The new Colorado Rapids jerseys created quite a buzz around the soccer community last week. But we were the only ones to unveil new looks - a bunch of MLS teams also presented new jerseys as part of Major League Soccer's first Jersey Week. And it didn't stop there.
On Friday, the US Soccer Federation, which turns 100 years old in 2013, unveiled its new centennial kits for both men and women's national teams. Fans in Colorado will get to see first these in person when the men come here for the March 22 World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica.
Known originally as the United States of America Foot Ball Association, the organization was officially formed on April 5, 1913. Three years later, the team played its first game against Sweden in Stockholm, winning 3-2, and the new kit is inspired by the uniform worn by those pioneers 100 years ago.
A standout feature of the new kit is the crest. The enlarged crest pays homage to the original kit, and is interwoven to maximize the top’s luxurious feel. The crest's 13 stars and 13 stripes replicate the motif of the 1913 kit and symbolize the first American flag of the original 13 colonies.