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The month of March tends to make people a little stir crazy with old man winter doing his best to keep us cold but with spring making her presence felt. It is also the time of year for prediction brackets and World Soccer Shop has selected 16 of our favorite USMNT soccer jerseys of the last 25 years and need your help picking the best. UPDATE – The Championship. 

 

The Best U.S. men’s national team bracket is down to the championship game with the USMNT 2006 home jersey facing off against the USMNT 2012 Home jersey.

The ’12 home jersey will be the favorite after advancing as the #1 seed out of the Donovan regional. The ’06 jersey advanced as the #2 seed out of the McBride regional. But seedings and predictions go out the window at this stage.

The early fan favorites to make the final were the ’94 USMNT away jersey and the ’14 USMNT away jersey but both were ‘upset’ on their march to the final game.

It is a fitting final, however, as it just seems right for 2 home jerseys to feature in the final. Traditionally the home jersey is worn more on the field and is the signature look for the players as well as the fans in the stands.

The final facts (scroll down for more information on these and all the jerseys in the bracket):

 

Michael Orozco Fiscal scores game winner for USMNT. Their first at Azteca Stadium.

 

2012 USMNT Home Jersey – Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann. Record: 5W-1L-1D. Unique jersey as was the first to be used by both the men’s and women’s teams. It was released for the 2012 London Olympics. USMNT only wore the jersey in 7 matches (U-23 failed to qualify for Olympics. USWNT won Gold Medal with jersey). Featured in 3 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. Most Important Match: 1-0 win against Mexico in a friendly: The victory was the first for the U.S. national team at Estadio Azteca. Michael Orozco Fiscal hit the game winner in the 80th minute. For the win: It has a cool nickname, the Waldo jersey, but did not feature at a FIFA World Cup and never featured a long sleeve look which would have been either very cool or horrible…we will never know.

 

Benny Feilhaber hits a cracker to led USMNT to win over Mexico and claim Gold Cup.

 

2006 USMNT Home Jersey – Head Coaches: Bruce Arena & Bob Bradley. Record: 14W-6L-2D. The jersey pulled a unique jersey treble featuring in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the 2007 CONMEBOL Copa America. Most important Match: 2-1 win against Mexico in the Gold Cup final: The Stars and Stripes played every match in the Gold Cup in their home jersey winning them all and capping it off with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Mexico in front of 60,000 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago. Landon Donovan opened the scoring for the U.S. but it was Benny Feilhaber who stole the show with his volley from 25 yards out. For the win: It traveled the globe to major internationals and was part of a complete look with matching training gear to go along with the classic jersey.

Who will win? It is up to you, the fans of the USMNT, to determine the best U.S. men’s national team jersey of the last 25 years. The challenge for fans will then become finding on of these jerseys to add to your collection.

 

 

USMNT Best Jersey of Last 25 years bracket

 

USMNT Best Jersey Ever Bracket – Final Four

 

USMNT Best Jersey Ever Bracket - Final 4

 

The best look for the U.S. men’s national team is down to the Final 4 with come classics in the mix. They each represent a part of the Stars and Stripes identity on and off the field but the decision of which is the best is up to our customers.

1994 USMNT Away Jersey vs 2006 USMNT Home Jersey

 

Eric Wynalda of the US men's national team wearing the 1994 USA away jersey by adidas

 

It is crazy to think back to when the USMNT pulled on the now-famous denim jerseys (many readers were probably not even born). The world’s biggest sporting showcase, the FIFA World Cup, was being played in the United States. Many inside FIFA and the pundits questioned the decision as the U.S. did not even have a top flight domestic league (Major League Soccer was 2 years from launching). And the Stars and Stripes had only narrowly ended their 40-year World Cup absence by qualifying for Italia ’90. The 1994 U.S. men’s national team away jersey was worn in the team’s 3 group stage matches and set the tone for a memorable World Cup and laid the groundwork for the future of the game.

 

Mike Sorber in the USA 1994 home soccer jersey by adidas

 

And just be glad that adidas decided to drop the denim shorts that were initially planned for the home jersey.  Or come to think of it maybe an all-denim kit would have been the greatest thing ever.

