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A fan spotted the leaked USMNT World Cup kit in a store and it was awful

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After an eight-year absence from the World Cup, the United States Men’s National Team will return to the world stage at this winter’s tournament in Qatar. But in the style of American football, the federation has already managed to disappoint fans even before the team enters the field.

Earlier this week, several photos of the apparent World Cup jerseys were shared on social media and universally smashed by fans (and USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie). The leaked jerseys took the current Nike training kit template, centered the crest, and ditched any distinctive look for the USMNT. Where Waldo’s 2012 jerseys, 2014 “Bomb Pops” and future 2018 World Cup kits got creative, this year’s jerseys looked like something you’d find at an off-brand wholesaler.

And somehow the jerseys look even worse in the wild.

A fan posted on TikTok that he spotted the long-sleeved version of the home kit at Dick’s Sporting Goods but was unable to purchase the jersey as it was posted by mistake. According to the post, the official release date is September 21, giving fans a good month to come to terms with the impending disappointment of an uninspired World Cup kit.

But man, these are really terrible. And the long-sleeved version actually looks like a hockey jersey more than anything that should be worn at a World Cup match in Qatar. The product code on the label also goes to a listing for “Nike USA L/S Home Shirt – 2022.” So those who held out hope for misdirection will inevitably be disappointed here.

As expected, fans didn’t have a nice thing to say about this latest look at the USMNT jersey.