The buzz surrounding the USA 2016 home and away jerseys started last year with leaked images of the bold new designs and World Soccer Shop gives the Top 7 reasons you need to have them in your jersey collection.

US Soccer and Nike used the Nike Innovation 2016 event in New York City to officially launch the new looks and it was a fitting venue.  The jerseys feature new technology and cool details but let’s get one with the list before we spoil all the surprises and explain what sets this jersey apart from previous releases.

Top 7 Reasons to Buy the USA 2016 Home and/or Away Kit

Nike Innovations 2016 USA Home jersey unveil

#7 – Must have for any USA Fan – If you are a fan of the US men’s and women’s national team it is a must to have the current official jersey.  The truly hardcore fan makes sacrifices while supporting the Stars and Stripes; one being traveling all over the country/world to support your team and the other is having the right wardrobe on hand for those travels.

Ali Krieger explains the advances in the new USA soccer uniform

#6 – 3- Stars – This is the first new jersey launch that will include the 3-stars on the women’s national team jersey.  The USWNT made a statement with their 2015 Home jersey in White/Black and this jersey will continue that tradition.  USWNT defender Ali Krieger jokingly told World Soccer Shop that the 3-stars made the women’s jersey ‘look a little better’ than the men’s adding on a serious note that the new uniform was ‘modern and super simple.’

USA 2016 home soccer kit

#5 – A Full Kit Wanker Classic – For all the fans who love sporting a full kit this will be an instant classic.  For the first time, Nike is making the jersey and shorts from the same material, the Nike Vapor with Aeroswift.  The shorts have received rave reviews with no draw cord.  “The short is almost the star of the show,” Munson went on to say.  “It has the same yarn and is a knit short.  It has a new waistband with no draw cord.  The (players testing the shorts) were like ‘I don’t feel the short.’”  The success of the short even ‘surprised’ Nike and that is saying something.

'1 Team' detail on USA 2016 home soccer shirt

#4 – The Devil is in the Details – The USA 2016 jerseys are loaded with cool details that really set this jersey apart.  The jersey has details woven into the fabric on the underside of the sleeve cuffs and inside the jersey behind the badge.  “Underneath the each cuff of the sleeve we have ‘1 Nation’ ‘1 Team,’ Scott Munson, Nike’s VP of Apparel for Global Football told World Soccer Shop at the NYC event.  “Underneath the crest on the inside of the garment next the player’s heart with have an emblem says ‘We Can, We Will, We Are. One Nation, One Team’ a rallying cry used by the US national teams that have been included in the jersey.

Nike Innovations 2016 USA Away soccer jersey release

#3 – Black Jersey – While some of the early comments on the new black away jersey were negative let’s remember the similar things were said about the much-loved ‘bomb pop’ jersey, one of the best-selling US jerseys in history.  And even those who are critical of the new look must admit, black jerseys almost always look cool on the field and this one will be no different.

#2 – Going for Silverware or in the USWNT case Gold – The men’s and women’s team will be playing for silverware in these new jerseys this summer.  The USMNT will take part in the Copa America 2016 Centenario while the women’s will look to win the Gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

US Soccer new federation badge

#1 – Updated US Soccer Federation Crest – This is the first jersey release with the recently revealed new US Soccer Federation crest.  The crest is a cleaner and more modern design and instantly recognizable.  There is certainly still a place for the 1990’s era crest but the new look will set you apart.

What are your reasons for buying the USA 2016 home and/or away jerseys?  Do you always buy the latest jersey or is the one somewhat special?

Be the first to own the new USA national team look!  The USA 2016 home and away jerseys (in new arrivals) will be available (early) on Thursday, March 24 from World Soccer Shop.  Or check them out at USA Men’s National Team or US Women’s National team sections.  And you can get a customized with the name and number for Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey, and Yedlin (more custom options will be available in the coming days).