 

Brian McBride at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in bloodied USMNT home soccer jersey by Nike

 

Brian McBride epitomizes the determination, grit, and skill of the USMNT. With his willingness to put his body on the line to get the result, the forward inspired the team and a generation of players and was the focus of one of the most iconic moments for the 2006 USMNT home jersey. The Stars and Stripes needed a result in the team’s 2nd group stage match against one of the favorites and ultimate winner, Italy. In the 28th minute, McBride was elbowed by Daniele DeRossi (who was shown a red card for the foul) that bloodied his face and jersey and required 3 stitches. But McBride soldiered on and helped the U.S. (who finished with only 9-men) to a 1-1 draw.

 

 

2012 USMNT Home Jersey vs 2014 USMNT Away Jersey

 

Landon Donovan celebrates after scoring in the Waldo jersey, the 2012 USMNT and USWNT home soccer jersey by Nike

 

For all those fans who cry out for tradition, there is nothing more traditional in the game than hooped jerseys. And the 2012 USMNT home jersey was the first traditional hooped jersey for the team in the modern era. The jersey became an immediate hit with fans dubbing it ‘the Waldo’. The unified jersey (used for both the men’s and women’s team) was released for the 2012 London Olympics and the USWNT showed it off in 2 of the matches on their way to the Gold Medal. The design and look stand up to the test of time as it is the only jersey left in the competition that did not feature at a FIFA World Cup.

 

Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the 5th fastest goal in FIFA World Cup history in the bomb pop, the USMNT 2014 away jersey by Nike

 

The 2014 USMNT Away jersey was not an immediate hit among fans but USMNT captain Clint Dempsey must have known it was something special. At the Nike unveiling he said, “I really like the new, patriotic colorway. It’s a distinctive design that looks great on the pitch. They will serve us well as we head into a competitive group.” Dempsey and the jersey lived up to those expectations and set the tone for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the U.S. defeating their World Cup nemesis Ghana 2-1. ‘Deuce’ scored the opening goal in the 30th second, the 5th fastest goal in World Cup history. The goal also made him the first U.S. player to score in 3 FIFA World Cups. The ‘bomb pop’ was only used in that match as the U.S. advanced from the Group of Death only to narrowly lose Belgium 2-1 in extra time.

 

 

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After some competitive matchups in the Round of 16, the fans have spoken and the best 8 USMNT jerseys are moving on to the Final 8. Which jerseys will you vote through to the Final 4 and then on to the championship game?

 

Final 8 Matchups

 

Wynalda Regional

 

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1994 USMNT Away Jersey vs. 2002 USMNT Home Jersey

These 2 soccer jerseys arguably changed the way soccer fans in the U.S. looked at the national team’s official jersey. The 1994 USMNT away jersey was not immediately embraced by the players, fans, or for that matter some adidas executives in Germany. Tab Ramos summed up the feeling saying, “We were like the cowboys of the world. Here we were, wearing jeans.” Other players from John Harkes to Alexi Lalas joked about the look. But results make fans of the biggest critics. The Red, White, and Blue wore the denim jersey in each of their group stage matches which included the 2-1 victory over tournament favorite Colombia and helped the U.S. continue a World Cup tradition of the host country advancing to the elimination round. By the end of the tournament, every fan wanted one with one adidas exec saying ‘we could have made (and sold) a million of them’

Results played a huge part in the popularity of the 2002 USMNT home jersey as well. The Stars and Stripes made a run to the quarterfinals only to lose controversially 2-1 to Germany. The match times had fans and new converts waking up in the early hours of the morning to watch games live in South Korea/Japan. The jersey was also innovative with Nike’s new cool motion technology using a 2-layer system. The jersey featured a Dri-FIT base layer to absorb and wick away sweat and a ventilated “hydrophobic” outer layer. Nike did not make enough of the jersey with Nike’s executive who oversees Nike’s global soccer division, Joaquin Hidalgo, telling USA Today in the summer of 2002, ‘No one could have foreseen this.’ This popularity and demand created a new hostile competition for the USMNT jersey with counterfeiters getting in on the game.

