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.
Despite being North American neighbors, the first meeting between the United States and Mexico actually took place on the other side of the Atlantic. Played on May 24, 1934 in Rome, the game was a one-off match – essentially the USA’s first World Cup qualifier – for the right to play in the second FIFA World Cup, which was set to kick off days later in venues across Italy.
Playing in front of 10,000 spectators, including Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Americans rode a four-goal performance from Aldo “Buff” Donelli to defeat Mexico 4-2 and earn a place in the 16-team field at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.
You would hope the 11 players that came away victorious that day cherished the memory in Rome, because as big as the result was, it would take another 46 years before the USA would defeat Mexico again.
Though 17 of those 24 matches were played on Mexican soil, that winless streak against our neighbors to the south is by far the longest against any one opponent in team history, both in terms of number of games and years,. It fortunately ended on Nov. 23, 1980, when the U.S. used a pair of goals from Steve Moyers to defeat Mexico 2-1 in another Qualifying match, this time for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
With Mexico already booking its ticket to the next round of Qualifying and the USA already eliminated, from a competitive standpoint, the match was meaningless. However, whether or not they realized it, the 2,126 fans in attendance at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium witnessed history that night, and to this day are among the few Americans that saw the USA’s 43-year winless streak against Mexico come to an end.
Though the USA and Mexico met only once more during the decade, the dam had been cracked. With 1990 marking the MNT’s first appearance in the World Cup in 40 years, the 1980s also served as a transitional phase in the rivalry with Mexico as a new generation of American players began to reap the benefits of greater emphasis on the game here at home to lay the foundation for future triumphs.
The first in a series of successes came during the semifinals of the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Led by former Mexico head coach Bora Milutinovic, the USA used second-half strikes from John Doyle and Peter Vermes to stun El Tri 2-0 in front of a pro-Mexico crowd of 41,103 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and went on to win the tournament’s inaugural title.
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