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The Definitive Ranking Of Every USA World Cup Jersey

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Results are based off a very complicated scientific formula taking aesthetics, World Cup wins, and patriotism into consideration.

15. 1990 Home

1990 Home

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One of the most bland jerseys to ever be released. These kits make us look French or European or something — un-American. And is that’s a big no-no. (Note: the team didn’t wear away kits at any point during the 1990 tournament.)

Patriotism: 0 out of 5Design: 1 out of 5World Cup wins in uniform: 0

Total: 1

14. 2002 Away

2002 Away

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Lacked an “it” factor, and the team failed to pick up a result when dressed in blue.

Patriotism: 2 out of 5Design: 2.5 out of 5Wins: 0

Total: 4.5

13. 1930

1930

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USA’s first, and most successful, World Cup (they made the semis! By winning two matches, but still) had them sporting the all-whites with bumble-bee themed socks. They looked kind of like long-johns. Not a good look to be remembered by. (Note: we couldn’t find evidence of separate home and away uniforms for 1930, 1934, and 1950 — if we overlooked something, email sports@buzzfeed.com to let us know.)

Patriotism: 2 out of 5Design: 1 out of 5Wins: 2

Total: 5

12. 1934

1934

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You sometimes have to appreciate the simplicity of kits. The USA’s second World Cup appearance had them taking the field with long-sleeved, royal-blue jerseys with just a crest on the chest.

Patriotism: 2 out of 5Design: 3.5 out of 5Wins: 0

Total: 5.5

11. 1994 Away

1994 Away

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U.S. really tried here, and it was a valiant effort. Any resembling Old Glory is A-ok in my book. They only fell short due to the stripes curving like a “waving flag,” along with a terrible logo.

Patriotism: 4 out of 5Design: 2 out of 5Wins: 0

Total: 6

10. 2014 Home

2014 Home

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The kits, just released by Nike and U.S. soccer, feature another all-white design topped off by a buttoned collar.

Patriotism: 2 out of 5Design: 3.5 out of 5Wins: TBD (Let’s just go ahead and project one, for the sake of the rankings.)

Total: 6.5

9. 2010 Away

2010 Away

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This kit has always gotten a lot of hate for the “sash” across the entire jersey. But they don’t look that bad when you have an entire team wearing them. Plus, they picked up two draws in the blues….always a good sign.

Patriotism: 3.5 out of 5Design: 2.5 out of 5Wins: 0 (but 1 point for 2 draws.)

Total: 7

8. 2006 Home

2006 Home

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Paired with the navy blue shorts, the white jersey with two vertical stripes off-center made for a sleek design. If it wasn’t for an unfortunate “group of death” draw by the U.S., this kit might have found its way into one of the top spots.

Patriotism: 3 out of 5Design: 3.5 out of 5Wins: 0.5

Total: 7.5

7. 2006 Away

2006 Away

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U.S. soccer revamped an ole ‘95 design and modernized it for the ‘06 World Cup run. Although this design was much more patriotic than the home jersey, the wins didn’t come like the team wanted.

Patriotism: 4 out of 5Design: 4.15 out of 5Wins: 0

Total: 8.15

6. 1998 Away

1998 Away

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Just like the home kits, these were great. It’s only a matter of time until U.S. soccer realizes the team needs to be wearing red instead of blue.

Patriotism: 4 out of 5Design: 4.25 out of 5Wins: 0

Total: 8.25

5. 1998 Home

1998 Home

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Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Sharp and to the point. The ‘98 kits made up for a rather lackluster performance by the Americans. Some fans hate the collar, but that’s because they’ve never worn one.

Patriotism: 4 out of 5Design: 4.35 out of 5Wins: 0

Total: 8.35

4. 1950 Home

1950 Home

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One of the best kits U.S. soccer has ever sported. The only thing holding these back from being “the” best are the awkward 3/4 sleeves.

Patriotism: 3.5 out of 5Design: 4 out of 5Wins: 1

Total: 8.5

3. 2002 Home

2002 Home

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Even though many countries’ Nike-sponsored kits had the exact same design in 2002, the United States’ color choice made for an excellent variation.

Patriotism: 3.5 out of 5Design: 3 out of 5Wins: 2.5

Total: 9

2. 2010 World Cup

2010 World Cup

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Easily the best “all-whites” design to date, the kit was downright beautiful. No, it wasn’t the most patriotic design to ever take the field…but patriotism was at an all-time high when Donovan scored “The Goal” in this jersey to send the USA into the knockout round.

Patriotism: 4.5 out of 5Design: 4 out of 5Wins: 1

Total: 9.5

1. 1994 Home

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Some would say these are the worst kits in United States soccer history. Well…they are wrong. Dead. Wrong. The denim themed shirt plastered with oddly-shaped stars SCREAM “America.” These are absolutely the best thing to happen to U.S. soccer. My only question is, why aren’t they revamping them for the 20-year-anniversary?

Patriotism: 5 out of 5Design: 5 out of 5Wins: Who the hell cares.

Total: THESE ARE PERFECT.

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