February 2010

Battle Armor For The Good Guys?

To start things off, I must concede that these are not the official kits (the red ones can be viewed here) for this summer; they’re only a rumor. Chances are we won’t be seeing these guys in June, but it’s still fun to speculate. And since I’m also a firm believer in looking good while playing the beautiful game, (Screw Casual Fridays – I’m a proud co-founder of Fancy Fridays at my college) here are some of my thoughts:

The jerseys are noticeable, and rightfully so. American soccer has duly become a bit more mainstream as of late and maybe the brainchild behind these jerseys hopes to continue this trend. World Cup tune-ups that include the Netherlands, Turkey, and now the Czech Republic will help turn even more heads.

Curious enough, I can’t seem to make up my mind on these jerseys. At first glance, I took them to be a joke (and alas, they still could be). Perusing the comments, fans across the county have brought up some awfully realistic comparisons to hall monitors, beauty pageant contestants, and safety patrolmen. Simply put, they’re hardly the most intimidating kits on the block. They surely were designed in a different direction than past jerseys, though. It would be interesting to hear the players’ unadulterated opinions of their gear, but we’re more like to see Bob Bradley cry tears of joy.

However, these kits certainly have a higher dose of CONCACAF flavor with splashes of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala throughout. As an avid supporter of CONCACAF in general, (yes, even Mexico to some degree) wearing a version of red, white, and blue that suit our region seems especially fitting. Even the somewhat light gaudy color scheme has slowly grown on me with each viewing. If the fashion designers working with the USMNT can nail the shorts / socks combination, I’ll be pretty pleased.

If I had it my way, I would have our boys honor their roots American Revolutionary style, donning tricorne hats and a pair of pantaloons, replete with a portrait of our beloved Uncle Sam plastered on the back. At this point, England has plenty of reasons to hate US Soccer, but that would be the icing on the cake. But when taking into account such things as Landon Donovan recently fracturing Ashley Cole’s ankle and The “Miracle of Grass” when a bunch of USA vagabonds upset England in the 1950 World Cup, they really can’t be too pleased with us Yanks. I digress. But whatever, I don’t care as well. Bring it on you Three Lions.

Your thoughts?

Tim Patterson is a contributing writer for The Yanks Are Coming. He can be reached at TPatters@tulane.edu.

Tim Patterson

  • I can’t make up my mind, either. I couldn’t make up my mind on our current jerseys either, but I love them now that they have some history with them. Something doesn’t seem right with these, though it might just be because they aren’t on one of our players yet. Once they get a little wear-time, I’ll come around to anything. I even like the Everton aways!

  • Dan

    I don’t like them. I’ll get used to them if I have to, but I’d rather not have to.

  • Name

    I hate them! They are ugly!

  • I like them… This my not be it, but it appears to be a throwback to the 1950 (when we beat England) kit, which is hopefully a sign of things to come. Also here is something by Nike about the launch of World Cup kits. http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=nike+football&init=quick#!/event.php?eid=361885916392&ref=mf
    It says they are “revolutionizing National Team kit design”. I am psyched! Oh and Megan the Everton aways are my favorite Prem jersey next to last years Aston Villa aways.

  • Eric

    Thats probably the away, the site is pretty reputable and theyre usually right. I like it. Home is white, its on the side-bar.

  • We’re better than the other teams in CONCACAF and we’re better than these jerseys. Our current uni’s, both the homes and the aways, are much sharper than these things.

  • Amy

    We’ll look like ghetto Blackburn Rovers in these atrocities .FML.

  • I disagree here, I like these kits. I like the blue and red ones better then the white one. The sash was put there in honor of the 1950 US WC squad that beat England.

  • Personally I love them. Much better than my motherland Korea’s tiger print kits… Was really looking forward to buying a jersey for my father, but that sh*t is atrocious. I really so absolutely nothing wrong with USA’s though. If i didn’t already own one, I would seriously consider purshasing this kit.

  • I have to say I love my blue on red “Don’t Tread on Me” kit, and the 1950’s look. However, should we post anything like the debacle of a performance in France, we are bound to get lots of “Miss America” comments. The upshot of that is that our women are better than all that.

  • Kyle

    You might want to mention the similarities between this and the 1950s kit in the article more clearly. They were wearing a jersey very similar to this in the 1950’s when they upset England which is why this jersey was possibly chosen for the world cup.

  • The thing that I like most about it is that it is actually our colors. The grey kit was nice but not representative of the RED WHITE AND BLUE!

    Come on you Eagles!


  • Tim Patterson

    Kyle –

    You make an excellent point there, thanks for pointing that out.

  • Eric Holmes

    I like the new look and the historical significance. Of course I would support the team if the uniforms were bright pink. 😉

    Twitter: @Eric_W_Holmes