where they will discuss the new home jersey launch, among other things leading up to this summer’s World Cup. Fans can watch Wambach and Morgan’s appearance live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.
The new U.S. uniform combines fresh inspiration and modern style with the latest performance innovation and environmental sustainability. A black stripe runs down the side of the body, through the jersey and shorts, to accentuate player movement. A white-to-volt-yellow gradient in the socks draws the eye to the feet and the ball.
Two stars stitched above the U.S. Soccer Federation crest proudly represent the USA’s two FIFA Women’s World Cup victories in 1991 and 1999, while a black triangular insert punctuates the new streamlined, modern V-neck collar.
“The kit and boots feel great,” said Wambach. “If you look good, you are ready to play well, and when I wear this on the pitch, I feel inspired to play well for my country, our team, and the fans."
For the first time, Nike has also created a pack of women’s footwear that includes all four of Nike’s cleat types – Mercurial, Magista, Hypervenom and Tiempo - in a stunning color combination designed in concert with the USWNT home uniform. The cleats combine flashes of volt yellow with a striking ‘Blue Lagoon’ color, a nod to the famous lakes of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup host nation Canada.
“This is a huge moment for these players and for women’s sports. It was a privilege to design this uniform for the best team in the world,” stated Martin Lotti, Global Creative Director for Nike Soccer. “When creating for this amazing event so close to home, we wanted to create real impact and make sure it was built for brilliance in every way. This is also the first time we’ve designed an integrated look from the cleats up. We see the combination of the new uniform and footwear collection as an expression of our commitment to performance, innovation and style.”
- The inside back of the neck features a blue triangular pennant design with 13 white stars, a numeric reference to the original U.S. colonies and a visual reference to the American flag.
- The names and numbers on the back of the shirt feature an angular, modern typeface that is a modern twist on traditional American collegiate-style graphics and designed specifically for U.S. Soccer.
- The kits are made from recycled plastic water bottles. The shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester; the shirts are 96 percent polyester, while the socks are 78 percent. They average a total of 18 recycled plastic bottles per uniform, while also lowering environmental impact.
- Nike Dri-FIT draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirt and shorts where it quickly evaporates. Laser-cut ventilation side holes and strategic mesh paneling, including a full-mesh jersey back, help increase air circulation and thermoregulation.
On Feb. 9, 2013, the U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off the new year with a 4-1 victory against Scotland in Jacksonville, Florida. Christen Press, then 24-years-old, was responsible for two goals that day, scoring in the 13th minute and adding another in the 32nd to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead at halftime.
The early goal was Press’ first for the USA, coming in a match that was also her first cap.
Becky Sauerbrunn hugs Christen Press in the aftermath of Press scoring on her WNT debut.
Earning that first cap is special for any player, but a debut and a goal in the same game? That’s a rare feat. In the 30+ year history of the U.S. WNT 21 players have scored in their first caps.
NOTHING TO LOSE
Press’ path to that first game three years ago was an interesting one. In early 2012, she made the decision to move to Sweden after U.S.-based Women’s Professional Soccer folded. Press thought leaving the country might negatively impact her hopeful National Team career, but little did she know, it was only just beginning.
“I think just because I always thought that the National Teams would be watching the American league, I thought that going abroad was kind of like saying goodbye to my dream of playing for the National Team,” recalled Press. “I left around this time, in February, and I thought I would not get a call, I sort of thought that I would fall out of U.S. Soccer’s radar.”
As it turns out, head coach Pia Sundhage kept tabs on players in Europe, especially in her native land of Sweden. Press got off to a hot start with her new club, and it wasn’t long before she was on her way back home.
Press returned to the U.S. and joined the WNT in Florida in April during the final stretch of what had been an intense fitness camp. She kept to herself and tried to quickly learn as much as possible despite only being there for five days.
“I had nothing to lose,” she said. “It was my first camp, it was warm and I was so happy. I don’t think I spoke to anybody. I was not nervous, I was just happy to be in Florida and my dream was coming true. I’m always quiet when I don’t know my surroundings, so I just kept to myself trying to learn the rules, how to behave; it was all so quick.”
That short stint turned out to be the only one for Press before she was named an Olympic alternate in 2012. The following February, Tom Sermanni took over as WNT head coach, and it was then Press learned she would start against Scotland. Her chance had arrived.
“I went on the field, the crowd was so much bigger than I’d ever played in front of, and for me it was so much bigger than life,” said Press. “But I kept telling myself, ‘I’m not nervous, I’m confident, I’m a good player and I believe in myself.’”
Years and multiple goals later, plus one Women’s World Cup title to her name, the dream is alive and well for Press.
Press celebrates scoring her first World Cup goal against Australia in the USA's opening match of the 2015 Women's World Cup