Well here it is after much to do and fanfare, the 2012-13 Nike USA Home jersey, and boy is it a doozy. I’m not sure how I feel about this jersey in terms of style, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me.
I think my first reaction to the shirt was the same as everyone else’s; it looks like a Where’s Waldo jersey, but the more I see the bright, vibrant red stripes on a white background the more I like it. The sash faded into the stripe pattern seems unnecessary, but doesn’t look out of place on this shirt. This jersey also has a midnight navy collar around the neck, and the classic white coloured Nike Swoosh is on the right breast. The US soccer federation logo is emblazoned on the left chest and really pops against the red and white background. This jersey weights 145g which makes it one of the lightest soccer jerseys in the world, and feels great when you’ve got it on. It’s made from 100% polyester that was derived from recycled plastic water bottles, and features the Nike Dri-FIT technology, on both sides which give added comfort to the wearer.
The thing that makes the USA soccer jerseys so unique is the fact their are actually to different versions of the jersey. One features the red stripes running the whole way around the jersey, and the other has a section of them whited-out on the back where the name and number go. This makes these soccer jerseys unique, and when combined with the design I’m sure they’ll be as big a collectors item as the infamous USA “fringe” kit worn by Alexi Lalas. Just remember, if you are going to get a name and number on your USA home jersey, makes sure you grab the one with a space for it on the back.
Overall, the Nike 2012-13 USA Home Jersey is unique, and looks sharp, and I’d recommend it to any USA soccer supporter out there. They retail at $84.99, but you can pre-order one for 10% off from our favourite affiliate partner, SoccerPro.com right here for just $76.49.
Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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