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.
My name is Brad Smith and I am the official photographer of the U.S. Women's National Team. I joined the WNT as a full-time staff member back in March of 2015 and it has been an incredible experience so far. For this year in review, the choices I made are subjective and personal. They include on-and-off the field moments, and capture the emotions and experiences that players and fans alike navigated in 2017. Some are also just cool photos, but I'm also probably a little bit biased. I hope you enjoy my picks, and I’ll see you all (more than likely through my lenses) in 2018!
- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer
"Does it rain much in Los Angeles? No, but the team seemed to have no trouble finding it there last January Camp."
"I’m always on the lookout for something different. Gym sessions are just that.
Then when you add some soft window light to a shadow boxing Ashlyn Harris, you get something special."
"When you practice at a college campus, word travels fast. During training at the University of Maryland,
a deserted pitch soon became a surrounded stadium."
"Winners on the field, winners off the field. While the team was in Frisco, we made a special visit to a local hospital.
Rose Lavelle even got a dance lesson."
"One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. Not only does it have fantastic action,
but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. "