Why are Team USA's Uniforms White, Black and Neon Yellow?

by Tim Stelloh /  / Updated 
Image: Soccer: Women's World Cup-United States at Australia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; United States starters pose before a Group D soccer match against Australia in the 2015 women's World Cup at Winnipeg Stadium.Michael Chow / Reuters

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Fashionable, or unpatriotic?

As the U.S. women's soccer team took to the field Monday night in the first match of its campaign to the World Cup, fans praised the team's goal scoring abilities, its improved second half and some stunning saves from goalie Hope Solo.

From other precincts, the team's uniforms — black, white and neon yellow — were a continuing source of acrimony.

In April, when the uniforms were announced, NBC Sports' Nicholas Mendola called them "either quite dramatic, or slightly less."

"If you like the look, credit the Mercurial Superfly," Mendola wrote, referring to a multicolored Nike soccer cleat. "If you hate the look, blame the Mercurial Superfly. If you’re somewhere in the middle, these are the Mercurial Superfly."

Or, you might just feel like this:

Either way, the U.S. women won Monday night's game against Australia by a score of 3-1.

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