World Cup 2022: Adidas, Puma release jerseys while USMNT's Nike kits wait

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With the 2022 World Cup less than three months away, national teams and their outfitters have begun to reveal jerseys for the tournament in Qatar.

On Monday, Adidas released its lineup of kits, including a stunning design for Mexico, unique Argentina jerseys and more. Puma released another large wave, too — though they drew plenty of criticism.

The U.S. jerseys, which are made by Nike, have not yet been released, but have leaked, and they, too, have drawn widespread criticism. Multiple U.S. men's national team players, in comments on social media, seemingly confirmed the leaks and joined the chorus of fans who were unimpressed.

"We just as angry as y'all," forward Tim Weah wrote on Instagram.

On a Zoom call with reporters last week, midfielder Yunus Musah said: "The kits are — yeah, they're the kits that they made." After confirming that he'd seen and worn the actual jersey, he was asked to rate it, and gave it a sideways thumb — "in the middle," he said with his typical radiant smile.

The U.S. jerseys will be officially unveiled soon. The jerseys worn by the USMNT's biggest rival, meanwhile, have already drawn rave reviews.

Adidas World Cup kits for Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Japan

Mexico’s new secondary kit dropped on Monday, and it drew some of the most positive reactions so far. The Adidas jerseys, which will be used alongside the green primary kit, pay homage to ancient Mixtec art.

Similarly, Japan’s Adidas kit landed well — and had a phenomenal anime theme to go with it.

Germany’s home and away kits, along with Argentina’s purple away kits, turned heads, too.

Puma kits draw criticism again

Puma released six new away kits on Monday, and they all looked extremely similar.

The jerseys all had a national team logo and number inside a shape in the center with the Puma logo above it, though each design was tweaked slightly to represent the specific country. Ghana’s, for example, had it tricolor flag running atop the number box. Senegal’s away jerseys popped with the green and yellow colorway, too.

Many Puma jerseys, however, were very similar to one another — and left plenty to be desired.

Puma’s universal design is clearly here to stay, and each country using the brand appears to be receiving some version of it to use in Qatar this fall.

FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup signage
The official USMNT jerseys for the Qatar World Cup have yet to be released. (Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)