CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams have unveiled a bold new away Nike kit that features a stylish gradient design.
The WNT will introduce the kit when it travels to Portugal for the 2015 Algarve Cup from March 4-11, and the MNT will wear the kit for the first time on March 25 against Denmark.
The new away jersey features a unique gradient graphic on the front and back of the jersey, beginning in white at the shoulders, before a blend of light rays gradually evolve to dark blue at the hemline. Along each side of the jersey is a wide white stripe that extends to the shorts.
The jersey also boasts a new signature streamlined, clean and modern V-neck collar that blends with the shirt’s gradient graphic, and features a red triangle insert at the front to ensure all three of the USA’s national colors are represented in the kit.
Inside the back of the neck is a pennant tab featuring 13 red and white stripes to represent the original colonies that declared independence and formed the first states.
Players’ names and numbers on the back of the jersey appear in a specially-designed font that is modern, angular and directly influenced by U.S. college and varsity sports.
The new away shorts are dark blue with the white stripe along both sides that sync with those on the shirt.
The women will wear a new gradient away sock that matches their jersey – dark blue with a wide tonal stripe of chevrons on the calf at the back. The men will wear a dark blue sock without the gradient design.
While the new kit features Nike’s signature style and passion, it has also been designed to offer players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.
Nike’s kits are made of recycled polyester and have been created to provide both unrivalled performance benefits and a lower environmental impact. 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. By using recycled polyester Nike is also reducing the energy consumed in the entire process by up to 30 percent.
Nike Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the jersey and short where it can quickly evaporate. This allows players to perform at their absolute best by remaining cooler, drier, and more comfortable. Laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels featured in key areas of the kit also improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies, helping to regulate body temperature.
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. "