Wednesday roundup: US Soccer unveils The Red Kit

The Equalizer Staff February 15, 2017 22

Also in today’s roundup, Team USA, Mia Hamm, remember ’96 gold medal soccer match, Wolfsburg has injury concerns ahead of the Champions League quarters, and Belgium announces Cyprus Cup roster

U.S. Soccer released The Red Kit. The women will be first to wear it, March 1 in the SheBelieves Cup opener against Germany.

U.S. Soccer released The Red Kit. The women will be first to wear it, March 1 in the SheBelieves Cup opener against Germany.

U.S. Soccer picked a few minutes after the bewitching hour for the East Coast to drop their new third kits. The “Red Kit,” which the USWNT will debut at the SheBelieves Cup in two weeks, is a monochromatic version of the the team’s current home and away kits. The brilliant red jersey features dark red sleeves and includes a black stripe down the side that continues down the shorts. The front has the traditional Nike swoosh over the right breast and the U.S. Soccer crest–simplified in a red-and-white design–above the left. The women’s version includes the three stars representing the team’s three World Cup victories and the FIFA World Cup victory patch in the center.

From the U.S. Soccer article about the new jerseys.

U.S. Soccer and Nike have unveiled the new 2017 U.S. National Team kit, featuring a bold red color palette with the lightweight mobility and engineered breathability of Nike AeroSwift technology.
With the pervasive red aesthetic, the U.S. National Teams will feature in a core color of the United States flag as they embark on an exciting and important year of competitive international competitions.

Similar to the current home jersey, the red jersey is adorned with several patriotic flares throughout the material, including “1 Nation” and “1 Team” on the inside cuffs of the sleeve, in addition to “USA” displayed on the neckline. The slim cut provides a distraction-free fit while preserving range of motion. The USA crest and the Swoosh logo are heat transferred for a flexible, breathable finish that does not interfere with athlete performance.

The first SheBelieves Cup match is March 1 against Germany. The men will debut the kit in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras on March 24.

An ode to Colleen Hacker and the ’96 gold medal team

U.S. Olympic Team, the Twitter account dedicated to all things Team USA across all Olympic sports, released a nine-minute video about the dawn of the Colleen Hacker era. Tony DiCicco hired Hacker as the national team’s sports psychologist in the aftermath of a painful loss to Norway in the 1995 World Cup semifinal.

“It was one of the great strengths of our coach Tony DiCicco in bringing Dr Hacker in,” Mia Hamm says in the video. “He knew that motivation wasn’t his strength.”

With help from Hamm, Hacker discusses the elements that helped her instill confidence in the team as they embarked on the first Olympic competition for women, in front of their home fans, in 1996. The video opens with Hamm recalling a 1-0 deficit to Norway in the semifinals but saying that in the locker room, “you would have thought we were winning 3-0.” The U.S. eventually won that match in sudden death extra time and then defeated China for the gold medal.

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Hacker talks about not going in with a set plan but wanting to get to know the players first before trying to build their confidence. Hamm speaks of trust walks where players had to guide blindfolded teammates down hills without being allowed to use hands.

In his book Girls of Summer Jere Longman discusses Hacker’s deft handling of a lawsuit filed by former player Debbie Keller that threatened to hang a dark cloud over the 1999 World Cup.

Injured Lena Goeßling not likely for Wolfsburg’s UWCL quarterfinals

Lena Goeßling is out six weeks after ankle surgery, putting her participation in Wolfsburg’s quarterfinal Champions League tie against Lyon in jeopardy. The UWCL Twitter account broke the news. Also mentioned is a knee injury to Zsanett Jakabfi whose timeframe seems less certain.

Goeßling, who will be 31 on the other side of the SheBelieves Cup, was left off Germany’s roster for the U.S. tournament. Wolfsburg opens its home-and-home quarterfinal tie with Lyon on March 23 at AOK Stadium. The return leg, March 29 in France, is exactly six weeks in the offing.

