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.
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a U.S. Women’s National Team player is like? We followed WNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to get an inside look at a day inside WNT training camp, a day that included a weight session and on-field practice.
After a grabbing a quick coffee, the busy day starts early for Harris and the WNT, as they are headed to a weight lifting, the first of two trainings sessions that day.
“The bus ride is always total shenanigans with the people I sit around with. Usually that group is Allie Long, Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger. It’s just fun and good vibes heading into our workout.”
First stop of the day: weightlifting. The WNT usually spends about 90 minutes at the gym, and each player has a specialized workout sheet that is tailored to their needs.
“At lifting I usually spend time on my shoulders and continue to strengthen my back; things I need as goalkeeper. Every day I hit the ground, so I have to make sure my arms are strong. Shoulder strength and shoulder stability are key to make sure my arms are moving well and to prevent any injuries.”
As the team exits the gym, several fans await them by the bus and most players, including Harris, stop to sign a few autographs and pose for a few selfies.
“It’s always just really cool to stop and have a chat with the younger generation after or before training sessions. They’re just awesome.”
“Our van leaves the hotel about 45 minutes before the field players whenever we go to the training. I always have a pre-training and pre-game routine of taping my fingers and hands. It’s a personal preference and to be honest, I’ve always done it. Being at training earlier helps us get some good stretching in, stay focused and it allows us to nail down techniques and work individually and collectively as a small group before we jump in with everyone else.”
For afternoon training, Harris, along with Alyssa Naeher and Jane Campbell, as well as goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel, all pile into a team van and head to training earlier than the field players to spend some time working on their technique and specific areas before the rest of the team arrives.
“Alyssa and I have very good communication and no one has a better view or can critique one another better than each other. If we see something we tell each other and help each other out.”
After training, the players all cool down, chat with each other, hydrate and reflect on the session they just completed.
“We tend to immediately grab our protein shakes. We talk about the day, what we saw on the field, what we can fix, what wasn’t good, what was good and we just overall critique the game in every way we can to become better.”
“Once we’re back in the hotel, it’s all about treatment. Like true professionals, we must take care of our bodies and be responsible to get the treatment we need. Our bodies take a beating from all the impact at training so we take care of it to do it all over again the day after.”