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The Nike US Men’s team third jersey flew off the racks when we first brought them in the shop, so there’s no doubt as to their popularity among fans. I’m in that camp. I absolutely love this shirt and wish it were the main home or away jersey. I’m happy it exists at all, however, so I’d like to take a moment and refresh everybody on just why this jersey is the bee’s knees.

The main thing separating this jersey from the other two is the color choice. It has the same diagonal stripes going from the right shoulder to the left waist, and it has the same placement with regards to team crest and sponsor logo. The main color is a silky red color that is used on the cuffs and collar of the current away jersey. It’s just a much livelier color than the navy that I can’t help but want the third jersey to be the away jersey. When you see the players wearing this on the pitch, they seem to have an air of coolness not delivered by the navy shirts. Their swagger just seems amplified in the red shirts. The only real element in this shirt is the diagonal stripe, as mentioned above. This is how the navy should be used—as an accent. It complements the red perfectly in my mind, and my eye can’t help but come back again and again for more. I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of fans feel the same. The whole thing is topped off by a navy collar, which cements the whole design. Ladies and gentleman, this is what a complete soccer jersey looks like. It may be my own personal bias, but I can find no fault with this soccer jersey.

As with all Nike jerseys, this third jersey is made with Dri-FIT technology and will help evaporate moisture from your skin. The shirt is thin and light, so you don’t have to worry about wearing a fifteen pound weight for a shirt. It also fits true to size, so whatever size you normally wear should work. If you have doubts, go ahead and try it on. If you’re ordering online, well, I wouldn’t have many worries. A medium, my usual size, fit me perfectly. The $69.99 price tag is a fine price for a shirt of this quality, both in terms of look and construction. Even if you don’t personally want one, I’m sure you know someone who would love it as a gift!

Written by: Kris Dyer, contributing editor, soccerprose.com


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