By DAN KARELL
When the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams take the field in their new away uniforms, there’s no doubt that everyone will notice them.
Early Tuesday, U.S. Soccer unveiled the new away kit for both national teams that features a bright and bold red, white, and blue jersey paired with red socks and red shorts. The uniform will be worn by the USMNT for the first time in their friendly match on Wednesday against Mexico in Phoenix.
According to U.S. Soccer and Nike, who designed the kit, the uniform uses a combination of Nike Dri-Fit technology, “burnout” mesh, and laser-cut ventilation to allow for air to flow in and out of the uniform. The uniform also features the lightest-ever Nike Pro Baselayer to help the USMNT players down in Brazil in the hot and muggy weather.
“I really like the new, patriotic colorway,” U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey said in a statement. “It’s a distinctive design that looks great on the pitch. They will serve us well as we head into a competitive group.”
The kit is made from fabric that is made itself from recycled materials. The shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester, the jersey is 96 percent recycled polyester, and the socks are 78 percent polyester.
Unlike the home kit for the World Cup, the away kit features a “crew-neck” collar and on the inside of the kit, a pennant with 13 red and white stripes to represent the original 13 colonies in the United States of America.
The kit bears a striking resemblance to the Bomb Pop popsicle sticks found in many ice cream trucks in suburban and urban America.
In addition to Dempsey and USWNT forward Sydney Leroux, NFL players Andrew Luck and Ndamukong Suh, skateboarders Eric Koston and Sean Malto, track and field gold medalist Allyson Felix, and former USMNT defender Alexi Lalas took part in a jersey photo shoot.
Check out more photos of the new USA away kit below:
The kit is already on sale through Nike and USSoccer.com. The authentic jerseys are priced at $149.99 while the replica top is priced at $89.99.
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