Belgium releases Cyprus Cup roster

Belgium has announced a 24-woman roster ahead of next month’s Cyprus Cup. The Belgians will be longshots in a group against Italy, South Korea, and Switzerland. Janice Cayman, who played briefly for the Western New York Flash last season, is in the squad. The full roster of 24 is:

Belgium's 2017 Cyprus Cup roster

Belgium’s 2017 Cyprus Cup roster

Goalkeepers (3): Nicky Evrard, Diede Lemey, Sofie Van Houtven
Defenders (7): Maud Coutereels, Imke Courtois, Laura Deloose, Laura De Neve, Heleen Jaques, Lorca Vandeputte, Elien Van Wynendaele
Midfielders (9): Jassina Blom, Janice Cayman, Tine De Caigny, Lien Mermans, Lenie Onzia, Nicky Van DenAbbeele, Justine VanHaevermaet, Davinia Vanmechelen, Sara Yuceil
Forwards (5): Jana Coryn, Davina Philjens, Tine Schryvers, Tessa Wullaert, Aline Zeler

  • Som Termanni

    NCAA mulling adding the option to issue a yellow card instead of a red card to a player who denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the penalty area:

    • Steglitz49

      The only changes to make in the NCAA rules ought to be those that bring the game into alignment with what the world uses.

      Granted, some of the NCAA rules make sense (as I under stand them) at least for young ladies, Those the USSF could take to FIFA as proposals for changing the laws of the game, at least for the ladies.

  • Som Termanni

    Man City already has a line of Carli Lloyd gear, including t-shirts and multiple kit options:

    • Steglitz49

      Awfully expensive for kits made by exploited (if not downright slave) labor, mainly girls and young women.

      What a great business model: the economy of WoSo built on the backs of their sisters in the 3rd world. Some like to play for good money in dictatorships too.

      • guest

        U.S. Senators threaten Bangladesh government and their garment industries the biggest in the world for allowing child labor, so they cave to the US demand no more child labor what they got now is increase number of child trafficking and child prostitution.

      • Ashley C

        Better not look at the tags on your clothes or how your electronics are made. Especially if you own any Apple products.

  • Som Termanni
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    • Ashley C

      It’s from that Nike AeroSwift technology they revealed a while ago. It’s not really surprising since they said this is how they are designing kits right now. This image forgot Man City, btw.

  • Terry Lash

    Nike fails again. Ugly. Sign up Adidas.

  • Steglitz49

    Belgium qualified for Euro-17. It is there first time in such a major tournament.

    The Belgian lasses play in the same group as the NL, Norway and Denmark. Because only the top 2 advance, Belgium’s chances are slim.

  • mockmook

    There is more white on the flag than red or blue.

    Philosopher: But, is white a color or the absence of color?

    Go away!!!

    • Kevin

      Actually, there’s more red on the flag than white.

      The flag is 41.5% red, 39.7% white, 18.7% blue.

      • Steglitz49

        In short, it is a communist rag

        • Kevin

          That’s a pretty bad troll attempt.

          There are many exceptions, but flag colors are commonly symbolized as…

          Red/White/Blue = democracy
          Red/Yellow = communist
          Blue/Yellow = socialist and sexist trolls

          • Steglitz49

            I thought the chap in the WH had Slovenian roots, not Ukrainian.

          • Stegpitz49

            Good one! burn

      • mockmook

        Ahhh, yes. Forgot to factor in that it is an odd number of stripes.

  • guest

    FIFA Releasing Tatjana Haenni As Director Of Women’s Football

    article on ( ) women’s soccer united web site

    • Steglitz49

      Thank you. What is going on at FIFA? Does FIFA even know?

  • Steglitz49

    Communism by the back door?

  • guest

    BBC Sports reports Satara Murray has (re)-signed with Liverpool for 2017-2018

    “Liverpool Ladies and England Under-23 defender Satara Murray has signed a new, undisclosed-length contract with the Women’s Super League One club.
    But the 23-year-old will miss the 2017 WSL 1 Spring Series while she finishes her degree in the United States.
    Murray, who joined Liverpool from North Carolina in 2015, will return to England for the 2017-18 winter season.”