US Women’s National Team debut Exclusive Olympic kit
The US Women’s National Team debut Olympic kit ahead of August soccer tournament in Rio.
The US Women’s National team and Nike have unveiled the team’s new kit for this summer’s Olympic games in Rio. The new kit will be used specifically for this summer’s Olympics and will go on sale to the public on July 23.
The reigning Women’s World Cup champions have also taken four of the five Olympic gold medals in the women’s game. With the team’s continued success, it is highly likely the ladies will play for gold in Brazil.
The new kit takes a step away from the previous shirt’s badge. Rather than having the current USA shield logo, the new shirts display a more simplistic “USA”. The logo change is in accordance with the rules set forth by the Olympics that prevent team’s from using federation crests.
The entire home kit is white with subtle red and blue elements. The uniform is rounded out by white socks that blend with blue as they near the ankle.
According to USsoccer.com, the kit will only be worn for the 2016 Olympics and the team will return to the previous kit following the games in Rio.
While several media outlets and fans have praised the new kits and Nike, others such as FOX Soccer have expressed their distaste for the uniform. The American soccer outlet has been the most vocal on Twitter calling the kits “boring” and “blah”.
Nike reveals new #USWNT kit for #Rio2016 and it… looks pretty blah. http://foxs.pt/290ZTNY pic.twitter.com/W6E20hU65q
The USA will play in Group G at the Rio Olympics and will face off against Colombia, France and New Zealand. The women’s national team has won gold at the last three Olympic games and the team has lost a mere two matches in Olympic tournaments.
USWNT kits for the Rio 2016 Olympics. As always, no sport federation logos at Olympics. Also: USOC podium jacket.pic.twitter.com/cF0dSlG1Mc
The Nike’s kits for the US soccer teams have come under scrutiny from fans in the last few years. From boring and plain to uninspiring, fans and media have criticized the kits for both the men and women’s teams. While it appears everyone is split on the uniforms, it may come down to either a complete change in design or kit manufacturer that will impress everyone.
The US Women’s National Team will play two Olympic warm-up matches in July. The first will take place at Chicago’s Solider Field on the 9th with the women playing South Africa. Thirteen days later the the US will face-off against Costa Rica at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
The US will kick-off Olympic play on August 3rd in Mineirao, Belo Horizonte against New Zealand.
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