We need to talk about the USA women’s away kit used in their 13-0 win over Thailand at the World Cup in France.
Defending champions USA thrashed minnows Thailand in Reims, scoring ten second-half goals, with Alex Morgan helping herself to five along the way.
The Stars and Stripes are in evidence in these shirts by Nike who continue their impressive run of kits for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The first aspect that grabs the eye is the vibrant red, which almost looks fluorescent on the field of play.
Looking closer, reveals a bold, patriotic design from Nike which feels more like one of Bruce Springsteen’s blue-collar anthems than the brash Star-Spangled Banner tributes of Adidas’ famous USA ’94 kits.
The industrial looking design proudly features three stars to symbolise Team USA’s history of World Cup titles, dating back to the inaugural women’s tournament in 1991.
Those three stars repeat across the shirt with a deconstruction of the national flag forming broken hoops.
The vivid details show these designs are no token afterthought from Nike, who will also be making these shirts available to male supporters as merchandise.
History is being made in France and whilst it may seem like a small step, these specially designed outfits are further evidence of the growing credibility of the women’s game.