Nike signs extension with U.S. Soccer to remain official uniform provider

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By DAN KARELL

Players and coaches have come and gone through U.S. Soccer, but there’s been one constant since 1995.

Nike, the team’s official uniform provider, announced today that it has signed a new contract with U.S. Soccer to continue that partnership through 2022. Nike will continue to design both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team jerseys for the next nine years.

“Nike is extremely proud to continue our longstanding partnership with U.S. Soccer,” Nike brand president Trevor Edwards said in a statement. “The partnership reinforces Nike’s leadership in soccer, as we continue to deliver game-changing innovations on the pitch and share the same vision to further grow the sport as a whole in the U.S.”

Nike, an official partner of U.S. Soccer since 1995, has designed the team’s uniforms for for the last four men’s and women’s World Cups and other international competitions. The USMNT debuted their latest jersey, the white uniform featuring a retro crest in honor of U.S. Soccer’s centennial, last March ahead of World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico.

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What do you think of this news? Glad to see U.S. Soccer continue with Nike? Would you rather see them in Adidas uniforms? Think it makes a difference?

Share your thoughts below.

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46 Responses to Nike signs extension with U.S. Soccer to remain official uniform provider

  1. Daniel says:

    any idea on when the wc kit drops?

  2. DanO says:

    Would love to see someone put together a compilation of Nike USMNT kits. It would be fun to see the evolution, er, variations on the theme, all in one place.

  3. Jon says:

    Cool. Now “unintentionally” leak some 2014 kit images already.

  4. Han Solo says:

    Glad to see that an American company sponsors our team…….

    BUT, this means another 8 years of constantly changing the jerseys.

    Can we get some consistency in the design? You definitely know when you are watching France or Germany or Brazil. Changing so much is just a ridiculous ploy to make more money.

    • Cabrito says:

      Agreed. Whether you like them or not, the “hoops” shirt is unique among national team kits. I hope they at least keep that design going forward.

    • jgnc says:

      It’s like the Ducks. Screw consistency. Why be consistent when you can be awesome? I vote for awesome.

    • Norniron says:

      These types of comments are so inaccurate. I collect club and international jerseys, and have over 100 or so. England’s jerseys have changed quite a bit through the years, as have Germany’s and France’s. The only two national teams that readily come to mind in demonstrating consistency are Argentina and Brazil, with the edge on that to Argentina. Their vertical blue stripes have been a hallmark of their side.

  5. Beto says:

    Glad to have Nike, hopefully they keep the centenial jerseys design long term

  6. Kojo says:

    Anyone have any idea if US Soccer is listening to the fans on keeping the centennial shield as our shield going forward? I know there have been petitions to keep it and get rid of the cheesy shield with the soccer ball

    • John says:

      Gulati did comment on the online petition so he at least knows.

      • Rocco says:

        What did he say? Did he acknowledge that there are red striped in the US flag? Did he acknowledge the face the logo is a slight modification of ’92 MacPaint nightmares?

    • Hammster says:

      He’s probably trying to balance the opinions of the nostalgia-lovers with the opinions of those of us who find the “Centennial crest” generic and unimpressive, if not outright boring. I mean, it’s just a shield. Captain America could carry that without having to worry about people calling him “some kind of soccer-boy”.

  7. Techskillz416 says:

    I wrote on another site asking the question, if we had to have a kit that was similiar to Italy, or Japan, or Netherlands and others where our kits are not the color of the American Flag, but still have a strong link and history to the USA what would the kit look as in terms of colors? I just like hearing the different answers.

    • Beto says:

      The Slate Gray jerseys in 09 were cool. Other than that i dont think we have ever used other colors. If it is to be done it should be short lived like that one.

      • Techskillz416 says:

        Yea i really like the slate grey uni’s also. I think outside of the box though if i could design a kit for the UMSNT not based on the US Flag, but yet have an american feel, i’d make a Gold shirt with the centennial crest, white shorts when a gold stripe, and dark brown socks. I’d try to reference a bald eagle look, and incorporate the bird on the kit somewhere.

        • Ezra says:

          I like the idea of referencing the bald eagle. Not many national teams wear brown and gold compared to the number of teams that wear white, blue, or red. I think the current Bayern away kit is a good example of how the brown and gold can look.

        • Freegle says:

          With Nike/USSoccer’s referencing the rattlesnake in their design and getting that idea from the Gadsden flag, I would think that a yellow “Gadsden” or “Don’t Tread on Me” kit would be both historically relevant and a great 3rd kit.

      • bryan says:

        one of my favorite jerseys. along with my copa america blue with white pinstripes one.

    • Hogatroge says:

      Just gotta second the gray. Bad@ss.

    • patrick says:

      they had the horribly ugly royal blue and white pinstripe jersey for a couple games. It wasn’t the blue we typically associate with the US.

      It just sucks that right now the US has two really nice jerseys, the hoops, and the centennial white, and its most likely that neither will be at the World Cup.

  8. Commenter says:

    Now keep the Centennial crest on the jersey.

  9. Freddie Footballer says:

    If they were smart they’d have have the new kits and other apparel ready for purchase by christmas time.

    • USAmr says:

      This. I went in our local shop looking for USA gear. Sold out.
      They have Brazil, Germany and Italy on display, but no USA stuff because Nike stops production and doesn’t release the new stuff until later.

  10. HoboMike says:

    Off topic, but did I miss an announcement that Ives was stopping podcasts? There hasn’t been one since before the MLS final.

  11. solles says:

    6-7 years ago I would have thought this absolutely awful as Nike made hands down the ugliest kits IN. THE. WORLD. (/jeremyclarkson)

    Lately though they havent been too bad, then again its hard to screw up a plain white shirt.

  12. John says:

    I just hope the new kit doesn’t have a sash on it. Even the hoop kit had a faint sash on it. Not a fan of the sash look.

  13. Joe Dirt says:

    Please keep the centennial crest and make that change permanent. The centennial is a classic look and thats something we need permanent on the kit. Please also get rid of those awful Where’s Waldo kits.

  14. bryan says:

    link to mlssoccer.com

    at least they have the same crest, but that 1st one is ugly. i like the 2nd one though. they should just turn the white centennial into the “home” kit, the blue one in that link as the “away” kit, and then bring back to grey one as the “alternate” kit.

  15. SilverRey says:

    Bring back the Denim!!!!!

  16. MisterJC says:

    2006 Home and the current 2012 Away Kits are my all time favorites.

    I despise the old centennial crest. I just don’t get all of the love for it. I like our current crest just fine.

    I do wish for continuity. If we do change, do it every three or four world cup cycles…

  17. Hammster says:

    I’m fine with that. I like just about all their recent designs… except for the Centennial shirt. That was the most boring US shirt ever.