The new World Cup finals are getting closer to the US men’s national team. Nearly a decade later, the United States will play the men’s World Cup again, which means the nation is once again primed for drama, intensity, and most importantly: fashion.
That’s right, the new World Cup means the new World Cup Kits, and USMNT owns them just like any other team in this competition. Previous US efforts during the world’s biggest soccer tournament make up some of the team’s best ever, such as the 2010 mantle kits, the 2006 asymmetric ribbon and the affectionately nicknamed Bomb Pop kits from 2014. Because the World Cup kit isn’t just a kit, yet everything.
And so in 2022, the team leaders gave this team that conquered CONCACAF… these things.
The USMNT World Cup 2022 kits are here 👀 pic.twitter.com/ylakM38ubb
– ESPN FC (ESPNFC) September 15, 2022
Oh boy. Let’s just start with the basic groups for now.
This is meant to be a tribute to the initial 2004-2005 kits. If you don’t remember, those were the years every country with Nike as its supplier got the numbers with the circles around them, the kind of thin, striped bargain shield framing the front of the jersey.
Puma stole this latest design concept to make their own horrible World Cup jerseys, so it looks like Nike will be satisfied with the Federation Central logo and whatever we agree to call that navy spot on the collar.
These groups are okay in the grand scheme of things. It’s tempting to categorize it as worse than it is, and it’s a perfectly good basic. The United States rarely does interesting things with its staple collections anyway, and some of the most memorable of the past were, in fact, plain white shirts. Remember how much everyone loved the Centennial kits during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers? Plain white shirt, with navy trim and a cool Throwing Union logo. That was all it really took.
Yunus Musa, on a media call now, says he’s seen and wears the USMNT World Cup kits (although it hasn’t been confirmed that it’s the one that was leaked).
When asked to rate it with a thumbs up or down, he said (with a smile of course): “In the middle.” pic.twitter.com/gBvKmOF6fs
Henry Bushnell August 25 2022
However, these don’t attract attention in the same way, and it probably has a lot to do with the focus of the new Federation logo as a major design element here. It’s front and center, and forces you to account for the fact that it wouldn’t look out of place when dressed up as a Tapout, or spotted on a hat at a Toby Keith party. It’s not classic, nor is it particularly bold. Just a logo designed to appeal to most people whose idea of imagination is to put ketchup under it sausage; If you put a logo in the middle of the kit, it should be a cool logo. And the US logo is OK.
Also, the US women’s team would wear these kits, probably in a more limited fashion than men, and the centrality of the Federation emblem has led to some … improvisation in placing the World Cup winners’ badge on their kits.
Lindsey Horan is as upset as I feel about having the FIFA World Champions Badge on this shirt. pic.twitter.com/JKUVKuQu1D
– Brooks Beck (@BrooksDT) September 15, 2022
I think the biggest offense of these groups is a good analogy to this USMNT team: they do the job, but it looks like they can do more. We get glimpses of him now and then, and when Tim Weah Strips down the side line or Jiu Rena Blessed former defenders, signs of how much fun this team has been.
In the same way, basic USMNT groups can be legitimately large, and we’ve seen great American groups in the past, even those that are mostly white. Groups that take some risk and stand out, create an identity that is instantly recognizable and interesting yet still distinct. Honestly, the whole red and blue pattern of the court kit that American teams have been wearing over the past year or so comes close to that feeling.
these? They will be fine. It will be better than the secondary group.
Footy Headlines took a look at the USMNT Guest Kit (Original Match/Jersey). It’s already happening pic.twitter.com/SVKXjT0kUl
– Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) September 13, 2022
The secondary sets look like they were pulled out of the wardrobe for a Hanson tour in 1998. It’s the Dye and Wash Stones baby that should only be available for purchase with Kohl’s Cash.
The only inappropriate argument I’ve heard about how and why these kits would be good is the reference to the famous 1994 World Cup denim kits, perhaps the most American of all the USMNT kits. For a long time, it was considered ugly. The players themselves thought the kits were a joke at first. It wasn’t until decades later that they achieved some sort of cult status, and many fans are eager to get their hands on one.
And so the argument goes that, perhaps in many years, we will look fondly at the tie-dye experiment and wish we could relive it. Or maybe we’ll still hate them, like Weah and Weston McKinney He says USMNT hates them when secondary kits were leaked online.
Tim Weah on the new USMNT groups pic.twitter.com/e8WTxoEIcA
– USMNT only (usmntonly) August 18 2022
Weston McKennie confirms that the leaked USMNT kits are real and seem to agree with most fans that they really suck.
– MLS Buzz (@MLS_Buzz) August 15, 2022
I can only hope that in 30 years’ time, this particular version only exists in the thrift stores that David Lynch’s disciples have created as purgatory realms their characters can never escape. They will lose themselves in the bubbles of style, and be completely consumed by the depths of the design. They would know nothing of Hell, because they had encountered something much worse.
If the USMNT is knocked out in the group stage, I blame that group. Whoever plays the goalkeeper will accidentally hypnotize themselves by looking at him for too long, or something like that.