When the US Soccer Federation released the 2015/2016 Away shirt for the US National soccer team on February 16 my first thought was “this looks familiar”. I wondered where the outrage for this shirt was, after the criticism of the United States’ 2014 World Cup Away Shirt which was deemed “too French” for some tastes. I didn’t see much overt criticism of the new kit, but—in my opinion—its design reminds me of one of my favorite kits from the 2014 World Cup…Russia’s kit. For the 2015-2016 season it seems that U.S. Soccer will be living “Back in the USSR”.
Of course, given the history of the famous Beatles song, such odd connections between these two world powers in popular culture are not completely unprecedented. The Beatles parody contains elements of Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A” and the Beach Boys “California Girls” with even a nod to the famous “Georgia on my Mind”.
Russia’s 2014 World Cup kit is a tribute to the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the shirt is designed with the view of earth from space (where the white becomes icy blue before navy around the collar). The United States’ new kit is a reverse of this pattern, white around the color moving into icy blue before becoming navy at the bottom. I liked the design of the Russia shirt so much that I picked one up of the Adidas shirts myself during the 2014 World Cup. (But what are my shirt critiques worth? I also cheered on the USA wearing the aforementioned “French” away kit).
Regardless of what you think of US Soccer’s new away shirt, good music is always in demand. Please enjoy the songs below while judging the aesthetics of both football shirts in question.
The Beatles: Back in the U.S.S.R.:
Chuck Berry: Back in the U.S.A.
The Beach Boys: California Girls
Ray Charles: Georgia On My Mind
The New U.S. Soccer Kit (Images Courtesy Of: http://www.footyheadlines.com/2014/12/nike-usa-2015-away-kit.html)
My 2014 Russia Away Kit: