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If you were watching the U.S. Olympic team play and felt like something was missing, it’s because something was.
The U.S. Soccer crest (pictured below) that is emblazoned on every U.S. national team uniform was not on the U.S. Olympic team uniform for the men or the women for their opening matches. The reason? According to a U.S. Soccer official, The International Olympic Committee does not allow national governing bodies to include their crests on their uniforms during the Olympics.
If you have seen other teams with crests, it is because the national federations for those countries have ignored the IOC mandate, and are subject to fines by the IOC.
So no, there wasn’t a laundry fiasco and nobody made off with the crests. There’s your answer to the missing crests question.