Though you wouldn't know it by the sub-20 temperatures and five inches of snow outside my door (and counting), we're only four months away from the start of the 2014 World Cup. U.S. Soccer released the official home jersey for the U.S. Men's National Team this morning. It's this:
Nike has teams of designers who've done incredible things with fabrics, colors, and textures. Apparently, those people were busy on other projects, like LeBron's face mask. The team that designed this jersey appears to have spent about 15 minutes on it. My first reaction: "Jesus, that's boring as shit."
Could be worse, as a Deadspin commenter points out. We could've returned to the 1994 World Cup kit, an ungodly mishmash of denim, acid wash, and a child's imagination.
For what it's worth, there's a pretty cool history of USMNT jerseys from 1984 - 2010 here. We've put our boys in some dreadful shit over the years.
Here's a picture of the full kits. I like them a bit better in context, but I still don't love them. Of note, the guy with the flag over his shoulders is the founder of The American Outlaws, the leading U.S. Soccer supporter's organization. That's a pretty cool touch for U.S. Soccer.