 

 

McBride Regional

 

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2006 USMNT Home Jersey vs. 2006 USMNT Away Jersey

2006 was a tough year on the field with the USMNT failing to advance from the Group of Death at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany but it was a huge success off the field with the jersey design for the 2006 home and away jerseys. The 2 jerseys were classic and complimented each other.  The off-center red/blue vertical stripe gave distinctive look. The home jersey with the 2-color vertical stripe with the USSF badge breaking the flow while the away jersey had the 2-color horizontal stripe with a break for the front of jersey player number.

 

 

Donovan Regional

 

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2010 USMNT Third Jersey vs. 2012 USMNT Home Jersey

2010 was the Year of the Sash with the home, away, and third jerseys featuring the element. It was a tribute to the jersey design worn during the 1950 Miracle on Grass. The favorite among the collection has always been the 2010 USMNT third jersey. The dark red color worked well with the navy detailing. The jersey was also innovative with Nike making the jersey, along with the national team jerseys for all their national teams that year, from recycled material including 8 recycled plastic bottles. “This summer in South Africa Nike will give footballers an edge by providing the newest and most innovative product for the game’s greatest players,” said Charlie Denson, President, Nike Brand. “With today’s announcement, we are equipping athletes with newly designed uniforms that not only look great and deliver performance benefits, but are also made with recycled materials, creating less impact on our environment.”

Two years later, Nike made news with another ‘first.’ The 2012 home jersey was the first jersey design by Nike to be used by both the USMNT and USWNT. The unified approach looked to the U.S. flag for inspiration with the horizontal red and white stripes and a blue crew neck collar. A tonal sash was included as well carrying over from the popularity of the jersey from 2 years earlier. If it ain’t broke…

 

 

Dempsey Regional

 

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2012 USMNT Centennial Jersey vs. 2014 USMNT Away Jersey

You only get one chance to make a centennial statement and US Soccer and Nike nailed it with the 2012 USMNT centennial jersey. The jersey was not about embellishments or cool new features but spoke to the timelessness of classic soccer jerseys. The special badge spoke to American pride and connected the game of soccer with the history of the nation. And the retro look worked well on the field and on the supporters in the stands and bars/restaurants around the country as they supported the team.

The 2014 USMNT away jersey was about as far from tradition as possible but found its way into the hearts of U.S. soccer fans. The 3 bands reflected the colors of the flag but in admittedly lighter tones. It was cool that the bands ran across the front of jersey and the sleeves. The blue mono-chrome US Soccer badge was perfectly suited for the upper block on the jersey. The tribute to the original U.S. colonies was continued with a pennant tab featuring 13 red and white stripes. The jersey included a solid red back that featured a unique and specially designed name and number font, which is modern, angular, and directly influenced by U.S. sport teams. The U.S. Soccer crest was placed on the bottom of each number. And the cool factor skyrocketed when Nike worked with celebrities from other sports/industry like football players Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) and Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions); skateboarders Eric Koston and Sean Malto; Olympic track and field gold medalist Allyson Felix; hip hop music producer Diplo; rockers HAIM; and legendary Brooklyn filmmaker Spike Lee to promote the look.

 

 

Round of 16 Best USMNT Jersey Bracket

 

The 16 jerseys have been seeded and placed in 4 regionals – the Wynalda Regional, the McBride Regional, the Donovan Regional, and the Dempsey regional – each representing an undeniably era in the national team’s history. Read about each jersey and VOTE below!

 

Best USMNT jersey of the last 25 years bracket

 

World Soccer Shop will host the voting for the best USMNT soccer jersey on their twitter account with the Round of 16 starting this week with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals followed by the semifinals and concluding with 1 jersey being selected the USMNT jersey ‘national champion.’

 

Wynalda Regional

 

#1 Seed – 1994 USMNT Away Jersey vs #4 Seed – 1998 USMNT Home Jersey

 

WSS USMNT bracket - Wynalda Regional

 

The #1 seed in the Wynalda regional, the 1994 USMNT away jersey, is perhaps one of the most iconic – and infamous – U.S. kits of all-time. The adidas jersey was used during three group stage games at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and make a huge statement about American pride with its denim base and stars inspired by the U.S. flag. Eric Wynalda, the regional’s namesake, scored in the inaugural game versus Switzerland, the first ever WC match to be played indoors.

