U.S. Soccer

2016 USA National Team Jerseys Unveiled

March 25 Marks Kit Debut in Senior MNT Match Against Guatemala and U-23 MNT Match Against Colombia; WNT Debut Kits on April 6 Against Colombia


CHICAGO (March 17, 2016) –The new 2016 USA Nike Vapor Kit with Aeroswift Technology for both the U.S. Men and Women’s National Teams was unveiled today in New York City. The new jerseys will be on display in this summer’s major competitions as the MNT hosts Copa America Centenario and the WNT defends its gold during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The senior MNT and the U-23 MNT will be the first to wear the jerseys when both teams play important qualifying matches on March 25. The senior MNT will face Guatemala in Guatemala City, Guatemala (10 p.m. ET; beIN Sport and NBC Universo). The U-23s will take on Colombia in the Olympic Qualifying playoffs in Barranquilla, Colombia (6 p.m. ET; FS1 and UDN). The WNT will take the pitch in the new kits on April 6 in an international friendly against Colombia.

Rosters for both the senior MNT and the U-23s will be released in the coming days.

To pay tribute to the nation both inside and out, the jerseys are adorned with several patriotic flares throughout the material. The players will wear their hearts (and country) on their sleeve with “1 Nation” and “1 Team” exposed on the outside cuffs, while the inside displays a circular design with “We Can,” “We Will,” “We Are,” “1 Nation” and “1 Team” surrounding “USA” in the middle.

2016 USA Home Kit
The new home jersey displays U.S. Soccer’s new crest on a traditional white body with blue sleeves. A red stripe runs the length of the shirt and shorts, revealing flashes of white.

2016 USA Away Kit
The away jersey will feature a black body, complemented with a blue sleeve on the right and a red sleeve on the left. Similar to the home kits, a black stripe runs down the side of the shirt and shorts, showing off flashes of blue on the left side and red on the right side.

Both kits will introduce a new sock system that includes NikeGRIP socks paired with new sleeves that further protect ankles and other high-risk areas on the lower leg.


First Cap, First Goal: Christen Press

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.

Christen Press
Press celebrates scoring her first World Cup goal against Australia in the USA's opening match of the 2015 Women's World Cup

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