US Soccer officially released its new 2015 away jersey earlier this week, so we decided to list our three favorite jerseys of all-time. Also, take a look through history with our USMNT jersey history page.
1) 2006 Third
2) 2013 Third
3) 2006 Home
The “Don’t Tread on Me” jersey of 2006 is my personal favorite. Love the red with the two-toned sash and an old school crest. And those are the colors of red and blue we should be using for all jerseys.
The 2013 Third is my second favorite. Super clean and basic with a great throwback crest (which is way better than the current crest).
And the 2006 Home is my third favorite. I sort of like sashs, but I like how it was slightly “different” than your normal sash or a horizontal/hoops design. You don’t see the off-centered vertical stripe that often.
1) 2006 Third
2) 2010 Away
3) 2006 Home
2006 Home – Back in the day when white-blue-white was the US’s home look (before the Wimbledon whites, possibly forced by FIFA) for a solid decade or so, this was the best, especially since they were the Allied jerseys from Victory.
2010 Away – Remember when Nike was going to make the sash our “thing”? Sigh. Good times.
2006 Third – You could easily put the 2011 third in here. Red, like we’ve always asked for, a sash….sigh.
1) 2006 Home
2) 2010 Away
3) 2008 Away
The 2006 home kit has to be No. 1 simply because of those iconic images of a bloodied Brian McBride. The kit is great on its own, but the pictures of McBride—who went the full 90 in that titanic draw against Italy—put it over the top. Second place goes to the 2010 away kit. The dark navy blue with white sash is fantastic, plus it’s the jersey the U.S. wore in its epic comeback against Slovenia in the World Cup. Third place goes to the 2008 charcoal gray away kit. It’s not really an “American” color and there’s not a signature win in it (does a 3-0 win over Poland in Europe count?), but overall, it’s a good one.
Honorable mention: Centennial kit
If you want to make a fashion statement: 1972 Olympic white
1) 1950 Home (and 2004 Third)
2) 2012 Home
3) 1994 Away
While I am pro-sash, the 1950 – and the 2004 throwback – is a very strong white kit, which is tough to pull off. The sash runs at the shoulder instead of going over, feeling less like a pageant sash and more like someone is crossing the finish line tape. Plus that’s clean crest without a silly soccer ball shooting through the picture.
2012 Home is the best at incorporating all of red, white, and blue. The shorts and socks really make the kit come together. It looks great with or without the number on it (relevant for buyers) and made Where’s Waldo totally relevant again, which we can all agree was great. However, I am disappointed in the American Outlaws for not making the obvious “American Odlaw” fan shirt.
I know it gets a lot of grief but there’s not a jersey that captures a time better than the ’94 away denim kit. It’s legendary. If someone poured acid on the American flag and then draped it across their body it would look just like this. The 90s were great and it fit the 1994 World Cup team well.
On a side note, if they remade the 2006 home jersey with replica Bride McBride blood then that’d clearly be the greatest US jersey of all-time.
1) 2012 Home
2) 1994 Away
3) 2013 Third
2012 Home – The great national teams of the world have iconic, traditional primary jerseys that are easily identifiable. Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, England – there is no mistaking when watching these teams play. The Waldo is, and forever should be, the standard American look. Nothing declares “USA” more quickly and emphatically than red and white horizontal stripes. It’s simple, it’s unique, it’s us.
1994 Away – The obvious companion to the primary stars & stripes kit is an away jersey featuring a field of blue, with some representation of white stars. Is The Denim my ideal manifestation of this concept? I’d probably design one with more understated stars and a deeper shade of blue. But the vision is what counts here. Extra bonus points for boldness and brashness.
2013 Third – It was a tough call not including something with a sash in my top three. Though sashes have been featured in so many USMNT jerseys over the years, there aren’t any that feel just right to me. The 1950 red sash on white looks nice, but looks too similar to Peru in modern context. More recent versions position the sash to showcase the Nike logo ahead of the crest. The Centennial, on the other hand, is clean and dignified. Most importantly, it brought back that beautiful classic crest, which should never, ever go away.
Chime in with your favorites in the comments.