To mark 100 days until the World Cup, Nike has revealed the home kit that the U.S. will wear at this summer's tournament and the verdict is unanimous: The top looks like a golf shirt. And it turns out that was by design.
"The classic jersey is white with gray horizontal pinstripes across the body and sleeves, a reference to the USA’s historic tradition of using stripes," Nike says. "The jersey has a white polo collar featuring red trim, a nod of respect to this iconic piece of American fashion and sportswear."
In other words, it's a golf shirt and everyone knows it.
The new #USMNT World Cup jerseys look like a good investment. A jersey, a golf shirt, even a business casual work shirt all in one.
— Matt Sanders (@M_Sand09) March 3, 2014
The good news is that the new USMNT jersey will also work for the Ryder Cup team. #GolfShirt
— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) March 3, 2014
Even the Associated Press went with the headline "New US World Cup jersey looks like golf shirt" for their report on the matter. But this look is just as traditional for the pitch as it is for the golf course. The shirt is actually almost identical to England's 2010 World Cup home kit produced by former Nike subsidiary Umbro — the only apparent difference being the stripes and the crest switch.
But the U.S. shirt does have something that the Greg Norman Collection doesn't: A blacklight message of "One Nation. One Team." written in the player's names on the back that will go almost completely unnoticed.
The shirt is available now and will fit all of your business casual needs for $90.
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