Liverpool’s new kits? Thumbs down! USMNT? Thumbs up!
The Oakland A’s uniforms of the early 1970s and the Houston Astros’ tequila sunrise uniforms of the 1980s, while garish to some, are ones that we particularly like. We wouldn’t even mind it if the Cleveland Browns experimented with wearing a chrome helmet from time to time, as long as it was orange.
But we just can’t get behind two of the kits that Liverpool will wear for the 2013-14 Premier League season.
There is nothing wrong with the home kit, as it is traditional and is based on the 1984 kit, a year that saw Liverpool when both the League Cup and the European Cup.
But things start to go off the rails with the away kit, described by some has having a pattern reminiscent of an unappealing Christmas sweater (pictured). According to the club’s website, the neckline is based on the 1981 kit but has been “reworked to give the shirt a contemporary edge.” As for that diamond pattern? Apparently it is a “refreshed interpretation” of the shirts that were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Refreshed or not, we’re not sure that is an era that should be brought back. (If you don’t believe us, just do a Google search.)
“We believe we have produced an away kit which stays true to the club’s heritage but has a fresh look and feel,” said Richard Wright, head of Warrior Football, the club’s apparel supplier. “It has been particularly helpful having LFC involved in the process, emphasising the relevance of past kits which has helped us to design a strip fans will identify with.”
We’re not sure that we feel any better knowing the club was in on this, but it wouldn’t be the first time a team gave up control for the sake of marketing.
And, at least publicly, team officials are being good company men.
“A football strip fuses a team together; it is a club’s uniform for players and fans,” manager Brendan Rodgers told The Daily Mail. “The fact that glimpses of the club’s history appear in this kit is a really nice touch from Warrior.”
“I like that this strip is different, the pattern and colours are fresh,” said Daniel Sturridge. “It looks and feels great on and I can’t wait to wear it next season.”
But the away kit looks rather plain once you get a look at what will reportedly be the club’s third kit for next season.
We may be going out on a limb here, but if your club is referred to as the Reds, it seems like it would be a good idea to actually have the color red incorporated into your kit.
We’ll get to see the new away kit in action on Aug. 24, when Liverpool travels to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa in the second weekend of the season. With any luck, the purple-and-black third kit will never see the light of day.
In better news, the U.S. Men’s National Team moved another step closer to securing a spot in the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Honduras.
Jozy Altidore’s goal in the 73rd minute gave the USA it’s third consecutive win and second consecutive shutout. It was Altidore’s fourth consecutive international game with a goal.
“We always told him from a coaching perspective that it takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of adjustment, it takes the right moment to be there, it takes the hunger,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told ESPN. “The energy he has put in the last four or five games has been tremendous. It’s not only that he scored those goals, the work he does for the team is awesome.”
The win means the Americans have now gone 25 consecutive home games in World Cup qualifying without a loss. Interestingly, the last time the USA lost a qualifying match at home was against Honduras – in 2001.
The result was also quite a difference from when the two teams met in March for the opening game of the Hexagonal qualifying round. That game, a 2-1 win by Honduras, left many players on the U.S. team reportedly complaining about Klinsmann.
But just three months later, the U.S. finds itself at the top of the group (five points clear of Mexico) as they head into a break until they begin the final four-game stretch of qualifying matches on Sept. 6 against Costa Rica (where the U.S. is 0-7-1 all-time in San Jose).
“We’re not talking about the finish line,” Klinsmann told The Washington Post. “We’ve got four games to go, and yes, it gives us a good feeling to be on top of the table. But we know once we get together again in September, it’s going to go back to reality. It’s going to be tough.”
If the U.S. can take care of business against Costa Rica, they could clinch a World Cup berth in their next game, which happens to be a home match against Mexico on Sept. 10 in Columbus.
How sweet would that be?
(Photo by The Daily Mail/Warrior)