The Stars and Stripes had high expectations heading to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France but disappointed on the field finishing last in Group F behind Germany, Yugoslavia, and Iran. The 1998 USMNT home jersey was a classic, however. It was the first USMNT World Cup provided by Nike. The white jersey featured a blue polo collar with red Kiwi style placket. This same blue/red detailing was continued with 1 narrow horizontal stripe across the upper chest and on the sleeve cuff. Steve Sampson’s side wore the jersey in their 1st and 3rd matches.

 

 

#2 Seed – 1994 USMNT Home Jersey vs #3 Seed – 2002 USMNT Home Jersey

 

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With the U.S. hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup the pressure was on to look good for a national audience and the team jerseys were designed to play off national pride. While the denim away kit featured the stars, the 1994 USMNT home jersey showcased the stripes. The jersey had wavy white and red vertical stripes with white sleeves and navy blue detailing. It was only worn in the Round of 16 game against Brazil, in which the USMNT held their ground until the 72nd minute, when Bebeto scored the game winner. The game is most remembered for Brazil’s Leonardo’s nasty elbow against Tab Ramos that earned the Brazilian a deserved straight red card. Wynalda replaced Ramos at halftime.

The 2002 USMNT home jersey brings back sweet memories and is arguably the most successful U.S. men’s World Cup jersey of all-time. The jersey was worn in the team’s improbably win over Portugal, one of the favorites that year, in the group stage and against Mexico in the Round of 16 during the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea-Japan. The dream ended controversially at the hands of Germany (or more specifically Torsten Frings) in the quarterfinals. The white jersey was bolder than previous years. It featured a fold down collar with a red triangle insert but the magic was with the red and blue detailing on the sides of the jersey. The jersey made a bold statement much like the play of the U.S. team on the field.

 

 

McBride Regional

 

#1 Seed – 2006 USMNT Away Jersey vs #4 Seed – 2004 USMNT Away Jersey

 

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The 2006 USMNT away jersey featured some classic elements. The solid blue jersey had a red/white vertical band across the chest with a break to allow for the player number on the front of the jersey. The jersey featured a white v-neck collar. It featured in the USMNT’s opening game against Czech Republic in Germany 2006 where a Man of the Match performance by Tomáš Rosický thwarted the Stars and Stripes hopes of making the elimination round.

The 2004 USMNT away jersey took a very modern approach. The navy jersey had red detailing piping around the front of the jersey with the white player number included inside a white circle on the front of the jersey. The collar was formed with white detailing within the structure of the jersey. The US team crest was shifted to the center of the jersey. Nike used this same template for all their top national teams at the time. The USMNT wore this jersey between 2004 and 2006 with a hard fought 2-1 defeat from England in 2005 as one of its most memorable games.

 

 

#2 Seed – 2006 USMNT Home Jersey vs #3 Seed – 2007 USMNT Copa Jersey

 

WSS USMNT jersey bracket - McBride Regional

 

Brian McBride wore the 2006 USMNT home jersey during the 1-1 draw in the 2nd group match against Italy at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. During this match, McBride took a vicious elbow from Daniele De Rossi, leaving the U.S. forward covered in blood and providing one of the most iconic photos for the USMNT player. DeRossi was shown a red card for his efforts. The white jersey featured a white crew collar with a vertical red/navy stripe running down the left side of the jersey. The 2-color stripe served as the background for the USSF badge.

The USMNT featured as an invitee in the 2007 Copa América in Venezuela and released a special third kit for the occasion. The blue kit featured white pinstripes and a white v-neck collar. It was truly a jersey some fans loved and some fans hated. The jersey was used in the first game against Argentina, in which the U.S. fell by a 4-1 score that showcased the Argentinian offensive power. Defeats against Paraguay and Colombia saw the team knocked out of the tournament.

