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Getting the terms right on new U.S. national team jersey

Apr 16, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

New US jersey

Let’s try to head something off straight-away.

The new U.S. home jersey is out. Why clubs and national teams bow to the apparel giants, habitually developing new kits to squeeze more hard-earned money from supporters, only they could say. But since the horse is well out of the consumer-protection barn on that, no need to waste breath and calories griping about it.

But this one, maybe we can do something about:

The new design, as you can see, is striped. Only some will insist on calling those “hoops.” And they will be wrong.

They will tell you that “hoops” is tradition. Only, it’s not tradition – not where we live.

I suppose it’s tradition if you live in the United Kingdom. In which case you also say “lift” instead of elevator, “torch” instead of flashlight, “biscuit” instead of cookie, etc.

Oh, and you love the extraneous “u,” so you include it in words such as “colour.” Furthermore, your center backs or central defenders are actually centre halves.

Which is all fine. If, that is, you’re actually from the United Kingdom or live there now.

For everyone else, you probably agree that you’d look like a goofball Anglophile poseur if you asked for a “biscuit” with your ice cream or walked someone to the “lift.” In some neighborhoods, you’d risk a proper butt kicking for that kind of silliness.

So why would you describe this jersey has being adorned with “hoops?”

Only, I bet you a case of your favorite Girl Scout biscuits that some folks will.

  1. dws110 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    It’s hoops…with a sash? That’s just tacky.

  2. Jack McNamara - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    How about we just call them, “ugly”?

    • Steve Davis - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Ah! The spirit of compromise. You are surely a statesman, sir.

  3. bazimon - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    It’s a bit hard to build tradition when they keep messing with the uniforms. Last ones were way better. Why mess with a good thing. Not a fan of the “hoops”

  4. jumbossportsblog - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  5. rgledz - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    EFF off jumbossportsblog.

  6. slxc - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Good Good Jersey. excelent

  7. trhendricks5966 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    This Kit is embarrasing. I would go as far to sat the “jailhouse jumpsuits” the Netheralnds is more attractive than this. If they are trying to do a take off of our flag, then they missed the mark by a mile.

  8. ndnut - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I do think it was better than the blue and white sash, but it’s not good either. I was really starting to love the red “indivisible” jerseys and nearly bought an Agudelo jersey in red before Klinsman came and said everyone had different numbers in every match. Glad I didn’t buy it now.

    P.S. Are they keeping any of the other jerseys, as two or three different kits is a normal number?

  9. baseballbarrister - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Where’s Waldo?

  10. footballer4ever - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Totally Hideous, Boring and Lame. This is supposed to be the National Team Jersey which you want to wear it proudly in any ocassion and not stand out as a sore thumb with that awful design. I’d not wear it even if given to me for free.

  11. hjworton46 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Hoops horizontal, stripes vertical. Jersey is not bad at all.

  12. seanb20124 - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    New jersey every year? Pick a jersey and stick with it. + $150 for an authentic is robbery

  13. footballer4ever - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    It’s all about the Benjamins, baby! Maybe Nike could do a better promotion in the future by having the fans select the next national team jersey out of various designs. Connect with the people, not just to their pocket$.

  14. footballer4ever - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Personally, i support the country i was born in and the country i live in, USA. I purchsed two USNMT jerseys which i wear proudly and the ones i have have a better design than that new “Hoop” look. Nike is losing on creative people in the marketing and design department nowadays.

  15. theonlyrealnyteam - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    I dont mind the design, but WHY RED?? I realized it is a color in our flag but red has always symbolized anit-America; The British red coats, communism, china…. c’mon. When you picture General Washington do you ever picture him in Red?

  16. quizguy66 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Suddenly I have a real urge to go out and get a haircut.


  17. metroplexfrog - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Those are terrible. Hoping they can get something for the USMNT.

  18. helpmecruyff - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Hideous. Looks like a rugby shirt. Stick to one basic design.

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