December 20, 2013
NINE MORE YEARS
Nike, U.S. Soccer renew partnership
CHICAGO---Nike and the U.S. Soccer Federation have announced a renewal of their partnership that will see the world's leading sports brand design and create the kits for the men's and women's United States teams at every level for nine more years.
| Alex Morgan and the rest of U.S. Soccer's National team players at all levels will continue to wear Nike gear for the next nine years.
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The exact amount of the partnership was not announced, although it is believed to be in the millions of dollars.
"Nike is extremely proud to continue our longstanding partnership with U.S. Soccer," Nike Brand president Trevor Edwards said in a statement. "The partnership reinforces Nike's leadership in soccer, as we continue to deliver game-changing innovations on the pitch and share the same vision to further grow the sport as a whole in the U.S."
Nike and U.S. Soccer, celebrating its Centennial, have been partners since 1995. The partnership has been committed to supporting and developing the sport at all levels, from the U.S. Soccer National Teams to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
"Nike has been an outstanding partner and shares our long-term vision for progress, innovation and player development," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "We have enjoyed a tremendous history together that began as we both looked to elevate soccer in this country to new heights, and we look forward to building on our progress."
Since the relationship began, U.S. Soccer and Nike have shared some of the most significant moments in the history of the sport in the USA. In 1999, the Americans captured the imagination of the world during their run to the Women's World Cup crown. Three years later, the U.S. Men's National Team reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in 72 years, highlighted by a 2-0 win against regional rival Mexico in the Round of 16. The USA also has won four out of five Olympic gold medals that have been contested for women's soccer while also earning one silver medal.
After finishing first in the CONCACAF hexagonal of 2014 World Cup Qualifying, the U.S. men are the top-ranked team in the region. The women maintain its position as the elite team in world football, having held the top ranking in FIFA for more than five years.