The U.S. men’s national team debuted their new home soccer jersey and Nike N98 Track Jacket in their 2-0 loss to Ukraine at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Cyprus. 

The game was originally scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine but was moved to due to violence in the country.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s side was composed of many players on the ‘bubble’ for the final U.S. World Cup roster and never looked in sync on the night but the Ukraine came to play and were looking to prove something on the night.  The Yellow-Blue are the highest ranked FIFA team at #18 that failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup.

Clint Dempsey in the new Nike USA 2014 Home Jersey

Clint Dempsey in the new Nike USA 2014 Home Jersey

The backline was especially porous for the Red, White, and Blue.  Denys Garmash was put in on goal only to see his shot denied by Tim Howard coming off his line.  But the ball rebounded to Garmash who squared the ball to Andriy Yarmolenko to finish with Howard watching from the ground in the 12th minute.

The 2nd goal was similar with second half substitute Marko Devic running behind the defense.  Howard came off his line and denied Devic but the rebound went back to Devic who doubled the margin in the 68th minute.

Despite the 2 goals conceded the Man of the Match was Howard.  The Everton goalkeeper kept the game close and as noted made an initial save on both goals.