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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/29/2011

D.C. United introduces a third jersey

By Steve Goff

D.C. United unveiled its third kit Saturday at the Washington Auto Show. It will be worn for at least one MLS home match, once or more on the road and a minimum of two times in non-league competition. What do you think of the colors and design?

By Steve Goff  | January 29, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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49 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 29, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It's fine.

Black jersey hasn't brought us any luck lately, white jersey no better. Maybe we need a new color...color me red!!!

'I aint supersticious but a black cat crossed my path...' (Those are lyrics)

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 29, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I see a red jersey in my future. #99.

Posted by: Curious99 | January 29, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

You MUST have a NINE in your name to comment on this post.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 29, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Jk9- says: meh....

Posted by: JkR- | January 29, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Is it red or is it orange?

Posted by: Senor_Funk | January 29, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

As far as I'm concerned, they could wear culottes if it meant winning another star.

Posted by: J_S_F | January 29, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Could be worse.

Though with all the professional teams in town now taking red (or some shade of it) as their primary color, we're starting to turn into Pittsburgh here...

Posted by: CapsNut | January 29, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Not bad. I was thinking we would see something a bit more unique. This is a fairly straight forward design. The pics that are linked to do look a bit orange but if you go to the DCU team store site the shirt looks like a proper red. I like the fact that it is an all red kit, top to bottom.

Posted by: jjfooty | January 29, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The United have some of the best uniforms in the league but these new ones are terrible. Red shorts with a red top does not work at all (maybe it's just the pictures, they really do look orange). What's up with all the red in this town? The Caps win a few regular season games and the Nats and the United are trying to jump on the bandwagon.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | January 29, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Fine...but who cares? I'd rather get excited about a good center back signing.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | January 29, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer a striker but a back would do.

Posted by: Curious99 | January 29, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Very similar to the red training jersey of a few years ago. Since I have one of those I'll pass on this one for my collection.

Oh, and I like it.

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 29, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse


I wish they would have done something with black and red stripes, and not just try to emulate the Chicago Fire (but with black details).

Posted by: kdiff813 | January 29, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I was truly hoping for something more exciting and bold. I think a great chance for a truly unique jersey was missed by going with a "red" version of what we have. Not buying one.

Posted by: boda-united | January 29, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm going color blind because everyone keeps saying red but all I see is orange.

And those are some low hanging shorts. I guess if the soccer season goes bad they will be ready for some pick up b-ball.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 29, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

it does look very tomato-y in those player pix. The team store picture looks darker red for some reason. Until I see it in person I will reserve judgement.

Posted by: fedssocr | January 29, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Dips! If they sell the Cruyff #14, I am in.

Posted by: jojosbo | January 29, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Using the pepperoni in the Ledo's ad at the top as a benchmark, I say the new kits are... reorange.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 29, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I think it would look great when paired with black or white shorts... Perhaps a little too ManU-Centric for some tastes, but I'm sure we'll never see that.

Awfully anti-climactic though after Payne personally answered my question a ways back in an online Q&A that he felt the brand was strong enough to have no need for a 3rd jersey... What's changed Kev?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 29, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Just keep rearranging those chairs

Posted by: lgm6986 | January 29, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

No red, white, and blue???

Posted by: adamsmorgan | January 29, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Is a third kit even necessary or is DCU that far in the red? Zing!

Posted by: ImWithStupid | January 29, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Uh, well, uh unimpressed.

"As far as I'm concerned, they could wear culottes"

I must admit, had to look that one up . .

Posted by: delantero | January 29, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the adidas womens uniforms

Posted by: OWNTF | January 29, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Flash.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | January 29, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Delantero - I'll admit that I had to check the spelling of culotte. I was just informed that the current name for a culotte is skort. Really?

Posted by: J_S_F | January 29, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I think the name and number on the back would look better in white...and maybe with white shorts.....

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: lindatineo | January 29, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Terrible. This team can't do anything right.

Posted by: Hoost | January 30, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

If the logo were red & white, instead of black and white, these would be less horrible.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | January 30, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I see no harm with a red jersey. I mean being the "Black & Red" did call for a red jersey and not red accents. So its cool. I would like to see some combination with the clack and white uniforms with this red variation. Like the '96 alternative combination mixing the red shorts with the white socks & black jersey. Or white jersey, red shorts, and white socks. Heck we can emulate MAN U with the RED jersey and everything else black.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 30, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Danny Allsop now has 6 goals in 5 games with Melbourne this year:

Posted by: strago | January 30, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad it's red -- we are, after all, the Black & Red. But they could have done something a lot more interesting than solid red. I kept hoping "please not solid, please not solid." Of course, it was solid. I wonder whether they had any choice -- whether Nike would have let them do something more interesting.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | January 30, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Whatever. I like it. The black lettering on red is very bold, and as "simple" as the kit is, it's definitely unique in the league. The VW logo fits it nicely (though it's probably really the other way around...)

Posted by: carmines757 | January 30, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: fischy | January 30, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Color looks like aged and dirty orange traffic cones. Its a 3rd kit, so I can live with it.

Posted by: Ron16 | January 30, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the name and number on the back would look better in white...and maybe with white shorts.....
Posted by: fischy

But then the equipment manager would wash them all together and we'll end up with a fourth kit - pink.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 30, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

For the record, yes, Edu lands on his shooting foot...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 30, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Several cities have colors that are used by all their sports teams. Think Pittsburgh's black and gold, or Seattle's blue and green, both of which come from the city flags. So, in that sense, I like that another DC team has chose to make red more prominent. Wizards, we presume, will follow next year.

Posted by: patrickneil | January 30, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A skort has a flap of fabric across the full front to make it look like a skirt, whereas culottes are distinctly two-legged. From behind, though, culottes and skorts would look about the same. I am embarrassed to know this. I apologize.

I like the way the VW logo pops. So should VW.

Posted by: dccal | January 30, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I got one of these last year. It is called a practice jersey and mine is signed. :-)

Posted by: ericruenes | January 30, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

They need to introduce 2 capable strikers!!!

Posted by: joeortega4 | January 30, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. Caps rock the red. The Nationals have a red jersey, the Freedom wear red on the road, United has a red third kit, and, lest we forget, there are the Chesapeake Watershed Region Indigenous Persons.

The Mystics are supposed to be red, blue, and silver this summer, and the Wiz later in the fall.

Posted by: bs2004 | January 31, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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