 

 

Donovan Regional

 

#1 Seed – 2012 USMNT Home ‘Waldo’ Jersey vs #4 Seed – 2009 USMNT Away Jersey

 

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Launched in 2012, the USMNT home jersey was a memorable kit with its iconic red hoops, navy crew collar, and subtle tonal sash running from the right shoulder to the left waist. The jersey was a big departure from previous USNT home jerseys. Landon Donovan scored a hat-trick against Scotland in an impressive 5-1 victory that saw the U.S. debut the Where’s Waldo-like jersey in style.

If the 2012 ‘Waldo’ jersey was a slight departure from recent looks, the 2009 USMNT Away jersey was a huge jump into the unknown. The jersey broke from tradition and the colors of the U.S. flag with the primary color being ‘Charcoal’ or a graphite color. The jersey featured red on the back half of the crew collar and red/white/blue detailing on the sleeve cuff. The jersey looked great on the field, however, and Landon Donovan made fans forget that it was charcoal when he capitalized on a free-kick to secure a 3-2 victory against Honduras and clinch a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 

 

#2 Seed – 2009 USMNT Home Jersey vs #3 Seed – 2010 USMNT Third Jersey

 

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Donovan wore the 2009 USMNT home jersey when he reached his 100th cap with the National Team in a 0-0 friendly against Argentina. It was also featured in the 2009 Confederations Cup, where Donovan scored against both Italy and Brazil. The jersey had red horizontal pinstripes that separated white and grey/white bands. The jersey featured navy blue detailing on the modern v-neck collar and sleeve cuffs. The inside of the collar featured the Stars and Stripes as well as ‘Don’t tread on me!’ text. It was called by many pundits a ‘golf’ shirt for the casual look and wear but at the end of the day fans loved that about it.

Red has always been a fan-favorite for USMNT fans and it is hard to argue with a sash on a soccer jersey. The combination of the two elements on the 2010 USMNT Third jersey helps it rise to the top. The dark red jersey featured navy blue detailing on the sash running from the right shoulder to left waist as well as navy crew collar. A rattlesnake graphic was inside the neck and the acronym “DTOM” (Don’t Tread on Me) inscribed on the backside of the crest The sash allowed for the white player number to shift to the left chest underneath the USSF badge. It debuted versus Argentina in a 1-1 friendly.

 

 

Dempsey Regional

 

#1 Seed – 2013 USMNT Centennial Jersey vs #4 Seed – 2015 USMNT Away Jersey

 

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100 years is a big deal, and Nike celebrated the U.S. Soccer Centennial with a special edition jersey inspired by the first kit worn by the USMNT against Sweden in 1916. The white jersey featured a bold US themed badge with 13 stripes and 13 stars representing the original colonies. The USSF badge temporarily moving to inside the collar. The v-neck collar and sleeve cuffs were wider than normal giving the jersey a more retro feel.

Bold is the right word to define the 2015 USMNT away jersey. The blue jersey has the feel of being in motion which is achieved through a gradient of varying shades of blue streaking across the jersey. The jersey is lighter at the top and becomes darker towards the waist line. The Red, White, and Blue wore this jersey in the memorable comeback against Netherlands on European soil, in which the USMNT put on an impressive display and won the match with two late goals.

 

 

#2 Seed – 2012 USMNT Away Jersey vs #3 Seed – 2014 USMNT Away ‘Bomb Pop’ Jersey

 

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The 2012 USMNT away jersey pulled in 3 elements that pushed this jersey over the top. The navy jersey is bold but tamed some with the use of white sleeves. And the tonal sash across the front makes made the final statement. The collar pulls in the red from the flag as part of the red/white/blue design. And this look was worn in one of the national team’s biggest wins in team history when Dempsey scored the winning goal that settled the USMNT first ever victory against four-time world champions Italy, who had not lost in Genoa since 1924.

Admit it, you hated the 2014 USMNT Away Jersey when it first came out! The jersey was affectionately derided as the ‘bomb pop’ after the Popsicle but just as people came to love that classic summer treat they came to love the 2014 away jersey. The Blue/White/Red design with solid red back looked awkward on up-close inspection but transcended to another level once on the field. The jersey was launched for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which saw a Dempsey-captained USMNT reach the round of 16 only to fall to Belgium in a memorable performance.

 

 

Which jersey(s) do you like best? Leave your comments below on the good and bad about your favorites.

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