A Look Back: US MNT Kits Since 94

A Look Back: US MNT Kits Since 94

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 31, 2008
  • 6 Comments

Yesterday got me thinking. I figured after reading a lot of your comments and emails that it would be a good idea to take a step back and look at all the kits (that I could google and find) that the US has worn in recent years and compair them all.

Its a good topic for debate. Which is the best. Which is the worst.

Most of you have said the new one sucks or isn’t too bad. A lot of you, like me, wish the team would wear only the “Don’t Tread On Me” red kit from last year.

Anyways, let’s get to this history lesson so you can all debate it out.

I know I am missing some years and for that I am sorry. I got as many as I could find in the short amount of time that I wrote this. If you have some years that are missing feel free to send them in and I will get them on here as quickly as possible. Also, if one is out of place in terms of year it was worn just let me know and I will fix it. Sometimes in searching photos years can get mixed up but I think the sites I used were pretty true to the year.

I couldn’t find a couple that I knew existed (mainly because I once owned them) but I am sure someone out there has it online.

1994:

1996 (I also recall a ugly blue jersey like this one, and no that is not me):

1998 (World Cup year…):

2002 (Korean/Japan WC):

2005:

2006 (another WC year…):

2007:

2008:

  • Barefoot

    I enjoy fashion criticism as much as the next fan, but in reality I'd back the lads even if they played home games in full length sequined cowl-back gowns. Incidentally, the original Nike proposal for the 2008 home kit was indeed a full length blue and white sequined gown with red numbers. I have it on good authority that this initial offering ran into resistance from US Soccer as Sunil Gulati was insisting on a tea-length kit. <br />
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    The kit was a compromise based on the FC Dallas away kit. But the narrower &quot;hoops&quot; look was shot down by Gulati. Who, my sources tell me, is convinced that ugly uniforms have become a distinguishing &quot;brand&quot; for US Soccer. In a final effort to appease Gulati, Nike uglified the hoop look by widening the stripes until the current travesty was acceptable.<br />
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    Personally, my favorite by far is the &quot;Aviator Stripe&quot; from 1996. The current dark blue away jersey uses this same pattern (and has been our most consistent look). I'm also a fan of the 7/4/04 special jesrsey with the vertical wavy stripes. <br />
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    If it were my call, I would go with the white Aviator Stripe for home. The River Plate look for away, and the July-4th kit for third or special occasions.<br />
    <br />
    (PS – check your style sheet definitions, this comment box extends to the right off the visible page)

  • Tim K

    Personally, I think the only ones that look good are the New pinstipe blue and the old nike with the cirlce around the number. When did grey even become an option???

  • Barefoot

    I enjoy fashion criticism as much as the next fan, but in reality I’d back the lads even if they played home games in full length sequined cowl-back gowns. Incidentally, the original Nike proposal for the 2008 home kit was indeed a full length blue and white sequined gown with red numbers. I have it on good authority that this initial offering ran into resistance from US Soccer as Sunil Gulati was insisting on a tea-length kit.

    The kit was a compromise based on the FC Dallas away kit. But the narrower “hoops” look was shot down by Gulati. Who, my sources tell me, is convinced that ugly uniforms have become a distinguishing “brand” for US Soccer. In a final effort to appease Gulati, Nike uglified the hoop look by widening the stripes until the current travesty was acceptable.

    Personally, my favorite by far is the “Aviator Stripe” from 1996. The current dark blue away jersey uses this same pattern (and has been our most consistent look). I’m also a fan of the 7/4/04 special jesrsey with the vertical wavy stripes.

    If it were my call, I would go with the white Aviator Stripe for home. The River Plate look for away, and the July-4th kit for third or special occasions.

    (PS – check your style sheet definitions, this comment box extends to the right off the visible page)

  • Tim K

    Personally, I think the only ones that look good are the New pinstipe blue and the old nike with the cirlce around the number. When did grey even become an option???

  • Rory Miller

    I hate them all sooooo much.<br />
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    Actually I hated the Gold Cup blue with pinstripes the first time I saw them then I kind of liked them. Now I love them compared to that polo crap we'll be wearing for a while. (Please lord, have them change it soon).<br />
    <br />
    Maybe if we lose to Mexico we'll never wear them again? That would make a nice consolation prize.<br />
    <br />
    Hell, how about a very plain white with the badge? That would be a massive improvement.

  • I hate them all sooooo much.

    Actually I hated the Gold Cup blue with pinstripes the first time I saw them then I kind of liked them. Now I love them compared to that polo crap we’ll be wearing for a while. (Please lord, have them change it soon).

    Maybe if we lose to Mexico we’ll never wear them again? That would make a nice consolation prize.

    Hell, how about a very plain white with the badge? That would be a massive improvement.