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Where's Waldo? U.S. Soccer fans want his shirt back

March 04, 2014|By Kevin Baxter
  • The shirt the U.S. team will wear during the 2014 World Cup.
The shirt the U.S. team will wear during the 2014 World Cup. (U.S. Soccer )

When U.S. Soccer dumped the red-striped "Where's Waldo" jerseys it debuted in 2012, the feeling was whatever it picked had to be better.

Oops. Wrong again.

The new Nike white home jerseys unveiled this week and heavily criticized by fans look more like polo shirts than soccer uniforms with full collars. The shirts, which the U.S. will wear in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, also have red trim on the collars and sleeves, the centennial U.S. Soccer patch on the left breast and a blue Nike swoosh on the right side.

And though the jerseys look more appropriate to golf or tennis than soccer, the shirts bear a strong resemblance to the white uniforms England wore in the 2010 World Cup.

“It’s always an honor to wear the colors of your country, and this summer we will be hard to miss in an all-white look,” team captain Clint Dempsey said in a release. “We will be traveling all over Brazil, and playing in a lot of different conditions, so the innovative Nike designs will serve us well.”

Notice he didn't mention the shirt's appearance.

There is one other twist to the jerseys -- and you'll have to trust on this one since you won't be able to see it. In the players' name and number on the back of the jersey the U.S. Soccer crest has been added along with the slogan "One Nation. One Team." But that only appears if that area is held up to a UV light.


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