U.S. national team kit rankings: Ahead of the World Cup, a look back at the best
When Nike revealed the uniforms last week for the United States men’s and women’s national teams for the upcoming World Cup tournaments, responses ranged from muted to borderline mutiny.
To recap: The home kit for Qatar 2022 is a plain white shirt with some neckline and sleeve accents, while the away counterpart is an abstract and muddled mix of two blue tones. That is to say, you’re not missing much.
Part of the backlash to the kits stems from the U.S. teams’ having worn some pretty memorable ones on soccer’s biggest stages, even if there isn’t a signature look a la France‘s Maillots Bleus, Argentina‘s Albiceleste or Brazil‘s Canarinho.
But for whatever reason (the minimal look is still in, concern of the men not qualifying again, or maybe a really sharp fit is under wraps until the 2026 tournament?), this year’s version falls far short of anything collectible-worthy.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t stop us from at least reminiscing and stepping into the way-back machine (or at least to 1991) to rank the best U.S. kits ever donned.