Bye Bye Stripes
The new DC United uniforms for 2008 have been released. They are available for pre-sale through DCU Merchandise, who is a DC United employee and completely legit. As you can see below the three stripes that were a United tradition are gone. According to reports United officials wanted to work out a way to incorporate the stripes and a jersey sponsor, but Adidas officials would not allow their three stripes to be broken up by another sponsor. So we are left with a very minimalist approach to a United jersey. Especially until a sponsor is signed, which according to Nathan the Merchandise Guru has not yet happened.
I can understand why some people would be underwhelmed by these uniforms. The lack of the three stripes is disappointing to say the least and without anything in the middle they look a little bit like training jerseys rather than game day kits. But I happen to like minimalism, so I like these jerseys even without the stripes. At the very least I think most people can agree that they are better than the 2007 giant thumb jerseys. What do you guys think?