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'Nike Away World Cup Kit': U.S. World Cup Soccer Team Uniforms Criticized For Looking French, Disapproved By Fans (PHOTOS)

By Rida Ahmed r.ahmed@hngn.com | Apr 02, 2014 01:35 PM EDT

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U.S. Men's National Team Captain Clint Dempsey (pictured) and Women's National Team striker Sydney Leroux expressed support for the Nike design. (Photo : Nike)

The new away U.S. men's and women's national soccer team jersey's have been accused of resembling country flags of France, Netherlands and Russia rather than America, UK MailOnline reported.

"The new #usmnt jersey is basically the flag of France upside down...way to screw it up Nike," one said. "Wanna see the new #USMNT jerseys?  Google 'Netherlands Flag'" another user wrote.

Inaugurated in advance of the World Cup, fans have been outraged at the uniforms designed by Nike.

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Featured in three different-colored bands, starting at the top with blue, white, and red to represent the American flag, fans on Twitter have shown disapproval of the lack of any stars, according to a company press release. Red shorts and red socks are part of the package as well.

"Is this April Fool's? Trying to look like France?" one user wrote. "Away U.S. soccer kit is alright but reminds me of France, Russia, Dutch. Not American and neither is that lighter blue! #USMNT" another tweeted.

According to UK MailOnline, "The famed French flag features panels of blue, white, and red going from left to right. The Dutch flag, however, features panels of red, white and blue going from top to bottom."

According to USA Today, the new away jersey looks similar to frozen popsicles.

However, U.S. Men's National Team Captain Clint Dempsey and Women's National Team striker Sydney Leroux expressed support for the design.

"I like the patriotic design and color scheme and I think it will look great on the pitch," Dempsey said, according to the Nike press release. "Hopefully they will serve us well as we head into a competitive group."

"The new kits fit really well, look great and most importantly, are really comfortable, especially when we are running all over the field for 90 minutes in all sorts of different weather," Stryker said in the release.

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