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The official kit for the USMNT and USWNT for 2024 has been officially disclosed. This year, significantly, Nike has designed the new kits to be unisex. What are your thoughts on the design? Taking into account Alexi Lalas’ viewpoint, the former esteemed player of USMNT doesn’t appear to be impressed by these jerseys. One particular design featured ‘boring’ comments, while he holds significant reservations about other aspects.

The home kit features a plain white look with a red-and-white stripe dubbed as “The American Classic.” Meanwhile, the away kit, labeled as “The American Icon,” comprises a blue color that transitions into a white stripe complemented by red at its base. So, what seems to stir critique from Mr. Lalas regarding these kits?

Alexi Lalas points out a significant flaw in the Nike kit

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On his podcast, Alexi Lalas recently shared his criticism of Nike’s newest kits for the USMNT and USWNT. He shared a humorous suggestion for one potential design alteration to the home kit, stating, “Just put a huge American flag across the chest, and I’m good with that.” The 53-year-old moved ahead in his review of Nike’s home kit by articulating, “It’s one thing to be crisp and clean and simple. It’s another thing to be boring. And this is just a white canvas.”

Shifting his attention to the away kit, Lalas pointed out a flaw in the design. The sports commentator added, “The blue one is interesting in that they’re trying for some stuff. However, the red at the bottom of the blue is going to get lost when you tuck it into your shirt.” Adding further insight into it, he noted, “And so it’s just gonna be kind of trim and an afterthought.”

Despite these criticisms, Alexi Lalas appreciated the fact that the kits were unisex. Moving forward, American fans will see these designs in upcoming tournaments such as the Copa America and the Olympics. Also, the USMNT is set to debut the kit in the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League.

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Taking a look at the USMNT before the CONCACAF Nations League

Less than 48 hours remain until the USMNT confronts Jamaica in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Nations League. This event offers an opportune moment for both the USMNT and their coach, Gregg Berhalter, to recalibrate their unit before the Copa America 2024.

Read More: USMNT CONCACAF Nations League Roster: How Many of Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami Teammates Chosen for Quest Toward Third Title?

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Present within the team is Tyler Adams, who recently made his return from an extensive injury lasting nearly a year. Further dynamics playing into this crucial game include Gio Reyna’s recent struggle to secure playtime at the club level. It will certainly be intriguing to observe how these factors influence their performance against Jamaica.

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Saransh Chauhan is a Senior Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. From dissecting the latest developments in soccer leagues to delving into off-court and entertainment topics, Saransh has cemented his reputation as a true all-rounder. His coverage leans towards players with exceptional dribbling skills and playmaking abilities; Ozil, Xavi, Iniesta, and Neymar for example.
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