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WNT Behind the Lens: 2018 in Photos

Photos are one of the most powerful mediums to tell a story. In order to highlight our incredible photos from 2018, we asked U.S. Women’s National Team photographer Brad Smith to compile his 15 favorite photos of this year.


In 2018, the U.S. WNT played 20 matches, held over 60 training sessions and participated in a slew of photo opportunities. I was fortunate to be on board for the entire journey and captured over 250,000 images. I’m pleased to share with you my favorite 15 from a year in which the team went unbeaten and won three tournaments. These images are a selection of moments - some action, some celebrations, some artistic, some historic - that span the year, and carry us forward into 2019. As always, see you on the sidelines!

- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer


January 2018
"Why I love January training camp in California. Sunsets and wide angles abound."

January 21, 2018
"Celebration pictures are always great, but even better when you’ve just won a game and then found out your husband will be playing in the Super Bowl."


February 28, 2018
"U.S. MNT legend Frankie Hejduk cracks up his daughter while she’s trying to interview Andi Sullivan on the field in Columbus, Ohio."

  
April 8, 2018
"There’s goal celebrations, and then there’s your 100th goal celebration."


June 11, 2018
"Matchday-1 training means shooting drills."

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. 
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. 

June 12, 2018
"The game is for everyone."


June 12, 2018
"Yea, that was a foul. And yes, it hurt."

 
June 12, 2018
"Tierna rose to the challenge in 2018. Figuratively and literally."


July 26, 2018
"If only the light would be this cooperative at every match."


July 26, 2018
"This just in: Tobin Heath is popular with the fans. Now just turn the volume to 11 and you can imagine the rest."


July 29, 2018
"Players might float in my images, but they’re never standing still."


July 29, 2018
"McCall hangs on for the ride after Lindsey scored the goal that tied the game against Australia at the Tournament of Nations."


August 31, 2018
"The somewhat rare, but always fun nutmeg cross."


October 4, 2018
"Yes!"


October 14, 2018
"Just playin’ in the rain."


US Soccer

New 2019 U.S. WNT Kits Nod to the Team's Championship Past and American Spirit

Members of the U.S. Women's National Team joined with more than 28 of the world’s top female footballers and Nike in Paris to unveil their National Team Collection for this summer’s FIFA Women's World Cup. 

The USA will compete in France wearing a new collection and a set of kits that channel the energy of  the 1999 team and all its championship glory. For the all-white home kit, the shirt features a stripped sleeve cuff reminiscent of those worn by Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy, and is punctuated by three stars above the crest — honoring the USA's world titles from ’91, ’99 and 2015. This theme follows on the shorts, where the single star adorning the sides of the ’99er uniform has been replaced by a stack of three. Knit tape on the back of the neck also displays this embellishment.

2019 U.S. WNT white kit
2019 U.S. WNT white kit shorts
2019 U.S. WNT white kit shorts

Another element to cherish: The back panel of the home shirt presents a tonal gray print formed from each of the 50 states. It is symbolic, a reminder of the nation’s support for the team — an enthusiastic “We’ve got your back!” 

2019 U.S. WNT white kit

As the away team, the WNT amps up its undeniably American identity in a red shirt and shorts with blue socks. The shirt is highlighted by an abstraction of the American flag and the three shining stars. Inner pride on the away shirt reads “One Nation, One Team.”

2019 U.S. WNT red kit
2019 U.S. WNT red kit

For each match, the team will wear a new anthem jacket with a pleated back and transparent sleeves. The full collection for the USWNT also includes a blue heather training kit, a drill pant augmented by a USA crest and Swoosh lockup and a suite of lifestyle apparel.

At the historic Palais Brongniart, Nike revealed an array of future-forward women’s innovation. Design for the 14 National Team Kits began with gathering detailed input on fit from professional footballers, followed by 4-D scanning and motion capture in the Nike Sports Research Lab. Beyond innovations in fit, the National Team Kits also reflect Nike’s continued commitment to being the world’s most sustainable sports brand, with each 2019 Nike Kit constructed from at least 12 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 6 billion plastic bottles from landfills through sustainable product design.

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