The Sickest US Kits Since World Cup '94 | Sick Kit Friday

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The Sickest US Kits Since World Cup '94 | Sick Kit Friday

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

These are the sickest kits that dropped this week.

UNITED STATES

Brought to light for the first time in their friendly against Ghana last weekend, the U.S.’ long-awaited Gold Cup jerseys are finally here.

They are far from the templated, two-toned-shoulder kits that received such lukewarm reception last year. Instead, these patriotic tops are red-and-navy-blue striped with a subtle underlay of darker navy stars spotted all over the front. More stars run down the sleeves.

America fanbase rightfully seems to love the kits; the US Soccer shop was sold out of them before the weekend was over!

ST. PAULI

The best fans in the Bundesliga deserve the best kits in the Bundesliga. And German side St. Pauli have released not one, not two, but three unbelievably sick kits for of the 2017/18 season.

The home kit draws from the club’s traditional brown, red, and white, sporting a tricolor front with the white sections looking like they were applied with a dripping coat of paint.

The away kit is similarly tricolor, with the red and white order reversed. However, the base of the jersey is not a solid color but rather a grey brick wall graphic meant to represent their Millerntor stadium.

The third kit, on the other hand, goes in an entirely different direction: camouflage, with the greens “bleeding” like the white and red on the home and away kits, respectively.

Frankly, beyond just being a great looking kit, it’s a brilliant tactic; how’s anybody going to defend you if they can’t see you?

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

Almost exactly the opposite of St. Pauli’s camouflage kits, English League Two side Wycombe Wanderers’ goalkeeper kits for next season are specially designed to attract attention. And, boy, do they.

The home shirt (left) is bright yellow with a kaleidoscopic design that includes a lot of hot pink; says goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, “It’s a no-brainer to design something with big, bright, bold colours because it just makes big goalkeepers even bigger.” And besides just the distracting colors, the kaleidoscope effect itself is meant to draw attention to the center of the design from wherever you look.

“A target area to draw opposition players’ eyes to,” explains Richardson.

The away strip (right) is slightly more subtle, but the shades of pink and blue coupled with the light striped design are still quite eye-catching.

However, oddly enough, Wycombe fans don’t seem to be as universally enthusiastic about the new kits as we are…

HAMBURG

Bundesliga side Hamburg always release home kits that utilize their colors in a clean yet unique way, and next year’s kits are no exception.

Two differently-sized red stripes — well, five, if you consider the design a continuation of the three Adidas stripes on the shoulders — sit above the chest, a thinner one running just at the bottom of the v-neck collar and the thicker one encompassing the club crest and the Adidas logo. They’re complimented by red sleeve cuffs, too, while the blue club crest pops brightly against the red and white.

To true Hamburg fans, the design will also look quite familiar: it’s modeled after their ‘Meistertrikot’ — ‘champion jersey’ — worn only once, for the last match of their 1983 title-winning season.

Which new kit is your favorite? Which will you be rocking this weekend?

And don’t forget to check out Footy Headlines for all the kit news as it breaks.

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